When Savian Barrett recorded a 10.76 100-meter dash in the preliminary rounds of the WCAC Championship Friday night, it was a personal victory. When he crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter dash finals on Saturday afternoon in 10.93, it was a victory for Good Counsel, a team that seemingly graduated everyone except Barrett after a dominant 2017 season.
Two years ago, Barrett was a talented freshman with a 10.90 100-meter PR on a loaded Good Counsel squad. The following season, Barrett found himself a team leader at a young age, but unfortunately, he could not build on the success of his freshman season due to hamstring injuries.
"My sophomore year, I was on an injury on my hamstrings. Left and right. Both of them back-to-back," said Barrett.
He continued, "I was cleared toward the end of last season, but I ended up hurting it again during WCAC's actually so I didn't run all my events. But I'm finally...I feel like this is the first meet this whole season where I'm finally getting over that mental block where I was keeping myself from pushing as hard as I could because I was afraid I was going to get injured again."
Whether it was a subconscious block or something else, he vowed at his final invitational meet last weekend that he would improve on his personal best in the 100-meter at the WCAC Championship.
"That's what happened," he said. "I spoke it into existence. I felt amazing."
He celebrated his 10.76 100-meter time as if it was a victory, and why not? It was an FAT school record for Good Counsel (according to Mocorunning's records) and one of the fastest all-time all-condition 100-meter dash performances by an athlete from a Montgomery County School. But Barrett knew that he needed to get back to work on Saturday.
"Just to finish strong for my team and get that first place, that gold medal," said Barrett, "it felt amazing. I did it all for my team."
Good Counsel finished sixth in the boys team standings and fourth in the girls team standings while the rest of the WCAC seems to get better and better.
Said Barrett, "My freshman year we won the championship, and then after my freshman year, most of my team were seniors and so they left. We've been in a little bit of a rebuilding period and we haven't really been doing as well as I feel like we should have been doing...so I just had to bring that in for the first place ten points."
The WCAC Championship Meet hosts some of the best talent in the DMV year-in and year-out. The 2019 championship was no exception. In a window of about ten minutes, meet records were broken in the boys and girls 300-meter hurdles with blazing fast performances of 43.54 (Archbishop Carroll's Nile Brown) and 37.26 (DeMatha's Caleb Dean).
Despite Archbishop Carroll's impressive hurdle and sprint performances (including 47.45 4x100 and 1:40.97 4x200), St. John's defended its girls team title with 145 points. St. John's' Alahna Sabakhan won the 400m and 800m events in 55.78/2:22.48, but most impressively, the 800m was contested just a few minutes after she finished third in the 200-meter dash finals.
DeMatha won its second consecutive boys WCAC team title with 151 points. Jaelyn Blanc won the long jump and triple jump with meet record performances 23-00.25 and 46-09.50.
Other highlights for Good Counsel included wins in the girls 4x400 (4:00.17) and 4x800 (9:48.60), both of which rank in the top-10 in Montgomery County this season. Hannah Yomi threw 35-06.50 in the shot put and 106-09 in the discus, both of which rank in the top 10 in Montgomery County this season.