Pack has strong outing at state meet

Published 8:39 pm Monday, May 16, 2011

Washington wrapped up its track and field season in impressive fashion as the team recorded personal bests in two of the four events it participated in at Friday’s NCHSAA 3-A state meet at N.C. A&T.

The Pam Pack’s Kevin Chapman raised his game at the right time as he tossed the shot put a personal-best 50-feet-11-inches to place fifth in the state while Haley Hiatt, Datisha Redmond, Janell Griffin and Yasmine Horton teamed up to run a personal-best 51.01 to rank 12th in the state in the 4×100 relay. Raheem Patterson may not have run a personal best, but he finished the 200-meter dash in a blazing 22.81 to take seventh place.

Griffin was not as fortunate in the 110 hurdles as runner who has been fighting of a heel injury all season did not finish the event.

Washington coach Jon Blank said he was happy with how his team performed on the big stage.

“Overall, it was a good day for us. We didn’t come home with any medals but I do feel like our kids pretty much gave their best effort,” Blank said. “Two of our kids/teams set personal bests. Our 4×100 relay team set a personal best and you can never be disappointed with that, and Kevin Chapman threw a personal best in his last-ever track meet.”

It’s been Chapman’s season-long goal to break the 50-feet mark and on Friday he final did it as he pieced together an extremely consistent meet.

“Kevin really had a good day. He was strong in all six throws that he had, they were all 48 (feet) and above,” Blank said. “We really had a hard time all season long to throw at that level consistently but on Saturday I thought he threw the best six throws he could throw. For him to hit 50 feet, that’s the goal we had for him and he got it done for us.”

As for Patterson, Blank said his runner did a nice job against a strong field.

“Patterson had a decent day, he kind of got caught up in the mix there,” Blank said. “He ran decent times but I’ll just say he was outmatched. That can happen at the state meet. You put your best against everyone else’s best but everybody is great at that meet.”

Also stepping up when it mattered the most was the quartet of Hiatt, Redmond, Griffin and Horton who shaved a couple of tenths of a second off of their previous PR in the 4×100-meter relay.

“Our girls went out and ran a 51.01 and our previous best was a 51.5,” Blank said. “They went out with a personal best and that’s always an accomplishment.”

Blank said that he was proud that his team left it all on the field Friday.

“A lot of the kids walked away a little disappointed because they wanted to come home with medals but anytime you go out and get a personal best it’s a good day,” Blank said. “It was a good day for everybody. I understand some of them are a little disappointed, I feel they’re pain a little bit too because I wanted them to come home with a medal, but it was a good meet.”