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East Detroit High track coach looking to field most competitive team possible

May 6, 2014

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East Detroit High track coach Lincoln Stocks May 1 said his boys and girls teams’ primary goal is finding success at league and regional meets. Pictured is Shamrocks junior Melvin Brooks coming out of the gate for the 400-yard dash during an April 29 meet against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.
Senior Raven Brown runs the 4x100 relay during an April 29 meet against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.

EASTPOINTE — The East Detroit High track team has some huge meets on the horizon.

After squaring off against St. Clair Shores South Lake (4 p.m. May 13 at East Detroit) to end the regular season, the Shamrocks will compete in a regional meet at 2 p.m. May 16 at Grosse Pointe South. East Detroit will then battle in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division meet, set for 3 p.m. May 19 at South Lake. Just a few days after that, the Shamrocks will test their mettle in the Macomb County meet, slated for 3 p.m. May 22 at Warren Mott.

East Detroit High boys and girls track coach Lincoln Stocks May 1 said one of the teams’ primary goals is to work together to find their most effective group of athletes to give each athlete the best chance to find success at the MAC Silver and regional meets.

“We’re experimenting with lineups, and different events and relay teams to find where we are most competitive and which events the athletes most enjoy participating in,” said Stocks, whose teams both sat at 0-2, 0-2 MAC Silver at press time.

Stocks said his teams are strongest in the sprints, with the girls also being solid in the long jump. Each team features 25 athletes.

On the boys side, Stocks said seniors Jalen Parker, Joe Morris-Tufts and Justin Conrad form the core of the team, along with juniors Melvin Brooks, Jabrell Wallace, Tramon Wiley and Raymond Artist, who all perform well in events such as the 100- and 400-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

Stocks said senior Brian Finn, a team captain who will run at Grand Valley State University, anchors the team in the 400 and 1,600.

Junior Victoria Grimes, who Stocks tapped as a team leader along with Finn,  anchors the girls team. Grimes, won earned MAC Silver MVP honors as a freshman; runs the 100, 200 and 400; and competes in the high jump. Other strong sprinters include senior captain Raven Brown, sophomore Alexis Brown, freshman Jackie Allison and junior Diamond Judkins. Brown and Allison also compete in the long jump.

“We are very light in the distance events,” Stocks said. “Finn gives the boys some strength on that side, but no depth. We’re developing several runners and hope to have them scoring points by the end of the season.

“The girls have more hope in the half mile, but beyond that distance, we’re weak. Our boys 1,600 relay team is quickly getting better, and we need to continue to refine our sprint relay teams.”

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