The Concorde District Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway last Thursday, Jan. 26 with Day One action at the Prince George’s County Sportsplex in Maryland. Local teams Centreville, Westfield, and Chantilly High Schools made up three of the six participating schools at the postseason event.
The championships are set to continue with Day Two (final day) competition this Thursday, Feb. 2 at the P.G. Sportsplex.
While Centreville High was not among the team leaders on either the girls’ or boys’ side following last Thursday’s district postseason start-up, the Wildcats did receive a number of fine individual outings.
“Day One of districts went well for us,” said Centreville head coach Givon Holmes, of the Wildcats’ initial day showing at districts. “We need to do a better job executing and scoring points where we are supposed to on Thursday. The kids seemed to really be into the competition so hopefully we can carry that on to Day Two.”
Centreville had several finalists competing in the sprints, hurdles and jump events. And both the Wildcat girls’ and boys’ 4x800 relay teams placed in the top 3.
For the Centreville girls, highlights included: a third place finish by the 4x800 relay team of Alex Myers, Hayley Anderson, Jackie O'Shea, and Rebecca Vinter; Valery Luna advancing to the finals and finishing seventh in the 55-dash; Sydney Pryor taking second place in the 55-hurdles and advancing to the long jump finals (seventh place finish); and Jackie O'Shea finishing ninth in the girls 1600, with a time that qualified her for the freshman mile at the upcoming National Championship meet.
For the Wildcat boys, highlights included: a third place finish by the 4x800 relay team of Chase Heiner, Dan Molina, Marco Lim, and Bobby Dunn; Philip Christophe’s second place finish in the long jump; Texas Williams’ sixth place showing in the 55-dash; and Mohamed Koroma advancing to the 55-hurdle finals along with Brian Su, who finished sixth overall in the event.
At districts, the top three relays and top six individuals will automatically advance to next week’s Northern Region Championships.
Good Opening Day for Chargers
Following the Day One portion of the meet, the Chantilly boys were perched in first place among the six-team field of teams, while the Chantilly girls were third overall.
Top six individual event finishers for the Chantilly girls were: Samantha Lull (second in high jump); Kendall Cowne (fifth in 1600); Lauren Crafton (fourth in long jump, fifth in 55-hurdles); and Lyzan Rashid (fifth in shot put). The Chantilly girls 4x800 relay team finished first.
Top six finishers for the Chantilly boys were: Sean McGorty (first in 1600); Logan Miller (third in 1600); Miles Ransom (first in 55-hurdles, fourth in pole vault); Arthur McDuffy (first in long jump); Zachary Booker (second in shot put); Eric Nguyen (fifth in 55-hurdles); Emeka Oputa (sixth in long jump); and Brandon Galindo (sixth in shot put).
Westfield Boys Currently Third Place
The Bulldogs of Westfield had a successful first day of action on the boys’ side and, going into Thursday’s final day, were set in third place in the team standings behind the first place Chargers and second place Oakton.
Westfield’s top six finishers on the boys’ side: Anthony Richardson (first place in shot put); Danny Bulas (third in 55-dash); Kendell Anderson (fifth in 55); Jeff Edmondson (fourth in 1600); Hani Mustafa (third in 55-hurdles); Alex Krall (fourth in shot put, fifth in pole vault); and Troy Dennis (sixth in pole vault);
The Westfield boys’ 4x800 relay team finished first.
Westfield girls’ top six finishers: Lia Sumner (third place in shot put); Saliya Hinton (sixth in shot put); and Khyra Thomas (sixth in 55-dash).
The Westfield girls’ 4x800 relay team finished in second place.