Raiders take big steps forward on track

Lee Jones had a good feeling he was going to win the 100-meter dash at Friday’s Frank Lay Patriot Invitational at Pace High School.

One glance at the times of his competitors provided him with an extra boost of confidence.

“I saw the (heat) sheet and my eyes lit up,” Jones said. “I was like, ‘Coach, I think I’m going to get you 10 points today.’”

Jones delivered on his promise, sprinting down the track in 11.34 seconds to win the 100 and help lift Navarre to a second-place finish in the 13-team field with 81.5 points. Pine Forest won the team title with 99 points.

Jones played a key role in the finish as he also placed second in the 200 with a time of 24.05 while taking sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6-inches.

Jones said he is a much better athlete than he was a year ago, pointing out that assistant football coach Tony Carter has helped aid his improvement. Carter is working with the sprinters this season.

“Coach Tony came in and has really helped me out,” Jones said. “He has me running well. I’ve improved my technique and I’m running a lot faster.”

Jones was one of several Raiders who shined on the track on a mild March afternoon in Pace.

Sam Bassham dominated the hurdle events. He won the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.93 and took home top honors in the 300 hurdles by crossing the finish line in a time of 41.96. Teammate John McGowan was third in the 300 (42.73) and sixth in the 110 (16.95).

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