Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Sheffield High School junior Kalil Slaughter had quite a day on Saturday at the McDowell Invitational. It was also his toughest competition thus far. "Kalil's the kind of kid, if you put him up with those top guys, that's when he's going to run his best times," said Sheffield boys track coach Bryan Gould. Slaughter proved him right, and had some help along the way. He broke his own school record by winning the 100-meter dash in 10.97 seconds. Two weeks ago, Slaughter ran it in 11.07 seconds, breaking Dave Vargas' school record of 11.1. Slaughter was also part of the school-record breaking 400 relay team on Saturday with Michael Torres, Dylan Reynolds and Eric Allen. They finished second, behind McDowell, in 45.43 seconds, breaking the previous Sheffield record of 45.98 seconds held by Michael and Matt Bryant, Jason Borst and Robert Wyman. Slaughter finished second in the 200 and fifth in the long jump, and Sheffield's boys team finished eighth out of 19 teams. He's the Times Observer Athlete of the Week, sponsored by McDonald's.