COUNTRY CLUB HILLS | The 2013 T.F. North track team has accomplished a goal nearly 50 years in the making: winning a conference title.
The Meteors took first place at a rain-soaked South Suburban Blue track meet with a dominating performance. T.F. North (149) beat out second place Hillcrest (109) by 40 points on their way to the title. T.F. South (26) finished seventh.
"The school hasn't won a men's conference since 1967," Meteors coach Moses Hulbert said. "I'm really, really happy. It's been a long ride. When I first took over the program, we only had about 10 kids."
The Meteors were led by Marvel Thompson who took first in both the 400 meters and 200-meter dash. Thompson's respective times of 49.69 and 22.18 were just enough to edge out Hillcrest sprinter Moshood Adeyemo.
"My times will keep getting better if I run harder and practice harder," Thompson said. "The credit goes to my coaches. They helped me evolve and be a better runner and practicer. I'm trying to get to 21 in the 200 and 48 in the 400."
Myles Barbee took first in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 5 inches. Barbee also helped the Meteor 800-meter relay team to a first place finish in a time of 1:30.
"I'm feeling good," Barbee said. "We work hard all year. At the beginning of the year, I was a primary high jumper, and we suffered a lot of injuries and I had to fill in at other spots. I heard today that the qualifying for state was 6-5, but at sectionals, I want to get higher, maybe 6-7."
T.F. North's Adonis Barnes captured first place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40 seconds flat. Barnes was first and foremost happy with the team effort of the Meteors.
"First of all, I'm proud of my team and the coaching," Barnes said. "We've been through a lot this season. We're just trying to keep on building up."
T.F. South struggled to place in many events, but Jackson Campbell took a second-place finish in the long jump for the Rebels. Jackson's jump of 20-6 was a personal record. Jackson also helped lead the Rebels to a second place finish behind T.F. North in the 800 meter relay.
"I still have to work on my technique," Jackson said. "I'm feeling good about my long jump and getting better at each practice."