The coed Indoor Track and Field team traveled to Phillips Exeter Academy on Wednesday to compete in their brand new facility. The team competed well against talented athletes from Exeter, Governor’s Academy, and Landmark School.
Walking into the field house, it was difficult not to feel like the underdogs as our seventeen athletes found their place on the bleachers among some two hundred competitors. As always, the Hyde athletes were a class act. They took it seriously, prepared for their individual events well, and fought hard against everyone they competed against.
Our long jumpers, including PG Maulid Abdow, captain PG Mwesa Mulonda, Sonny Zhang ‘18, and Altug Yilmaz ‘19, were among the first to compete. Abdow led the Hyde boys with a third place leap of 19’03”.
At the same time, captain Noah Lazarus ‘18 won the shot put event with a record-breaking throw of 45’09.25”. The former Hyde-Woodstock indoor record was 45’08.5”. Ryan Hughes ‘20, Justin Podell ‘18, and Ben Albert ‘21 all threw season bests. Cole Tryon ‘21 was consistent with his last competition.
The Hyde girls competed well in the field events, led by Rosalynn Bragg ‘19 with an effort in the shot put worthy of fifth place. Nina Janjigian ‘18 also threw shot put and finished in sixth. In the long jump pit, Haley Baustert ‘18 competed well, but struggled to find consistency in her approach.
Derrick Rwikangura ‘18 was first on the track for the Wolfpack, showing a lot of courage in his first 55m high hurdles race of the season. In the next race, captain Merrill Truluck ‘18 set the tone for the rest of the meet. Truluck shaved .17 seconds off her 55m dash time as she sprinted her way to a new personal best of 8.33 seconds. Baustert followed her teammate up the track, finishing at 9.13 seconds.
Abdow led the charge for the boys in the 55m dash, finishing in a quick 7.30 seconds. He was followed by Mulonda (7.44), Albert (7.54), Jed Danforth ‘19 (7.54), and Yilmaz (7.80).
Truluck was the lone girls competitor for the Wolfpack in the 200m, finishing in 31.75 seconds.
In an all-Hyde heat of the boys 200m, Abdow (25.46) set the pace, closely followed by Danforth (25.96) and Mulonda (26.32). Yilmaz (27.88), Rwikangura (29.50), and Sonny Zhang ‘18 (30.89) all ran the event as well.
The boys finished the meet with a solid performance in the 4x200m relay. Yilmaz, Albert, Mulonda, and Abdow combined for a second place finish with a time of 1:47.52.
This was the last meet of the regular season for the Wolfpack Indoor Track team. Truluck, Lazarus, Mulonda, and Abdow will continue to compete in the USATF New England Championship Meet this Sunday at Harvard. We will spend the end of this week physically and mentally preparing for a large, competitive meet with mostly college athletes. Lazarus will throw a heavier college-weight shot put. Truluck will compete in the 60m dash and the 200m. Mulonda and Abdow are both preparing for the 60m dash, 200m, and long jump.