Long weekend, didn’t have a chance to post. I was a the District Championships for Track and Field, the sport I coach. It was a great meet with perfect weather and other than the sunburns, I couldn’t have asked for a better meet. All the boys on my team set personal records, most of them in a big way, and we came away with 10 District Medals and 3 school records from just 7 boys. The girls team was also very successful finishing 5th as a team and had 4 girls qualify for the State Championship meet. Can’t wait for States this weekend.
I would have to say out of all of the competition over the weekend, my favorite athletes to watch were the Central Dauphin East sprinters. TJ Elliot came out and ran like a clear favorite in his events, putting away anyone who got near him like they didn’t even matter. He finished with 3 gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 and put down some ridiculous times (10.75, 21.66, 42.40) in doing so. He literally looked like a man among boys at times. Heading into the State meet, TJ ranks 3rd in both the 100 and 200 and anchors the 5th ranked 4×100 team. After watching him put away the competition at Districts though I would not count him out as a contender for the gold in any event at States.
On the girls side CD East was even more stacked in the sprints, featuring 3 of the top 10 girls in the 100 dash. Deme’shia Davis came out of the meet with 4 golds, winning the 100 and 200 and anchoring the 4×100 and 4×400. She showed her speed and presence of mind winning the close races by a lean and then helping dominate the event they were supposed to dominate in the 4×100 and not letting off the gas to set the District record. In the 200, pushed by super-freshman Angelica Gonzalez, Davis broke the girls District record recording a time of 24.26. This was a District record set in 2000 by future Olympic Silver Medalist Hyleas Fountain. Her 100 time has he seeded second at States (Angelica comes in 5th and CD East teammate Courtney Mitchell 9th) and her and Angelica rank 1st and 2nd for the 200 at States after only a lean separated them last time. The dominating 4×100 team is also ranked 1st in the State. Deme’shia should definitely be bringing home more hardware before she graduates.
One other girl that amazed me was Central York’s Megan Lundy. Lundy was ranked 3rd in the girls 400 behind some younger talent, but the senior who has been excelling since she first started came out on a mission and put the talented field away finishing in a time of 55.64. She heads in the States ranked 2nd in that event. Only a short while later Lundy ran in the 200 meter finals and finished 4th behind the aforementioned Davis and Gonzalez. The group there was so fast that Lundy ranks 6th going in to States.
One last team I wanted to mention was Milton Hershey, specifically, Lindell Swinson. Milton Hershey is always a strong school, especially in the sprints, and this didn’t chance this year. Senior Andrew Adighibe finished 2nd behind Elliot in the 100 and he and fellow senior Almamy Bangura finished 2-3 behind Elliot in the 200. Bangura pulled in a 4th place in the 400, their 4×100 was edged out by Elliot at the end, finishing 2nd and their 4×400 finished a close 3rd. Even with all of that, Lindell Swinson impressed me the most. Only in 10th grade, Lindell ran the 400 with purpose and put away a very strong field that included teammate and former District Champion Bangura. His time of 48.27 was incredibly impressive and the sophomore is now the favorite to win States.
Like I said it was a great meet both on and off the track and the weather was perfect. Obviously I love the sprint races (as a sprint coach that is probably a good thing) and cannot wait to see how the District does at the State Championships.