Photo by Derrick Mahone
Drew seniors (front-back) DeAndre McBride, Andreius McBride, Timothy Barnes and Jadarius West ran a 41.38 at a recent track meet to record the third-fastest time in the nation this season.
Drew coach James Davis didn’t have to use many words when asked what makes his track and field team a contender.
The Titans coach just looked around the track at Southern Crescent Stadium on Tuesday afternoon and pointed.
“This,” he said as he pointed the runners going through drills. “It’s been about hard work from the kids. They have put in the work, and followed what we have been trying to teach them.”
Last Saturday at the Eagles Early Bird Invitational, that hard work certainly paid off.
Drew’s 400-meter relay team of DeAndre McBride, Andreius McBride, Timothy Barnes and Jadarius West had a time of 41.38 seconds to win the event.
That time is now the third-fastest time in the nation, according to the latest milesplit.com rankings.
Davis said the foursome was just looking to be around last season’s best time of 41.87 during the early part of the track season.
“That is somewhat surprising,” Davis said. “We were just looking to get back to where we left off last season. We wanted to be in the 41s.”
Now, the goal has changed for the group.
“We want to get into the 40s,” West said. “We see that it can be accomplished.”
Davis has tinkered with the lineup in the relay to find the right combination. He used the order of Barnes, DeAndre McBride, Andreius McBride and West.
All four are seniors, and the McBrides are twins.
“It really don’t matter the order,” said West, who signed a football and track scholarship to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas this past February. “We have a good chemistry among the runners. I think any combination works because we all are stepping up.”
The Titans will get another shot at lowering their time as they host the Gary Townsend Invitational this Saturday at Southern Crescent Stadium.
“Running this time so early in the season has given us some confidence,” West said.
But Davis doesn’t sense any overconfidence in the team.
“At first, I thought that could be a problem, but when they started saying they wanted to go in the 40s, I knew we were OK,” he said. “Hearing the kids say that put a smile on my face. I know they want to work hard. They didn’t expect the time they got, but they are now putting in the work.”
Individually, West has run a 10.64 in the 100 meters for the state’s fastest time. Barnes is No. 15 at 10.93 seconds.
DeAndre McBride has a time of 48.77 for the fourth-best time in the 400 meters.
“We have a lot of team leadership from our seniors,” Davis said. “These kids enjoy track and they are willing to work.”