Lafayette’s Moses Edwards was really more concerned about his hamstring than about winning at the Mayor’s Cup at Icahn Stadium on Saturday.
Nevertheless, after nursing a pulled right hamstring for the last month, Edwards did take home the boys long jump title by jumping 20 feet 7 inches, beating the next closest competitor by nearly a full inch.
Though good enough for the gold, Edwards knew his worries about his injury brought him up short of his personal best.
“I think I did all right, but I could have done much better with my takeoff,” he said. “I was a little scared because of my leg. I held back a little bit.”
Edwards, who pulled his hamstring while running on March 8, feels that Saturday’s first-place finish is a good starting point for the rest of this season. For his season to be a success, however, he knows he’s going to have to regain trust in his hamstring.
“It feels good today, but it’s still going to need a little more work to get back to my original jumps,” Edwards said.
A successful day for Brooklyn athletes included Boys & Girls’s Keziann Jones wining gold in the girls shot put with a throw of 36 feet 11.25 inches. Although it wasn’t her best result, she was happy to have proven herself against competitors from the other boroughs.
“It means a lot [to get first place], because I want to be the best in the city,” Jones said.
Shayla Broughton was the high jump champ with leap of 5 feet 6 inches, and took the 100-meter hurdles title in 15.16 seconds.
Sabrina Joseph won the girls long jump title by bounding 16 feet 4 inches. Paige Charles-Thompson took gold in the 100-meter dash in 12.35 seconds.
Medgar Evers’s Kadecia Baird won both the 400- and 200-meter events, with times of 55.12 seconds and 24.17 seconds respectively, to highlight a big day for her and her team. But she felt she could have run faster.
“It’s too cold,” she said. “Next time I’ll train harder and come back faster.”
Tilden’s Benjamin Fairweather won the boys 400-meters with a time of 49.94 seconds, with Bishop Ford’s Michael Houston right behind him at 50.91 seconds.