FHS Junior Green Wins State Title In 200M Dash
By: RICH MACLONE, June 10, 2014
A year ago, Craig Green was a favorite to win the state championship in the 100m dash, but a knee injury suffered just days before the meet cost him a chance to compete.
On Saturday, June 7, Green got something not everyone gets; a second chance. The sprinter made the most of it.
On a very hot day at Bridgewater State University, Green took first place at the MIAA All-State Track and Field Championships in the 200m dash, winning the race with relative ease.
He declined his opportunity to run for a double title, opting out of the 100m dash because of the heat.
Running in the third heat of the day during qualifying, the junior set the mark for best time of the day and earned the top seed for the finals. He ran a time of 21.83 in his heat, 0.27 seconds faster than anyone else. Abu Ceesay, of Bridgewater-Raynham was second overall in qualifying, running the top time of 22.10 in the second heat.
First-heat winner Jose Adames of Lawrence had the third-fastest time in qualifying, running 22.32.
The same three runners went 1-2-3 in the finals, with Green coming out on top by 0.27 seconds again. This time he ran 21.68 seconds, just off his personal record of 21.6 seconds, a handheld time run during a meet this year.
For Green, the championship was his first state title since busting onto the scene as a freshman, when he placed second in the 100m finals on the state level.