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May 18, 2013

Boys track and field: Wary performance at districts

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Whaley was the top seed in the triple jump, but, he said, "Although I was the top seed, there were plenty of chances for somebody else to come to the front."

His winning jump came on the final one and it was 10 inches longer than his previous best.

He said the coaches told him to move back three inches because he has a tendency to land past the board, and "they told me to give it my all because I was already in first place, and to go all out."

Parks topped his own personal record by 11 feet to win the discus after finishing second but not advancing in the shot put. The senior said the disappointment of the shot put gave him incentive for the disc.

"I felt real good coming in, practice was clean and I felt like every day I got better," Parks said.

Eze's winning triple jump also came on the final attempt and he jumped a foot further than his previous best. He was also leading at the time.

"My goal for this competition was to hit the state qualifying mark in prelims (which he did), and that took a big weight off my shoulders and I could enjoy myself in the last three jumps," Eze said.

The senior said the triple jump is his first love and has been since he was a freshman.

Brantley was running out of time and events. He missed qualifying for states early in the afternoon in 110 hurdles by seven-hundredths of a second, and had a personal best in the triple jump, but failed to qualify.

He got it done by winning the 300 hurdles. "The 110s did get me a little down, but I got some good pep talks from the coaches and I realized I could come back and punch my ticket to states. I was really gunning for it in the 300s," the senior said.

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