ORANGE PARK-Before they even took the track, Hamilton County boys faced another 20 point plus deficit at districts for the second straight year.
Last year, Hamilton faced an enormous 28.5 deficit but rallied late to take the title.
Again the Trojans faced the same situation this weekend trailing by 23 points after the completion of one event.
However, thanks to several top five finishes in numerous events, the Trojans were able to overcome the deficit and win their second straight district title.
Hamilton held off Bell 177-154 to win the District 4-1A title April 15 at St. Johns Country Day.
Branford, who finished second last season behind Hamilton, was third with 107 points, host
St. Johns Country Day was fourth with 75, Trenton was fifth with 61, Lafayette was sixth with 38 and Hilliard was seventh with 22 points.
Three days earlier, St. Johns and Branford were the lone representatives to compete in the pole vault competition at Branford. Branford took first, second and fourth behind Aubrey Sapp (10-06), Laz Hernandez (9-00) and Nicholas Dickorson (9-0) to grab an early 23 point lead heading into the rest of the meet completed Friday at St. Johns.
Antonio Ingram (11.26), Antonio Turner (11.57) and Will Hill (11.85) started the comeback finishing first, third and sixth in the 100 dash.
Ingram (22.95) won the 200, while Hill (24.76) and Gerald Bristol (24.80) finished fourth and fifth ahead of Branford’s Kyle Stebbins (25.40).
Ryan Hart won the 400 and finished second in the 800 behind Branford’s David Bass (2:03.39). Teammates Wade Norris (2:17.78) and Jimmy Alexander (2:17.89) finished fourth and fifth in the 800 run.
Branford’s Dakota Blunt held off Lafayette’s Octavio Escamilia (5:19.42) and Jorge Negrete (5:26.21) and Hamilton County’s Andres Pascual (5:40.36) to finish third in the 1600 run.
Escamalia was second in the 3200 ahead of Daughtry and teammate Jorge Negrete who finished fifth.
Deonte Simmons won the 110 hurdles (17.37), well ahead of Branford’s Matt Thody (18.08) and Sebastian Smith (18,35), who finished fourth and fifth.
Turner, Ingram, Bristol and Hill helped Hamilton easily win the 4x100 relay, two seconds ahead of runner-up Trenton and three seconds ahead of third place Branford.
Cameron Daughtry, Cole Lamb, Blunt and Bass helped Branford win the 4x800 relay ahead of runner-up Hamilton and Lafayette.
Ingram (6-0) and Bristol (6-0) went second and third in the high jump and Turner (21-08) and LA Willis (19-5) went 1-2 in the long jump.
Turner (44-07) and Simmons (41-08) went 1-2 in the triple jump, while teammate Will Hill (40-08) was fourth.
Destin Walker (40-02) and Jalon Herring (36-6) finished third and fifth in the shot put and Simmons (112-09) and Damon Bryant (111-04) finished second and third in the discus.