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BHS boys track team wins region again

Shawn Samuels competes in the finals of the Region 1-AAAA meet in Albany on Tuesday, April 26. | Joe Bellacomo

The defending State Class AAAA champion Bainbridge High School Bearcats track team won their 13th consecutive Region championship Tuesday at the Hugh Mills Memorial Stadium track in Albany.

Among those capturing medals for the Bearcats were Octavious Scott, Joseph Ausgood, Shawn Samuels, Dontarious Jackson, Brandon Handsford, Steven Crowell, Delonte Martistee, Rohan Gaines, Dewayne Gurley and Jamar Venisee-Cosby.

The Bearcats will be defending their 2010 State Class AAAA championship Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8 at the State Class AAAA Meet in Jefferson.

Senior sprinter Shawn Samuels won Region championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.97 seconds and 22.19 seconds.

Samuels also anchored the Bearcats 4-by-100-meter relay team that finished second in 42.91 seconds, barely behind Hardaway, which won in 42.62 seconds. On the team with Samuels were Octavious Scott, Brandon Handsford and Rohan Gaines.

Rhyan Edwards finished third in the 400-meter dash with a finals time of 51.04. Ausgood finished second in the 800-meter dash and was followed by Hubert Thomas with a time of 2 minutes, 5.36 seconds.

The boys 4-by-400 meter relay team finished third finished with a time of 3 minutes, 29.11 seconds.

The Bearcats were very strong in the field events Tuesday.

Jamar Venisee-Cosby, Delonte Martistee and Rohan Gaines led the way.

Venisee-Cosby won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches. Martistee won the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 10 inches. Gaines won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches and finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, one inch.

Steven Crowell was second in the shot put with a heave of 50 feet, 7 inches, behind Ray Drew of Thomas County Central, who had a throw of 54 feet, 8.5 inches. Dewayne Gurley was second in the discus with a throw of 146 feet, 2 inches, behind Drew’s throw of 201 feet, two inches.

Octavious Scott, who was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.67 seconds. Dontarius Jackson was second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.10 seconds and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.67 seconds. They also qualified for the state track meet on Tuesday.

Overall, Bainbridge finished with 151 team points, ahead of Hardaway with 105.5 points and Warner Robins with 99 points.