4A district track: Almost in race against himself

Heritage’s E’Lon Mack adds 4A 200 district title to 100 the day before

By Matt Calkins, Columbian Sports Reporter

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A day after winning the 100 meters with a sub-11-second time at the 4A district track championships, Heritage sprinter E’Lon Mack also took first in the 200.

Thursday, the sophomore pulled away from the field and posted a time of 22.37 seconds in the half-lap race. It was a personal record, and yet ... he wasn’t all that happy.

“Ahhhhh!,” exclaimed Mack when he found out he did not meet his goal of breaking 22 seconds. “No good.”

Mack’s teammates laud his work ethic, but E’Lon himself says he leaves most practices thinking he didn’t work hard enough. This mindset, however, has changed in recent weeks, as Mack consistently finds himself setting personal records.

“He’s racing himself more than he is racing other people,” Heritage sprinter Victor Duran said.

Mack, who ran a 10.97 in the 100 meters Wednesday, said that he feels like he is getting closer to that 200 meter aspiration. He also helped lead Heritage to a second-place finish in the boys 1,600 relay. Next week, he will attempt to improve in regionals.

In other 4A highlights:

• Union’s Alexis Fuller won the girls 1,600 meters, giving her the distance-running triple crown at districts, as the freshman won the 3,200 and 800 Wednesday. “I’m really tired,” Fuller said.

She will scratch the 3,200 at regionals.

• Heritage senior Sean Keller won the boys javelin with a ho-hum throw of 220 feet. It was more than 57 feet better than second place.

• The Union boys’ 1,600 relay team’s time of 3:26.07 was more than seven seconds better than second-place Evergreen.

• Union got past Skyview for the girls team title 116-106. On the boys side, however, it wasn’t so close, as Union scored 141 points to second-place Skyview’s 73.

Note: In the original story, the team scores that were posted on athletic.net were used in this story. It was brought to our attention that those were not the official scores. The team scores have now been corrected, with Union winning the girls title.