Bryant Blue Hornets excel at first meet

The Bryant Blue Hornets of Bethel Middle School produced three first-place finishes in the eighth-grade competition and a whopping 12 in the seventh-grade competition at a track meet held Tuesday, March 9, at Bryant Stadium.

The eighth grade team was third with 114 points. Lakewood won with 186 points followed by Ridge Road with 129. Bryant White was fourth with 86 points followed by Rose City with 14.

The Bryant Blue seventh grade team won the meet with 236 points. Lakewood was second with 155 followed by Bryant White (78) and Ridge Road (64). [more]

Matt Mears, Scott Mead and Austin Middleton produced the first-place finishes for the eighth grade. Mears won the 110 hurdles in a time of 18.72. Mead won the discus with a toss of 85-2 with teammate Amadar Gaspar second at 78-11. Middleton won the 800 run in 2:31 with Tyler Purtle third in 2:32 and Chance Levenson seventh in 2:44 for the Blue Hornets.

Gaspar added a second place in the shot with a throw of 37-0. Bryan Oldham also contributed a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-0.

In the 1600 meter run, four scored for the Hornets led by Purtle’s 5:31 which garnered second. Oldham was fifth in 6:02, Middleton seventh in 6:03 and Levenson seventh in 6:04.

Middleton, Spencer Adami, Blake Nesbitt and Purtle combined to finish third in the 1600 meter relay while Cody Duck, Nesbitt, Mears and Mikiya Hunter teamed up on a time of 54.66 to finish fourth in the 400 meter relay. In the 3200 relay, Wayne Hawkins, Garrett Rich, Blake Reed and Nathan Holdman combined on a time of 11:51 to take fourth in the 3200 relay.

Hunter was fourth in the 200 (25.93) and eighth in the 100 (13.27). Nesbitt took sixth in the 100 (12.61), seventh in the long jump (11-8) and eighth in the 200 (27.87).

Mears and Oldham finished sixth and seventh, respectively in the 300 hurdles. Mears clocked in at 51.00, Oldham at 55.58.

In the 400 meter dash, Spencer Adami’s 1:08 was good for seventh.

The Bryant Blue seventh graders were paced by John Winn, Brushawn Hunter and Houston Clifton. Winn won three events. He took top honors in the 200 with a time of 24.00, with Hunter fourth in 26.53, and the 400 with a time of 57.41, with Nic Townsend third in 1:04. Winn won the 100 in 11.51 with Hunter fourth in 12.56.

Brushawn Hunter won two events. In the long jump, he took first with a leap of 16-0. Winn was second (15-11) and Hunter Fugitt was third (13-4). In the triple jump, Hunter won by covering 30-9. Clifton was third (27-7) and Clark Garland sixth (26-3).

Clifton won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:30 followed by Dylan Wolf who was fourth (5:59) and Cesar Rodarte who was seventh (6:27). Clifton also won the 800 in a time of 2:34. Wolf was third in 2:46, Rodarte fourth in 2:47 and Tyler Green seventh in 3:06.

Brandon Warner, Brenden Young and Fugitt also captured first place finishes individually. Warner won the 300 hurdles in 50.65 with Young second in 50.67. Young won the 110 hurdles in 19.82 with Warner second in 19.86. Fugitt won the discus with a throw of 80-2. Teammates Drew Allen (63-9) and Young (62-6) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Winn was second, Hunter third and Garland fourth in the high jump. Winn and Hunter both cleared 4-6, Garland cleared 4-4.

Young was second in the shot with a toss of 31-2 and Allen sixth with a throw of 27-7.

Bryant Blue also won two of the three relays. In the 400, Garland, Bryce Hardin, Warner and Hunter combined on a 52.83 clocking. In the 1600, it was Clifton, Townsend, Warner and Winn teaming up on a 4:14.

In the 3200 relay, the quartet of Harley Westfall, Brandon Carter, Oldham and Josh Costley produced a fourth-place finish in a time of 12:52.

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