Men’s track takes home the championship

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Grant Sharretts

Freshman Ayo Bodison sprints to the finish line during a relay while in a meet against multiple high schools in Maryland. The men's track team capped their successful season off with a MIAA championship.

On May 4, the men’s varsity track team became the new MIAA B conference champions. They finished their last race with a score of 232 points and broke several school records during the season.

Freshman Ayo Bodison, senior Ky’el Hemby, and juniors Devin Darrington and Niko Rice broke the school record in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 44.9 seconds. Sophomore Druw Van der Werff also broke the school record for discus with 136 feet.

“It feels good to be the champions and we have a good team, but looking at points we had no competition. We should be in A conference so we can get more competitive,” Bodison said.

Track and Field Coach Robert Torres was also proud that the team took home a championship this year. “It’s great that we won, winning a championship is obviously good. I thought we would dominate the league and we pretty much did,” Torres said.

Even though the team brought home a trophy and broke some records in the process, the overall season could have been better. “We could have definitely improved on a few events this season,” Torres said.

Van der Werff plans to continue his discus career so he can break more records during his track career. “I’m really excited [to break a record]. I’ve been practicing for almost a year now and I’m happy I could do it. Other new throwers Damon Lloyd and Caleb Olsen had inspired me to do better,” Van der Werff said.

As for next year, the expectations for the team to do well are at a new level and the runners will be working over the break to improve during the off-season.

“I’m planning to run Division I and I’ll be running again next year so I’ll be training hard over the summer,” Bodison said.

Azanae Barrow is a Community Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.