By Mark Gokavi
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Add a couple more national titles to Randy Waggoner's resume.
Honored as coach of the year at the Nike Outdoor Track and Field Nationals at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, June 21, Waggoner guided Waggoner's Raiders to a repeat of their national title in the 1,600-meter relay.
Made up of boys who attended Trotwood-Madison High School, the team of Derricus Purdy, Donte Lyons, Jordon Paschal and Michael Shaw ran 3:11.33 to edge Dominguez of California (3:11.41).
That's pretty good, said Waggoner, Trotwood's assistant coach. I was hoping that we could go 3:10.
Waggoner said Shaw ran a 46.4 split to make up the five meters he trailed Dominguez's fourth runner.
Shaw also shook off the disappointment of Friday's eighth-place finish in the 100 to win the 200 crown in 21.19 (against a wind of 2.2 meters per second). That was well ahead of Dentarius Locke (21.52) of Tampa, Fla., and Hunter Furr (21.54) of Lewisville, N.C.
I had to talk to him and get him settled down. ... Anything can happen in the 100, Waggoner said of Shaw. But he's the best 200 man in the country. He ran into a headwind or he could have run 20-something.
Shaw was declared ineligible by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for falsifying residency in Trotwood. So while he didn't win an Ohio title, he'll take a national crown with him this week to Michigan, where he will play college football.
Trotwood's Dominique Reed was ninth in the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 5 inches.
Junior Olympic Nationals
Trotwood's William Henry, a member of last year's Nike 1,600-relay championship team, ran at the United States Track and Field Junior Nationals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
His 400 preliminary was delayed for more than two hours by weather.
When he did finally run, Henry was seventh in his heat and 12th overall with a time of 47.89. He did not make the final.
However, the junior-to-be on the Northwest Track Club team ran against competitors who were much older. Junior Olympic events are for athletes 20 years and younger.
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