Cavs finish in top five at state meet
Published 10:13 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Lakeland High School’s boys’ track and field team finished fifth at the Class 3 state meet over the weekend.
The Cavs totaled 50 team points at Roanoke College. That was more than what they scored the prior two years, while fifth is also the team’s highest finish under coach Brian Rountree. There were things the boys’ track and field team could have done better; however, Rountree was proud of his team’s effort.
“In track, one little thing can mess you up during a race,” Rountree said. “We had a couple of mishaps, but I am proud of those guys and what they were able to do. We went out there and gave it all we had.”
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Deondre Little had some notable performances for Lakeland. He took home the state title in the 300-meter dash and also finished third in the 55-meter dash. He ran a personal best of 35.41 in the 300. Nate Edghill and Nicolas Horton finished fourth and seventh respectively in the 1,000-meter run. Teshun Pierre finished fifth in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump.
“It felt overwhelming to finish first,” Little said. “I always go into a race feeling like I can win it. I had a great moment, and I practiced for that moment.”
The 4×800 relay team finished second and was ran by Travis Copeland, Horton, Edghill and Jeshawn Walker. The 4×400 team off Little, Edghill, Copeland and Tyriq Rawlings placed fourth.
“We performed really well,” Little said. “Everyone did what they had to do. There were a few spots we thought we were going to get points, but unfortunately, we didn’t. It was still an outstanding overall performance that kept us in the top five times.”
Rountree said that even though the Cavs indoor season ended over the weekend, the athletes were ready to get back at again Monday for the outdoor season.
“Those guys were at my office door ready to go again,” Rountree said. “I had to let those guys know you have to rest your bodies. They were still motivated and ready to get back and get better. They won’t have to wait too long.”
Lakeland will take about a week off before getting back to workouts for the outdoor season. The Cavs will want to build on what they have done in the indoor season.