Against the odds, the small yet hungry group of Panthers made history with their CIF-SS Division 2 championship this year. The Panthers were led by super sophomore Jordan Washington and hurdler Darryll Stevens–who each scored in multiple events–but few would have imagined that J-Town would be able to knock off D2 favorite Mater Dei.
Washington’s individual victories in the 100m and 200m, while also anchoring Jordan’s relays to a first-place finish in the 4×100 and a crucial third-place finish in the 4×400, are the stuff of legend. The Panthers hadn’t won a CIF title in 21 years, making this a landmark achievement in North Long Beach.
“I’m thankful for the kids and their belief in the program, their belief in themselves, and their belief in me,” said Jordan head coach Sharaud Moore. “When I met Jordan Washington, and I met Darryll Stevens, and EJ Jones, I told them, ‘When you leave here, you’re gonna leave here with your name on the wall. You’re something special.’ My guys bonded together. And they realized that they were sufficient. They were good enough themselves.”