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Frosh/Soph Championships Reveal Bright Future

May 20, 2011

Shakespeare, in his Twelfth Night, relays a somber maxim through the character of Feste: “Youth’s a stuff will not endure.”  However, it is precisely the abundant youth in the track program that may ensure years of individual and team success, a fact clearly displayed Wednesday and Thursday afternoon in the Freshman/Sophomore Championships held at Longwood High School.

On Wednesday the boys competed amidst uncooperative weather, yet several strong performances emerged.  In the sophomore 100 meter dash Andrew White finished 2nd in his heat and 3rd overall in 11.81, a mark that approached his personal best.  Mark Brathwaite won his heat in 12.25, a time that also qualified him for the Division Championships next week.  In the freshman 100 meter dash Justin Shi also won his heat in a time of 12.51 to finish 8th overall.  Two personal records were smashed in the combined Frosh/Soph 1600 meter run as Ayan Mandal and Rahul Mane ran boldly in the large field in 5:23.9 and 5:56.3 respectively.  Tom Peckham was the lone field event participator for the Bears and eclipsed his personal best on his 3rd and final throw, tossing the discus 109’4″ to medal in 6th place.  In the sophomore 400 meter dash Peckham and Marco Masakayan ran strong times despite the rainy weather in 55.74 and 56.26 respectively.  Andrew White was seeded 1st in the sophomore 200 meter dash; however, he was never given the chance to run it.  In the middle of the 3200 meter run, in which Mandal, Mane and Haya Nakanishi were competing, a bold of lightning signaled an abrupt end to the meet and a start of a deluge that left the team saturated–nothing a little McDonald’s couldn’t fix.

The rain held off yesterday for the girls’ meet, though thick cloud cover still hung like a pall.  Only 3 girls competed for the Bears but among those “happy few” 4 personal records and 2 school records were eclipsed.  Rebecca Hollis began her day well, setting the fastest FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) 400 meter hurdle time in school history, giving her a 3rd place finish among the freshman in 70.02.  Even more impressive?  She is a 7th-grader and has not yet turned 13.  Through the FAT conversion rate (adding .24 to a hand time) Hollis has also run the fastest overall 400 meter hurdle time in school history, besting Robynne Dodd’s 29-year-old mark of 70.0.  Further evidence that we may have a phenom on our hands was seen in the triple jump where Hollis vaulted her previous best jump by 7″, landing a distance of 30’2″, the furthest triple jump on the team this year to finish in 7th.  Not too be outdone, Margot Rashba sliced nearly 21 seconds off her best 3000 meter time, finishing 2nd overall among freshmen as she kicked beautifully with an 84.4 final lap to run 11:26.32.  Rebecca Shin also medaled, finishing 4th among sophomores in the 1500 meter walk, resetting her own school record for the 3rd time this season in 8:20.38.  All in all it was a very successful day and one that left coach Jake Morley smiling that sly smile.  More exciting finishes will surely be seen in next week’s Division Championships as the season’s biggest races continue to approach.


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