Bolstered by Marcell Jones’ first-place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles, Mumford High’s boys track and field team led the standings Saturday in the sixth annual Robert S. Shumake Scholarship Relays, held at Renaissance High.
The Mustangs’ 78 points finished just ahead of Cass Tech with 72, enabling the Detroit Public School League to emerge with the top two teams in the boys’ competition.
Morgan Park (Chicago) had 98 points to lead the girls’ standings. Renaissance (42 points) placed sixth, Mumford (30) eighth and Cass Tech (26) ninth to lead PSL girls’ teams.
Mumford’s Jones, in addition to winning the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.16 and the 300 meter hurdles in 40.68, also helped the Mustangs win the 4×100 meter relay. He teamed with Devin Hill, Sam Richardson and Marcus Stewart to post a time of 43:02, beating Cass Tech’s 43.55.
Cass Tech won the 4×200 meter relay (1:29.83) and the 4×400 meter relay (3:23.68), while Renaissance High, with a team of Alex Billops, Austin Davis, Jamal Mack and Dillon Ward, won the 4×800 meter relay in 8:12.87.
In the girls’ competition, the PSL was led by Cass Tech’s Kyra Jefferson, who won the 200 meter dash in 24.88, and Mumford’s Deboni Lofton, who took first in the 800 meters in 2:15.71.
This year’s Shumake Relays featured teams from nearly 40 schools from across the region. Since its inception, more than 5,000 youngsters have competed and the event has awarded over $30,000 in college scholarships. The meet’s uniqueness is the dual focus it places on athletic ability and academic achievement. In addition to prizes for the top teams and individuals on the track, prizes are awarded to the athlete on each team with the highest grade point average.
“I ran track in high school and that’s what kept me off the street,” said meet founder Robert Shumake, CEO of Southfield-based Inheritance Capital Group and a graduate of Denby High School. “The discipline that I learned from competing in track still helps me today in business.”