In a triumph of quality over quantity, the exploits of three Newberry entries at the Class 2A state boys track and field championship meet netted three medals and 31 points, good for a seventh place Bulldogs finish.
Jatavius Boyd was the only Bulldogs to qualify in multiple events, and the junior accounted with 11 points and a gold medal. Boyd won the 800-meter championship, blowing away teammate Mile Wilson for the gold. Wilson, another junior, had the top qualifying time (2:07.70) after beating Boyd at the Upper State qualifying meet. But at state, Boyd won with a 2:02.09, while Wilson finished in 2:05.42.
Boyd also chipped in one other point with an eighth-place finish in the 1600.
Senior Kenny Davis took care of the other points with a second-place finish in the shot put. Davis had the third-best qualifying throw, but passed Upper State champion Lucas Mathias at state. Davis went 49 feet, 1.5 inches to finish behind Erik Mobley of Pelion and come away with a silver medal.
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Boyd became Newberry’s first individual state gold medallist in 15 years. The Bulldogs produced a champion 400 relay team in 2005, but Boyd’s solo success was the first by Newberry entry since Corey Weaver’s 3A high jump win in 1993.
Also of note, Boyd’s 800 win was the first in that race since the change to metric in 1977. Golden Floyd was a winner in the 880-yard race at the 3A finals in 1972.