Golden Eagles’ thinclads ready for districts
BELPRE — After claiming high-point honors in the Tri-Valley Conference championship track meet, Belpre’s Tojzae Reams and Sydney Spencer are both looking to this week’s district track meet to further their accomplishments and hopefully eventually advance to the state meet.
On May 3, Reams, a senior sprinter and hurdler, won all four individual TVC meet events he was in (110 hurdles, 100 and 200 dashes, and 300 hurdles) to finish with a perfect 40 points, while Spencer, a junior, came in second in the 100, 400 and 800, and was fourth in the 200 to score more points (28) than any of her competitors.
“We actually game-planned to get Sydney high point by putting her in all individual events, where she could get more points because she’s so fast,” said Belpre head girls coach John Carter. “Normally, she would be running in two relays, but in the strategic part of things, we were trying to get first place in the TVC, but ended up in second.”
Plus, added Carter, “Sydney also had to run in two prelims that night too, so she technically had to run six races. What she did was totally amazing.”
In her normal Golden Eagle girls’ 4 by 400 and 4 by 800 relay teams, both ranked No. 1 in the district meet tonight and Saturday, Spencer is the lead leg.
Reams is a repeat TVC high-point winner as Belpre won by 55 points over runner-up Trimble, 160-65, “so Tojzae was a key component of that,” said Carter. “And he’s qualified for state in the 300 hurdles all three years here,” last year coming in eighth to earn all-state honors.
Reams thinks he might have won all his events in a meet before “maybe twice. It’s definitely an accomplishent; I’m proud of myself.”
He obviously sees his best chances to get to state again in the 300 hurdles, “but I’d like to be higher on the podium there.” In addition, Reams is “trying to peak out and make it to state in the 200; I think I have a good chance at getting to state in that event too because I’ve really been working hard this year.”
“Tojzae is definitely a talented athlete; they don’t fall in your lap that often,” said Belpre head boys coach Curt Shriver.
Also, Shriver sees other potential district condenders for Belpre’s boys in Jackson Plummer, who’s “posted some really good times in the 1600 and 3200,” winning both in the TVC meet; along with Kellar Windland “doing really well in the mile,” who was runner-up in the TVC; “a really strong 4 by 400 team that’s looking pretty good this year;” and freshman Collin Alloway in both the shot put and discus, No. 1 and 2 respectively in the TVC, “who’s right around the 45-foot mark in the shot and 140-mark in the discus, so is looking to advance into the regionals.”
For Spencer though, she had never been a high-pointer before, but after her freshman year, Carter knew that she was going to make an impact at Belpre, “even though, I was not very confident in my ability,” said Spencer. “Since then though, I’ve worked really hard to earn the times I have now.”
Spencer considers her “best event is the 800 and then after that, it would be the 4 by 800 or 4 by 400 that might get us to the state if we pull out something.”
She went to regionals last year in the 800, but hasn’t gotten to state yet. “So my goal definitely is that I want to be in the state meet in the 800,” said Spencer.
Spencer, like most runners, keeps track of times of her upcoming chief contenders. “I’m close (to them), but I’ll have to really run the fastest in my life, which I’m definitely going to do,” she said emphatically, knowing she’d have to better her time “by a few seconds. But I definitely think I’m capable of doing that.”