Dreher freshman Brandon Sanders may not have been happy with his winnings times in the 100 and 200 meters at the Class 3 state track meet, but the Blue Devils young star had one of the best individual performances in the program’s modern era history.
Sanders became the first Dreher sprinter to sweep the classic 100 and 200 races at the state finals, and was only the second Blue Devil since 1971 to win two individual gold medals at the season finale. The first to do so was James Irby, who was the long and triple jump champion in 1994. To find the other Dreher sprinter to come away from state with multiple gold medals, one must go back to 1974 when Tommy Brown won the 220 and anchored two sprint relay teams to victory – the 440 and 880 quartets.
So, it wasn’t such bad day for the budding star after all. Sanders’ 20-point haul helped the Blue Devils return to the Top 10 (9th place, 25 points) for the first time since 2006.
The Dreher girls team had no state champions, but the Blue Devils finished in the Top 10 for the ninth consecutive season, placing 8th with 26 points. Jorder Farmer and Emily Newton had the best individual performances. Farmer picked up a silver medal in the 800, while Newton earned bronze in the long jump. Farmer was also on Dreher’s fourth-place 400 relay team.