The Prince George's County outdoor track and field championships finalized on Saturday at Henry A. Wise High School with the home-team lady Pumas winning the county championship; and the boys indoor county champions, Frederick Douglass, adding a second county championship to their 2014 season.
Douglass edged out Bowie by such a narrow margin that senior distance runner Terrell Green said they were expecting to finish in second or third place with just two events remaining.
“After the 800 [meters race], we thought we was pretty much just probably up for second with Wise — we thought Bowie already won it,” Green said. “...Before the [1,600 meters relay] I was just saying, 'either we [are going to] lose like men, or we [are going to] win like champions. We ended up winning like champions.”
Green kept Douglass in contention with first-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600 meters. He won the 800 ahead of Bowie's Joshua Wilkins, who had beat him in the 3,200 on the first day of the championships, held Thursday.
“I ended up losing in the two mile on Thursday,” Green said. “I was just running with a chip on my shoulder all [Saturday], trying to do what I can for myself and trying to get points for my team.”
Wise girls broke through to become county champions after finishing second and third in their past couple of attempts.
Strong performances in the field events contributed to a team win that they say was built upon hard work.
Allison Cannon, Aleya Mayo and Camrin Ford earned Wise valuable points finishing second, third and fourth, respectively, in the high jump. Central's Crystal Parker won the event.
Nicovia Carter, of Wise, finished first in the shot put.
“From indoor [season], we were practicing hard,” Carter said. “It feels good to let it pay off and win — as a team too... The team is real diverse this year. Real balanced; everybody works hard at practice. We do our thing at the meets and we just let our numbers show everybody what we're about.”
Wise's 400-meters relay team of Alicia Colson, India Griffin, Dayonna Dixon, and Kayla Truesdel also won on Saturday and expressed the same sentiments of practicing hard. Truesdel says their coach, Gideon Tinch pushes them to succeed.
“[We work] very hard,” Truesdel said. “Because I guess he has high expectations for us and having to live up to that is really hard — I'm so excited that we actually showed all the work that we put in.”
Dixon added, “I'm proud of us, I'm proud of it as a whole. I'm proud of myself. I've truly gotten better...[We] practice hard, to be honest. I even practice [while] throwing up because I practice so hard.”
She jokingly added that “sometimes you [got to] vomit to know you're working hard.”
Aside from competing in the relay, Griffin also won the 200 meters saying, “It felt good. I had a lot of competition. All the practice I went through, it just showed out.”
Tinch said he's proud of the girls. They didn't perform well on Thursday so he held a team meeting on Friday letting them know that they had to step it up and they responded.
“They dedicated themselves from day one,” Tinch said. “Since August, all the way 'til the end. I just told them congratulations, the hard work paid off. Now we're [going to] let them celebrate this weekend. Come Monday, go back to work. We got to get ready for regionals.”
Official scores and results can be found on athletic.net.