Washington a double winner at Dodger Relays
Cray Washington now has a piece of Fort Dodge history all to himself.
The Dodger sprinter shined at the 56th annual Dodger Relays, breaking the meet’s 100-meter dash record that stood for 14 years.
Washington’s impressive showing helped push the Dodgers to a runner-up effort in the team race. Waukee (207 points) won the Class A team title, while Fort Dodge had 109. The Warriors won seven events.
The Dodger junior crossed the tape in 10.72, topping Brad Klein’s 2000 school record. Washington finished well ahead of Hoover’s Mamoon Koko (11.10).
“Cray just ran outstanding for us,” said Fort Dodge head coach John McBride. “Klein had a 10.65 in 2000, which was a hand-held time, so once you adjust by adding .24, his time ends up at 10.89 and Cray tops it.”
Washington didn’t end with one trip in the winner’s circle, as he also grabbed the title in the 200-meter dash. He finished in 22.26, just ahead of Corbin Lowe at 22.42.
The sprinter also helped anchor the Dodgers’ 4×100 and 4×200 relays to silver-medal finishes.
Waukee (1:32.21) picked up the 4×200 title by nearly four seconds, as Fort Dodge crossed in 1:34.00. Running for Fort Dodge was Keegan Myers, Zach Anderson, Sam Cook and Washington.
The Dodgers (44.08) were tipped at the tape in the 4×100 by Waukee (43.95). Myers, Cook, JC Hatcher and Washington ran for FDSH.
“Cray is our closer,” McBride said. “The three guys ahead of him put him in the position and Cray just brought it home.
“The school record in the 4×100 is 43.74, and I think we can threaten that as well.”
Washington wasn’t the only winner for the Dodgers, as Riley Prescott won the shot put with a throw of 48-2. Waukee’s Ross Reynolds was second (47-09.5).
“It was great to see Riley when the shot put,” McBride said. “He had a good throw to capture the title.”
Alex Jackson grabbed silver in the 3,200, crossing the tape in 10:10.52 and Myers was also second in the long jump (20-05.75).
Lance Williamson (400-meter hurdles) and the sprint medley finished third.
Sam Kolacia (400), Alex Jackson (1600) and Jake Porter (shot put) all finished fourth for the Dodgers.
“Alex ran well in both distance events,” McBride said. “Keegan and Lance had strong nights.”
The Dodgers are back in action on Thursday when they travel to the Des Moines Lincoln Invitational. The meet will begin at 4:30 p.m.