Ben Lippen’s Tyler Renew and Hammond’s B.J. Bennett were the top Midlands performers at the SCISA boys track championship meet on May 5 at Heathwood Hall.
Renew and Bennett were the only area gold medal winners.
Renew won the high jump title (6-0), and also contributed a third place finish in the long jump and a fourth in the 100 meters as well as his part on the Falcons’ fourth-place 400 meter relay team.
Bennett claimed top honors in the 100 hurdles for the second year in a row picked up a bronze medal for a third-place effort in the triple jump.
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Ben Lippen was the top Midlands team at the season finale, ringing up 66 points and finished in third place behind runaway winner Porter-Gaud (143 points) and runner-up Wilson Hall (102). It was the best showing by the Falcons since 2004 when they scored 68 points and finished third.
Renew was the team scoring leader, but he had plenty of help, from Aaron McGuire and David Oraekweotu, in particular. McGuire earned one silver (400 hurdles) and two bronze (100 hurdles, high jump), and Oraekweotu was second in the 800, sixth in the 100 and ran a leg on the second-place 1600 relay team. Jack Liang finished fourth in the long jump and ran on the 400 and 1600 relay teams.
Alex Bueno and Gabe Brandner were the Heathwood Hall headliners. Bueno hit silver in the pole vault and was fifth in the 400 hurdles. Brandner bagged a bronzed medal in the shot put.