This post comes courtesy of Trojan Track Coach and ELA Teacher, Mr. Scott. Actually, this post is a copy of the email Mr. Scott sent me regarding the incredible performance of the team at the RIT meet this past week. Numerous record breaking performances occurred. Here are a few of the highlights.
- Junior Brian Smith broke the Section 5 Indoor Track record in the 300m dash with a time of 34.64 seconds. This is the fastest time in New York State this season and third nationally. Brian’s time was achieved on a “regular” as opposed to a “banked” track. To put this in perspective, the conventional wisdom would have us believe that a sub-34 is within reason were Brian running on the banked track such as the one at the Armory in New York City (where school’s such as Rush-Henrietta and Fairport regularly send their premiere athletes to chase national titles)! Brian also broke his own school record (as well as the meet record) and remains atop the leaderboard in the 55m dash.
- The Boys 4x200m relay (Smith, Terrance Harley, Sean Poratta and John Hampton) broke the school’s record while running as a relay for the first time this season. Two years ago when we had a relay break the record (with Smith and Harley) it was the DISTRICT record, but I believe Olympia may have broken it last year–I’ll follow up on that next week.
- The Boys 4x800m relay (Mintesinot Kassu, Keith Pease, Mike Lauria, and Zack Hale) broke the decade old Athena school record in the event.
- The Girls 4x800m relay (Courtney Lafferty, Brittany Ward, Janelle Handley and Gaby Hernandez) also broke the school record in the event. This is the third consecutive year Courtney and Brittany have been on a relay that has established this record, which is even more impressive in that it has been done each since Athena great Mindy Sawynor graduated!
- Junior Keith Pease won the prestigious McMullen Mile by posting a season best 4:31 mile, a time which keeps him near the top of the Section V leaderboard.
- Sophomore Terrance Harley ran an impressive 6.61 in the 55m dash (#2 in Section 5) and a 300m time that places him as #3 in Scetion 5.
- Junior Katie Fisher jumped a season (and team) best 4′-10″ in the high jump to qualify automatically for Class A Sectional competition. Katie placed third overall for the day!