The Girl's Team wins the first meet of
the season. Team rans several VA State #1 fastest times....
The biggest winner
on January 2nd, 2021 at
Wakefield High School was high school sports for the Statesmen. During this
difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic
– it was just grateful for the opportunity to be able to participate at all.
Once the gun to start the meet was shot –
the Statesmen switch
mode from the niceness to fierce competitors.
Senior Shot Putter Sarah Pounder (2020 District
and Regional 4th place finisher) was the first winner with a throw
of 29ft 8in and fellow senior Rae Young placed 2nd with 20ft 10.5in. Senior Brock Palm won the boy’s shot-put
event with a personal best 35ft 7.5in, teammates Senior Maksim Piazza (32ft 8in)
and Junior Ben Katz (31ft 8.5in) placed 2nd and 3rd.
Junior Avery Tarutani won the first track and field event
the girl’s 55m hurdles (10.6h). Freshman Allison Gardner make an instant mark
in her first time on the track moving herself up into the elites with top 15
mark in school history in the 55m dash (7.84). She would come back to lead off
the girl’s 4x200m relay team (Gardner, Tarutani, Sophomore Emma Ford, Senior Makalya
Jones-Sugg) to a fantastic and easy win (1:55.04).
Seniors Elizabeth Epstein (1:24.6h) and Claire
would dominate the girl’s 500m dash to finish first and second, fellow senior Caroline
Sullivan (1:33.0h) finished 4th in the event.
In probably what was the best race of the meet, Senior
Honorees Sebastian Malave and Patrick Smith would battle toe to toe from the
start all the way to the line to see who will be the #1 Ranked Boy’s 500m in the
state of Virginia. Malave (1:08.6h) would get the better of Smith (1:08.8h) in
photo by a step and run the two fastest time in the state.
Sophomore All-Stater Sean Sanders has been having a good
summer training including running 4:32 in the 1600m at the VA Beach Opener. He
led the boy’s 1000m wire to wire to run
the fastest time in the state (2:41.0h) this young season.
Sophomore Emma Ford decided to focus this year
on track and
field after switching from basketball and the great work she did this summer to
get ready paid off with a great win in the girl’s 300m dash (46.1h). Gardner
finished 2nd (47.3h) and Sophomore Genevieve Manise finished 4th
The boy’s 4x400m relay team closed out the meet
fashion winning the event in a VA State #1 Ranking. The team of Senior Jason
Harrington, Patrick Smith, Sean Sanders and Sebastien Malave ran 3:34.3h to
hold off pervious number 1 – Falls Church HS.
The next meet will be Saturday, January 9th, 2021
at Edison HS starting at 12 noon.