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Birmingham sweeps boys and girls titles while Dorsey boys finish second
The rivalry between Crenshaw sophomore DeAnthony Thomas and Santee junior Tevin Carter will be one to watch next year after the two put on quite a show at the City Section track and field championships Thursday at Birmingham High School.
Thomas squeaked by Carter in the 100-meter dash by a mere .01 seconds (10.60-10.61) but Carter got his revenge in the 200, blowing by his rival with a personal best of 21.38.
â€œI didnâ€™t expect to pull away like that,â€ Carter said, â€œIâ€™ve been saying that I wanted to go to state all year and I never thought Iâ€™d run a 21.3 [to get there].â€
Before the prelims, few had expected him to challenge Thomas, who had dominated both events all year. But he turned heads when he tied Thomas at the prelims last week (21.74) and now has the No. 7 wind-legal time in the state.
The two first faced each other in the Snoop Dogg Youth Football League in 2005 and they expressed plenty of mutual respect after their showdowns.
â€œI would mind losing to anyone except him,â€ Carter said, â€œHeâ€™s a great kid and has two years ahead of him.â€
Thomasâ€™ victory in the 100 was similar to last year when he finished third to Taftâ€™s D.J. Morgan and L.A. Polyâ€™s Stallone Watson in a photo finish. This time, the sophomore willed his way to the finish line, fighting off a late charge from Morgan and Carter to run the fastest wind-legal time by a sophomore in the state.
â€œI thought I was long gone from them but the next thing I knew, I heard them coming,â€ he said.
Thomas finished the day with three City titles, anchoring the Cougars to victories in both the 4 x 100 (41.17) and 4 x 400 relays (3:18.82).
Dorsey finished second in the boys team title to Birmingham (69-65) despite not winning in any sprints or relays. On the track, junior Robert Herron finished third in the 200 and senior Jeremy Harris finished second in both hurdles (14.27 and 38.82) to Morgan.
The Dons got assistance in the field with victories by Khambrell Gomez (shot put) and Damieon Berry-Smith (triple jump). Crenshaw senior Moriah Johnson won the high jump with a personal best of 6 feet, 7 inches, helping the Cougars finish third.
Manual Arts senior Terrence Conway won the 400 with a personal best of 47.65 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the state. He was nearly two seconds faster than his nearest competitor as he pulled away during the final 150 meters.
â€œI didnâ€™t even run the 400 last year so this is a great accomplishment,â€ said Conway, crediting his coaches for pushing him.
Last season, he only ran the 200 and 4 x 100 relay but his coaches made the switch this year. Itâ€™s paid off as he became the first Toiler to reach the state meet since Bobby Jones in 1994, who advanced after winning the 400.
The big winner of the day was Birmingham senior Areana Anthony, who won in the 200 and 400 and helped the Patriots win both relays. Her effort helped the Patriots win the girls championship for the second consecutive year.
Crenshaw senior Xzanthnice Burgeois won the girls long jump after finishing third last year. Washington Prep finished third in the girls 4 x 100 relay as did senior Danielle Thomas in the 200.