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West Mifflin's Williamson, Coleman highlight invitational

Paul Schofield
| Saturday, April 16, 2005

West Mifflin sprinters Montel Williamson and Brandon Coleman, Central Catholic long jumper Eric Charity and Connellsville middle-distance runner Kenny King shared a large spotlight Friday night at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium in the third annual Greater Latrobe Wildcat Track and Field Invitational.

Williamson (100 meters) and Coleman (200) ran on the winning 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams and Justin Moore won the triple jump to help West Mifflin win the team title with 83 points.

Central Catholic placed second with 71.5 points in the 16-team event, followed by Latrobe 64, Hempfield 57.5 and Baldwin 52.

"It was a pretty normal race," Williamson said of his victory in the 100. "I can do better and I want to improve my times. I have work harder in practice."

Coleman dominated the field in the 200. He crossed the finish line 10 meters in front of Latrobe's Nathan Cebula.

Charity, a junior, won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 2 1/2 inches, and ran the opening leg of the winning 4x800-meter relay team. He won easily, but he noted that the competition was tough in the long jump.

"Everyone had a chance to win," Charity said. "All it took was one big jump. All I tried to do was my best. I'm looking to reach 22 feet in the next few meets."

Charity didn't get a chance to compete in the WPIAL individual championships last year because Central Catholic had three good senior jumpers.

"It didn't bother me," Charity said. "It just made me work harder this year."

King, the returning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA 800-meter champion, set meet records by winning the 800 and 1,600.

King said good weather was a big reason that he ran well.

"It's the best I've felt all season," King said. "I had a lot of fun running."

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