Local track squads had one last chance to tune up for the postseason on May 2, and it was on the same stage – the All-City Meet at Lincoln High School. While each team impressed in different ways, the Wilson Rams displayed a wide variety of athleticism, as they had 14 individual winners and swept all the relays in convincingly winning both the boys and girls’ meets.
“We had a lot of good performances, so things are looking good,” said Wilson coach Sam Ring, noting the efforts of 1,600-meter winner Kaleb Javier and pole-vaulters Deandre Hankins and Brandon Waters-Morales, who each cleared 12 feet.
Javier also claimed the 3,200-meter title, while Justin Scott won the 800-meter run, Larry Hall took the 110-meter hurdles and placed second by an eyelash behind teammate James Sivonen in the 300-meter hurdles and Daviyonta Booth won the long jump. The Rams’ boys won the 4X100-meter relay by a full second over Foss, while the girls were impressive in winning the 4X200- and 4X400-meter relays convincingly.
“We’ve always prided ourselves in relays at Wilson. We usually place at the state meet,” Ring said. “Although we’re mixing the squads up right now, trying to compete for them in those relays, seeing who can do it and who can’t when we go to the league meet.”
Wilson’s Marche Thierry won the girls 100-meter dash while teammate Violet Morrow took the 200-meter dash, Stephanie Stuckey won the 1,600-meter run and Sydney Stuckey claimed the 100-meter hurdles title. In the field events, the Rams’ Terina Nelson won the javelin throw, Kaja Sanders took the high jump, Yana Karlova won the pole vault and Alyssa Marzano was the triple jump champ.
Lincoln’s boys claimed second at the meet, highlighted by sophomore Rayshaun Miller, who won the 100-meter dash in 11.20 seconds and took second in the 200-meter dash.
“He can really run. He still has some things to learn as far as technique and out of the block, but he’s got natural athletic ability, it’s pretty impressive,” said Lincoln coach Duane Lee.
Lee also noted that Julius Colwash set a personal record of 41 feet and 9.5 inches to take second place in the triple jump, an event he started just a week prior. The Abes’ Matthew Kuljis won the high jump, while Julia Jones won the 300-meter hurdles, Tamika Green won the long jump and Jada Harvey won the shot put and discus throw for the girls, who placed third overall.
Stadium’s boys placed third overall, headlined by Jon Lee’s triple jump victory with a mark of 44 feet, while Kramer Lewis won the javelin throw with a toss of 151 feet and nine inches. The Tigers’ Emily Coic convincingly won the 3,200-meter run, Natalie Sidhom claimed won 800-meter run and Megan Montgomery won the 400-meter dash after earlier placing second in the long and triple jumps.
“She was a little gassed,” said Stadium coach Margaret Walter of Montgomery. “But I think she just put forth that extra effort at the end to do well.”
Mount Tahoma’s Phuong Truong highlighted the Thunderbirds’ fourth-place finish by winning the shot put and discus throw, setting a personal best of 179 feet and four inches in the latter. The Thunderbirds’ Shariah Williams placed sixth in the 100-meter dash, fifth in the 200-meter dash and third in the long jump.
Foss’ Marcus Chambers highlighted the Falcons’ day with two more impressive wins in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, winning the latter by more than two seconds. Despite being low in numbers, coach Ed Williams described his squad as “a bunch of young guys that are willing to learn and compete. If I get about four or five more of those we’ll be alright.”
The Falcons’ Mil-Lindsey Williams placed third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash, while teammate Abrei McClarron took second in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100-meter dash.