The Eagles scored 79.5 points to finish ahead of second place Bassfield, who had 67 points in the state meet. Monday’s win was also the fifth time the Eagles have won a state championship in track and field on the boys side.
“Our kids work hard, ”West Bolivar head track coach Willie Thomas, who has guided the Eagles to four state track titles, said. “They always do. For some reason or another, we always come up with a bunch of young men that are always willing to work and put in the time. Not only our men, but also our young ladies work had to. They take pride in what they do. They take as much pride in track as they do in basketball or football. I think that’s what makes the difference.”
West Bolivar senior Kailo Moore led the way for the Eagles as he won the 100-meter dash (10.68) and the 200-meter dash (21.29), while taking second in the 400-meter dash (50.97).
Junior Deguadereck Rice was clutch for West Bolivar as well by winning the 800-meter run (2:06.10), finishing second in the 1,600-meter run (4:55.90) and finishing third in the high jump (5-10).
“Guad and Kailo were the main two in the individual events,” Thomas said.
The Eagles’ relay team of senior Trevaris Hampton, senior Carlos Robinson, eighth grader Don Lee III and Rice won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:31.97, and the Eagles’ relay team of eighth grader Corriontae McKenzie, Robinson, Hampton and Moore finished second in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:29.82. Robinson also placed third in the triple jump (43-02).
“On the boys team, we had seven kids and three of those were eighth graders,” Thomas added. “They help out on the relays and fill in the plugs. Of course, you have Kailo and that don’t hurt either.”
Other area teams scored points at state as well. John F. Kennedy took eighth with 33 points, while Broad Street racked up five points to finish 25th. JFK senior Demorris Bedford placed second in the discus (123-09), and JFK junior Octavis Taylor placed second in the 3,200-meter run (10:35.29).
In the 2A Girls State Meet, the John F. Kennedy Lady Hornets finished second with 79 points behind state champion J.Z. George (85), while the West Bolivar Lady Eagles placed fourth with 66 points. Broad Street took 22nd with four points.
For JFK, junior Jarvis Malone won the 300-meter hurdles (48.26) and junior Frederica Haywood won the discus (118-06). Sophomore Porshia Shelton placed second in the 800-meter run (2:35.50), junior Iyesha Mays took second in the shot put (34-00.50) and senior Alexis Brown placed third in the shot put (33-11.50) to round out JFK’s top competitors.
For West Bolivar, junior Jaqueese Wilson won the 100-meter hurdles (16.32) and third in the 100-meter dash (12.59).
The Lady Eagles’ relay team of Troy-Ledria Usry, Tashidra Devine, Desting Graham and Wilson won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 50.90 seconds, and the Lady Eagles’ relay team of Ste-Nyia Williams, Rachel Hudson, Shiziria Edwards and Devine won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:14.79. Hudson also took third in the long jump (15-10.25), while Usry placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (51.08).