WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - A sprinter for West Ashley High School now holds the third-best personal record in the nation for the 100 meter dash.
Darrell Singleton beat his personal record time with a time of 10.48 at he Taco Bell Classic Track & Field Classic on April 9, according to Charleston County School District spokesman Donnie Newton.
That time earned him first place in the meet, but third place in the nation for the Boys 100-meter dash. He also received the Mel Pender Outstanding Sprinter Award.
"Darrell is a tremendous student athlete with a great outlook on life," Track Coach Douglas O'Donald says. "It's been a pleasure coaching someone that has worked as hard as he has on and off the track."
Singleton competes in the 100 and 200-meter dash events as well as the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams. Singleton says he practices every day after school and follows a specific diet to help him prepare for Saturday meets.
"It's all worth it," he says. "I love what I do."
He was also recently invited by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation to be a part of a team of 28 athletes and compete in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Cuba at the end of May, Newton said.
Singleton started the track season with a personal record of 10.61 for the 100-meter dash, Netwon said. He had shaved that time down to 10.59 then 10.53 before the setting the latest personal best.