Pine’s Dillon finishes 4th in 2 close races at state meet

Published 10:29 am Friday, May 22, 2015

Pine senior Derrick Dillon finished fourth in a pair of close races at the Class 2A state track and field meet May 8 at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State University.

Dillon finished fourth in the 100 meters after running it in 10.94 seconds.

Despite his place, Dillon wasn’t far from winning. Loreauville’s Rhashid Bonnette captured the state title in 10.86. In fact, first through fifth places were separated by just .12 seconds.

Pine senior Tory Robertson finished eighth in Class 2A in the 100 after running an 11.54.

Dillon was also fourth in the 200 after finishing in 22.53 in another close race. Riverside Academy’s Vonn Julien was victorious in 22.25.

Dillon also qualified for state in the long jump and came in eighth at 20-1.25. St. Thomas Aquinas’ Cameron Dantzler was victorious at 23-3.75.

Dillon and Robertson were also part of Pine’s 4×100 relay team that came in sixth place. Their teams included Blake Nielson and Markell Cotton.

The group ran it in 44.44 seconds. Calvary Baptist captured the event in 42.67.

Pine coach Bradley Seal said they had a very good group this year.

“We ended up losing the district meet by a couple points, but it was a successful year for us,” Seal said.

Pine was second in the District 8-2A Meet to Archbishop Hannan. Pine had 112 points while Hannan posted 117.

Seal also spoke about the state meet.

“I was very pleased with the 4×100 team. They ran one of the fastest times they ran all year. That’s all you can ask for at state,” Seal said. “We were very happy with Derrick’s performance. He had a great year. He competed in seven state events over three years. We were very happy for Tory competing in the 100 dash. I think we were the only school with two kids in the 100 in any class.”

During his career, Dillon qualified for state individually in the long jump and 100 twice, and the 200 once.

He was also a member of a state qualifying 4×100 relay twice.