Thursday’s January 24th Baltimore County Freshman/Sophomore Meet showed the next best to provide Perry Hall with another group of excellent athletes. For many this was their first meet without any varsity for support and/or guidance. They showed they could do it with each other’s support. Usually my cheering can out boom the athletes but not so Thursday; they did me proud by rooting louder than me.
The relay teams truly worked hard. While several smashed their previous times, it was the excitement these teams provided that was awesome. At times they trailed but then with their team cheering them on they found that extra spark deep within and powered on to win their heats. And even in disappointment when Jeremiah Blake pulled up hurt in the first lap of the 4x400m relay, he fought through the pain with the encouragement from his teammates to finish and pass the baton. Would have been so easy to place blame for losing, but instead they came to his rescue and did what they could to get back into position.
Overall the Boys placed eighth. Placing for points Joey Hutchins 3rd for 55m hurdles, Justin Glenn 5th 55m hurdles, both set season bests. Dan Morrison 4th and Jeremiah Blake 5th in the pole vault both set season bests. Michael Lucas 5th
in the 800m set season best. Boys 4 x 800m Relay (Alex Buckheit, Jacob Rehak,
Michael Lucas, Andrew Yu) placed third with a season best, Boys 4 x 200m Relay
(Joey Hutchins, Jeremiah Blake, Chad Tolson, Justin Glenn) placed fifth with a
season best. While not placing in their events the following did set season
bests, Joey Hutchins (300m), Ben Welbourn (3200m), Oscar Urquiza (55m), Jacob Rehak (1600m), Edward Rivera (300m), Jonathan Miller (shot put) Awoenam Mauna-Woanya (55m & shot put).
The Girls placed sixth. Placing for points Celina Thomas 3rd in high jump, Girls 4 x 400m Relay (Mackenzie Hugunin, Kayleigh Davis, Tessa McLaughlin, Gabrielle Lange) placed third, Girls 4 x 200m Relay (Celina Thomas, Kelsea Burke, Janay Morant, Gabrielle Lange) placed fourth and Girls 4 x 800m Relay (Tessa McLaughlin, Alyssa Winters, Bailey Martini, Cierra Hemp) placed fourth with a season best. Others not placing best setting season bests Kelsea Burke (55m), Imani Daiyaan (55m, 300m), Zoe McCaskey (300m) and Cierra Hemp (800m, 1600m).
It is a privilege to be able to watch and record these youngsters. For these outstanding freshman and sophomores their indoor season has ended, but now comes and even harder challenge for those that continue onto the outdoor season.
Saturday, January 25th our Varsity Distance Medley Relay Team (Jose Cruz, Patrick Alluisi, Jordan Coates and Vincent Ciattei) took first place at the Last Track to Philly Meet held at Georgetown Prep High School in Bethesda. This group of seniors has been attempting to qualify for the National Indoor Meet but may have missed out by 9.35 seconds. Still they may have an outside chance of running, so Perry Hall pray hard; these young men deserve their shot on the national stage.
Next up Tuesday, February 5th, 4A Central Regional, Prince Georges Sports Complex
Your support would be greatly appreciated; Donations/checks can be made out to PHHS Track & Field and mailed to Perry Hall High School, 4601 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, MD 21236. All donations go towards offsetting the replacement of uniforms, equipment and bus transportation.
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