Pam Pack track wins again|Boys sweep relays

Published 10:55 am Thursday, April 15, 2010

By Staff
Staff Reports
The Washington Pam Pack picked up another win in boys track action.
The Pack (7-1-1) finished with 87 points to top South Central (62), Northside (41) and Jacksonville (41) in Wednesday’s meet.
The relay teams made it a complete sweep. The 400 team of Darnell Windley, Ronnie Woolard, Raheam Patterson, William Ellegor won in 45.19 seconds, the 800 team of Raphael Gibbs, Windley, Patterson, Ellegor won in 1:34, the 1,600 team of Gibbs, Josh Brown, Patterson, Ellegor won in 3:39 and the 3,200 team of Gibbs, Oscar Alvarez, Brenin Fitzgerald, Dylan Mizelle won in 9:13.
Also earning firsts were Ellegor in the triple jump (40 feet, 9 inches), Brown in the 110 hurdles (15.87), Gibbs in the 400 (45.19) and Forrest Latham in the discus (121-9).
Brown added second in the 300 hurdles (43.15) and triple jump (39-7), Windley was second in the long jump (19-6) and Patterson third in the long jump (18-8).
“Any time you can win all four relays against three other schools, you have to be very pleased,” Pack coach Jon Blank said.  “We also ran our best times of the year in all of them as well, which shows that our hard work is paying off late in the season. Raheam Patterson and William Ellegor have looked extremely strong in their legs of each relay, which is contributing to much of that success.”
“Forrest was very competitive today in the discus, which is very important to our team.  If he can continue to be strong and improve, then his points will be very valuable in our quest for the conference crown.”
South Central won the girls meet (126), followed by Jacksonville (72), Washington (30) and Northside (25).
Washington’s 400 relay team finished second, while qualifying for regionals with a time of 53.67 seconds. The team consisted of Datisha Redmond, Haley Hiatt, Janell Griffin and Yasmine Horton.
Griffin took first in the 100 Hurdles (16.23), third in the long jump (14-5) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (51.93).
Hiatt took second in the high jump (4-6).
“The 4×100 relay team has worked very hard on timing, handoffs, and improving their overall speed,” Blank said.  “It has been challenging at times, but today’s regional qualifying time is the reward for their work.  I’m extremely proud of these girls today, because they have wanted to qualify so badly and have put in the time to get there.
“Janell continued to look strong today.  If she keeps improving, she will put herself in position to truly excel in this sport and potentially compete at the next level.  It’s exciting to see what she’s accomplishing right now.”
Washington is at West Craven on Wednesday.