Sprinter Quinn pivotal to Patriots' track success

All-Lowcountry boys track Athlete of the Year Miguel Quinn of Fort Dorchester High School.

Miguel Quinn's preparation for the 2010 track season began with a look back at the results from last year's Class AAAA state championships.

After finishing fifth in the 100 meters and sixth in the 200, the Fort Dorchester junior star studied the results after the meet.

"I looked at the people who beat me, and most were seniors," said Quinn, who recently completed his senior year. "In 2010, I thought: 'It will be Miguel's time to shine.' I knew I could get it done."

Quinn got it done all season long. The 6-2, 180-pounder swept the sprint events at the Sandlapper Track and Field Classic to open the season. He won the 100 and finished second in the 200 at the Azalea Outback Classic.

He also performed well at the Coaches Classic. He won the 100 in 11.09 seconds and finished second in the 200 with a clocking of 22.74, despite being slowed by a groin injury.

He also fared well at the state meet last month, finishing second in the 100 in 10.86 seconds while running into a slight headwind. He placed third in the 200 with a time of 22.11 and was a member of the gold-medal winning 4x100-meter relay team that posted a time of 41.63. He scored 16 1/2 points to help the Patriots to their first state championship since 1996 when they won the Class AAA state title.

His effort earned him The Post and Courier's boys track and field athlete of

the year honor, and he heads up the All-Lowcountry team.

Quinn also played football for Fort Dorchester. He played in the Patriots' secondary and recorded 64 tackles and one interception last fall.

Miguel's older brother, Robert, also excelled in two sports at Fort Dorchester. Robert was a state champion in wrestling but had his senior football season cut short when he had brain surgery because of a tumor. He's completely healthy now and is a star defensive end at North Carolina.

Chapel Hill might be the younger Quinn's destination after a stop at Fresno City College in California.

"I'll have a chance to run track, play football and get my grades up," Quinn said. "I want to transfer to North Carolina and be with my brother. Florida State also is a good option. They have good a good track program and a good football team."

Quinn heads up the 11-man All-Lowcountry team that includes seven state champions: Carvin Nkanta, Summerville (400); Tim Tyler, Wando (1,600); Christopher Sievert, Fort Dorchester (400 hurdles); Stanton Seckinger, Porter-Gaud (high jump); Dejon Wilkinson, Summerville (triple jump); Ramel Fordham, St. John's (long jump) and Tracy Jones, Fort Dorchester (discus).

The rest of the team includes Kalib Law of Berkeley, and Michael Sellars of Fort Dorchester.

Fred Hamilton, who led the Patriots to the state title, is the coach of the year. He led the Patriots to a remarkable turnaround in his second year as coach. Two years ago, Fort Dorchester didn't win a meet. The Patriots didn't even have a qualifier at the state meet. Last year, the Patriots finished ninth, and claimed the top prize in May.