Runners finishing behind Lake Braddock senior Craig Gallimore could still see what he was aiming for in yesterday's Virginia AAA Patriot District indoor track championship at Episcopal High.
Coach Bob Digby had scrawled a "to-do" list on the number pinned to the All-Met runner's back that included leading the 4x200 relay team to victory and improving his year-old meet record of 7.55 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles. Despite wrenching his back during the early-morning long jump, Gallimore ran the lead leg of the winning relay and won the hurdles (7.48) as the Bruins captured their fifth straight district championship.
"Craig and I have a lot of great heart-to-hearts, and when you've already broken [Olympian Allen Johnson's] school record in the hurdles, you have to give him some sort of goal," Digby said.
"In most races, you just see a hurdle in your way and you hurdle it, but we did a bunch of nit-picky things in practice and I worked on them today," said Gallimore, who also finished fourth in the high jump after placing sixth in the long jump.
Senior Carl Hunter won the long jump (21 feet 3.75 inches) and triple jump (42-8.75) for 20 of the Bruins' 361/2 points in the field events, but they still trailed West Potomac by 321/2 until their superior track runners took over.
Meantime, the Lake Braddock girls scored points in every track event but the 1,600 and won all five field events for their eighth district title in 10 years. Junior Jessica Preko won the 300 in 43.53 and the 55 dash in a meet-record 7.25, a hundredth of a second off the school record. Meet records also were set by Bruins Cristina Zuniga in the pole vault (10-1) and Ashley Haislip in the high jump (5-5).
The 4x800 relay meet records fell to Robinson's girls (9:57.30) and Hayfield's boys (8:21.57). West Springfield senior Huma Husain's 2:59.04 in the 1,000 was also a new record.
T.C. Williams senior Timothy Nunn defended his district title in the 500 (1:05.73) and ran 36.4 in the 300 to edge defending champion Gallimore. He also ran on the Titans' meet-record-setting 4x400 relay (3:29.07).
"I knew Gallimore was the favorite in the 300," said Nunn, last year's runner-up, "but we didn't run in the same section, so I knew I had go out fast -- I was mentally racing him."