Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Wise stars stay focused

After success in last week’s county meet, attention turns to regionals

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Wise senior Ernest Cooper won the 55-meter boys’ hurdle at last week’s county championships at the Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, and also captured the 300-meter run.
Henry A. Wise High School senior Krystin Lawson has been dominating the 55-meter dash this indoor track season. By far the most challenging experience she’s faced this winter has not come on the track.

“It’s crazy, it’s so many schools that have been offering me scholarships that I don’t know where I want to go,“ Lawson said.

While she’s still undecided about college, Lawson is hoping to win on both the state and national levels. The first step in that process comes Tuesday when the county’s 4A teams will head to the 4A East Region Championships at the Baltimore Armory.

Lawson is hoping to draw an invitation to the Nike Indoor Nationals to compete in the 60 and 200 dashes. In order to reach those goals, she said that success in an often-overlooked nuance of sprinting is essential.

“My main goal is to get out of the blocks better,“ Lawson said. “It’s of big importance that I do, especially in the 55, where you can win or lose your race. I’m not good in getting out of the blocks, but fortunately I can make up for that. It’s not easy and the whole strategy is a piece of work.“

Lawson said that her recovery from a broken foot she suffered last year is basically an afterthought, as she said the foot is about 80 percent and “is doing fine.“

Meanwhile, Wise’s Ernest Cooper is gunning for a state title in the 55 hurdles. He says the key to success at the regional meet hinges upon his performance in his first run of the day.

“If I do good in my first race, run a good time, that changes the whole day,“ Cooper said. “The key is going to be running your race and just run hard and don't think about anything else.“

Forestville senior Latosha Duncan may be one of the favorites in the 800 at the 1A East Region championships at the Baltimore Armory. Duncan had a solid showing in the event at the county championships.

E-mail Terron Hampton at thampton@gazette.net.