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Indoor Track: Gonzaga, Coolidge shine at Mid-Atlantic

It seems like every season--whether during cross-country, indoor track or outdoor--Billy Ledder can be counted on for at least one especially fast time.

This indoor season is no different. Ledder won the 800 meters at the Mid-Atlantic Track Classic on Sunday in 1 minute 52.81 seconds, the fastest time in the country this season.

“I’m not really a morning person and that race was at 10 a.m.,” said Ledder, a senior at Gonzaga. “I was just trying to wake myself up.”

Ledder said he smacked his face a few times before the start to get the blood going. By race’s end, fans inside Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover got a rush, too. They rose to their feet to cheer Ledder down the home stretch.

He took control of a very fast race--Ryan O’Connor (Northern) and John McGowan (Sidwell Friends) also broke 1:55--from the start. After a brisk 400 meters, Ledder said his body started to break down. His breathing was fine, he said, but his legs didn’t have much pop. Although he started to tie up, Ledder finished as the national leader in the event.

“Obviously I’m very happy with that time,” Ledder said. “I hope to go to nationals and improve.”

Also on Sunday, Ledder helped his 4x400 relay team that also featured Leo McLaughlin, Eric Pittman and Stacy Robinson run 3:24.1, good enough for second behind Good Counsel (3:24.06). Saturday evening, Ledder split 1:54 on the Eagles’ winning 4x800 relay team. Ben Zeiss, Kevin Green, Will Fleury and Ledder brought the baton around in 7:58.6.

Gonzaga demonstrated its dominance over distance, but Coolidge showed why it will have to be reckoned with in the sprints at Nike Nationals later this month, putting two separate 4x200 relay teams in the top three on Sunday. Domanic Harden, Demetrius Lindo, Josh Ford and Eyong Oma won the race in 1:29.35, the third fastest time in the country. Desmond Jones, Martize Barr, Kari Lawson and Darryl McDowell, the Colts’ B Team, took third in 1:32.39.

Lindo also won the 200 in 22.29.

By Carl Little  |  March 1, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Coolidge , Cross-Country , Gonzaga , Sidwell Friends  
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