Spingarn senior Andre Thompson fought through a muscle cramp and a hyperextended right knee to win multiple events at yesterday's 24-team D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association Indoor Invitational at the D.C. Armory.
Thompson narrowly won the 55 meters in 6.63 seconds, and also placed first in the 300 meters at 37.3 seconds.
Team scores were not computed and trophies will be sent to the respective schools on Tuesday, according to meet director Harold Plummer.
But Thompson knew right away he was one of the day's big winners--despite overcoming cramps, a hurt knee and tough competition.
"I caught a cramp in [my right thigh] in the 500," Thompson said. "But the trainers gave me some water."
He recovered in time to win the 55 meters, which wound up being the closest race of the day. Thompson edged Eastern senior Delonte Penn-Andrews, 6.63 to 6.66, as the top three finishers were .07 seconds apart.
"It's the closest race I've had in a long time," Thompson said. "I was kind of hoping it was me and [Penn-Andrews] today."
Thompson hyperextended his knee making a quick stop at the finish of the 55 meters.
But he was not hampered in the 300, again pulling away late from Penn-Andrews for the win.
"It shows a lot about his character and him wanting to do good for his school, his family and himself," Spingarn Coach Bruce Williams said. ". . . He's a leader, and it is almost like having another coach out there."
Thompson won the 100 and was second in the long jump at the DCIAA outdoor championships last spring for Coolidge before transferring to Spingarn this fall.
"I'm hoping at the DCIAA championships, [Thompson] will be strong enough to do all three [events]," Williams said.
Other top performers included Largo junior Ryann Holmes, who won the girls 1,600 (5 minutes 40.58 seconds) and 3,200 (12:27.31), and Washington-Lee's Hailemichael Teklai, who won the boys 1,600 (4:46.77) and 3,200 (10:21.11).