By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
Ramon Edwards is fast.
Edwards holds the fastest 100-meter dash time in the state of West Virginia this year with a time of 10.92.
How fast is that?
A young whippersnapper for Dupont High School ran it in 10.94 in 1992. His name?
Edward’s time is even more impressive when you factor in that the Woodrow Wilson senior is only 5-foot-6.
Edwards will get his chance to seal his name in the echelons of track history this Friday and Saturday at the WVSSAC State Track Meet.
He’ll compete in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100 relay.
“It’s been a struggle as a team,” Edwards said. “As an individual, I try to lead by example and let my running do the talking. We have a young team, I want to show them how to win and be competitive.”
It’s something Edwards has been doing since he showed up at Van Meter Stadium as a freshman.
He was part of a team that won first place in the 4x100 and 4x200, but he’s never won a state championship as an individual.
This seems to be his year.
“It’s up for grabs,” Edwards said. “If I want it, I have to go get it. Not much you can do at the end of the season to change things up.
“Basically, I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve always been doing,” he continued. “Just finish the race. The first 60 meters, no one is really hanging with me. I’m not a tall guy, and some of them catch up at the end.”
Edwards will engage in his final battle with his rival, Dante Price from Jefferson High School. Price is well behind Edwards in the 100 with a time of 11.35, but he’s leading the state in the 200 at 22.62.
Edwards qualified with a time of 23.11
“He is the only person who has been close to me,” Edwards said. “We’ve been trading off times for a few years. He’s been my arch enemy for three years.”
If Edwards is able to secure a championship over Price, it would cap the end of a fantastic prep career.
“It would mean everything to me,” Edwards said. “It wouldn’t be a small accomplishment.
“I’ll be honest, I’d probably do a couple victory laps,” he added with a laugh.
Edwards signed a football scholarship with Glenville State, where he also plans to run track.
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