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Vernon Walker earned four gold medals at the 2015 Metro West Championship, here in the 4 x 400m relay

Men's Track 2nd at Metro West
3/20/2015 2:13:00 PM

After winning their first five meets this year and ranked as the top team in Florida across all classifications, Men's Track and Field faced a bit of adversity at the Metro West Championship with injuries to two top runners and a more than motivated field focused on knocking them off their pedestal. Despite winning seven events, including all three relays, the Panthers couldn't close a 30-point first-day deficit as they placed second to Olympia, 149-134. Senior Vernon Walker won two individual gold medals in the 110m hurdles (14.82) and 300m hurdles (38.39) and helped two relay teams to gold medals as well. The 4 x 100m team of Alvin BryantJamari Smith, Vernon Walker and Mike Macon earned the gold in 41.55 while the 4 x 400m team of Alvin BryantJamari Smith, Vernon Walker and CJ Bradshaw took gold in 3:17.66. Jamari Smith picked up an individual gold medal in the 400m (48.16) as did Alvin Bryant in the 200m (21.91). DP's 4 x 800m relay team of Emare HoganJamari Smith, CJ Bradshaw and Mike Macon also collected gold medals with a time of 7:55.85. DP earned silver medals in four events with Alvin Bryant in the 100m (11.07), CJ Bradshaw in the 800m (1:56.04), Larry Pierre in the high jump (6-0) and Ray Jones in pole vault (8-0). Emmanuel Dunston was DP's lone bronze medalist with an 8-0 clear in pole vault. Other top eight finishers included Larry Pierre in the 110m hurdles (fifth) and triple jump (seventh), Jean D'Haiti, fifth in both the 1600m and 3200m, Carl Schwartz in the 1600m (sixth), Bo Ivey in the 3200m (sixth), Nigel Alexander in shot put (sixth), Jaylon Hamer in discus (seventh) and Tashaun Lindquist in shot put (eighth). DP will look to bounce back next week at the Seminole Invitational in Clermont.

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