Booker T.s boys track wins first GMAC title

caines | 3/28/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The Booker T. Washington boys track team made history again, winning the first GMAC track title for the schools program, last Friday at Traz Powell. A team dominated by 2012-13 Class-4A State Champion football players and under the tutelage of head coach Tim Harris Jr. the offensive coordinator for the football team who also holds the 2004 record for the 800-Meter run-placed in eight of 17 events. This group is special, Harris said. Theyve been with me since my first year as a head coach, their ninth-grade year. So Im very proud. The Tornadoes brought home the gold in four events, including 10th grader, Vaquan Small in the 800-meter run. And even though 11th grader, Krondis Larry, was a part of the first place 400-meter and 100-meter relay team, he was disappointed in his second place performance in the 400-meter dash. This is the first time Ive ever lost the 400, Larry said. The kick I have normally I didnt have [today]. Senior Nicholas Norris, Western Kentucky commit, placed in three events, with two golds in the long jump and the 100-meter relay. Norris said that the football victory had propelled the team to work harder in track. Were the hunted, Norris said. So we have to play with a chip on our shoulder [and we] just have to stay on top. Central, Carol City and Jackson took the next three spots overall. Jackson established a name for themselves with a surprise victory in the 100-meter dash by 11th grader, Tyrone Thornton, who beat out Norris and Booker T.s Deltron Hopkins. It feels good, Thornton said. I put in all I had. Its about finishing, because if you dont finish hard, youre not competing. By Akilah LasterAkilahLaster@gmail.com