Outstanding Performances Highlight 2008 Track Classic
Friday, September 19, 2008
The two-day 2008 All State Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic offered up some fantastic performances by some of the elite high school talent from across the country. Hoover High School standout, junior Anthony May, provided the Saturday crowd with a meet record high jump as he cleared 6'10" breaking the previous record of 6'9" set in 2005. May also competed in the triple jump a couple hours later, winning with a leap of 47'2.5", and also finished third in the long jump on Friday afternoon. May's outstanding performances during the meet earned him the Boys Field Performer of the Meet honor.
May provided his Hoover High team with the points needed to take the boy's 2008 team title over Wakefield High School (North Carolina). Hoover scored 75 points to Wakefield's 59. McDonough 35 of New Orleans finished third with 58 team points.
Wakefield High was led by standout sprinters T.J. Graham and James Robinson, both of whom put on a great show both Friday and Saturday. Graham captured both the 100m & 200 m in impressive fashion. Graham's teammate Robinson also performed well this weekend winning both the 110-meter hurdles and also the 300- meter hurdles. Robinson's performances earned him Boy's Track Performer of the Meet accolades, an honor he shared with St. Paul's Episcopal School's (Alabama) Lee Gilmer, who won event titles in both the 800-meter run and 1600-meter run.
St. Paul's Episcopal girls track team won the 2008 team title scoring 95 points. Hoover was the runner-up with 63 points followed by Fontainebleau (Louisiana) with 56 points. St. Paul's was led by Mary Johnston, who won the girls 1600-meter run and set a new meet record running 5:06.16. She was also the runner-up in the girls 800-meter run (2:18.69). Johnston was also named the co- Girls Track Performer of the Meet following her record setting performance. Sharing the honor with Johnston was Cordova High's Dinesha Bean, winner of the 200, 400 and 100 meter hurdles.
Friday's results saw two meet records fall as Ilycia Bell of Cordova High School (Tennessee) won the girls discus throw with a toss of 135'11". Bell, the Girls' Field Performer of the Meet, broke a minutes old record as Jessie Harrison of Houston High School initially set the discus throw record on the final attempt of the prelims (128'8") two throws before Bell's new meet record. The other record to fall was also a field event, this time the boy's shot put. Mark Barron of St. Paul's Episcopal broke the 13-year old shot put record after he heaved the shot 56'4.5". Barron's record setting throw came while he was also in the middle of long jumping. He finished 12th in the long jump (20'2") and also competed in the triple jump (41'6").
Click below to see the full results and team scores. The 2009 All State Sugar Bowl Track and Field Meet is set for March 27th and 28th.