East Detroit track coach looking for leaders moving forward

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 4, 2014

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High track and field coach Lincoln Stocks said he’s going to be on the lookout for athletes to take the reins of the team moving forward.

“We have to have some leadership,” Stocks said May 29. “The good things is we have some underclassmen who I think can step into those roles.”

Both East Detroit track teams finished the season at 1-2, 1-2 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division.

Stocks cited junior Victoria Grimes as a leader of the girls track team. Grimes, who also plays volleyball and basketball for the Shamrocks, was named MVP of the MAC Silver Division after winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes, and the high jump at the MAC Silver Divisional meet. She also received the honor as a freshman.

Grimes was injured in the preliminary heat of the 400 at a Division 1 regional meet and was only able to compete in the 400.

Stocks said East Detroit’s boys team, w hich features a number of seniors, was hampered by scheduling conflicts late in the season and in the postseason. One late- season meet took place the day of the school’s prom, while another took place the day of East Detroit’s senior trip.

“We didn’t have a lot of the athletes at (the Macomb County Championships or the D-1 regional),” Stocks said. “The girls performed better at those meets because there are more underclassmen on the girls team. The boys we did have at those meets performed strongly, though.”

Shamrocks senior Brian Finn recorded a personal best time of 2 minutes, 3.66 seconds in the 800 at the regional meet. Junior Jabrell Wallace tallied a personal best in the long jump of 19 feet, .25 inches.

“So we had some guys perform well at the meets. We just didn’t have enough guys present,” Stocks said.

Stocks said his goal this offseason is to convince some of his athletes to compete in the distance events. He said it seems like each athlete has their sights set on the sprinting events.

“I’m trying to get the kids to understand that even though they may not be the fastest kid in the county, they can take some of what they have and use it in the distance events,” Stocks said. “I think we’ll have a lot of good kids back next season. We’re definitely looking to improve.”