What a great week for the Perry Hall Outdoor Track & Field Team. First there was League Meet on Wednesday, April 10th at Patapsco High School. Our athletes competed against Towson, Dundalk, Sparrows Point, Lansdowne and Patapsco. These league meets are but minor skirmishes before the battles. This skirmish helped prepare many for a battle in the main arena Saturday, April 13th at the Pikesville Invitational. For this battle we went up against many of the top teams from not only Baltimore County, but also Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Prince Georges, St. Mary’s and Private schools.
Let me better define our battles. At this time in the season it’s not about winning or losing, while winning is a plus, for us it’s about PR’s personal bests. Each time our athletes step onto the field it’s about besting their previous time, height, and/or distance. If they best it only by a tenth or fraction of an inch they have won that days battle. And this past Saturday Just about every one of our athletes won a battle posting a season’s best. Not an easy thing to do when you realize that many were up and at the school by 7 am to catch the bus. Then when they get to field they have to help set up their area, check when, and where they have to be for their events and for many it was hours before said event start. You have weather, food, drink, down time, weather, warm-ups, event, cool downs and for some more down time before next event. For an athlete to accomplish PR’s is truly amazing. On the day our Girl’s tied for 17th out of 31 teams. The Boys placed 10th out of 25 teams.
The other highlight of the meet was Vincent Ciattei doing what he does best. He not only placed first in both his events he set both meet records and PR’s in both the 800m (1:53.42a) and 1600m (4:14.39a). I heard all sorts of things at the start/finish line area from other coaches. During the 1600 they were like he’s behind no way he will win against so and so. Then when Vince turned on his burners and pulled away they were awe struck especially when they were watching their stop watches. The 800m pretty much started out the same, except the opponent kept knocking on the door and many of the same coaches had Vince beat in the straight away. But Vince was able to push through to the end and once again they were in awe when looking at their stop watches.
Also on another note Vincent Ciattei also turned in a winning performance at the Azizidin Ra’Off Invite on April 6th. Not only did he place first in the 3200m, but also turned in a personal best of 9:10.25a. Right now Vincent Ciattei has the best times in the State for the 800m, 1600m and 3200m.
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.
Next meet - Tuesday, April 16th at 3:45 pm Perry Hall High School – Gator Stadium
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