Track team repeats third-place finish at Founders

by Roger Wistar

Even with a pair of very different rosters, the boys and girls track teams found themselves in a familiar place on Saturday – third at the Founders League championships.

A dominant effort on the track led the girls to 99 points, fewer than ten points behind champion and host Taft and runner-up Choate. The boys had fewer top finishes but produced more points up and down the meet lineup, finishing with 83 points, just a half-point behind runner-up Taft and 13 points behind Loomis.

Julia Mulhern '17 had the standout performance for the Bearcats, winning the 100m dash (13.12 seconds) and 200m dash (26.90) and running the second leg in the winning 4x100m relay, along with Oyin Fasehun '18, June Perteet '18, and Aba Sam '17.

The other event victory for the girls came from Grace Bristow '18 in the 1500m run (5:04.92). Bristow also had a fine day, finishing third in the 3000m run (11:40.72) and fourth in the 800m run (2:32.35).

It was a superb performance for the girls, who placed at least one runner in the top five in every single race.

In the field events, the girls had less success, but Maggie Smith '20 and Maddie Rego '19 each placed second in the high jump and javelin, respectively.

On the boys side, there were fewer event wins but the team scored points in more events. The Bearcats placed a boy in the top five in 13 of the 17 events, including wins by Corbin Kucera '17 (400m dash, 52.41), Thunder Keck '17 (discus, 39.30 meters), and Weston Porter '17 (javelin, 49.50).

Keck proved himself to be a renaissance man on the day, finishing second in the 100m dash and leading off the team's 4x100m relay, along with Niall Simonian '20, Jiah Norman '17, and Saviour Anyagri '18.

The teams will now spend a week preparing for the New England championships, held on May 20 at Exeter.