West Ashley High School recently hosted the 9th Annual Sandlapper Track & Field Classic. With 20 schools and more than 100 athletes competing, there was one Wildcat that stood out among the crowd. Junior Darrell Singleton placed in the top 10 of almost every competition in which he participated. A pretty impressive achievement, considering that it’s only his second year on the WAHS track & field team.
“Darrell (Singleton) is steadily becoming a great athlete and an essential part of our team,” said WAHS head track coach Richard Luden. “He trains hard and works harder.” Singleton’s abilities continue to grow stronger each year as he develops and hones his raw talent. In 2014 he went to state in his first year on the team. So it will be fun to see what the Wildcat speedster will accomplish this season.
At the Sandlapper Classic, Singleton came in second place in the preliminaries for the boys’ 100-meter dash, only .04 seconds behind the winner. Once the qualifying round was over Singleton ran the 100-meter dash once more and once again placed second. Singleton again placed second in the 200-meter dash as well.
His next event was the boys’ 4×100-meter dash, which became the Wildcats best event of the day. Singleton along with Malik Thompkins, T’Qele Holmes, and Kenneth Thomas took first place, coming in .22 seconds in front of the next group.
In the 4×400-meter, Singleton, along with Holmes, Thomas, Coardes, and Thompkins took third place with only three seconds separating them from winning.
Singleton says he likes being on the team because not only does he like winning, but he also likes to see himself and his teammates improve. When asked what  advice he can give to others, Singleton says, “Be humble and be yourself. If I shine, you shine.” He also quoted something his grandmother said: “Don’t race to play, race to win.” As the track & field season is only beginning, there’s no telling what Singleton will accomplish this year, but you can bet that he’s more than ready. “There are big things to come,” he says.

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