FDSH’s Washington 7th in 200

DES MOINES – Cray Washington will head into next season with plenty of momentum on his side.

The Fort Dodge sophomore placed seventh in the Class 4A boys 200 finals Saturday at the state track meet, clocking a 22.67 on the blue oval inside Drake Stadium.

Iowa City West’s Tavian Smith (21.84) took home gold.

“I was happy to be a state qualifier,” said Washington, who also ran the 200 here a year ago. “My goal next year is to get into the top five.”

Washington also participated individually in the 100 prelims here Thursday, while anchoring the 4×100 and 4×200 relay quartets in the prelims on Friday. Earlier this season at Waukee’s Warrior Relays, Washington tied Brad Klein (2001) for the school record in the 100 (10.7).

Washington also represented FDSH in the 100, 4×100 and 4×200 at last month’s Drake Relays.

“Cray ran a good race (Saturday); he got out real well,” FDSH head coach John McBride said. “He definitely has something to build on now after making it down (to Des Moines) two years in a row. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do.

“I was proud of all our guys. We accomplished all three of our goals we set before the season (winning a meet, qualifying for the Drake Relays and placing at state).”

Linn-Mar claimed the 4A team title with 72 points. Iowa City West (57) and Waukee (53) followed.