After 10 events and a full day of Winslow and Timber Creek battling on the track and in the field, it came down to one point.
Timber Creek had edged Winslow in the Group 3 state relays last month, but this time it was Winslow coming out in front by a 66.2-65.2 score with Seneca 20 points behind at 46.2.
So dominant were Timber Creek and Winslow that they combined for 131.4 of a possible 310 points. In other words, these two schools combined for 42 percent of all available points in the meet.
Timber Creek scored in every track race and matched Winslow’s scoring in the field and still fell a point shy.
What a tremendous rivalry! These two Camden County high schools, located about eight miles apart from each other, just hammer each other every time they’re on the track together!
While Timber Creek scored almost everywhere at sectionals, the Eagles piled up tons of points in a smaller number of events.
Juniors Shakira Dancy and Flora Ahiarakwe went 1-2 in the 400 and then reversed that finish with another 1-2 in the 55. Dancy and Ahiarakwe teamed up with senior Iyianna Williams and freshman Janeya Hammond to win the 1,600-meter relay with a 3:58.18.
That’s 46 points in three events.
Junior Ciarra Johnson added 10 big points with a nearly four-foot win in the shot put, and the rest of Winslow’s points came courtesy of sophomore Tionna Tobias, who was third in the 55 hurdles and tied for second with four other girls in the high jump, which is why everybody’s team score ends in .2. (Five girls sharing 21 points = 4.2 points per person).
Timber Creek got big scoring from freshman Tierra Hooker, who won the high jump and was fifth in the hurdles, and senior Alyssa Condell, who was second in 1,600 with an indoor PR 5:04.69 and third in 3,200.
Senior Janiyah Davis-Hines ran second in the high hurdles, Kia Starnes was part of that high jump tie and also ran fifth in the 400, senior Adia Starnes picked up a third in the 400 and a fourth in the 55, freshman Alexandra Hauer ran fourth in the 3,200 and senior Alexa Clark added a fifth in the 1,600 and a sixth in the 800.
Timber Creek was also second in the 1,600 relay, with the Starnes twins, Hooker and Davis-Hines.
This rivalry isn’t over yet. We’ll see everybody at states. And outdoors!