Team starts off slow, loses first meet

Dev Zoks
managing editor

The Patriots looked to compete in their first meet of the season in the MCPS track meet #1 at Prince George’s Sport and Learning Center on Dec. 6.

Both boys and girls competed in the 55m, 300m, 500m, 800m, 1600m, and 3200m dash. They also compete in the 55m hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump and triple jump. Senior Andrew Ratcliff finished first for the Patriots on the 55m and 32nd in the county with a time of 7.24 seconds. Sophomore Sydney Behrens finished first for the Patriots and seventh in the county with a time of 7.73. “It was a pretty good first meet, we had some runners who placed pretty high,” Ratcliff said.

In the 300m, senior Osagie Aimiuwu finished first for the Patriots and 26th in the county with a time of 39.98. Behrens again finished first for the Patriots and fourth in the county with a time of 43.97 seconds. Sophomore Armaan Salckak finished with a time of 2:22.83 seconds and 35th in the county for the boys in the 800m. For the girls, freshman Maya Gottesman finished 25th in the county, running a final time of 2:47.42.

Junior Sean Kim had the best jump from the Patriots, jumping 17’7 and for the girls senior Halle Troadec placed seventh with 14’8.5.

Freshman Bryan Haugabook placed first for the Patriots scoring 29’0 and finished 27th overall. Heavenlie-Gensis Lewis finished SEVENTH overall in the county with a score of 27’0. In the shot put boys use 12 pound balls and girls use four kilogram balls.

Senior Blake Behrens finished for the Patrios and 12th overall in the county with a score of 36’2 for men’s triple jump. Senior Nicole Parent finished 11th overall in the county with a score of 24’10.

In the high jump, Aimiuwu finished sixth in the county with a score of 5-4:00 and for girls Troadec placed fifth in the state with a score of 4-10:00. “The first meet was a lot less competitive than I expected, probably because there were fewer athletes. Personally I am impressed by how I performed as I came within a second of my personal best for the 300m and I am aiming to beat that time by the end of the season,” Aimiuwu said.

Despite competing indoors, boys and girls both continue to practice outside every day, in the different elements.

The boys and girls will compete again on Dec. 16 at Prince George’s Sport and Learning Center in the seccond MCPS meet.

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