Winning a state team title takes a mixture of skill, execution, good fortune, and athletes stepping up big. That was the case with L.C. Bird winning the state team title this weekend, the first in program history. They were lead by the Hill duo and scored 66 points to win the team title. That was 7.5 points ahead of Potomac Senior, the outdoor state champions.
The meet ended the way every state championship should, with the 4x400m relay deciding the title. The SkyHawks did what they had to and scored 8 points in that final race to secure the team victory. In total they had 11 individuals and relays score at least a point making this win a true team effort.
Just like nearly every other state team title though, L.C. Bird had one performance or rather performer that stood out more than others. That was Jevon La Pierre who scored arguably the most important 12 points of the meet.
His first points came in the 55m dash final where he scored two points in seventh. He put some scare in his coaches though finishing in 12th in the prelims and qualified to the two heat final by .002 seconds.
He turned that around and on the second day, early in the morning, shocked a whole bunch of people in the long jump. Despite being seeded 15th at 21-3.5 he was able to jump a monstrous 23-7.25 on his fourth attempt to win the competition. If he had not won the event L.C. Bird would have scored 9 less points and not have won the team title.
Simply put, Jevon La Pierre was that spark for L.C. Bird to lead them to the team title and inspire them to chase for the win in every event.
L.C. Bird 5A State Meet Results:
|55 METER DASH|
|6.60||Jevon La Pierre||7th||Finals H1||Finals - Boys 55m Dash|
|6.69||Jevon La Pierre||12th||Prelims H2||Prelims - Boys 55m Dash|
|300 METER DASH|
|35.51||Josiah Hill||6th||Finals H7||Boys 300m Dash|
|35.84||Jeremiah Hill||8th||Finals H7||Boys 300m Dash|
|36.78||Jevon La Pierre||20th||Finals H3||Boys 300m Dash|
|500 METER DASH|
|1:06.00||Jeremiah Hill||2nd||Finals H3||Boys 500m Dash|
|1:06.13||Josiah Hill||3rd||Finals H3||Boys 500m Dash|
|1:07.50||Aaron Lewis||5th||Finals H3||Boys 500m Dash|
|1000 METER RUN|
|2:43.72||Shahmique Cromwell||11th||Finals H2||Boys 1000m Run|
|1600 METER RUN|
|4:33.87||Jacob Plummer||11th||Finals H2||Boys 1600m Run|
|3200 METER RUN|
|9:59.87||Jacob Plummer||9th||Finals H2||Boys 3200m Run|
|55 METER HURDLES|
|7.69||Aaron Lewis||4th||Finals H2||Finals - Boys 55mH|
|7.72||Aaron Lewis||4th||Prelims H1||Prelims - Boys 55mH|
|4X200 METER RELAY|
|1:31.84||Relay Team||2nd||Finals H5||Boys 4x200m Relay|
|4X400 METER RELAY|
|3:26.36||Relay Team||2nd||Finals H3||Boys 4x400m Relay|
|4X800 METER RELAY|
|8:15.17||Relay Team||3rd||Finals H2||Boys 4x800m Relay|
|6-0||SB||LaMar Davis||10th||Finals H1||Boys High Jump|
|23-7.25||SB||Jevon La Pierre||1st||Finals H1||Boys Long Jump|
|22-8.75||SB||LaMar Davis||4th||Finals H1||Boys Long Jump|
|41-8.25||Joseph Akinrinmade||16th||Finals H2||Boys Triple Jump|