Tigers take track championship
By By ROBERT BLANKENSHIP – Managing Editor
The T.R. Miller boys' track team went to the 1-3A state track meet at Troy State University last week and came back to Brewton as state champions.
The Tigers had 13 boys qualify in the sectional meet to compete in the state competition. They earned a total of 89.5 points in the state to finish well ahead of second place Sumter County High School, which scored 56 points.
Track coach Alan Baker said his team expected to compete at a high level during the state meet, but was concerned about the high level of competition.
The key to winning the championship was that the athletes who competed placed in the categories they were in.
For the Tigers, the championship is there fifth in school history - two in indoor track and three in outdoor. They last won state in 1992.
Leading the way for the Tigers was freshman Antonio Gomez. He won first place in the 110 hurdles and the triple long jump. He also took third in the 300 hurdles and placed in the long jump.
Another key performer for the Tigers was sophomore Rodney Lane who placed first in the 400 meter.
Players earning points for the Tigers were:
Michael Jones - fourth place in the 100-meter dash, sixth place in the 200-meter;
Antonio Gomez - first place in the 110-meter hurdle, third place in the 300-meter hurdle, fifth place in the long jump;
Antawn Gomez - seventh place in the long jump;
Skylar Fountain - fourth place in the 110-meter hurdle;
Kevin McCall - fifth place in the javelin throw
Dewaun Johnson - fourth place in the 300-meter hurdle; and
Tye Walker - second place in the javelin throw.
The T.R. Miller relay teams won third place in the 4×100-meter relay and took first in the 4×400-meter relay.