Broncos earn trio of first-place finishes in regular season finale

Published 3:21 am Monday, June 7, 2021

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The Franklin High School boys and girls track and field teams hosted Windsor and Parkview high schools in the Broncos’ last regular season competition May 27, earning three first-place finishes.

Now Franklin prepares to host the Class 1 Region B East Championship Outdoor Track and Field Meet that will be held June 9.

On May 27, the Broncos’ 4-by-100-meter relay team of Dae’Mari Holden, Myrone Rawlings, Darius Eley and Kaden Bailey finished first, improving a personal-best time from 45.92 seconds to 45.21.

Bailey placed first in the boys 200-meter dash with a time of 24.52 seconds. He also placed second in the boys 100-meter dash with an 11.91-second time.

For the Lady Broncos, Naziyah Turner finished first in the girls shot put, producing a personal-best 22-foot-4-inch throw. 

Rawlings earned second in the boys high jump with a 5-foot-6-inch personal-best leap, and he also was second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.61 seconds.

In the boys 300-meter hurdles, Markelyn Fenner produced a personal-record time of 54.19 seconds, which put him in second place.

Jaylin Bailey was second in the boys discus throw, an event in which his personal best is a 101-foot throw, and he was third in the boys shot put where his personal-record throw is 36 feet.

In the boys high jump, Jaylin Santiful finished third, with his personal-best leap being 5-4.

Mia Ricks placed fourth in the girls discus throw where her personal best is a 60-5 throw, and she was also fourth in the girls shot put. Her personal record in that event is a 20-1/2 throw.

Other notable contributors to the Lady Broncos include Anaiyla Cherry, Trinity Everett and Patience Rawls.

Richard Meades was fourth in the boys mile run where his personal-best time is 6:47.60.

The aforementioned athletes have a great chance for placing in the regional championship meet.

This is the first time that Franklin track coaches have hosted this event. Other schools that will be competing in the tournament include Altavista High School, Carver College and Career Academy, Central Lunenburg High School, Cumberland High School, Galileo Magnet School, Rappahannock County High School, Riverheads High School, Surry County High School and William Campbell High School. 

Athletes finishing among the top four in a regional event will advance to the Virginia High School League Class 1 State Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held at James Madison University on June 18 and 19.

The regional track and field meet is open to the public and will include an admission fee. It is set to begin at 1:45 p.m.