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A night of personal bests

Apr 12, 2013
Demon runners Austin Witt and Garrett Covington compete in the Denny White relays Thursday evening.

Mt. PLEASANT — For the Washington Boys’ Track Team, the Denny White relays held in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday evening was a time to rest and recover from several injuries that have been plaguing the team since the start of the season.
Due to the rain and cold weather, Coach Steve Roth said the focus of the evening was on individual victories rather than team score. He said there were many events that the Demons didn’t compete in. He also had three players — Alex Coker, Carl Silvis and Alan Sanchez — benched due to illness and injury.
“We didn’t run for time, we ran for place,” Roth said. “We weren’t trying to build up the score, we were trying to beat the person we were competing against.”
During the evening, Austin Latcham set a personal best with the discus throw, nailing 112 yards. He also set a personal record in the 4x8 competition with a time of 2:11. He also completed the 4x4 event in 55 seconds.
“He had a very nice night,” Roth said.
He also said Austin Witt had a personal best split.
Noah Lebsack anchored a medley with 2:09 and ran the 4x8 in 2:11. Roth said these times are outstanding in the cold conditions.
“There was a lot of focus on individual people doing their best,” Roth said.
In the end, Washington finished in seventh place out of eight teams. Roth said that was expected, as he was using the meet to let the team “catch its breath” after several hard meets. He said that the team showed a lot of focus and placed well in the events it participated in. He said no Demons competed in the shuttle or long jump events.
“No one was hurt last night,” Roth said. “That was my biggest concern.”

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