DeMatha, Sykes Pull To­gether In Re­lay

The Washington Post Sunday - - Wizards Insider - By Carl Lit­tle

DeMatha fresh­man Tay­lor Sykes got a les­son yes­ter­day in deal­ing with ad­ver­sity at the Metro Run and Walk North­ern Vir­ginia In­vi­ta­tional at Oak­ton. In the 4x100 re­lay, a too- ea­ger Sykes mis­han­dled the ba­ton on the hand­off from ju­nior team­mate Mac Reed. DeMatha se­nior co- cap­tains Sean Su­ber and Michael Cooper found the dis­ap­pointed Sykes and en­cour­aged him.

“ I told him it’s just one race on one day,” Su­ber said. “ There’s no such thing as al­ways hav­ing a per­fect meet.”

Given a chance to re­deem him­self in the 4x400 re­lay, Sykes re­sponded by an­chor­ing his team to a come- from- be­hind win, speed­ing past a run­ner from Po­tomac ( Va.) with 100 me­ters to go as the Stags earned the vic­tory in 3 min­utes 22.2 sec­onds.

Sykes also won Fri­day night’s 400 in 49.6 and was third yes­ter­day in the 200 ( 22.26). More than his team’s suc­cess on the track, DeMatha Coach An­thony Bryant said he was most proud of its co­he­sion and ma­tu­rity.

“ That’s what you look for in your ath­letes. How they han­dle ad­ver­sity,” Bryant said. “ I look for my team cap­tains to do cer­tain things. And I’ve seen the ma­tu­rity in Tay­lor and it comes from his team­mates sup­port­ing him.”

The meet, which was held in an in­ter­mit­tent, cold driz­zle, fea­tured 30 schools from Vir­ginia, Mary­land, the Dis­trict, Delaware and New Jer­sey. No team scores were kept, but many lo­cal ath­letes had out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.

Se­nior All- Met Ty­rone Put­man of Gon­zaga won the triple jump with a record leap of 46 feet, but Gon­zaga se­nior Ty­rone Put­man won the triple jump with a record leap of 46 feet on his first at­tempt. He was sec­ond in the 110- and 300-me­ter hur­dles. was sec­ond to Po­tomac ( Va.) se­nior Ebenezer Amegashie in the 110- and 300- me­ter hur­dles. In the 1,600, Wash­ing­ton- Lee se­nior John McGrail earned his first ca­reer vic­tory at an in­vi­ta­tional by us­ing a swift kick over the last 100 me­ters to up­set Oak­ton ju­nior Joe Lorusso, who won the 3,200 on Fri­day.

On the girls’ side, Os­bourn Park se­nior Brit­tany Hyter set two meet records. She won the 300 hur­dles in 44.31 and the long jump with a leap of 17- 10.75. Hyter also ran on the Yel­low Jack­ets’ win­ning 4x100 ( meet record 48.95) and 4x400 ( 4: 01.85) re­lay teams.

The host Cougars swept the dis­tance med­ley re­lays. The girls won in 13: 06.16, two sec­onds ahead of Chan­tilly, and the boys crossed the fin­ish line in 11: 07.56, nearly two sec­onds ahead of DeMatha.

BY JOEL RICHARD­SON FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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