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Sparta freshman sprinter Mayes three-time winner at Spokane Relays


The 200 at the Spokane Relays last week didn’t turn out exactly how Sparta’s Lee Mayes hoped it would, other than the finish.

Mayes won the 200 in a personal-record time of 24.22, even with a sluggish start.

“I wanted to beat everybody to the first 100 meters and then float the last 100,” Mayes said. “But I came out of the blocks wrong. I had a rough start out of the blocks. You've got to push through. I made up for it.”

Likewise, Mayes’ freshman season hasn’t played out like he thought it would. He didn’t figure the 200 would become his niche.

“I came into the season thinking the 100 was going to be my thing,” he said. “But now I think it's going to be the 200.”

Mayes showed off a strong kick at the end in the 200 and while running the anchor leg on Sparta’s winning 4 x 200 relay. he teamed with Logan Byerly, Alton Prather and Talon Phillips for a time of 1:39.67.

“I came from a good handoff from out third leg,” Mayes said. “W’ve had some rough handoffs this season. This was probably our best handoffs yet. We work on them at every practice and before a meet, so they’re always getting better.”

Mayes teamed with Phillips, Byerly and Ben House to win the 4 x 100 relay (47.66).

Mayes was second in the 100 (11.90)

Sparta also received a first from House in the shot put (45-9)

Spokane’s Gabriel Duarte won the discus (127-9) and Dennis Nord won the 400 (54.35).

Chadwick’s Ethan Williams was first in the 100 (11.87).