Dallas County’s Brandon Oliver runs in Saturday’s track meet at Montgomery Academy. Oliver and the rest of the Hornets’ boys finished tied for first with Prattville in the team competition,  the first track title the school has won since coach Robert Dolbare helped restart the program four years ago.--Submitted Photo
Dallas County’s Brandon Oliver runs in Saturday’s track meet at Montgomery Academy. Oliver and the rest of the Hornets’ boys finished tied for first with Prattville in the team competition, the first track title the school has won since coach Robert Dolbare helped restart the program four years ago.-- Submitted Photo

Hornets’ boys tie for win at Montgomery meet

Published 9:44pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MONTGOMERY — The Dallas County Hornets’ tied for first with Prattville in the boys’ overall team standings at Saturday’s track and field competition at Montgomery Academy.

Dallas County’s boys, who scored a total of 73 points, were led by top-5 finishes from Xavier Knight and Quintavis Parker and a second place showing in the 4 x 100 meter finals.

“We ended up walking away with a big win for our program and a big win for our team,” Dallas County head coach Robert Dolbare said.

Dolbare said the win — which was the first in Dolbare’s time as coach — was a total team effort.

“In order to win a team title in our sport you have to have contributions from a wide variety of areas,” Dolbare said. “I thought the best thing we did throughout the day was we compiled points in events and really picked up a lot of very high finishes that added to our point total at the end of the day.”

Dolbare said there is no tiebreaker procedure in track and field, so Prattville and Dallas County were co-champions of the 24 team meet.

Now, Dolbare said now his team needs to refocus.

“We can not get complacent off of this win,” Dolbare said. “We have bigger team goals that we set before the season that we are trying to achieve and this is one step on the path of us trying to achieve those goals.”

Knight finished second in the boys 300-meter hurdle finals and fourth in the boys 110-meter hurdle finals. Parker finished third in the 300-meter hurdle finals and fifth in the 110-meter hurdle finals.

The Hornets’ girls finished 16th in the team standings out of 22 teams.

Shay Spradley finished fifth overall in the 300-meter hurdles and ninth in the 100-meter hurdles. Shaquitta Shields finished eleventh in the long jump and Kandyce Hardison finished eleventh in the javelin throw.

In a meet last week in Demopolis, the Hornets also shined in their first track meet of the year.

Knight, Parker and Xavier Mundell finished first, second and third in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Ben York finished first in the 800-meter run and Jermere Jackson finished first in the boys’ long jump.

Caleb McDougal finished first in the boys discus and Dylan Barnett finished second. Jackson finished first in the boys long jump. The boys wrapped up a good day by finishing first in the 4 x 800-meter relay and first in the 4 x 100-meter relay.

Spradley finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles.  The Hornets next meet will also be at Demopolis High School April 8.

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