Almost since the turn of the century, Mumford High has made winning the Detroit Public School League boys’ track and field championship seem like a birthright.
It was a familiar outcome Thursday at Renaissance High School where Coach Robert Lynch’s Mustangs extended their PSL title reign to 10 years in a row, scoring 154 points to edge second-place Cass Tech (152) by two points, while Cass Tech took home the girls’ title with 152 points in easily outdistancing second-place Renaissance’s 119.
“My team did well and my distance runners made the difference,” Lynch said. “My sprint team came through as I expected. They really wanted to win that (4×100) relay, which they did. But they had me worried after we placed third in the mile (4×400) relay (behind Cass Tech and Crockett Tech).”
In addition to the 4×100 relay (43.13), Mumford had winners with Richard Ogadinma in the long jump (20-10), Marcell Jones in the 110 hurdles (13.34) and Lamount Chandler in the 1600 (4:45.42).
Cass Tech made it close by winning the 4×400 in the last of 16 events, but was unable to loosen Mumford’s grip on the title.
“Lynch does a great job every year,” Cass Tech Coach Thomas Wilcher said. “He keeps the whole field covered. He has people who can score in every event, and that’s how you win. My team did well. I just want all my guys to stay strong and healthy and be ready for the state (meet). I think we can make an impact there.”
Kishon Wilcher, the Cass Tech coach’s son, did his best to lift his team by doubling as an individual sprint champ in the 100 (10.8) and 200 (22.05). In addition to winning the 4×400 (3:21.88), the Technicians got victories by Keith Moore in the 400 (50.29), Blake Bufford in the 800 (2:02.48) and the 4×200 relay (1:29.69).
Renaissance’s Jabari Dean was a double winner in the shot put (34-3) and the discus (126-3), while CMA’s Joshua Harris doubled as champion in the high jump (6-0) and 300 hurdles (39.80). Renaissance’s Justin Bullock won the 3200 (10.39.52) and Renaissance won the 4×800 relay (8:07.96).
On the girls’ side, Cass Tech’s overall strength led its title charge. The Technicians won the 4×200 (1:43.92), 4×100 (49.16) and 4×400 (4:03.01) relays, while Kyra Jefferson won the 100 (15.03) and doubled as champion in the 200 (24.15) ahead of teammate Erica Hobson in second place.
“I have a very young team and they’re all back next year,” Coach Chris Wright said. “I thought we ran well today. Every event that I thought we would win, we won.”
Renaissance placed second among the girls after a scoring error was detected that initially had Mumford tied for the runner-up spot. The Phoenix were led by Rokeyta Roberson, who doubled as champion in the shot put (34-3) and the discus (102-1