Washington boys stay on the right track
By By Steve Franklin, Staff Writer
The Pam Pack didn’t turn in its best performance of the season, but it did do well enough to remain unbeaten.
Washington’s boys track team raced past J.H. Rose, Hertford County and South Central in a home quad meet Thursday evening for its seventh win in seven meets.
The Pam Pack racked up 92 team points to edge Rose for the title. Hertford County followed with 51 points, while South Central rounded out the field with 47 points.
While Blank believes his team still has some gas left in the tank, he was particularly pleased with a pair of efforts in the final two events.
In the 3,200-meter run, freshman Thomas Sutton raced past a pair of opponents in the final 50 meters to pick up the victory.
Then in the 4×400 race, Darien Peele erased a sizable deficit to score a victory for teammates Keenan O’Brien, C.J. Wise, and Raphael Gibbs.
Senior Travis Daniels was the lone multiple event winner for the Pam Pack, soaring 21’1” to win the long jump, and more than 35 feet to claim the triple jump crown.
Jamont Jones all came up with a victory for Washington, racing to victory in the 200-meter run. The Pack also had several runner-up finishes with Jones placing second in the 100-meter run, and Peele taking second in the 400-meter run. Mike Moore was the bridesmaid in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles and Amair Johnson was runner-up in the shot put.
While the boys loathed in victory, the Lady Pam Pack weren’t as fortunate.
Washington’s girls team fell to both J.H. Rose (66 points) and South Central (61 points) after amassing 48 points. It was just their second defeat of the season.
Washington picked up a one-two finish in the shot put as Samantha Smith edged teammate Sharita Grace for the title. Grace, who’s been limited in practiced following a car accident earlier this week, didn’t go home empty handed — rebounding to win the discus crown with a 100-foot toss.
Jessica Rogers also scored a victory for the Pack, winning the 1,600-meter race. She placed second in the 800-meter run as well.
Vantasia Palmer (300-meter hurdles), Elizabeth Tanner (400-meter run), and Felicia Hammons (3,200-meter run) all had runner-up performances for Washington.
The Pam Pack will return to action Monday afternoon when they hit the road to compete in a tri-meet at Ayden-Grifton.