Track and field: Kennedy hurdlers, T.C. Williams sprinter Noah Lyles shine in weekend meets

April 6

Kennedy seniors Devon Hairston and Alieu Cole each placed in the top two of the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at Saturday’s Coyote Invite at Clarksburg.

Hairston won the 110 hurdles (14.70) with Cole finishing behind him in 15.30. The two traded places in the 300 hurdles, with Cole winning in 39.20 and Hairston following in 39.50.

“I was giving [Kennedy Coach Kevin Monroe] a hard time, telling him to let some other kids get some points in the hurdles,” Clarksburg Coach Scott Mathias said.

It was a team-scoring meet, and Gaithersburg’s boys took first place with 78.33 points. Kennedy (71.5) and Clarksburg (69) rounded out the top three.

Clarksburg’s girls won with 79.5 points, with Walter Johnson (63) placing second and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (60) finishing in third.

The Coyotes’ girls were paced by senior Claudia Ababio, who won the discuss (145 feet 2 inches) and the shot put (44-2.75). Ababio, who will join Maryland’s track team next year, set a personal best in the discus.

“I’ve seen her do it before,” Mathias said. “I saw her do it Friday at practice. She’s been capable of throwing far probably since last year. It’s gotten to the point where in practice she’s throwing further than she ever did last year.”

Churchill senior David Kaplan won the boys’ discuss with a throw of 152-9.

Good Counsel junior Rachel Pocratsky doubled up with wins in the 400 (58.00) and the 800 (2:23.80).

McKenny throws discus 173 feet

Huntingtown senior Collin McKenny threw the discus 173 feet at Saturday’s Largo Lions Invitational, giving him a big win and an early state-best mark in Maryland. McKenny also scored a win in the shot put with a throw of 54-9. For the Hurricanes’ girls, Shania Collins, the swept the 100 (11.92) and 200 (24.53).

Wilson picked up relay wins in the 4x200 and 4x800. The 4x200 team of Asia Amis, Deonna Diggs, Harper Randolph and Ashley Younger, finished in 1:46.76, edging second-place Potomac (Md.) (1:47.55).

Wilson’s 4x800 group — Jacinda Miller, Amis, Jordan Dean and Lindsay Cunningham — won big with in 10:17.66.

Known for their sprinters, Wilson Coach Desmond Dunham said the Tigers’ distance runners are beginning to establish a foundation.

“We’ve definitely tried to put together a patient regimen, to build our long-distance program,” Dunham said. “We’re off to a great start going into the outdoor season. I was excited with how they ran.”

Douglass senior Terrell Green picked up two wins in the 800 (1:59.40) and 1,600 (4:30.52).

St. John’s junior Ayron Monroe had an even bigger day, sweeping the 110 hurdles (14.78), high jump (6 feet) and long jump (20-3.5).

Records abound at Running Store meet

Osbourn Park senior Nick Causey set a meet record in the 800 at The Running Store City-County Championship on Saturday in Woodbridge, running a 1:57.46. Causey doubled up with a win in the 1,600 (4:25.97).

Fellow Yellow Jacket Kiana Hairston also scored two wins, placing first in the 100 (12.42) and the 200 (24.70), the latter setting a meet record.

Forest Park senior Mustaqeem Williams, the two-time boys’ , won three events, taking the 100 (11.12), 200 (22.21) and long jump (23-1). Williams’s long jump was also a meet record.

Battlefield senior All-Met Galissia Cause set meet records in the discus (134-9) and the shot put (44-1). The Bobcats won the girls’ meet with 136.5 points. Osbourn Park (132) and Forest Park (126) finished behind them.

Woodbridge’s boys’ took first with 124.5 points, followed by Forest Park (117.5) and Hylton (109).

Lyles sets top time in 200

While most area runners enjoyed a warmer weekend but had to deal with blustery conditions at Saturday meets, T.C. Williams sophomore Noah Lyles took full advantage capitalized on the 80-degree temperature at the U.S. Area Youth Olympic Section Trials in Miramar, Fla. over the weekend.

Lyles won the 200-meter dash in 20.89 seconds, an early-season national best in the event. This time followed the indoor All-Met’s record in the 200 (21.50), which he ran at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals meet.

In Lyles’s 200 final, he ran against runners aged 15-17 from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic.

Indoor Track & Field All-Met teams: Boys | Girls

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