Phillips places 5th at state track meet

Girls relay team falls short


Ednauh Kamlondy

Amonte Phillips finished in 5th place in the high jump.

Irina Del Donno and Jennifer Williams, Staff Writers

“I think this year has the potential of being the best year Cleveland’s had,” Head Coach Hosea Phillips predicted about Cleveland’s track team at the start of the season. Phillips proved to be correct, with six athletes advancing to state.

Junior Amonte Phillips qualified for the high jump while Tyresha Jones-Smith, Savannah Daniels, Gianna Kelly and Jennifer Williams competed in the 400-meter relay. Shai’Ree Walker served as an alternate.

It was jubilation all around on the first day of the state meet when all of the Cleveland athletes advanced to the finals. Phillips went on to place fifth in the high jump, but a missed handoff in the first leg of the race led to the relay team being disqualified.

“Everybody has their pushes and pulls, we’re all individuals and we have different personalities,” said senior Savannah Daniels. “At the end of the day, we all have the same ultimate goal, and that is to be the best athlete possible and to work as a team … that’s what keeps us together.”

The girls finished placed 5th in their qualifying meet and 8th overall.