FD’s Washington 8th in 100 at Drake

DES MOINES – The results were mixed for the Fort Dodge boys track program at the Drake Relays on Friday.

Dodger junior Cray Washington settled for eighth (11.48) in the 100 final. West Des Moines Dowling’s Rico Gafford (10.62) was the winner.

Washington was also eighth (11.30) in the 100 prelims despite battling a sore hamstring.

“I’m happy, yet I’m disappointed,” said FDSH head coach John McBride. “Cray getting into the finals is obviously a big deal, and it’s the first time that I’ve had a kid get into the finals at Drake since I’ve been head coach.

“Not being able to run the best he can was disappointing for Cray. At the same time, he was pretty happy that he made the finals, even though he’s still not healthy.”

Washington, who was making his third straight Drake Relays appearance, advanced to Des Moines with the fastest 100 time in the state at 10.72. He is a two-time state participant as well.

The Dodger 4×100 of sophomore Keegan Myers, sophomore Sam Cook, junior Andre Flores and senior Zach Anderson tied Pocahontas Area for 54th in the prelims, notching a time of 44.92. Due to his injury, Washington was unable to compete on the 4×100.

“We had to take Cray out of the 4×1, but it was a good experience for our other kids that got a chance to run,” McBride said. “If we’re healthy, we’re right there. We’re pretty excited for what they were able to do.”