COLUMBUS — Team chemistry is an absolute must in the execution of a good performance for the 4×100-meter relay, especially at the state track meet. The Wayne 4×100 relay became only the fourth 4×100 team in school history to place at the state meet enroute to a fourth place finish in 42.26 on Saturday at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.
According to Wayne Coach Mike Fernandez, this 4×100 relay owns the third fastest time in school history, which was set in the regional finals at Welcome Stadium. This relay is composed of Alonzo Johnson, Hadith Tiggs, Tyree Kinnel and Ahmad Wagner.
“As for the performance, I was so excited for this relay,” said Fernandez. “Each time these guys compete, they have a chance to do something special.”
Fernandez traced the strengths of each of the four runners according to their order in the relay. He said Johnson is the “ideal first leg runner.”
“He is so quick of the start and makes a huge move and eats up the stagger on most first leg runners,” explained Fernandez. “He’s the catalyst for this relay. When he’s on, the relay is successful. He’s come a long way from his freshman year, and to end his senior year a state placer was huge for him.”
Fernandez indicated that the second leg of this relay, Tiggs, was the perfect person for this relay.
“He didn’t get put in until late in the season due to injuries,” said Fernandez. “He has posted the fastest splits most of the time. His exchange (with Alonzo) is always smooth and the separation from the other teams is quite noticeable. Hadith has been great all year.”
In the third leg, Fernandez said that Kinnel had to literally leap into his last exchange with Ahmad, causing the senior to fall and roll in his lane.
“Tyree has been with me three of the last four years, his leadership and athleticism was needed for this relay,” said Fernandez. “He was able to get these four on the same page and convinced them that they could be really good. We put Tyree in all four legs in the beginning of the year, because he would do anything for the team. Third leg was the ideal fit for him and he was great all year.”
Fernandez said Wagner, the anchor leg runner, was “just phenominal.”
“He was able to get better every race,” said Fernandez. “He was new to track, but his experience of competing at a top level (football and basketball) was evident in the race. He never wavered and competed like a seasoned pro. His abilities are endless; his potential in anything he does is untapped. I really became a big fan of him, and can’t wait to see him develop when he competes in college.”