Williams Impresses, 4×1 Team Falls Short
The pre-meet ranking hinted at the possibility of a high medal for Darien, but nothing is ever guaranteed.
A tender hamstring had been bothering him for a few weeks and we’d been taking it race-by-race.
The first round saw the first three heats fail to break 11.00. That included big guns Dan Chisena and Christian Brissett, both managing only 11.20. Darien’s 10.97 led all first round qualifiers. Round two on Saturday morning showed he was right in the mix. Brissett led all other finalists with 10.91, Darien’s 11.09 second place heat finish put him 5th over-all and into the final. In the final, Darien got out well, but so did everyone else. Sitting in 6th or 7th at the halfway point, his usual great close pushed him into a clear 3rd at the line. 10.81 was his PR, a tad better than 10.82 he set last year at SOLs.
The 4×1 team, going without freshman lead-off Shamere Dunswell (11.18) due to family matters, we plugged in another emerging freshman, Rahsheed Wright (50.82 PR at Districts) to go with Darien, Ethan Dolberry-Wescott and Darren James. From the stands, based on the sticks, all looked good. A glance at the watch said otherwise. Our 43.02, down from 42.68 at Districts, wasn’t enough, placing 20th overall. (42.68 would have got us into the final). FULL MEET RESULTS