Darryl Haraway Jr. wins big in the 200 at this weekend’s Northern Virginia Invitational

April 5

Despite the brisk and windy conditions on Saturday at Northern Virginia Invitational at Robinson, DeMatha junior Darryl Haraway Jr. still looked like a blur in his 200-meter race.

Once the starting gun sounded, Haraway, wearing pink spikes, sprinted to a big lead. No one would come close, with Haraway winning by more than a full second, stopping the clock in a meet-record 21.82 seconds.

Spectators near Haraway’s DeMatha teammates gasped, including athletes from other area schools. One seated nearby stated, “He just made us all look bad.”

Haraway, a first-team indoor track All-Met, had already won the 100 Saturday, though he was running against some significant wind that slowed his time to 11.05. Adjusting for the 200, Haraway exhaled his breaths quicker on the final straightaway to ensure his time wouldn’t suffer.

“I focused on my form and worked on my breathing,” Haraway said. “That’s the key to my running.”

Haraway said his goal is to break 21 seconds in the 200 and get his 100 time down to the 10.20-10.30 range. His outdoor 100 personal best is 10.49, which he ran at the Southern Track Classic in Richmond last year.

His accomplishments on the track have earned him plenty of college looks. His recruitment has heated up, as a slew of schools such as Florida State, North Carolina, Auburn, Missouri, LSU, Kansas, Clemson, Texas Tech, Florida, South Carolina and Stanford have reached out.

In between his individual wins Saturday, Haraway ran with the DeMatha 4x100 relay, which won with a time of 43.08.

Haraway wasn’t the only Stag to pick up a two individual wins. Senior Kordell Williams won the 110 hurdles on Friday with a personal best 14.58 and came back Saturday to take the 300 hurdles in 40.13.

“I felt as if I could go faster,” Williams said. “I will go faster.”

Williams said he’s shooting to break DeMatha school records in both events (14.25 in the 110 hurdles, 37.33 in the 300 hurdles), which are held by former Stag Mike Williams, who is now running at Tennessee.

Lake Braddock received a pair of top performances from its girls. Freshman Skyla Davidson won the 100 (13.02), edging Annandale sophomore Shannyea Whichard (13.04). Davidson followed that with a first-place triple jump of 37 feet 0.5 inches.

Lake Braddock senior Hannah Christen had one of her best meets, said Bruins Coach Bob Digby. She finished second in the 3,200 on Friday behind West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta (10:31.60) with a 10:36.50 and placed first in the 800 on Saturday with a 2:16.81.

“My indoor season didn’t go the way I wanted it to,” Christen said. “I wasn’t training how I should have been. My workouts were slower than they could have been. The past couple of weeks we’ve been hitting the workouts really hard. I feel a lot stronger.”

Tuscarora senior Jordan Roach took first place in the high jump, clearing 6-1. Roach spent the winter playing basketball for the Huskies, with this weekend’s meet just the second he’s participated in this year. Practicing dunking a basketball off of one leg has helped Roach get a 36-inch vertical, which has gotten his track season off to a fast start.

“I think I can finish [the season] at 6-4, 6-5,” Roach said. “Knowing I can come out and get 6-1 in my second meet is a good feeling.”

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