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Green earns gold at Coastal Conference meet

Published 7:44pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

Washington’s Stevie Green’s stellar season continued on Wednesday at the Coastal Conference championship track and field as the Pam Pack junior earned first-place finishes in the 110-meter high hurdles and the high jump.
In the high jump, Green cleared six feet to earn gold and then ran a 15.78 in the 110 hurdles to lockup his second conference title of the afternoon.
“Stevie had a great day,” Washington coach Jon Blank said. “It’s crazy to watch him compete because he makes it look easy. He’s technique isn’t perfect and he doesn’t really sweat (the competition) too much or get nervous, he just goes out, lines up and does better than everybody else.
“It’s really hard to explain but Stevie’s just one of those athletes where if he wants to do well, he’s going to do well.”
Green’s performance helped the Pam Pack boys place fifth overall in the meet. Washington also got big time efforts from Karim Topping and Tarhje Burke. Topping took third in the long jump (20’6.6) and sixth in the triple jump (41’1”), while Burke placed third in the 300 hurdles (42.34).
With the top-six placers earning points, Washington’s Daquan Daniels and Javon Whitney helped boost the Pack’s standings as Daniels placed fifth in the triple jump (41’9”) and Whitney did the same in the long jump by leaping nearly 21 feet.
“Our long and triple jumpers did great,” Blank said. “They went out and competed great and fought hard. Karim, I really liked the way he jumped today. He was very aggressive in his jumps and was taking chances and that’s what I want these guys to do.”
Washington also got fifth-place finishes from Tyrik Thigpen (110 hurdles) and its 4×100-meter relay team (Jarquez Keyes, Wante Smallwood, Green, Devonta Corpew), its 4×200-meter relay team (Keyes, Smallwood, Corpew, Myron Brooks) and its 4×400-meter relay team (Keyes, Phillip Peaden, Alan Hardy, Brooks).
Caitlyn Hales led an up-and-coming girls’ team that placed last in the meet as she placed fifth in the long jump (14’1 ½”) and joined up with Shaneen Midgette, Dajah Smith and Zandria Edwards to place fifth in the 4×400.
Cierra Hales, Kylee Clancy, Alex Franz and Kate Miller placed fifth in the 4×400 and sixth in the 4×200. Franz, Mikaela Jones, Michaela Daniels and Callie Landen placed sixth in the 4×800 for the Pack.

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