Patriots split boys track meet at home against Whiteford, Madison

Britton Deerfield’s varsity boys track team didn’t give up much to Whiteford at home on Thursday, April 17, as the Patriots defeated the Bobcats 115-8, but lost 92-45 against Madison in the Tri-meet.“BD had some solid performances and we did a nice job for our first dual meet,” said coach Jay Yockey. “I think once we get back into racing consistently, and get rid of some nagging injuries we will be able to compete a little more closely with Madison. I am pleased with today's performances but know that we have more potential than we showed today.” The Patriots placed first in the shot put with Quest Gonzales hitting 37’ 7” and swept the discus event with Devin Gruber (102’ 1.5”) first, Ben Huff (101’ 11.5”) second and Kaleb Kimerer (89’ 10.5”) third.Leigthon Merritt placed first for BD in the long jump (18’ BD swept the high jump with Gruber (5’ 4”) first, Hayden Ross (5’ 4”) second and Nate Papworth (5’ 4”) third.The Patriots placed first in the 3,200-relay (9:33.21) with the team of Hayden Ross, Dakota Heiden, Nate Papworth and Josh Papworth.Gruber also placed first in the 110-hurdles (17.44) while Brandt Swindeman placed first in the 100-dash (11.88).BD’s 800-relay team (Leighton Merritt, Huff, Kolyne Suydam, Swindeman) placed first in 1:39.39.Dakota Heiden placed first in the 1,600 run (5:21.52) while Merritt was first in the 400-run (57.09).BD’s Kolyne Suydam was first in the 300 hurdles (48.55); Heiden was first in the 800 run (2:28.78) and Ben Huff was first in the 200-dash (24.18). BD swept the 200 with Dylan Cannon (25.81) placing second and Nate Carr (26.32) third.Ross placed first for BD in the 3,200 (11:41.41).BD’s 1,600-relay team of N. Papworth, Suydam, Garrett Burnor and Heiden placed first in 4:07.22.Against Madison, the Patriots (1-1 overall) placed first in the long jump (Merritt, 18’ 6”): the 110 hurdles (Gruber, 17.44); the 800-relay (1:39.59); and the 300 hurdles (Suydam, 48.55).

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