Track stars compete in state finals


Track & field ended their season successfully at the state championship on May 25 and 26 at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Track & field had multiple events make it to states for their boys’ and girls’ teams inlcuding boys’ 4×800 relay and 4×400 relay as well as the girls’ 4×800 and 4×400 relay. Junior John Riker is another mentionable name for running the boys’ 3200 meter. The boys’ 4×800 came in 13th place out of 17. The team of four consisted of junior Joe Pohoryles, Jacob Smith and Julien Bastin, and senior Mitchell Fanger. The team had a consistent season, qualifying for states when they came in third place at regionals on May 16 at Gaithersburg. “I think that our team had really good year and I was happy that we were able to make it to states and compete,” Smith said.
The girls’ 4×800 team was made up of juniors Adna Trakic, Jessica Trzeciak, Maddie Grainger, and Erin Chelf. The team got 11th place out of 17.
Members of the team also participated in other individual events. Chelf ran the 800 meter. Chelf placed fifth in regionals and got 11th place in states. Trzeciak ran the 1600 meter, placing third place at regionals and finishing 10th at states. “It was a very good experience that I was able to run in my events at states. I think our 4×800 team will be very good next year because we will have all of our members returning from last year,” Chelf said.
The boys’ 4×400 team consists of juniors Keith Cartwright, Julien Bastin, Shayne Brooks, and senior Ambrose Devine. The team earned second place at regionals and came 11th in states.
Devine participated in the 300 meter hurdles placing 16th in states. Devine also ran the 110 meter hurdles, placing 11th in the prelims. Cartwright also participated in the long jump, where he placed fifth in regionals. “I think that we had a really good season and that our team had a good time. “I’m happy on how my high school career ended,” Devine said.
The girls’ 4×400 team placed second place in regionals and placed ninth at states, consisting of juniors Angel Porter, senior Ana Scherf and Kayla Hill and sophomore Grace Osman. The team has put up solid times throughout the season and consistently placed in the top of all of their meets. “I am really happy with how the season turned out and I’m excited to see how our event will do next year at states,” Osman said.
Track & field hopes that next year they will have the opportunity to have even more events than they did this year. All members of the team are extremely enthusiastic about being on track & field and are looking forward to next season with high expectations. The track & field season begins in the fall and goes through almost the rest of the school year.