Jackets' Crowder among nation's fastest sprinters
Juwan Crowder is one of the fastest high school sprinters in the nation, according to his performance at the David Oliver Classic indoor track meet, which was held at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem over the weekend.
Crowder, a junior at Forest Hills High, ran the 55 meters in 6.31 seconds last Saturday.
He didn't win the event, but lost by only one-hundredth of a second to senior Trentavis Friday of Cherryville High.
Friday's time of 6.30 in the 55 is the fastest indoor time in the nation this winter. Crowder is now ranked No. 2 in the nation in the event.
The national high school record in the 55 is 6.08 seconds, set by Marvin Bracy in 2012, according to usa.milesplit.com.
Crowder ran a 6.42 on Saturday in his preliminary heat.
Friday, a four-time state champion, has committed to Florida State. He placed second in the nation last summer in the 200-meter dash at the New Balance Nationals and eighth in the 100.
Crowder was a state champion as a sophomore at Forest Hills, anchoring the Yellow Jackets' 4x200-meter relay team at the 2A state meet. He placed among the top five in four events at the 2013 state meet, including third in the 100 (10.90) and 200 (22.26), helping his team place seventh.
Crowder is benefitting from Forest Hills High's first-ever indoor track season.
Coach John Moore has 10 boys and one girl participating.
"We had a void between the cross country season and outdoor track and we wanted to try to fill that," Moore said. "We believe that if you work hard in the winter it will pay dividends in the spring."
Harold Crowder, Juwan's father, is Forest Hills' head track coach in the spring and Moore assists him.
NOTEWORTHY: Cuthbertson High junior Mikaela Seibert ranks 10th in the nation and first in the state in the triple jump this indoor season with a mark of 37 feet, 8.5 inches. ... Marvin Ridge freshman Alexa King has a state-best time of 11:21.60 in the 3,200 meters.