Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Lincoln athletes display quickness on track

// Abes beat Stadium, Foss

In gearing up for hosting the Tacoma Invitational on April 14, the Lincoln Abes put on quite a show by sweeping their track meet against Stadium and Foss on April 12. Ten different Abes won individual events, as the boys cruised in putting up 98 points, while the girls tallied 67 points to edge Stadium.

“The kids really did step up today,” said Lincoln head coach Duane Lee. “Of course, the weather helps a lot…today was a beautiful day to run, and it showed in the kids. They got out, there were a lot of (personal records) today.”

Sprinter Quadelle Satterwhite – who claimed the 200-meter dash title at the state meet last year – led the Abes in winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Satterwhite’s time of 21.84 seconds in the 200 was just one one-hundredth of a second slower than his state-winning time.

“I’ve had a little trouble coming out of the blocks, so I’m focusing on getting that good start and finishing strong,” Satterwhite said, later adding, “With these meets here it’s just pushing yourself and seeing what you can do.”

“He wasn’t even challenged today,” Lee said. “That tells me that he’s ready to go and pop some good times here as the weather improves.”

The Abes also got solid performances from sophomore Rayshaun Miller – who finished second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes – and freshman Tyler Hill, who set three personal records and claimed second in the 400-meter dash. Richard Johnson won the long jump and Quincy Gray won the discus throw and shot put and took second in the javelin throw to aid the Abes’ effort.

On the girls’ side, Lincoln’s Tiara Mays-Neal won the 100-meter hurdles, Julia Jones won the 300-meter hurdles and Tyisha Brown El claimed the 400-meter dash title. Jada Harvey cruised to a win in the discus throw with a toss of 108 feet and four inches, while also claiming the shot put title.

“The kids are coming along,” Lee said. “We’re small in numbers, but what we’re lacking in quantity we’ve got great quality.”

Foss’ Marcus Chambers, another state-tested sprinter, was impressive in cruising to victories in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run, his first time in the latter event this year.

“I had a little more in me, I could have run faster…I just didn’t know how it felt so I was trying to cruise through it,” said Chambers, who won the 800 by almost 12 seconds. “If my coaches think I should keep doing it we’ll keep doing it. I just want to make it to state and win it this year.”

While both Falcon squads placed third overall, Foss girls’ effort was spearheaded by Mil-Lindsey Williams and Abrei McClarron. The two sprinters show great promise for the near future, as Williams won the 100-meter dash in 13.47 seconds, just ahead of McClarron. The pair flip-flopped in the 200-meter dash, with McClarron edging Williams with a time of 28.48 seconds.

Stadium’s distance runners were solid in helping the Tigers, as Emily Coic led the charge with easy wins in the 800- and 1600-meter runs. Coic was taken out of the 3200-meter run, as head coach Margaret Walter is looking to get more experience for younger athletes.

“I have a lot of freshmen this year, so we’re just trying to get them as involved as we can because we want them to be excited about track and stay for all four years,” Walter said. “We had some relay (teams) that hadn’t run before, so that was exciting for them.”

The Tigers’ Cameron Freshwaters won the boys’ 1600-meter run, Moses Chege won the 3200-meter run, Crayton Williams tied Lincoln’s Ricky Washington for the high jump title, Chris Lee claimed the triple jump and Dillon Armstrong won the javelin throw. Caree Kulesza won the girls’ long jump to add to Stadium’s effort, while Shaya Murray added a win in the triple jump.

“We have some good hurdlers and jumpers,” Walter said, adding that Murray’s triple jump of 33 feet and four inches was a personal record. “For the girls, we’ve got some really strong seniors and some up-and-coming underclassmen as well.”

The Tigers’ boys put up 50.5 points overall, while the girls notched 59.5 points as both claimed second place overall.