By Ron Brocato, Clarion Herald Sports
Scotlandville High School had the speed and timing to outscore eight other track teams at the Brother Martin-sponsored Crusader Relays at Tad Gormley Stadium on March 27.
The Hornets won just one of six varsity events – the 800-meter spring relay – but added enough points in other events to finish with a total of 50 points.
St. Augustine placed second with 41 points, followed by Carver (30 points), Warren Easton (29), Brother Martin (28), Jesuit (20), Holy Cross (6), KIPP Booker T. Washington (6) and Archbishop Shaw 1.
Brother Martin won the 4×800-meter relay, behind the team of Ethan Dupas, Jackson Anuszkiewicz, Abram Bernstein and anchor runner Hunter Appleton in 8:12.37.
That same foursome also propelled Martin to a victory in the distance medley relay in the time of 6:00.95.
The 4×400-meter relay went to the St. Augustine team of Devin Coatney, Nykolas Bates, Timothy Cola and Gabriel Byrd, which circled the four laps in 3:26.56.
The Purple Knights also finished second to Scotlandville in the 800-meter sprint medley and third in the 4×100-meter relay.
In the lone individual event, Jesuit’s Jacob Torres covered the 300-meter hurdles distance in the winning time of 40.08 seconds.
Cola, a second-place finisher in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the March 23 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic against the southern region’s top competition, out-legged Carver’s Quinton Selders Jr. to win the Crusaders’ high hurdles event in 14.84. Cola later placed third behind Torres and Selders in the 300-meter hurdles.