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2009 Track Championships at Pittsburgh Public Schools[]

May 2009

With a PIAA 100-meter gold medal stashed away in his mother's room for safekeeping, one would think Peabody High School senior speedster Pierre Carr didn't have anything else to accomplish at the high school level.

But Carr didn't have City League track records in his top two events ... until yesterday.

In his final City League performance, Carr provided an encore, sprinting to meet records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the City League track championships at Oliver High School.

Carr broke a 12-year-old record by finishing the 100 in 10.77 seconds, and his 21.90 in the 200 tied a mark set in 1987.

"It feels good getting both records in my last year and my last City meet," Carr said. "I just try to make my team look better."

Peabody was edged out in the team scoring, 144-131, by Schenley, which was bolstered by sophomore Deandre Black's on-track proclamation of being the City League's top hurdler.

Black stood on top of the medal platform in the 110-meter high and 300-meter intermediate hurdles. He also helped the Spartans' 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams to first-place finishes.

"I did [expect to do well], but then I didn't. I didn't want to doubt everyone else. I just wanted to do my best, and I think I did that," Black said.

Other highlights included Peabody senior Joseph Wise blowing away the field in the 800 meters and Allderdice junior Kavish Gupta nipping senior teammate Kevin May in the 1,600-meter run. [[ Monique Sims]]' spectacular showing spurred Schenley to the girls' team title.

A junior, Sims successfully defended her 100- and 200-meter crowns, and anchored the Spartans' 400-meter relay team that set a City League record with a time of 48.96. Sims also won the long jump in the field portion of the championships Thursday.

"I always have faith in myself," Sims said. "I just didn't expect to have the time in the 200 [25.06] that I had. I just want to be able to top that at the [PIAA] championships."

Schenley classmate Elizabeth Rose, a sophomore, also raced to multiple titles.

After triumphing in the triple jump Thursday, Rose topped the field in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and joined Sims on the record-setting 400-meter relay.

Schenley also got first-place showings from junior Nisha Lipowcan in the 1,600 meters, and from its 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams.

"We work our butts off in practice, and today it showed," Sims said.

Junior Domonique Wilson (800 meters) provided Langley its lone winner.