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MHS boys seek 5th straight track title

by Larry S. Chowning

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Above, front left, are Middlesex High track team members Juwan Reed, Dale Smith, Markus Hammond and Willie Holmes.

The Middlesex High School boys track team has won four straight Tidewater District championships and coach Joel Anderson is hopeful this year will be number five for his team.

For the first time in years, the Chargers will be looking to the distances and middle distances as its team strengths. MHS has long been noted for its depth in the 100 meters, 200 meters and sprint relay teams. 

“Middlesex’s speed has turned into middle distance speed this year,” said Anderson. “We are going to be stronger in the 400 to the 3200 meters than in the sprints.”

The Chargers lost the bulk of last year’s championship team to graduation, but some strong performers return, including:

  • Jeremy Rich, a district standout in the 110-meter high hurdles, long jump, 400 meters, and on the Chargers’ 400-meter relay team.
  • Dale Smith, who finished second in the Tidewater District last year in the triple jump and third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Smith also ran a strong leg on the MHS district champion 4 x 100 meter relay team.
  • Matt Duke, who placed in the district triple jump and 800 meters. 
  • Kris Baylor, who placed in the district in both hurdle events last year.  His main event was the 110-high hurdles.

The Chargers also will have some new faces on the team as Markus Hammond, Michael Bess and Hunter Banks are out for track for the first time. Hammond is a speedster and will run in the 100 meters and 200 meters.

Bess, a star basketball player, will bring some of his natural athletic ability to the track. He is going to high jump and run the middle distances.

Banks is a young runner but shows real promise in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters, said Coach Anderson.

Others members of the team include Nathan Wood, Wayne Robinson, Juwan Reed, Phillip Hart, John Hatton, William Holmes, Craig Jackson, Michael Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Corey Keeling, Issac Lee, Evan Lefevre, Jodeci Smith, Jasper Smith, Joseph Banks, Jay Bryant, Bryan Engle, Avery Bundy, Weldon Lockley, Dylan Perry, Donovan Jones and Malik Henderson.

On March 25, the Middlesex boys and girls will visit King William at 4 p.m.

posted 03.18.2009

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