Kennedy High School's Raynard Bell can look back on his senior year with pride. He went
undefeated against Montgomery County sprinters in the 100-meter dash and capped off his year by winning the 4A state title in the 100-meter dash.
He won nearly all of his 200-meter races, too. After taking second place in the state championship 200-meter finals in 21.93, his disappointment was apparent.
"I got out of the blocks well," said Bell, "but when it came down to the last 20 and 10 meters, I ended up shutting it down and my competition pulled away.
I'm kind of disappointed because I know I could have won that race, but just better luck next time I guess."
His very last race representing Kennedy will sting for a little while, but it does not erase a
season's worth of accomplishments. He swept the sprints in dual meets and won titles at major meets like the Crimson Tide Invitational, the Viking
Invitational, and the DCC Championship. At the Montgomery County Championship Meet, he swept the 100-meter and 200-meter titles and broke the county meet
record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.68. The previous record of 21.74 was shared by three athletes and now Bell is the sole owner of one of the most
prestigious records in Montgomery County.
"I'm proud of myself for that one," said Bell about the 200-meter county meet record. "I didn't think I would be able to pull it off. I was really nervous in
the beginning of the race. I was shaking and everything, but once I heard the gun fire, my mind went blank and just ran the race."
At the 4A West Regional Meet, he lowered his PR in the 100-meter dash with an automatically timed 10.72. Then in the opening rounds of the state championship
meet, he and all of his fellow competitors benefited from substantial wind gusts. With a 2.9 meter per second wind gust, he recorded 10.68 in the 100-meter
trials and with a 4.2 meter per second wind gust, he recorded the fastest preliminary time in the 200-meter dash, 21.76. The 10.68 was one of the fastest
times ever by a Montgomery County athlete at the state meet, but it was only second best of the day behind the 10.60 recorded by Blair's Enoch Owumi.
On Saturday morning, the wind was calm and he executed a "beautiful" 100-meter victory in 10.79.
"I had a beautiful start out of the blocks," said Bell. "My competition was really good. I mean, hey, I thought I was close to losing but I pulled away at the
last minute and I'm proud of myself."
"I can definitely come back, relook at all my times and how successful I was. I have to say I'm really proud of my season. I didn't think I was going to be
able to run the times that I did but I'm happy about it."
Bell was the third Kennedy High School athlete in meet history to win the boys 100-meter dash. The other two were Marty Walker, Class 'AA' in 1986, and Bisi
Ezekoye (3A) in 2009.