Pine’s Dillon qualifies for state meet in 3 individual events

Published 10:00 am Monday, May 4, 2015

Pine’s Derrick Dillon is headed back to the state meet, and is going there in three individual events along with a team event, as he was strong at the Region 3-2A Meet, which took place Tuesday, at Southeastern Louisiana University.

The senior is going to the Class 2A state meet in the 100 meters, the 200 and the long jump.

Dillon along with teammate Tory Robertson advanced to state in the 100.

Dillon won the event with a time of 10.98 in a close race. He won by just .06 seconds over Sophie B. Wright’s Antoine Oates.

Robertson qualified for state in the 100 by running third at 11.30.

Dillon came in runner up at the long jump (21-4) behind St. Thomas Aquinas’ Cameron Dantzler, who had a 21-11.75.

Dillon was third in the 200 (22.84) as Oates won that event in 22.65.

Dillon was part of Pine’s 4×100 relay team that moves to state after coming in second place (44.75) behind Riverside Academy, which ran a 43.81, to win.

The rest of the group included Robertson, Blake Nielson and Markell Cotton.

Tuesday’s meet was a qualifying meet for state. The top three finishers from each event go to the state meet. The Class 2A state meet takes place May 8 at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. and track events are set for 5 p.m.

Also locally, Mt. Hermon School’s Gerald Bunch finished fourth in the long jump (20-8.25).

Pine’s Lowal Pittman and Evan Sinopoli tied for seventh in the high jump (5-4) with St. Helena’s Timothy Chandler. Haynes Academy’s Stan West won the event at 6-2.

Pine’s Brennon Kelly tied Haynes Academy’s Brennan Higginbotham for 12th at the shot put (34-9). Northlake Christian School’s Gary Sampson won the event at 46-9.5.

Markell Cotton finished eighth in the long jump (18-10.75) while Demarcus Fland was fifth in the javelin (122-8).

Archbishop Hannan’s Mitch Morel captured the javelin at 163-3.

Cotton (38-5.25) and Nielson (37-2) were seventh and 10th in the triple jump. Riverside Academy’s JuJuan Bell was victorious with a distance of 41-9.

Pine’s 4×200 team (1:39) of Nielson, Pittman, Robertson and Cotton finished eighth.

Sophie B. Wright ran a 1:32 for the win.

Sinopoli ran 11th for the 1,600 (5:54) with Haynes Academy’s Kyle Montgomery winning in 4:49.

Sinopoli was 13th in the 110 hurdles (20.25). St. Thomas Aquinas’ Brady Becerra won in 15.65.

Pine’s Eugent Keller and Chase Cooper ran 10th (2:25) and 13th (2:30) in the 800. Newman’s Michael Brown bested the competition at 2:08.

Mt. Hermon’s 4×100 relay team took fifth place (46.54).

The group featured Bunch, Jessie Pouncey, Joseph McGee and Corterio Williams.

Fland and Ty Galloway were 15th (1:00) and 16th (1:01) in the 400. Sophie Wright was the winner in 51.14.

Sinopoli was ninth (49.01) was ninth in the 300-hurdles, as Becerra won the event at 41.48.

Mt. Hermon’s Tyre Brumfield was 14th in the 200 (27.59).

Sinopoli (13:45) and Jacob Branch (16:03) ran 12th and 13th in the 3,200. Brown won the race at 10:27.

Pine’s 4×400 relay team was 14th (4:21). The team had Fland, Keller, Nielson and Hunter Temples.

Sophie B. Wright won the event in 3:31.

Pine (40) and Mt. Hermon (6) was fifth and 14th in the team competition.

St. Thomas Aquinas won the close team competition with 90 points. Newman was second, just 12 points behind. Riverside (69) finished third, followed by Sophie B. Wright (62). Fourteen teams scored at least one point.

No local female athletes reached the state meet in Class 2A.

Pine’s Keeli Clark was the highest local finisher. She was sixth in the long jump (14-10.25). St. Thomas Aquinas’ Crystal Rock won the event at 16-1.

Pine’s Alexandra Fersh was 12th in the long jump (13-6.5).

Pine’s 4×100 relay team of Fersh, Clark, Chelsea Rogers and Taledrianna Gordon finished seventh (56.62), as Riverside won in 51.18.

Pine’s Cresencia Lee was 13th (1:27) for the 400, as St. Thomas Aquinas’ Meghan Becerra was victorious in 1:00.

Victoria Luper was eighth in the 200 (29.39) for the Lady Raiders, as Riverside’s Toni Perrin was the winner in 26.76.

Pine (1) finished 17th in the team part of the meet.

St. Thomas Aquinas won with 142 points, followed by runner up Newman (103). Riverside (61) was third, Archbishop Hannan (60), fourth and St. James (58), fifth.

The meet featured 17 teams that scored at least one point.