4A Boys State Meet Preview By Event

300 Meter Dash

Will the 300 at the 4A state meet finish as close as it did at the 4A East regional meet? (Photo by Brandon Miles)

AthleteSeason BestRegional Performance
Taheer Pierce, Henry A. Wise35.70 (4A East Regionals)35.70 (1st, 4AE*)
Ryan Willie, North County35.79 (AACo Champs)38.64 (2nd, 4AC)
Ra'Mel Manley, Henry A. Wise35.87 (Virginia Showcase)35.91 (2nd, 4AE*)
Malik Prince, Eleanor Roosevelt35.93 (4A East Regionals)35.93 (3rd, 4AE*)
Kenny Accardi, Howard35.97 (HoCo Champs)39.01 (4th, 4AC)
Malik Moore, Laurel35.98 (4A East Regionals)35.98 (4th, 4AE*)

One of the most wide-open events at this year's 4A state meet, the 300 features six top competitors who have run between 35.70 and 35.98 this season. The top two runners on the current 4A 300 leaderboard - Suitland's Keith Washington and Northwest's Khaloni Mganga - will not be in the event at the state meet, leaving the title up for grabs.

The Henry A. Wise duo of Taheer Pierce and Ra'Mel Manley went 1-2 in the 300 at the 4A East Regionals, and the Puma's dominant sprint group could help them rack up plenty of points in the team scores. All six of the top finishers at the 4A East Regionals, which were held at the PG Sportsplex, finished between 35.70 and 36.50.

There were minor upsets in the other two regions in the state. Over in 4A West, Paint Branch's Chukwumdi Osuji took advantage of Mganga's unfortunate DQ to take the regional title. In 4A Central, North County's Ryan Willie (who entered with a season best time of 35.79) finished second behind Mervo's Josiah Grant.

With six boys grouped so close at the top and a couple others who turned in outstanding performances at the regional meet, the 300 may be the one event in which it is impossible to pin down a true favorite.