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Members of Brentwood’s state-qualifying 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay teams are (from left) Justice Harris, Kaylon Jenkins, Jacob Clay and Deshaun Johnson. Also pictured (far right) is DeAndre Boykin. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Rivera Shooting for 2 More Titles; Jenkins in 4 Events

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

One girl and four boys from Brentwood High School have qualified for the Class 2 state track and field championships May 20-21 in Jefferson City.

Senior Sophia Rivera qualified in the shot put and discus throw for the fourth year in a row with lopsided wins at the May 7 district meet and May 14 sectional meet.

Sophia Rivera throws the shot at the Brentwood Invitational.

Sophia Rivera puts the shot at the Brentwood Invitational last month. She has the state record in the event.

Senior Kaylon Jenkins qualified in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and as a member of the 400- and 800-meter relay teams. His state-bound teammates on both relays are seniors Jacob Clay and Deshaun Johnson and junior Justice Harris.

Kaylon Jenkins in practice at BHS.

Kaylon Jenkins in practice at BHS.

Three Eagles qualified for the sectional by finishing in the top four at district, but didn’t make the cut in those events for the state meet: freshman John Walthall in the 3,200-meter run, Justice Harris in the 300-meter hurdles and Clay in the 100.

John Walthall is the first BHS distance runner to qualify for the sectional meet in at least several years.

John Walthall is the first BHS distance runner to qualify for the sectional meet in at least several years.

Justin Harris qualified for the sectional meet in the 300-meter hurdles.

Justin Harris qualified for the sectional meet in the 300-meter hurdles.

Rivera is shooting for her seventh and eighth first-place state medals in the shot put and discus throw. The javelin throw will be held for the first time as an exhibition event in Jefferson City and she is the heavy favorite to win that as well. In April she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the javelin.

Sophia Rivera winds up to throw the discus in practice.

Sophia Rivera winds up to throw the discus in practice in March.

Brentwood’s same 400 relay team — Jenkins, Clay, Johnson and Harris — won a fifth-place medal at state last year. Two years ago Clay and three seniors won fourth place in the event. Jenkins also qualified in the 200 last year but didn’t make it past the preliminaries.

Brentwood's 400 relay team won a fifth-place medal at state last year and the same four individuals hope to do even better this year. They are (from left) Justice Harris, Kaylon Jenkins, Jacob Clay and Deshaun Johnson.

Brentwood’s 400 relay team won a fifth-place medal at state last year and the same four individuals hope to do even better this year. They are (from left) Justice Harris, Kaylon Jenkins, Jacob Clay and Deshaun Johnson.

Brentwood boys results
Class 2, Sectional 1 meet, May 14
Troy-Buchanan High School, Troy, Mo.
100: 3rd, Kaylon Jenkins, 11.95 seconds; 5th, Jacob Clay, 12.11
200: 1st, Jenkins, 23.17 seconds
3,200: 8th, John Walthall, 11 minutes 31.64 seconds
300 hurdles: 6th, Justin Harris, 44.57 seconds
400 relay: 1st, Clay, Justice Harris, Jenkins, Deshaun Johnson, 44.87 seconds
800 relay: 3rd, Clay, Justice Harris, Jenkins, Johnson, 1 minute 34.07 seconds
Team finish: 6th place among 24 teams, 40 points

Brentwood boys results
Class 2, District 2 meet, May 7
Monroe City High School
100: 1st, Kaylon Jenkins, 11.53 seconds; 3rd, Jacob Clay, 11.96
200: 1st, Jenkins, 22.92 seconds; 6th, Justice Harris, 24.85
400: 9th, Corey Carroll, 57.95 seconds
800: 10th, Billy Flynn, 2 minutes 29.31 seconds
3,200: 4th, John Walthall, 11 minutes 58.27 seconds
110 hurdles: 7th, Justin Harris, 18.97 seconds
300 hurdles: 4th, Justin Harris, 43.97 seconds; 13th, Deion Wilson, 54.90
400 relay: 1st, Jacob Clay, Justice Haris, Jenkins, Deshaun Johnson, 44.54 seconds
800 relay: 2nd, Clay, Justice Harris, Jenkins, Johnson, 1 minute 33.35 seconds
Shot put: 10th, Mike Doebber, 33 feet 5 inches
Discus throw: 7th, Doebber, 101 feet 2 inches
High jump: 5th, Justice Harris, 5 feet 10 inches
Team finish: 6th place among 24 teams, 40 points

Brentwood girls results
Class 2, Sectional 1 meet, May 14
Troy Buchanan High School, Troy, Mo.
Shot put: 1st, Sophia Rivera, 45 feet 3 inches
Discus throw: 1st, Rivera, 143 feet
Team finish: 12th place among 25 teams, 20 points

Brentwood girls results
Class 2, District 2 meet, May 7
Monroe City High School
100: 7th, Oni Wright, 15.03 seconds
Triple jump: 7th, Nyiah Thompson, 28 feet 8.5 inches
Shot put: 1st, Sophia Rivera, 45 feet 2 inches
Discus throw: 1st, Rivera, 148 feet 3 inches; 6th, Jill Yancey, 85-8
Team finish: 12th place among 25 teams, 20 points