Hyde Outdoor Track @ Portsmouth Abbey, 4/26/17
Boys Score: Portsmouth Abbey 97, Hyde 89.5, Concord Academy 67.5, Bancroft 5
Girls Score: Portsmouth Abbey 133, Concord Academy 94, Bancroft 17, Hyde 13
On a rainy and dreary day, the Wolfpack Track & Field team traveled to Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island for a quad meet. Despite the wet conditions, both squads put forth their best effort against the toughest competition so far this season. The girl’s team scored the majority of their 13 points in the field led by sophomore Dairy Rojas ‘19 who earned 4 points by finishing 2nd place in the shot put with a throw of 25’ 10 ½.’’ Seniors Coco Cai ‘17 and Elsa Zhang ‘17 continued to contribute points in the field by finishing 5th in discus and 4th in javelin respectively. Senior Autumn Condon ‘17 placed 3rd in the pole vault vaulting to a height of 6 feet proving to be a reliable competitor in the event. Junior Lauren Leask ‘18 earned a point in the long jump with a 5th place finish. Freshman Zakiiyah Pulliam-Holmes ‘20 earned 2 points with a 4th place finish in the high jump with a height of 3’10.’’ On the track, the girl’s 4×1 team continued to gain experience and continuity racing to a 3rd place finish earning 3 points. Despite their low numbers, the girl’s team continues to impress as they keep improving on and off the track.
With their undefeated record of 3-0 on the line, the boy’s team took to the track and field with a purpose. The mentality to win has been strong all year and despite the subpar conditions, many personal bests were obtained. The meet started with yet another strong showing from the boy’s field team. Seniors Dan Murray ‘17 and Khalil Johnson ‘17 took 1st and 2nd respectively in the long jump followed by a 3rd place finish by sophomore Altug Yilmaz ‘19. Khalil Johnson ‘17 and Dan Murray ‘17 both improved by over 2 and ½ feet in the triple jump leading to a 1st and 2nd place finish. The team continued to dominate in the high jump securing four of the top five spots with a 1st place finish by sophomore Teddy St. Louis ‘19. Junior Noah Lazarus ‘18 continues to impress in the throws with a nine foot improvement in javelin, throwing 135’11’’ edging past a Portsmouth Abbey athlete to earn the team valuable points. Noah also finished 2nd and 3rd in discus and shot put respectively. Altug Yilmaz ‘19 demonstrated consistency in javelin earning a 3rd place finish. Senior Sean Conigliaro ‘17 earned a point with a 5th place finish in the discus throw. Junior Ippokratis Georgiadis ‘18 took home a 4th place finish in shot put earning the team 2 points. Along with the 2nd place finish in high jump, senior Victor Wright ‘17 took 2nd in the shot put and 3rd in discus earning the team valuable points. As the field events concluded and the rain began to subside, the Wolfpack stepped onto the track with determination.
The Hyde 4×1 team struggled with clean handoffs leading to a 3rd place finish. Senior Andrew West ‘17 continued to be a key contributor on the track for the Wolfpack finishing 4th in the 1500m, 3rd in the intermediate hurdles, and 3rd in the 3000m against tough competition. Sophomore Teddy St. Louis ‘19 earned points in the 100m and 200m races with 4th and 3rd place finishes. Senior Omar Raddaoui ‘17 ran to two 2nd place finishes in the high and intermediate hurdles, earning the team valuable points in tough events. Omar was also the anchor on the 4×4 team that edged Concord Academy for a 2nd place finish.
Despite dropping to 3-1 on the season, the boy’s team walks away with a greater sense of competition and determination to succeed. The Wolfpack competed valiantly against much larger schools and teams, demonstrating great effort, vigor, and teamwork. The Wolfpack will host their last home meet of the season next Wednesday 5/3 as Wheeler, Bancroft, and Marianapolis come into town.