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From left, Comet indoor track coach Mike Roark, Jamal Crews, Devan Richardson and Roland Brandon. The Comets won the Western Valley District track meet over the weekend and competed Wednesday in regionals.
SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2013
Granted, these Comet athletes do not get the same level of week to week publicity that the basketball players are afforded, but their accomplishments are very significant nonetheless.

And today, the HCHS boys and girls track teams can savor remarkable accomplishments. Both teams swept to the Western Valley district indoor track and field championships, the only district team district titles of the winter for Comet sports. It’s also a slice of history, as these are the last WVD indoor titles awarded.

Both teams had to step up the level of competition yesterday, involved in Northwest regional action in Landover, Md.

BOYS HAVE SOLID POINTS PRODUCERS: Head coach Mike Roark had strong praise for three performers, Devan Richardson, J.J. Crews and Roland Brandon, at the WVD meet.

“Three of the workhorses, averaging 12-13 points per person, per meet. For most of the meets, that’s been almost half our points,” said Roark.

These athletes are leaders, showcasing an excellent work ethic. “First in, last out,” said Roark.

Roark praised the maturity of these three athletes.

Richardson is a junior, and is qualified for the state AAA meet in the 55 meters and the 4x200 relays as well.

“Winning the district meet, that was great for us. That was the last time anybody was able to win it. I’m glad we were able to do this for our seniors,” Richardson said.

He has been a major contributor and plans to run track in college.

J.J. Crews is a multi-sport performer, having played for the Comet football team last fall.

“I do my best to help out,” said Crews, who is having a fine season in his initial campaign in track.

Crews has qualified for the state in the 4x200 relay.

“They’re more like my buddies, too,” he said. Crews is optimistic the relay team can make an impact at the state level.

Brandon is a sophomore, and he’s planning to move on to varsity football as well.

He’s working to get to a higher level in track.

“As a track athlete, I’ve got to get faster, especially working on my hurdles and my triples,” said Brandon, also a part of the 4x2 (relays).

The fourth member of the4 4x2 relay team is Dominique Lassiter, a senior.

HCHS is working to get about five athletes qualified for the state in other events after the regional meet.

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