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Track and field: Cope, Elm Grove win titles in second meet of season

Cope won two titles and Elm Grove won one in the Greenacres/Cope track and field meet Tuesday at Airline.

Cope captured the girls championship for the second week in a row. The Lady Cougars scored 129 points to 83 for runner-up Benton. Haughton was third with 50.

Cope also won the eighth-grade boys championship. The Cougars tallied 112 points to 69 for runner-up Benton. Haughton was third with 53 and Greenacres fourth with 51.

Elm Grove won its second straight seventh-grade title. The Eagles scored 111 points. Benton was second with 70, Greenacres third with 64 and Cope fourth with 54.

Benton seventh-grader Jada Anderson was a triple winner in the girls division.

She swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning the 100 in 13.70 and the 200 in 29.55. The 200 was very close with Haughton’s Stephanie Cleveland coming in second with a 29.58.

Anderson also won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, five inches.

Cope’s Avery Meeks won the 1,600 in 6:20.84 and finished second in the 800.

Benton eighth-grader Te’Quaza Chambers took the 400 in 1:07.10 and finished second in the high jump.

Cope’s Ski Thompson and Tesha Taylor finished 1-2 in the 100 hurdles. Thompson’s time was 18.27. Taylor ran an 18.38.

Other winners were Haughton’s Hannah Gurtner (800, 2:49.04) and Cope’s Keri Smith (high jump, 4-8).

Cope swept the relays, winning the 4X100 relay 54.75, the 4X200 in 1:53.88 and the 4X400 in in 4:50.06.

Other individual runners-up were Greenacres’ Shandria Harvey (100), Cope’s Elizabeth Newman (400) and Benton’s Adrianna Howard (long jump).

The Marshall brothers played a big role in Cope’s eighth-grade boys title.

Brandon Marshall won four events. He took the 100 in 12.21, the 200 in 25.32, the 400 in 58.94 and the long jump with an 18-4.

Brian Marshall finished second to his brother in the 200 and 400.

Cope’s Will Dart was a 20-point scorer, sweeping the 800 and 1,600 for the second straight week. He won the 800 in 2:16.69 and the 1,600 in 5:02.84. Dart improved his times in both events over the first meet of the season.

Benton’s Aaron Wheeler won the 100 hurdles for the second straight week in 14.45.

Cope’s Daniel Smith and Elm Grove’s Adam Machowski both went 5-6 in the high jump. Smith won on fewer misses.

Haughton won the 4X100 relay in 48.84, Rusheon took the 4X200 in 1:42.63 and Greenacres won the 4X400 in 4:02.25.

Other individual runners-up were Greenacres’ Josh Burns (1,600), Greenacres’ Tommy Williams (100 hurdles), Benton’s Dargan Covington (800), Haughton’s Monta Bonapart (long jump) and Rusheon’s James Davis (100).

Greenacres’ Steve Damian and Elm Grove’s Jamal Asberry were double winners in the seventh-grade boys division.

Damian won the 800 in 2:29.24 and the 1,600 in 5:33.80. Asberry swept the 100 and 200, winning the former in 12.20 and the latter in 25.48. It was his second victory in as many meets in the 100.

Haughton’s Jayden Walton won the long jump for the second straight week with a leap of 15-8. Benton’s Jacob Thomas went 5-2 to win the high jump for the second straight week.

Other individual winners were Cope’s Devin Bilbo (hurdles, 16.34) and Elm Grove’s Anthony Salazar (400, 1:00.15).

Benton won the 4X100 relay in 49.5 and the 4X200 in 1:45.36. Elm Grove took the 4X400 in 4:17.68.

Other individual runners-up were Elm Grove’s Luis Espino (1,600), Elm Grove’s Gabe Larry (hurdles), Elm Grove’s Tylar Towns (800), Cope’s Jordan Harvey (100), Greenacres’ Jordan Boyd (400), Benton’s Tyler Williams (200), Benton’s Owen Wainscott (long jump) and Elm Grove’s Quincy Jones (high jump).

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