Spartanburg Sports Report

Broome Collects Another Region Crown

Broome boys track coach Skip Frye has a number of talented underclassmen playing big roles on his latest region champion track team.

His streak of titles, however, is a senior.

Broome’s remarkable run of region championships continued on Wednesday night, as Frye’s team captured it’s 17th straight region title.

“We had to work for this one, let me tell you,” Frye said. “Woodruff – that’s a very good track team right there. A Russell Mahaffey-coached track team is going to be a good track team.

One of the Centurions’ key competitors this year is Keyvon Graham. He won the 400, the 4×100, the 200, and was second in the 100. He wasn’t born when Broome’s streak started. He also wasn’t going to let it end.

“It means a lot to me to help keep this going for Coach Frye,” he said. “He’s taught me a lot, and it feels great to keep going.”

The thought of one group passing the title to the next has played a role in the streak’s longevity. It’s helped that Broome has had some transcendent athletes. David Wilkins was a marvelous jumper. Bauvier Jackson could throw a discus as flat as I can throw a frisbee. D.J. Moore would quite often just show up, go about being D.J. Moore, and collect 30 or 40 points.

Frye considered all that while looking back toward the school from Royal Stadium.

“The thing that happens is the best athletes up there come down this hill,” he said. “There aren’t too many walking the halls that I wish were down here, and at a lot of schools that’s not the case.”

However, Broome’s run has been populated by twice as many role players, athletes who excel wherever Frye puts them and who are willing to go wherever he needs them to go. That paid off Thursday night.

“The great thing is we have a lot of kids who don’t mind moving around, even though they might have a chance to be all-region in something,” he said. “A lot of times we have a saying on the back of our shirts – ‘the We is bigger than the Me’. None of them batted an eye when I said I was moving them because they could score more points for us somewhere else. It just all worked.”

It’s also about tradition at Broome, with the track program’s success feeding itself – sometimes over generations.

“I’ve got a kid who’s a jumper for me, his Daddy was on a region championship team for me,” he said. “There’s probably more.”

Frye said the titles are never easy, and this one was well-earned.

“Woodruff’s got some guys who are dynamite,” he said. “They’re good. I worried about this one all year because I knew what Russell’s got.”

Now, Frye will turn back to the track chess match as he gets his team ready for the Upper State qualifier and the State meet.

“We’ll take a look at it and try to qualify,” he said. “If we see somewhere we don’t have much chance we won’t run that and just pick our spots.”

For nearly two decades at Broome, that spot has been on top of the region.