Over the previous two seasons, the Howard College monitor and area program has had moments of success on the prestigious Penn Relays and the NCAAs. However none may very well be extra impactful than this previous weekend’s video games in Philadelphia. The Bison turned the heads and made a robust assertion when Jessica Wright not solely captured the 400-meter hurdles, however repeated the title from the earlier 12 months, a rarity.
As well as, Darci Khan received the 100-meter hurdles towards a extremely gifted area that included the at all times gifted Jamaicans. It marked the primary time that Howard has received two particular person championships on the Penn Relays.
To know how this occurred, all one should do is look to Director of Observe and Discipline David Oliver. A former Olympic medalist and All-American hurdler, Oliver took over the reins in September 2017 and now has established this system nationally.
“Anybody who is aware of the Howard monitor program understands that now we have had some excellent hurdlers,” mentioned Oliver.
Each Oliver and John Department received the 110-meter occasion on the Penn Relays and set the usual.
Oliver credit this system’s success to former coaches, the late William Moultrie, who produced a number of All-People and document holders throughout his tenure within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, and the late Michael Merritt, who coached Oliver.
“I stand on the shoulders of these two giants,” Oliver expressed.
Wright isn’t any stranger to success, having been named a two-time NCAA All-American as a hurdler and a member of the 4X400 relay group final 12 months.
“I used to be motivated to repeat,” declared Wight, a well being science main and a member of the Mid-Japanese Athletic Convention (MEAC) Commissioner’s All-Educational Workforce. “It’s laborious to repeat however it was an opportunity for me to show the laborious work that I put in.”