Pleasantville's Mack signs to run at Delaware State

Posted: April 12, 2007

Pleasantville senior Duke Mack signed a full scholarship on Sunday to run track at Delaware State University.

The Greyhound chose the Hornets over Hampton in part because of Delaware State assistant coach Steve Lewis.

Lewis, who had head coaching stints at Eastern Michigan and Pittsburgh, is a close friend and mentor of Pleasantville coach Alan Laws Sr.

Lewis coached Laws, a former 800-meter all-American, at Pitt in the mid-1980s.

"Delaware State is looking for me for both the 400 and 800 meters," Mack said.

Mack was one of South Jersey's top relay runners this past indoor season. The 2005 transfer from Roman Catholic ran a 48.34-second 400 split as Pleasantville's 4x400 relay finished in 3 minutes, 18.90 seconds to win the Eastern States Invitational. It was the nation's fourth-fastest 4x400 time during the indoor season.

Mack is just as impressive in the 800. Laws said he ran a 1:51 split during a 4x800 race.

"With coach Lewis, he can't go wrong," Law said.

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