After his first and only year with John Milledge Academy, senior Dwayne Boone leaves a reputation as a standup student-athlete. Football, basketball and most of all track and field performances showed real talent.
“He’s just a special athlete and a special kid in everything he’s done here at school,” head football and boys’ track coach J.T. Wall said.
The Athlete of the Week polished off a noteworthy five-event showing at the recent GISA State Track Meet. Boone’s 27 points placed second overall, three behind the best male performer.
The enormous point total boosted JMA to its highest finish in recent memory. Three seconds and one relay win highlighted the state effort.
“I think we did pretty well to get third. We improved every track meet and that was our goal,” Boone said.
Boone set a personal long jump record of 21 feet but lost by five inches to the final Bethesda competitor. Teammate Charlie Staton defeated Boone by one inch posting a 6-04 high jump.
“We’d been battling all year, and Charlie got me,” he joked.
In the Athlete of the Week’s final triple jump, his 41-07 number was again bested by a crazy output from a Stratford Eagle.
The workload didn’t phase the JMA track star after day one.
“To have a guy that can do that in three field events is pretty rare.
It shows how hard he works. He’s worked extremely hard to get his body ready to go through that for three straight days,” Wall said.
Boone maintained composure after near field event title misses for an outstanding 4X100 meter relay school record performance the next day.
“It’s what you train for,” Boone said. “It’s fun to do.”
He ran the second leg of the 4x100, helping Jeremy Pinkston, Chris Sealey and Tommy Pittman earn state championship status. Boone ran the third leg in the 4x400 though a 7th place finish was Boone’s worst.
Boone’s athletic talents also showed on the football field last fall. Setting the single season sack record without playing since middle school speaks to Boone’s strength and drive.
“I wish we had him a couple more years,” Wall said.
Boone credits the coaching staff and family atmosphere for his football accomplishments in a short one-year JMA experience.
“That was part of my success for everything this year. It was like a big family,” Boone said. “We had a great season. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Though the Trojan spent just one year with Wall, the coach noticed his identity quickly.
“You have football guys and basketball guys,” Wall said. “Boone is a track guy. He loves track, and it shows.”
The sporting success is a product of an instilled work ethic.
“My father always told me if you are going to do something do it right,” the Athlete of the Week said. “I want to get something out of every workout and everything we do.”
For a track guy, Boone hesitated when his father put him into the sport.
“When I started running track, I didn’t want to, but over time I took a liking to it,” the JMA senior said.
Track lets natural athletes shine, so Boone glistened for the Trojans.
The competitiveness keeps him coming back.
Boone has five collegiate track and field options on the table. One is in state and the others out-of-state.
He yearns to prolong that feeling of raw contention.
“I want to take it as far as I can,” Boone said.