The meet got started with the 100/110-meter hurdles. Clarksburg jumped to an early lead by taking most of the points on both the boys’ and girls’ side.
In the boys’ 4x800-meter race, the Coyotes took an early lead, but Jereil McNealy kept the Gladiators in the race. Over the next two legs, the Gladiators were able to stretch it out and build a large lead. Clarksburg's anchor ran a decent leg to catch and pass the Gladiators in the final 150m. They crossed the line in a total time of 8:59. Northwood followed in 9:03.
The boys’ 100-meter dash was also won by Clarksburg with Northwood finishing in a close 2nd. In the girls’ 100-meter dash, Blessing Showunmi of Northwood clocked a hand-timed 12.6 to take the win. The Coyotes had a large early lead at this point and with some of the distance events coming up, the Gladiators looked to cut down this lead by winning the next few events.
The next event on the track was the 160-meter run. For the boys, it was a race between Ramon Munoz of Clarksburg and myself. From the start of the race, the pace was pretty slow. We came through the 800-meter mark in about 2:30. Neither of us looked to push the pace until the final lap when Munoz moved in front. He led until the final 125 meters where I made my move to go by him and win in about 5:00. Munoz finished closely behind.
The boys’ 400-meter dash was pretty slow-paced too, with Clarksburg taking the win in about 54 seconds. For the girls, the Gladiators went 1-2-3 with Cecillia Bayoh winning in 1:10.9.
The next couple of events were dominated by Clarksburg where they swept the 300-meter hurdles, 3200 -meter run, and 200-meter dash to grab all of the points and total control of the meet.
The Gladiators wanted to win the last few events just to show that they could compete. I won the open 800-meter race, finishing in a strong 2:08. Clarksburg grab 2nd in about 2:17. The Gladiators then won the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays to close out the meet.
The field events were pretty even on the boys’ side with one athlete really standing out. Richard Cadet of Northwood was able to high jump a personal record of 6’-01”, an impressive jump that earned a few cheers from the crowd. On the girls’ side, Page Harris was able to win the long jump and triple jump, jumping over 16 feet and 31 feet respectively.