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Comets fare well in Asics Elite meet

The Halifax County High School indoor track team had a small handful of its athletes to place well in the Asics Elite Invitational Meet held Friday and Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Amber Walton led the Comets’ effort with a second-place finish in the high jump. Her best jump was an even five feet. Mikayla Boyd also placed in the meet for the Comets, finishing sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 35-6.

The Comets boys 4x200-meter relay team consisting of Donta Crews, Darius Weaver, Roland Brandon and Miles Claiborne placed eighth in that event with a time of one minute and 36.55 seconds.

Nine members of the Comets indoor track team participated in the meet that drew high school athletes from three states across a wide area that spanned from Baltimore, Md. to Raleigh, N.C.

Marcus Bowman placed 11th in the preliminary round of the boys 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.7 seconds. Coleman placed 12th overall in the long jump with a leap of 19-9.25.

Crews placed 20th in the preliminary round of the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds and Bowman placed 20th overall in the triple jump with a mark of 37-2.

Boyd placed 21st in the preliminary round of the girls 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.78 seconds. Tylisia Crews placed 35th in the preliminary round of the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.92 seconds.

“I was very pleased with the focus and effort shown by the team at the elite meet for qualifying athletes,” said Comets Indoor Track Coach Jerry McCoy.

“We turned out some great times and distances against some of the best athletes in three states.”

McCoy said he saw some improvement in times and distances from the previous week’s meet at Heritage High School.

“For most, we saw progress from last week’s accomplishments,” McCoy remarked.

“All a coaching staff can ask for is progress. Some of our athletes have already qualified for district or state (competition) with their performances, and we are preparing for a mid-season push in hopes to peak as a group at the right time.

“I believe this group can do anything they want with enough hard work and bringing the medal hungry-attitude to the practice field. It will be interesting and exciting to see how much progress we make this season.”

The Comets indoor track team will be idle until Jan. 7, 2012 when it travels to Lynchburg to compete in the Heritage High School Invitational Meet.

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