Seals Triple Jumps To Repeat Title

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 9, 2014

By Brian Pitts
Davie Enterprise Record

Once wasn’t good enough for Boyce Seals. The Davie senior repeated as the triple jump champion in the Central Piedmont Conference last week at Reagan.
Last year Seals triple jumped 40 feet, 8.5 inches on the way to first. Last week he turned in a season-best 44 feet to outdistance the runner-up (41-6) by more than two feet.
“It feel great,” Seals said. “It was a lot of hard work. The coaches really pushed me and I did my part of working out and fixing everything I needed to fix. This year one of my goals was getting 44 and qualifying for regionals. I would always get in the 40 range; I could just never get past 42. So yeah, 44 was a big goal for me.”
The Midwest Regional will be May 10 at Dudley. Last year Seals placed sixth in the regional.
“I finished one of my goals – that was going to regionals,” he said. “Now the next one is getting to states.”
The next-best performance from the Davie boys came from junior George Mitchell, who was third in the triple jump at 40-1.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Hannah Dove and senior Elaina Passero led the War Eagles with second-place finishes in the shot put and pole vault, respectively.
Dove went 30 feet in the shot put, falling three inches short of the first-place throw by Mt. Tabor’s Janae Hunter.
Passero went 9-6 in the pole vault. The winning mark was 10-6.
By placing in the top two, Dove and Passero earned all-conference spots.
Dove came in as the reigning champion in the discus, and although she surpassed last year’s throw of 90-3, she was forced to settle for third. She went 93-9 to a 99-3 by Hunter and a 99 by the runner-up.
Notes: Don’t be surprised if Passero makes noise the next two weekends in the pole vault; she is experienced in the big meets down the stretch. In 2013, she was third in the regional and 10th in the state. … The Davie boys and girls finished fifth in the CPC for the third consecutive year. The boys’ scoring: Tabor 170, Reagan 146, North Davidson 130.5, West Forsyth 117, Davie 49.5, Reynolds 40 and Parkland 24. … The order of finish on the girls’ side: Parkland 174, Reagan 142.5, Tabor 122, W. Forsyth 112, Davie 56.5, Reynolds 40 and N. Davidson 22.