Wilson Hall’s tradition of excellence on the SCISA track and field scene continued in 2008. The Barons boys topped Augusta Christian 156-133 to secure their fourth independent school title in the past five years, while the girls team finished fith with 55 points.
The Barons crack distance-running crew made the ultimate difference in the boys title race. Wilson Hall culled 63 points out of the four distance events, producing the winner in all four races.
Josh Jennings bagged a gold medal in the 800 and Trey Parker swept the 1600 and 3200 runs. Jennings and Parker joined up with Jeff Cox and Cole Poplin on the winning 3200 relay team.
Cox, Poplin and Cameron Waggett also contributed to the distance cause individually. Cox, the defending champion in the 800, was third this time behind Jennings, who qualified for state last year but did not run, and runner-up Waggett.
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Davis Boyle, Chad Brading and Ricky Crum also made key contributions. Boyle was first in the 100, second in the long jump and ran a leg on the second-place 400 relay team. Brading was first in the 400, second in the 100 and ran on the silver medal 400 relay team. Crum successfully defended his long jump title, finished third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 400 hurdles.
The other Barons coming home with additional medals included Austin Boyle and Ansel Owens (400 relay), Cotton Carruth (2nd, discus) and the foursome of Jennings, Waggett, Brent Klapthor and Chris Sharp for their third-place performance in the 1600 relay.
Eight-grader Drew Williams was the Wilson Hal female star, winning the 100 and 200 sprints with school-record times of 12.78 seconds and 26.18, respectively. She was second in both events last season as a varsity rookie. Williams also joined up with Ansley Ard, Kristen Knight and Ariel Long for a second-place finish in the 400 relay.
The only other medallist was Mollie Kinney, who finished third in the 100 hurdles.