It had been 46 years since Deptford won a sectional title. The Spartans left little doubt that they were going to end that drought this year.
Led by its deep sprint and hurdles team, Deptford piled up 114 points and won the 2019 South Jersey Group 3 sectional title by 47 points over Mainland Regional.
It was Deptford’s first team title since 1973, when the Spartans won Group 4. Their only other titles came in 1970 and 1971 in Group 3.
Let’s take a look how they did it:
Led by junior Donovan Clement and seniors Khion Smith and Donnie Scott, Deptford scored a whopping 46 points in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and 400-meter relay.
Clement placed second in both the 100 (10.94 after a 10.79 in the trials) and 200 (22.62) and joined Smith, Scott and junior Richeid Fawkes on the winning 400-meter relay team, which clocked 42.83. Smith also placed third in the 100 and 400 (11.03, 49.62) and sixth in the 200 (22.96), and Scott meddled in both sprints along with his relay leg.
Naseem Smith ran a fast 14.17 to win the 110 highs, Marcel Washington cleared 6-4 to win the high jump and James Lynch went over the bar at 14-0 to win the pole vault
Senior Tyrece Brown was busy, taking second in the 400 intermediates (55.28), third in the 110 highs (15.09) and fourth in the 400 (49.98) along with a leg on the second-place 4-by-400 team (3:24.26).
Amadu Jalloh placed third in a deep 800 race in 1:58.03 and ran legs on both the second-place 4-by-4 and the fourth-place 4-by-8 (8:09.48), junior Philip Sedalis took sixth in the 800 (1:59.43) and also ran on both the 4-by-4 and 4-by-8.
Soph Juian Rodriguez placed fifth in the intermediates in 58.71 and ran on the 4-by-8 team, sophomore Stephen Rios contributed a 4-by-4 leg and sophomore Kevin Eli ran a 4-by-8 leg.