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Woodland girls repeat in Class AA track

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Dorchester—The Woodland girls’ track team dominated the competition en route to the school’s first state championship in 2017.  This spring the Wolverines did it again.

With athletes in 16 of the 17 events (all except the 3200-meter run), Woodland rolled up 143 total points.  Christ Church was their nearest threat with 114 points.

“Even last year, I told them you can’t worry about who’s behind you or who’s near you.  You have to think they’re neck and neck with you,” head coach Chavez James said.  “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win.  That’s what they did today.  It’s exciting.  I was hoping for it.  Back-to-back is amazing.”

Four seniors competed for the final time at the Class AA meet, led by Tedreauna Britt.  The Ole Miss signee won gold in the discus and shot put while fellow senior, Kalesia Allen was third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

The other seniors that accrued points for the Wolverines were Jonnae Delee (fourth in triple jump, sixth in long jump) and Alexis Wooding (fifth in 800-meter run, seventh in 1600-meter run).

“I’m going to miss all of these seniors.  They’ve been great contributors to this track team – physically, mentally, spiritually.  Motivation-wise, they’re just a great group of seniors,” James said.  “(The underclassmen) love to win and want to keep winning so they’ll be motivated to follow that example.”

Junior Auyana Carson also nabbed a pair of gold medals in the long jump and triple jump while taking silver in the high jump. 

Keyrra Gaddist (second in 100-meter hurdles, third in 400-meter hurdles) and Janiah Washington (second in 400-meter run, third in 200-meter dash) each claimed an individual silver and bronze medal.

Other participants at the meet included Olivia Rodd (fourth in 100-meter dash, fifth in 200-meter dash), Mercedes Ravenell (fourth in 400-meter run), Cynthia Allen (sixth in pole vault) and seventh-grader Alyse Cobbs (eighth in 400-meter run).

Woodland also scored major points in the relay events.  The 400-meter and 1600-meter groups crossed the finish line first while the 3200-meter unit placed fifth.

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