Henry A. Wise High School was by far the best on the track in the Prince George's County outdoor track and field championships on Saturday, May 15. The Wise Pumas earned a total of 148 points for first place, 69 more points than second-place Potomac.
Wise was able to dominate because they had athletes compete in every track event, including field competitions. But one of the biggest stars for the Pumas on Saturday was senior Brian David, who claimed first place in the 400-meter race with a time of 48.6 seconds. David also helped the Pumas take second place in the 400-meter relay with a time of 3:00.24.
“Brian David, he's probably right now the heart of our team,” Wise coach Fardan Carter told reporters after the race.
David told the AFRO that he prepared for the meet by taking multiple ice baths during the week, and also took his coaches’ advice on preparing for the mental aspects of the race, instead of the physical part of it.
“Before the race started, a lot of people told me that I had too much competition to beat,” David said, “but I replied to all of them by smiling and told them it’s about to be fun.”
While David and the Pumas had fun blowing away the boy’s competition, Charles Herbert Flowers High School did the same during the girl’s events.
Flowers’ female squad earned 147 points, totaling 51 more points than second-place Eleanor Roosevelt, thanks in large part to senior Lorraine Graham, who won three individual first place events, including the 200-meter race. Graham, who according to reports will be attending the University of Florida on full scholarship, was honored at the most valuable female track athlete for the championship.