The Prince George's County outdoor track and field championships were once again a difficult experience for C.H. Flowers junior Afolabi Aromire, but the performance of a good friend, Northwestern junior Larrone Moore, brightened his day.
Aromire sat out the county meet with the return of pain in his hips, watching as Moore had a breakout performance on Saturday at C.H. Flowers. Moore won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump.
After Moore's victory in the 200, over Suitland All-Mets Travis Bowman and Serge McGill, Aromire was there to congratulate his friend and summer teammate on the Hummingbird Track Club.
"It's not a surprise to me," Aromire said. "I've seen him in the summer. He has the size and the potential. I knew he could do it."
For the second straight year, a hip injury kept Aromire sidelined. An All-Met during indoors after posting some of the nation's best times in the middle-distance events, Aromire was hoping for the breakout season he was denied last year when he strained a muscle in his hip just before the county championships.
But pain in his hips, related to growth, came back over the past few weeks, forcing him to rest before the 4A South Region meet, which is scheduled for May 21-22 and determines qualification for the state championship.
"My coaches and my parents have been supporting me a lot," Aromire said. "They've been helping me get ready to come back."
Meanwhile, Moore's efforts thrust him into the county's elite. After winning the long jump with a leap of 22 feet 5 inches, Moore won the 100 in 10.97 seconds and then captured the 200 in 22.09 seconds.
Moore started running during his freshman year to help stay fit during the football off season; he is the Wildcats' starting quarterback. Moore said that as he has improved on the track, though, he has become to like the sport on its own.
In his two running wins, Moore showed that he has started to have a knack at the mental side of racing. In the 200, using a strategy from his coaches, Moore burst to the lead in the first 40 meters and was able to hold off his competition.
"At first it was just to stay in shape, but now I take it seriously," Moore said. "I'm working hard on it."
Raiders' McKay Wins 800, 1,600
Moore was one of two boys to win multiple events Saturday. Eleanor Roosevelt's Romaine McKay won the 800 (1:57.6) and 1,600 (4:39.6), and he was part of a strong distance effort from the Raiders.
Among the boys and girls, the Raiders swept the 4x800 relay and the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Senior Andrea Wright won the girls' 1,600 and 3,200.
Largo sophomore All-Met Michaylin Golladay was the only girl to win three times, taking the 100, 200 and long jump. C.H. Flowers junior Heather Patton won the high jump (5-2) and the long jump (17-101/2).
Nesfield Captures 300 Hurdles
C.H. Flowers senior Tiffany Nesfield's hurdles sweep was not finalized until Monday, when the 300 hurdles had to be re-run after an error in the setup of the hurdles on Saturday.
Nesfield won the first of two sections Saturday before meet officials discovered the third set of hurdles had not been placed on the track. After consulting coaches, the officials decided to move the race to Monday afternoon.
In the new race, Nesfield won in 42.9 seconds, more than a second faster than Angelique Henderson of Largo.
"It's a little tough to get up the adrenaline like you want," Nesfield said. "It comes down to how badly you want to win."
Nesfield, who will compete at Illinois next year, won her seventh county outdoor hurdles title out of a possible eight in her career. She won the 100 hurdles each year and the 300 hurdles the past three seasons.