Oxon Hill boys, Bowie girls claim team titles at P.G. County championships
Monday, January 17, 2011; 3:45 PM
Taivon Jacobs ran the fastest time in the country in winning the 300-meter dash Thursday at the Prince George's County championships in Landover.
Jacobs won the race at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in a personal-best 34.71 seconds. It was the second time the Suitland sophomore put his name atop the national leader board. Jacobs was a member of the Rams' winning 4x200 relay team that clocked 1:27.79, the fastest time in the country, earlier this month in New York.
Suitland breezed to victory in the 4x200 on Thursday. Ryan Allen, Levern Jacobs, Jordan Coleman and Taivon Jacobs won in 1:29.54, well ahead of runner-up Oxon Hill's 1:32.42.
The Rams also captured the 4x400. Allen, Saquan Johnson, Coleman and Taivon Jacobs won over Eleanor Roosevelt in 3:29.58.
Despite those efforts, Suitland finished third in the team competition. Oxon Hill won the county title and Eleanor Roosevelt was second.
Bowie won the girls' championship by a wide margin over Eleanor Roosevelt and Suitland.
Prince George's County has been producing speedsters all season as a bevy of the nation's top times have come out of it. Thursday's championships were the latest example.
Wise junior Champ Page, who attended Lackey last year, won the boys' 500 in 1:05.03, the fastest time in the country at the time. Page also was runner-up to Jacobs in the 300 in 35.04, a top-10 time nationally.
Potomac (Md.) junior Ron Darby extended his unbeaten streak in the 55 meters, winning in 6.41, third fastest in the nation. The All-Met already clocked the fastest time in the country in the 55 (6.28) and the 200 (21.28) earlier this month in New York City.
Shakia Mercer wasn't going to let the boys have all the fun. The Suitland senior won the girls' 55 in 7.26. She also picked up a win in a competitive 300 in 41.39.
Bowie sophomore Charde Barnes was also a double winner and a key reason why the Bulldogs were able to earn the championship. She ran away with titles in the girls' 800 (2:25.75) and 1,600 (5:25.88).
Sophomore teammate Antonella Taylor helped take care of things in the field, winning the shot put with 40 feet 4.75 inches.