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Cougars place first in five events, Thomas posts fastest 100-200 times

If there was a sign of Crenshaw’s dominance at the City Section track-and-field preliminaries Thursday at Birmingham High School, one needs to only look at their clean sweep in their 100 meter heats.

DeAnthony Thomas (10.69 seconds) , Gregory Ducre (10.90) and Jonathan Downard (10.94) won their heats in convincing fashion as the Cougars led the way in five events, with Thomas playing a dominant role in four of them.

In addition to the 100, the speedy sophomore posted the fastest time in the 200 (21.71 – tied with Santee’s Tevin Carter) and anchored the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads to victories in their heats (41.36 and 3:22.76)

“We’re just trying to win City and we set the tone in the 4 x 100,” Thomas said excitedly. Their time was only .01 of their league-winning time of 41.35, which ranks fourth in the state.

He admitted that he had to get used to the track again – the place where he finished third and second in the 100 and 200, respectively, last year as a freshman – but his performance in each heat seemed effortless as won in convincing fashion.

Senior Moriah Johnson qualified in the high jump (six feet) and will enter next week’s championships as the favorite with his league-winning height of 6-6.

Never content in their rivals’ shadow, defending boys champion Dorsey made quite a bit noise as senior Jeremy Harris won his heats in the 110 (14.67) and 300 hurdles (38.87), finishing directly behind Taft’s D.J. Morgan in both events. His 300 time was a personal best.

“I was trying to go for it,” Harris said of his time. After finishing third in the 110 last year at City, he said that he’s worked on getting his footing down and it’s made a difference in improving his times.

Dorsey senior Christopher Clark won his 400 heat with the third-fastest time of the day (49.96) as Manual Arts senior Terrence Conway set the pace with a time of 49.17. The Dons also saw junior Khambrell Gomez set the pace in the shot put (48-5.5 inches)

On the girls’ side, Washington Prep senior Danielle Thomas had an up-and-down day. She helped the Lady Generals to a personal best in the 4 x 100 relay (48.39) and won both of her heats in the 100 (12.48) and 200 (25.37).

In the last event of the day, the 4 x 400 relay, she struggled on the second leg as a result, the Generals had to fight to hold off Reseda to finish second in their heat (4:10.82), still qualifying for the finals

Thomas – who finished third in the 200 last year – said  she was battling shin splints throughout the day and they caught up to her during the relay.  It was something that happened last year at the City finals but she chose to focus on how to prepare for the 200 next week.

“I need to come out of the blocks better,” she said, something that came easier in the 100.

She had a simple mantra for the finals -“24’s, 11’s and 47’s,” referring to her times in the 200, 100 and the 4 x 100 relay.

Crenshaw senior Xzanthnice Bourgeois placed second in the girls long jump (17-1) and teammate Doretta Rye finished second in the long jump (35-0)

The meet was halted near the end as L.A. Jordan sophomore Umeka Anderson collapsed during the last heat of the girls 4 x 400m relay. Anderson suffered what her coach called a mild panic attack during the third leg of the relay and was taken off the track in an ambulance as a precaution. She was expected to recover.

The finals will be held on May 28 at Birmingham High School with field events starting at 3 p.m. and running events at 5:30 p.m.

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