Jordan Barrow won the 2016 DCSD Middle School Boys’ Track Championships MVP with an amazing individual performance to propel the Champion Chargers to their first ever county track title at Godfrey Stadium on Monday night.
Barrow pulled in three individual gold medals and anchored the gold medal winning 4×100 meter relay team for Champion as the Chargers forged past opening day leader and defending champion Tucker for an 87-50 win over the Tigers.
Tucker led 22-18 over Champion following the opening day’s field events and 1600 meter relay.
A record setting leap of 21-01.00 by Barrow to break the record of 20-05.00 set by Chapel Hill’s Tyrone Talbert in the 2008 championships and a second place finish by Jaden Carter (19-11.00) had the Chargers within striking distance.
The Chargers struck quickly in the opening event on Monday by setting a new record in the 1600 sprint medley relay. The team consisting of eighth grader Aaron Harvey and seventh graders Brandon Adams, Cecil Davis and Jonathan Scott clocked a time of 4:04.37 to break the 2015 record of 4:04.55 set by Cedar Grove.
Going into the third event of the day Champion and Tucker were tied at 28 points each. Champion’s 4×100 meter relay team of Jacobi Haynes, Brandon Smith, Jaden Carter and Barrow put Champion ahead to stay by winning the 4×100 meter relay (46.63).
Barrow would move to sweep the 100 (11.57) and 200 (23.49) meter dashes and teammate Brandon Smith would take third in the 100 (11.932) and fifth in the 200 (24.41) as the pair combined for 30 points in the vent to give Champion a commanding 68-34 lead over the Tigers.
Jaden Carter would tack on 10 more points for Champion with a win in the 400 (55.03) meter dash and Trevon Jackson’s fifth place finish would extend the advantage to 81-34.
Cedar Grove would sweep the gold in the 4×400 meter relay (3:42.90) and the 800 meter sprint medley (1:41.65) to take fourth place overall with 46 points.
Salem finished third in the team standings with 48 points behind silver medal finishes in the 4×100 meter relay and 1600 sprint medley relay.
Chamblee’s Andrew Rogers broke a 5-year old record in the 1600 meter run by setting a new standard of 4:51.50. It broke the record of 5:54.85 set by Henderson’s Brian Song in 2011.
Other gold medal winners include McNair’s Robert Lee in the shot put (44-10.25) and Redan’s Kingsley Harris in the 800 meter run (2:17.43).