It was surely a great day to be a Phoenix this past Saturday, May 13, at the MAISAD Championship meet hosted by Hyde School. On the most beautiful day of the spring season, the Hyde School Men’s Track & Field Team won the meet with absolutely amazing performances from all athletes, repeating as conference champions. The women showed their heart and improvement, earning a victory in effort, attitude, grit and grace.
- Hyde 103.5
- NYA 62
- Hebron 58.5
- Seacoast 22
Placing in the top three or better in every event, the Hyde School Boys Track & Field Team showcased tremendous grit, teamwork, and commitment to repeat as MAISAD Champions. The athletes stretched themselves to compete beyond what they thought they could, keeping in mind the investment of their teammates and the glory of #back2back.
Before the running even began, the Phoenix long jumpers had a clean 1, 2, 3 sweep in the long jump. Noah West ’17 took first place with a jump of 19’ 2”, Khaleil DePass ‘17 earned second with a PR of 18’ 7”, and Jeremiah Wright ‘17 soared into third with his PR of 16’ 8.25”. West earned another top spot in the high jump, clearing 6’ 0”, with Serge Mudogo ’18 earning third place with a cleared mark of 5’ 8”, along with tremendous determination. Haris Layn ‘17 also secured another set of first place points in the discus with his season PR of 132’ 5”. Our field competitors gave great inspiration to the team as the track readied for our hard working runners.
In the first of the running events, Bernard He ’17 earned second place and a PR in the 110HH with a time of 17.88. Yihang Li ’17 rounded out his hurdle career with a very close fourth place finish. Bernard He also took second in the 300H with a time of 46.03, another PR and a representation of his hard work throughout the season. In the 100m dash, Trevor Saucier ’17 dominated the field with a time of 11.2, and unseeded Taj Conway ’17 caused a tie with his speedy second heat race, earning second place with a time of 11.5. Steven Wang ‘19 did not place, but crushed his PR with a time of 13.08, also showing his improvement throughout the season. West added to the team score with a third place finish in the 400, as Saucier added another victory in the 200, with Conway finishing fourth. Demeke Geremew ’17 capped off a wonderful career as a Phoenix runner, earning first in the 1500, second in the 800, and first in the 3000. Geremew has been a model of determination, grit, and warmth as a competitor throughout his time in a Hyde uniform.
As the runners began to secure victory for the team, the field competitors did not slow their momentum. Fastest man on the track, Trevor Saucier, showed his athleticism by winning top spot in the shot put with a PR of 39’11”, followed by Haris Layn in second place in the shot. Khaleil DePass continued his quest of PRs by winning the triple jump with a mark of 39’ 4”.
If you’re still reading, the synergy of the team was encapsulated by our two relay teams. The 4×400 relay, though earning third, showed that this team is never to be counted out with their camaraderie and push through the finish line. Our 4×100 relay was incredibly impressive in the smooth baton exchanges and shattered PR for the team’s time on the season.
Trevor Saucier unanimously earned the meet’s Most Valuable athlete award. As the “fastest man in the league” with decisive wins in both the 100 and 200m dashes, he also won the shot put and anchored the victorious 4x100m relay team. Trevor showed dedication and determination, all with a smile on his face after a season of giving everything he has. He was, and has been, and inspiration for his teammates and coaches.
It was an amazing day filled with inspiring performances, great team camaraderie, and a championship!!
2017 MAISAD Champions…
- Trevor Saucier ‘17 100m, 200m, shot put, 4x100m relay, MEET MVP!
- Demeke Geremew ‘17 1500m, 3000m
- Noah West High Jump, Long Jump, 4x100m relay
- Khaleil DePass ’17 Triple Jump
- Haris Layn Discus
- Bernard He ’17 4x100m relay
- Taj Conway ’17 4x100m relay
- Halle Bourne ’19 (W) Triple Jump
- Hebron 83
- NYA 70
- Seacoast 47
- Hyde 28
The Hyde women proved mighty again, never to be counted out even with their small team size. Haley Baustert ’18 was the team’s high scorer, earning third place in the 110HH, 300H, and long jump. Timesha Walker ’17 showed incredible improvement in her 100m dash time, earning third place in the 100m with a New England qualifying time, and second place in the 200m. Elena Waldstein ’18 exhibited tenacity in her 300H race, improving her time by a full 5 seconds and earning a second place finish for her team. Halle Bourne ’19 worked her way to a first place finish in the triple jump with excitement and hard work on her side. Patricia Mudogo ’17 earned a fifth place finish in the shot put with a PR of 23’11.25” to round out the team scoring. Though not her ideal finish, Patricia has been the steadfast leader by example for both the men and women throughout the spring season.
2017 MAISAD Champions…
Halle Bourne ’19 Triple Jump
Those athletes who qualified for the New England Championship Meet over the course of the season will complete with the ‘best of the best’ in Division III NE Track and Field on Saturday May 20 at Chesire Academic in Chesire, CT.