H.D. Woodson's Adam Hansford outran Spingarn's Stuart Dawkins to win the East division's 800 meters by 10 yards yesterday in the continuation of the Interhigh East/West Track Championships at Coolidge. The meet had been suspended by rain Saturday at the midway point.
Hansford, who had lost the lead on the last turn, passed Dawkins with 75 meters left and won in 1:59.0. Dawkins was timed in 1:59.1. "I expected to see (teammate) Wayne Sescoe on the turn," Hansford said. "It wasn't him and I pushed as hard as I could."
Teammate Gable Barmer passed Sescoe and Ballou's Vince Phillips with 50 meters left to win the East's 400 meters in 48.2.
McKinley's Gracie Brown gave Coolidge's Jeryl Fitch her toughest race of the year in the West's 800 meters. Fitch went by Brown with about 50 meters to go to win in 2:22.4. Brown, who scored 38 of the Trainers' 78 points, was second in 2:24.2.
"Gracie was fresh today," said Coolidge Coach Adrian Dixon, explaining that Fitch had just run the 400 meters, winning in 58.7, before running the 800. Brown, along with Ballou's Perrie Evert, won three races in the championships. Roosevelt's Robert Thomas and Coolidge's Linda Ballard each won twice.
Woodson won the East boys title with 160 points, Roosevelt won the West boys title with 101. Coolidge won the West girls title with 194 and Ballou won the East girls title with 214. The Interhigh girls championships will be held Thursday, the boys championships this weekend.