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DHS track off to hot start

Demopolis High opened track season Thursday in a home meet that its saw girls team finish in first place and its boys take second.

The Lady Tigers track stars scored 109 points through 11 events to top second place Linden, which finished with 98 points. Greensboro took third place while Dallas County finished fourth and Selma took fifth.

Greensboro placed first after 14 boys events, snagging 137 total points to beat Demopolis and its 124.5 point total. Linden finished at 117.5 points. Dallas County took fourth in the competition.

The Demopolis girls relied heavily on their sprinters, banking 42 total points from the track events to pace the competition.

Catrina Benison took first place in the girls 100-meter dash with a time of 12.70 seconds, easily besting Shaquitta Shields of Dallas County, who took second with a 13.13 time.

Shaquinta Jackson of Linden won the girls 1600-meter run with a breakneck pace of 7:12.83, finishing three seconds ahead of teammate Samone Jackson, who came in second place.

Linden’s Latresea Compton won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:07.12 while Niesha Holsten and Tesa Waller of Demopolis finished second and third respectively.

Tee Perkins won the girls 100-meter hurdles for Demopolis while Holsten took second. Jonniece Collins won the 200-meter dash for the Lady Tigers with a time of 26.73. Damekeia Marshall finished second for DHS girls.

Jazmin Campbell was the Lady Tigers’ highest finisher in the 800-meter run, finishing the race second with a time of 3:06.26.

The Lady Tigers won the 4×400-meter relay a full 10 seconds ahead of second place Linden.

In the field events, Breanna Jones led the Lady Tigers with a 31-0.88 mark to win shot put. Saterica Aldridge of Linden finished second with a 27-09.38.

Greensboro’s LaTonya Lee won the discus throw with a distance of 75-11.

Jonniece Collins won the girls long jump with a mark of 17-02.75, a full foot beyond her closest competitor.

The Demopolis boys won the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 9:14.72. That team consisted of D’Metric Howell, Alston Dinning, Pat Taylor and Corliss Dukes.

Demopolis’ Justin Jones won the won the boys 100-meter dash with a time of 11.30, ahead of two runners who tied for second place. Those runners were Demopolis’ Justin Durant and Dallas County’s Kelsey Tripp.

Rodney Harper won the 400-meter dash for the Tigers, turning in a time of 52.65. The Tigers saw Tyler Coleman take second place in the 200-meter dash and Pat Taylor take second in the 800-meter run. The Tigers also won the 4×400-meter relay.

Kessy Bell took second place in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Linden dominated the discus throw with Marquis Shelton hanging a 114-01 to win the event and Terris Lewis turning in a 93-11 to take second while Chris Rogers put up a 90-00 for third.

Demopolis’s Mike Scott won the high jump with a mark of 5-10.