Crestwood Boys Track Team Aims To Defend Its County Title

Reigning Palm Beach County champion in the 110-meter hurdles Alphonzo Carter leads a group of Crestwood track and field runners. Photo by Marque Drummond

The Crestwood Middle School boys track and field team is looking to repeat the performance by last year’s team, which won the Palm Beach County Middle School Track & Field Championship last May. This year’s championship will be held in late May.

According to Crestwood Middle School track and field head coach Marque Drummond, he is cautiously optimistic that this year’s team will put up a staunch defense of its 2023 county title.

“I have 19 athletes on the team and six returnees,” Drummond said.

Of the six returnees, one of them actually won a Palm Beach County title last year — Alphonzo Carter in the 110-meter hurdles.

Brandon Pendergrass, one of the members of last year’s 800-meter medley relay, is the only one returning from that unit, as the other three runners from last spring have all transitioned into high school.

In addition to Carter running in the 110-meter hurdles, he will also be competing in the long jump and the 800-meter run.

Other members of the team who are expected to make big contributions to the team’s overall success this spring will be Pendergrass in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash; Ashton Davis in the shot put and 100-meter dash; Jayden Espino in the 400-meter run; Micah Baker in 200-meters dash; Michal Baker in the one-mile run; and Rajon Fleurima, who will compete in the 4×100-meter relay and 800-meter medley relay.

The team began its warmup to the Palm Beach County Middle School Track & Field Championship by competing in its first track meet of the spring season at Polo Park Middle School on Wednesday, May 1.