Theodore Roosevelt’s Abdur-Rahmaan Kelly claimed four first-place finishes at Wednesday’s DCIAA indoor track and field championships, running a combined 6,100 meters.
Kelly won titles in the 500 (1 minute, 7.07 seconds), 800 (2:07.35), 1,600 (4:42.91) and 3,200 (10:28.27) on the track at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
The 3,200 was the last event for Kelly, who faced strong competition from another top D.C. distance runner in Wilson’s Ross Pendergast.
Pendergast jumped out to a fast start to set the tempo. Kelly kept him in his sights and was able to close the gap with two laps to go. Entering the final lap, the two were side-by-side before Kelly sprinted to the line for his fourth victory of the day. Pendergast came in second with a time of 10:32.49.
“It came down to the last two laps and I knew I was in a tough race,” Kelly said. “When I crossed the finish line I could finally relax.”
Kelly has become accustomed to running a high volume of races in a single day. Theodore Roosevelt has a limited boys’ roster, so all the Rough Riders have to participate in multiple events in championship meets.
“I know I have to take part of the load and put it on my back,” Kelly said.
Wilson won the team championship with 124 points. Dunbar came in second with 111. The Crimson Tide edged the Tigers on the girls’ side, 194-191.
Wilson was led by senior Acey Calhoun, who took individual titles in the 55 dash (6.58) and the 300 (35.26), and was a part of the first-place 4x200 (1:33.40) and 4x400 (3:35.52) relay teams.
The 4x400 closed the meet, with Calhoun anchoring a come-from-behind win.
“My teammates gave me enough space and enough room to do the work I had to do,” Calhoun said. “And we came out like we were supposed to.”
Sophomore Taylor Parker provided the spark for Dunbar, winning the triple jump (36 feet, 5.5 inches), high jump (4-10) and the shot put (33-3.5). She also finished fourth in the 55 hurdles, which gave her 35 points for the day.
“It’s a good experience but it makes me want to do better,” Parker said.
London Freeland added first-place finishes for the Crimson Tide in the 300 (41.26) and the 800 (2:34.35).
McKinley Tech’s Moses Kennedy won the boys’ 55 hurdles final but had to run the race twice. On the first run, a timing error occurred and the meet officials asked the hurdlers to do it a second time.
Kennedy didn’t flinch and won with a time of 7.57. His teammates Kheelum Brown (8.62) and Mark Nicholas (8.94) rounded out the top three.
Kennedy considered the first attempt a practice run and believes he improved when asked to run again.
“I had a better start the second time,” Kennedy said. “My body was ready for running. I started well and executed.”