5/6/00 at T. C. Williams HS, Alexandria VA
T.C. Williams High School Invitational
Sheena Johnson, Rickey Harris light it up in Virginia
Dwight Thomas did not run, but he was not missed as Sheena
Johnson, Rickey Harris, and a host of others provided enough heroics for two big meets.
Gar-Field VA sr Johnson won five events, including two that required same day prelims, and became the fifth fastest high school girl ever in the 300m hurdles with a blazing 40.74 time, more than 3 seconds ahead of the runner-up. That put Johnson #1 in the US on the DyeStat Elite rankings, ahead of the great Lashinda Demus, Long Beach Wilson CA jr who was the 1999 Girls Athlete of the Year. Demus in turn has two of the times ahead of Johnson on the all-time 300m list. This story is obviously not over, as Demus is openly shooting to beat the US record of 40.18 (Leslie Maxie, Millbrae CA, 1984).
The rest of Johnson's day went like this: 11.99, 14.16, 18-4, and 39-3.5.
Meanwhile, Rickey Harris was almost as outstanding on the boys side. The Centreville jr shook off the shoulder injury suffered a week ago in the Penn Relays and won three events by big margins: 200m (21.22), 400m (47.06, a margin of 0.78), and 110h (13.89, a margin of 0.52).
Three boys who chased Harris got their own wins in other
events. Oxon Hill MD sr David Driggers, 22.31 in the
200, won the 100 in 10.54. Surratsville MD jr Jerod Void,
14.41 in the 110 hurdles, won the 300m hurdles in 38.63.
Northwestern MD sr Dwayne Thomas, 48.08 third in the 400, won the
800 in 1:52.92.
Dwayne's brother Dwight, US and Pan Am Junior sprint
champion, was entered in both the 100 and 200, but did not run. It
would have been his first competition representing a high school in more
than a year.
Heritage VA boys moved to US#5 in the 4x400 relay
with a 3:14.93 victory.
The girls events saw a flock of other top
performances. Campbell County WY jr Alicia Craig, in town
for a wedding, solidified her US#5 ranking in the 3200 meters with a
32-second victory in 10:40.30. Jr Tysha Colon, of H.D.
Woodson in Washington DC, had daylight over a stellar field in the 200
meters in 24.04 US#5. (Alyssa Aiken 24.19, Teyarnte Carter 24.21,
and Chiquita Stevens 24.48). Stevens got her wins as the Largo
MD girls doubled in the short relays: 46.35 US#6 and 3:58.30.
Hayfield VA sr Nikeya Green doubled easily in 2:15.94 and
5:08.54. Hayfield also got a throws double as sr India Odum went
39-3.5 and 45-8.75. Long Reach MD sr Cynthia Nicholls got 5-9 for
one of the best girls HJ marks of the season.
18th T. C. Williams High School Track & Field
Saturday, May 6, 2000
T. C. Williams HS
- 18th Annual Meet - the nation's best!
A quality meet for class track and field athletes
- Featuring outstanding high school competition
- Teams from 10 state associations
- 2000 individual entries, both girls and boys
- A tune-up for district, regional and state meets
- Beautiful awards - 1st - Watches,
- 2nd.-8th - medals
C. Williams Cross Country and Track and Field Boosters
For information write:
Khan Johnson or Mike Hughes
Williams H.S. - Athletic Dept
King St. - Alexandria, Va. 22302