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HIGH SCHOOL WINTER TRACK NOTEPAD: Cavs coach glad to see full team is assembled

Caroline track and field coach Sansberry Harvey hopes to have a clearer picture of the potential of his boys team this weekend.

When the Cavaliers compete in the Green Dragon Relays at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond on Saturday, it’ll be the first time three basketball players will participate with the track team.

Senior sprinter and jumper Aason Pankey will compete for the first time. The Cavaliers will also welcome junior hurdler Shareef Gardner and senior jumper Jaquan Monroe.

Harvey often shares his winter track athletes with the basketball team, so he understands the delicate balancing act.

“I know basketball is their primary sport and I better not cross that line,” Harvey said. “I always ask [basketball coach Antoine Johnson], ‘Can I use a kid?’ I don’t want a fluke accident to happen and a child gets hurt.”

Pankey was an All-Area performer last spring after he earned all-Group AA honors in the 100 meters, the 200 and the 400 relay.

Harvey said Pankey will participate in only the 800 relay and the high jump Saturday, not the 55 meters. He said Pankey can likely qualify for the state meet in the 55 later this season based on “raw talent.”

Harvey said he’ll have an opportunity to use Pankey, Gardner and Monroe again on Jan. 18.

“What I have to do is get them into a track meet and get them to meet state standards,” Harvey said. “Then they’ll be ready to go.”

Without the trio on board, Harvey said he’s been pleased with some of his other athletes.

Senior Michael Williams won the 1,600 at Woodberry Forest Mini Invite No. 2 last Saturday. Senior Aaron Carter placed second in the 1,000. The Cavaliers won the 3,200 relay and placed second in the 800 and 1,600 relays.

Caroline will compete in its third meet of the season today at Fork Union Mini Invite No. 2 along with King George and Louisa.

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