Deerfield’s Dallas Margeson won the 300 high hurdles title to help the Knights capture their 11th Region 3-AAA title in a row.
ALBANY — Looking for a bumper sticker for Deerfield-Windsor’s track & field program?
How about Young at heart and deep as Donald Trump’s pockets?
That fits just fine after DWS swept the girls and boys GISA Region 3-AAA track & field meet Monday at Hugh Mills Stadium, where the Young sisters — Amber and Tarah — and All-American Reed Hancock led the girls team, and where Craig Rhodes’ boys won their 11th title in a row.
But who’s counting?
Amber Young, who was the high points girl in the meet, sure is, and she can count on one finger.
“Our focus is next week,’’ she said. “Our focus is on winning the state (team) title. We’re determined to get it. Deerfield-Windsor’s (girls team) has never won state.’’
This group could be the first, giving the term ‘Being No. 1’ a whole new meaning at DWS. They ran away from the field on Monday, racking up 183 points to beat second-place Tiftarea (72) by 111 points. In fact, DWS outscored the entire field of Tiftarea, Westfield (42), Southland (28) and Sherwood Christian Academy (2) combined.
Deerfield’s boys had to reach deep to beat a remarkable team from Sherwood Christian Academy, which won eight of 16 events with only 10 kids.
Still, DWS outscored the Eagles 144 to 100. Southland (32), Tiftarea (270) and Westfield (20) followed.
“They stepped up to the challenge,’’ Rhodes said. “We’re a very young team. Our strength is in our numbers. We did what we thought we could do. We didn’t win a lot of firsts, but we had a lot of seconds and thirds. That’s the way you win a track meet. We always look at it as team first, not individuals.’’
Deerfield got titles from Matthew Fox in the shot put (42-1/2), Jason Battle in the high jump (5-8), Nick Michas, who won the discus (138-4) title and was second in the shot put, Alex Berry in the triple jump (40-10 1/2), and Dallas Margeson, who won the 300 hurdles for the Knights.
Sherwood won almost everything else.
Rashard Davis was the high points winner for the boys with 26 points.
Davis won the 200-meter dash (23.02) and the long jump (19-7 1/2), finished second in the high jump, and ran on Sherwood’s winning 4x100 relay.
Almost everyone from Sherwood won something. Vashon Gaines won the 110 hurdles (18.26), Mack “M.J.” Green won the 100 (11:06) and was fourth in the 200, while William Orr won the 3,200 (11:06) and finished second in the 1,600. Keion Steward won the 400 and finished fourth in the 100. He also ran on both of SCA’s winning relay teams, anchoring the 4x400 team that included Chandler Tabb, Gaines, and Sherrad Oliver. The 4x100 team was made up of Oliver, Davis, Steward and Green.
“I’m proud of them,’’ SCA coach Mark Meagher said. “How can you ask any more of 10 kids winning eight events? We should be strong at state.’’
“They have some great athletes. I’ve watched those (Sherwood kids) mature over the years,’’ Rhodes said. “They brought a strong team. I feel they will do well at state.’’
Deerfield’s boys, who racked up points in every event, should do well in the state meet, which will be at Hugh Mills on April 26, 27 and 28. And there are even greater expectations for the DWS girls.
Hancock, an All-American who competed for the U.S. Junior team in the Philippines two years ago, had an easy time winning the pole vault, and stopped at 11-feet. That’s about the only time DWS slowed down all day.
The Young sisters dominated the meet.
“It’s the passing of the torch,’’ DWS girls coach Allen Lowe said. “Amber has meant so much to the program for four years, and now she’s passing it along to Tarah. I think it’s great that they get to run together.
“We had a good day. We hope we’re peaking at the right time when we need it next week. This team has more depth than we’ve had in the past.’’
Ironically, neither of the Young sisters plays basketball. Their older brother, Andre, is Deerfield’s all-time leading scorer and had his number retired this year at DWS as he finished a stellar career at Clemson.
Amber, a senior, won the 400 (63.4) and the long jump (15-8 1/4), and finished third in the 100 dash, right behind her sister. She also anchored both of Deerfield’s winning relay teams.
Tarah, an eighth-grader (yes, an eighth-grader), won the 200 dash (27.1) and she was second in the high jump and the 100-meter dash. Tarah ran on the 4x100 relay team that won and anchored Deerfield’s No. 2 4x400 relay team that finished second in the meet.
“We’re not competitors. We’re just proud of each other,’’ said Tarah, who is taller (5-7) than her older sister. That’s why Amber says her kid sister is so fast.
“Just look at those legs,’’ Amber said, pointing to Tarah. “They’re so long.’’
They’re long enough to give her a nickname at school.
“They call me ‘The Tower of Tarah,’ ” she said. “They started calling me that in fifth grade and now since some of my teachers have heard it, they call me that, too.’’
Amber just calls her fast.
“She got so fast running to the shower to beat me there,’’ Amber said.
They could be running all the way to a state title next week. DWS is loaded everywhere on the track.
MacKenzie Davis, who was The Herald’s Player of the Year in cross county this fall, won the 3,200 (12:54), was second in the 800 and finished third in the 1,600 on a brutal afternoon when she had to run all three races in the same day.
The schedule will be much easier at the state meet.
Virginia Moore won the 800 (2:41) and was second in the 1,600, and Libby Greene won the 100 hurdles and the triple jump, while Sabrina Curry broke her own school record in the discus (110-9) and also won the shot put (30 feet).
DWS won the 4x100 relay with the Young sisters, Maggie Greene and Samantha James; and Mary Catherine Crisp, Candace Cosby, Moore and Amber Young won the 4x400 relay title.
Southland’s girls were led by Ella Hawkins, who won the 100 dash (13:08) and Chris Shatte, who won the 1,600 (5:40:27). Southland’s boys were led by Geoffrey McDonald, who was second in the triple jump and second in the 300 hurdles.