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Track athletes sprint to the finish line during the 800-meter run at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Track athletes sprint to the finish line during the 800-meter run at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Track athletes sprint to the finish line during the 800-meter run at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Track athletes sprint to the finish line during the 800-meter run at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Track athletes compete in the 800-meter run during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Track athletes compete in the 800-meter run during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Bitburg's Elise Rasmussen throws a discus just more than 100 feet during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Bitburg's Elise Rasmussen throws a discus just more than 100 feet during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath's Camryn Burt throws a discus in her track and field appearance during the opening meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Lakenheath's Camryn Burt throws a discus in her track and field appearance during the opening meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Track athletes race to finish the 100 meter high hurdle event at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Track athletes race to finish the 100 meter high hurdle event at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Brussels' Erin Harper runs for first place in the 100 meter  hurdles during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. She finished in 17.44 seconds.
Brussels' Erin Harper runs for first place in the 100 meter hurdles during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. She finished in 17.44 seconds. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath runner Abigaile Smith runs like the wind during the 3,200 meter relay event at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Lakenheath runner Abigaile Smith runs like the wind during the 3,200 meter relay event at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath runner Austin Burt sprints to finish the 3,200 meter relay event at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Lakenheath runner Austin Burt sprints to finish the 3,200 meter relay event at the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Alconbury's Marissa Kastler competes in long jump during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. She jumped a little over 14 feet for second place.
Alconbury's Marissa Kastler competes in long jump during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. She jumped a little over 14 feet for second place. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Lakenheath's Peyton Wilson throws a shot put 30 feet, 2 inches during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. Yorel Smalls from Baumholder ended up earning first place by throwing a shot put 35 feet, 7 inches.
Lakenheath's Peyton Wilson throws a shot put 30 feet, 2 inches during the opening track and field meet of the season at RAF Lakenheath, England, Saturday, April 15, 2017. Yorel Smalls from Baumholder ended up earning first place by throwing a shot put 35 feet, 7 inches. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

RAF LAKENHEATH, England ― The Lancers dominated during DODEA-Europe’s opening track and field meet of the season Saturday.

Lakenheath sprinted, leapt and threw for first place in 15 events against visiting teams from Bitburg, Brussels, Alconbury and Baumholder.

Lakenheath junior Austin Burt sprinted ahead of the competition in the boys 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs.

“It feels good but it’s just part of the job,” Burt said about his third track season in Europe. “I just know that there’s faster competition. I know I have a lot more speed up ahead.”

He attributed his performance to running 550 miles in preparation for the season and his unique topknot hairstyle.

“They say cool hair knocks 7 seconds off your run time,” Burt said.

Across the field at the shot put and discus ring, his sister Camryn sported the same topknot style in her first meet throwing for Lancers.

She placed second against Bitburg’s Elise Rasmussen in the shot put and third in discus. Rasmussen out threw even the boys with a qualifying toss of just more than 100 feet in the discus.

As the day progressed, familiar names could be heard again and again over the intercom as event results were announced.

Lakenheath’s Kobe Cox clocked 11.44 seconds in the 100 and 23.64 in the 200 and Brussels’ Tariziana Thompson finished in 13.24 in the 100 and 27.84 in the 200.

Brussels’ Avery Smothermon fared well in longer distances, with winning times of 5 minutes, 56 seconds in the 1,600 and 13:04 in the 3,200.

Baumholder’s Yorel Smalls threw 35 feet, 7 inches in shot put and Baumholder's Nate Horton leaped 20 feet, 1 inch in the long jump.

All those in attendance have five weeks to improve their times and marks if they hope to hear their names called at the season-ending European championships in Germany.

howard.william@stripes.com

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