Douglass senior Terrell Green sat down in the grass, drained from the race he ran on Saturday during the second day of the Prince George’s County Championships at Wise. He’d completed the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes 18.70 seconds, never looking back after jumping out to a commanding lead and finishing with a devastating kick.
It was evident Green was physically exhausted after pushing himself in an ever-important county meet. But that’s not why he was tired.
“All year, my team, we’ve been tired of being overlooked,” Green said. “We were indoor county champions and nobody talks about us, individually or collectively. I’m not tired of the races that I’m running, those are nothing. I’m tired of the last three months, of being overlooked by everybody in this county and everybody in this state.”
Douglass showed its track program isn’t a flash in the pan, winning the boys’ county meet 118-117 ½ over Bowie. Wise ran away with the girls’ meet, posting 121 points to Largo’s 97.
Green says he’s heard others around Prince George’s County call his team’s indoor season, which featured county and state championships, a “fluke” or an “accident.” Since the outdoor season began, he and his teammates have been motivated to prove that Douglass isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
“Disrespected is the perfect word of how we feel, of everybody,” said Green, who also won the 800 in 1:55.65. “That’s our motto. Go show them why we were worth being indoor champions and why we will be outdoor champions.”
It’s been a long road for Green, who began running track as a freshman. In the 2011 county championship meet, Green had a race to forget, finishing with the back of the group in the 1,600. From that moment, he decided to push for excellence. He quit football and took up cross-country, putting all of his focus into becoming a better distance runner. He’s now set to run next year with the track and field program at American University.
“I built this passion on the hills of Fort Washington, on running near my house by myself on [U.S. Route] 301, trying to beat the sun so I can make it home before it’s dark outside,” Green said. “I built this passion all by myself on the turns because my starts stunk. Running miles because I wasn’t strong enough, running with the sprinters because I wasn’t fast enough.”
Green believes it’s an unfair perception to assume Prince George’s County doesn’t possess the kind of distance talent that other parts of Maryland and Northern Virginia have. Douglass assistant coach Malcolm Drewery agreed, saying that Green would receive more recognition for his accomplishments if he faced those out-of-area distance runners more frequently.
“He’s that throwback runner,” Drewery said. “I’m sure if he was in one of those places where week after week he was seeing all of those guys, he would be an even better runner.”
Wise’s girls, en route to a county title, picked up first-place finishes from senior Nicovia Carter in the shot put (38 feet 6 inches) and senior India Griffin in the 200 (25.01). Wise’s 4x100 (48.27) and 4x400 (3:58.80) relay teams won their events, too.
Parkdale junior Obichi Onwukwe won the girls’ 800 decisively with a time of 2:20.92.
Bowie swept the boys’ and girls’ 400 events, with juniors Antonio Coleman (47.91) and Taylor Williams (56.34) crossing the finish line first.
“That’s what we do, we’re Quarter-Mile University,” Bowie assistant coach Champ Page said.
Bullis won its first ISL championship on Saturday, getting 122 points in its victory.
The Bulldogs got solid races from their sprinters, picking up wins from junior Kyla Lewis in the 100 (12.13) and senior Simone Glenn in the 200 (24.59) and the 400 (56.79).
Lewis has come a long way since last year’s championship meet, when she was disappointed with her outcome, said Bullis Coach Joe Lee. Lewis has steadily improved to the point where her 100 times are now among the best in the league.
“Last season, I told her if you commit to doing the sport the right way, you’ll be here in a year from now and you’ll be a champion,” Lee said.
Bullis senior Gabrielle Tielman-Fenelus won the 300 hurdles in 46.46. It would be one thing if Tielman-Fenelus were a longtime hurdler. But this is an event she picked up a month ago, before going on to set a school record at the ISL Championship.
“It’s not surprising because of her talent or work ethic,” Lee said. “It’s because she literally has been doing this for only a month.”
Georgetown Day finished in second place of the ISL championship with 103 ½ points.
Georgetown Day’s boys, however, won the MAC championship with 194½ points, with Maret (106) placing second.
The Mighty Hoppers picked up wins from senior Ahmad Jones in the 200 (22.98), senior Griffin Colaizzi in the 3,200 (9:37.36) and senior Carlton Marshall in the 110 hurdles (16.58) and 300 hurdles (41.41). Georgetown Day performed well in the field events, with sophomore Evan Palmer winning the high jump (6-0) and senior Erin Rust-Tierney placing first in the triple jump (43-3 ½).
Five meet records were set on Saturday at the Victor Cahoon Track Classic, hosted by Osbourn Park.
Osbourn Park senior Kiana Hairston had a stellar afternoon, highlighted by her meet-record 24.71 in the 200. She also won the 100 in 12.09.
Other meet records included South County senior Morgan Knight’s 10-0 in the pole vault, South County senior Jeonna Taylor’s 38-3 ¾ in the triple jump, Stone Bridge senior D’Ante Yarborough’s 14.34 in the 110 hurdles and Gar-Field senior Tyrone Robinson’s 12-6 in the pole vault.
South County’s girls won the team meet (81), with Osbourn Park (57) and Elizabeth Seton (54) placing second and third. Hylton (64) won the boys’ meet, with Centreville (40) and Osbourn Park (39) rounding out the top three.