Pack track tops Kinston

Published 9:04 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2007

By By BRIAN HAINES , Sports Writer
Led by balanced attack that produced 14 first place finishes, the Washington boys track and field team flew by Kinston 97-28 Tuesday in Washington.
The Pack (14-2) got outstanding efforts in all areas of Tuesday’s meet as they took first in dashes, runs and relays as well as jumping and field events to tally 97 points.
Missing some key athletes, Washington didn’t miss a beat. The Pam Pack relay teams appeared very cohesive against Kinston as they dashed to three first place finishes.
Tony Turnage, Travis Daniels, Roray Razor and Jamont Jones guided the 4×100 relay team to victory, while Darien Peele, Cody Cunningham, Razor and Jones powered the 4×200 relay team to first.
In the 4×800 event, Melvin Spruill, Allen Hodges, Casey O’Brien and Leonard Corey led the Pack in its win.
Daniels also continued to dominate the jumping events as he took first place in the triple jump and the long jump while soaring to second in the high jump.
Blank praised Daniels’ efforts after the meet.
Blank also credited Jones on his runs on Tuesday. Along with his success on the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, Jones also sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash.
Some of the athletes who rose to the call were Dakuan Spencer and Lee Godley. Spencer had a terrific day running the hurdles as dashed to gold in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles events.
Godley also went home with two first place finishes as he won the discuss and the shot put.
Also pulling off the double play was long distance runner Allen Hodges who ground his way to wins in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run.
Blank said the key to Hodges success is his attitude.
Washington’s other first place finishes came from Melvin Spruill in the 400-meter run, and Casey O’Brien in the 3200-meter run.
Also giving a strong performance Tuesday were Cody Cunningham who finished third in the long jump and triple jump, and took second in the 200-meter dash.
Overall, Blank said he was happy with how his team has been progressing throughout the season.
Washington will be back in action on Thursday as it battles West Craven at home at 3:30 p.m.