Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

February 01, 2006

Long Reach's Wright finds golden touch

Sport Indoor track

BOYS

Long Reach's Brandon Wright accounted for 38 of 102 points for No. 5 Long Reach on Friday night, as it captured the school's first county indoor track and field title at the Ivan Walker Howard County championships. Wright, a senior, picked up three gold medals and a silver, opening his night by winning the 300-meter sprint in 35.45 seconds and then taking the 55 in 6.55 seconds.

After running a leg of the 800 relay team that finished second in 1 minute, 33.77 seconds, Wright anchored the victorious 1,600 relay squad that crossed the finish line in 3:40.37. The win in the 1,600 relay cemented the Lightning's crown.

Wright, who has drawn interest from colleges such as Georgia Tech, Duke and Howard, had collected silver medals last year, but last Friday was his first taste of gold. "You've got to work hard 24-7," Wright said. "It's not a game. You have to put hard work into it to get good results. My times are faster because of hard work."

Others considered: Louis Birdsong, Mount St. Joseph, basketball; George Ester, Arundel, wrestling; Johnny Higgins, Randallstown, basketball.

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