On Saturday, May 19, the Episcopal track team travelled down to Richmond to battle alongside various Virginia private schools at the VISAA 2018 Outdoor track meet. Overall, the results were satisfactory as the boys’ team placed 8th while the girls’ team placed 3rd. Although neither team won the first place trophy, it is important to highlight some of the incredible athletic achievements reached by the EHS athletes. Junior Sam Kamara hit the ground running and placed 6th in the 100m finals and 7th in the 200m finals. Litchfield Ajavon and Bijee Jackson then stepped on the track determined and each achieved all-state honors in the 110m and 100m hurdles, respectively. Lightning-quick Nina Moore was next in the EHS array of athletes to show off her short distance and received a Silver Medal in the 100m final and All-State honors.
After many short distance races, it was time for the girls and boys 4x800m relays to take over. The girls’ team connected beautifully to achieve their overall goal of winning the state championship with an added bonus of breaking the state record. The boys’ team then left everything on the track with an impressive 3rd place in the state meet. The 4x100m relays were a large focus for the Maroon and Black team, with both the boys and girls teams eligible to win first place. The girls ran flawlessly and connected gracefully to take the gold and leave their opponents in the dust. The boys followed suit and ran a gritty race with a photo finish and beat the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes team by a mere .03 seconds! Seniors Brianna Williams and Maya Goree showed off their refined skills in the field events as Williams left with a silver medal in the high jump and Goree left with a 6th place finish in the discus and 4th in the shot put. Jasaiah Moses and Dawn Farquharson then hurdled their way into 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 300m hurdles earning crucial points for the team. In the open 800 meters Alli Boehm and Paige Hathaway stepped up after already running in the 4×800 and both ran exciting races, with Boehm winning a bronze medal.
The day ended perfectly with some wonderful final performances from the 2018 graduates in the 4×400 meter relays. The Seniors this season were monumental in their influence on the younger athletes and the general success of the team. These seniors will be missed greatly, and their legacies have undoubtedly been imprinted on the Track and Field program at EHS. Coach Walsh and the returning runners are looking forward to another year filled with outstanding performances from the Episcopal High School track team in 2019.