Franklin Broncos host season’s first track meet

Published 10:03 am Friday, March 27, 2015

Josie Rankin, far right, jumps a hurdle during the 100. Rankin placed first in the event. -- Frank Davis | Tidewater News

Josie Rankin, far right, jumps a hurdle during the 100. Rankin placed first in the event. — Frank Davis | Tidewater News

The Franklin High School Broncos are looking to return to the state tournament to claim the boys and possibly the girls 4×100 championship, said head coach Dennis Sumblin.

The team also returns the 200-meter dash state runner-up JaVonte’ Baker, who is looking to win the state title this year.

On the 4×100, the team lost two athletes, but replace them with Darrien Duck, JaWun Walton and Gerrell Porter as an alternate. Baker and Quayshaun Jefferson are the returning runners. The relay team was only seconds off of the state qualifying time.

Jefferson also placed fifth in the state last year in the 400-meter. Yesterday, he was two-tenths of a second away from a state qualifying time for that event.

For the girls, sophomores Skiler Woolfolk and Kayla Powell and juniors Josie Rankin and Gabrielle Wade-Bell are possibilities for state competition in their events, Sumblin said. He added that the girls 4×100 relay team of Powell, Jazmin Jordan, Cierra Eley, Wade-Bell, Rankin (alternate) and Brionna Cannady (alternate) should qualify for the state tournament.

Newcomers Katelyn Woolfolk (freshman, 800-meter), Davyn Everette (freshman mile run) and Jack Sykes (senior, shot put and discus) placed in yesterday’s meet and should be competitive throughout the season.


• Gabrielle Wade-Bell placed fifth in the 200 (29.71).

• Kayla Powell placed third in the long jump (13’ 5 ¾”).

• Josie Rankin placed second in the long jump (14.5”) and high jump (4’2”), and first in the 100-meter hurdles (19.49).

• Katelyn Woolfolk placed fourth in the 800-meter (3:37.2).

• Skiler Woolfolk placed first in the mile (8:31.8) and 800-meter (3:25.7).

• Javonte’ Baker placed first in the long jump (18’11”) and second in the 100 (11.4).

• Davyn Everette – placed fourth in the mile run (6:42.4).

• Quayshaun Jefferson won first place in the 400 (52.57); third in the 100 (11.68), second in the long jump (17’9”) and triple jump (38’6”); and third in the high jump (5’4”).

• Gerrell Porter placed fifth in the 200 (25.53).

• Jack Sykes placed fourth in the discus (77’11”) and fifth in the shot-put (33’5).

• JaWun Walton placed fourth in the high jump (5’4”) and fifth in the triple jump (35’11”).

• The girls’ 4×100 relay team of Kayla Powell, Jazmin Jordan, Cierra Eley and Gabrielle Wade-Bell tied Surry for third place (55.9).

• The boys’ 4×100 relay team of JaWun Walton, Darrien Duck, Quayshaun Jefferson and JaVonte’ Baker placed second (45.3).