Northwest junior AJ Woods won the 100m dash with a time of 10.5 seconds, beating senior teammate Khaloni Mganga at 10.8 seconds and junior teammate Andrew Howard at 10.9 seconds at a track meet at Clarksburg High School Monday.
Mganga and Howard took second and third places overall, respectively.
Woods said his race had a positive tone to it, beginning when his feet left the starting blocks at the start. Woods, who has run track since he was in the first grade, earned a personal record along with the win.
Tray Dawkins, a Jaguar senior, won the 110 meter high hurdles after clocking 15.1 seconds, followed by Clarksburg Coyote sophomore Kevin Monroe in second, also 15.1 seconds, and Northwest junior Sharwin Vyapuri, 16.2 seconds, in third place.
In the girls 100-meter dash, Northwest junior Taylor Wright won with a time of 12.3 seconds, followed by Cougars junior Zakaiya Bright with a time of 12.6 seconds in second place and Clarksburg Coyote sophomore Trinity Klock, who earned a new personal record of 12.6 seconds, in third place.
That wasn’t the first time the first two finishers have raced each other.
Wright and Bright have completed side-by-side in track for several years including in high school and on the Firebirds summer track team.
Wright said she was grateful for the challenging competition, later adding that Bright is a fast runner and that she didn’t believe Bright should enter the race expecting to lose.
For the boys high jump, Northwest senior Divinus Muteba took first place with a personal record of 6 feet, 9 inches, beating teammate sophomore Marcus Stubbs in second, who jumped 5 feet, 8 inches. Muteba has been trying to break his personal record since earlier this year during the indoor track season, where his personal record was 6 feet, 7 inches.
Lady Coyote sophomore Trinity Klock placed first in the girls discus, throwing it 106 feet, 10 inches. Jaguars junior Nadia Whitaker beat her lifetime personal record of 78 feet, 8 inches, taking second place with a throw of 80 feet, 11 inches.
“I channeled all my energy towards the throwing,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker started training as a thrower her freshman year at Northwest, and then took a break from track her sophomore year because of her work schedule. She missed throwing when she wasn’t on the team, and so Whitaker adjusted her work hours, so she could return to throwing.
Whitaker beat third-place thrower Clarksburg senior Aminat Giwa, 80 feet, 3 inches. In the 4 kilogram shot put, Giwa took first place with a 29-feet, 10-inch throw.
1. Northwest 95
2. Clarksburg 27
3. Quince Orchard 15
1. Northwest 58
2. Clarksburg 55
3. Quince Orchard 24