Boys and Girls Indoor Track Capture MAPL Titles
Sports / / February 24, 2017
Over this past weekend, Big Red Track and Field headed off campus to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Championship hosted by Mercersburg. With the winter season coming to an end, both coaches and athletes were determined to take home a dominant, final victory. In the end, the team defended their MAPL title by a huge margin, scoring over 150 points throughout the meet, with five individual champions.
Right from the first gunshot, Big Red was off to a quick start with Madison Mathews ’18 and Grace Faircloth ’20 both qualifying from the preliminary round and placing consecutively in the 55m hurdles. Immediately after, Kaeli Huesman ’18 and Mayeli Santos ’19 really showed their skills during the 1600m race. Starting off the event strong, Santos bolted from the line to quickly take first place while Huesman, a rather new runner to long distance, trailed behind. While Santos led for the first four laps, competing runners from Mercersburg and Peddie were gradually gaining on her, and 200m left, the pack of four were within inches of each other. Out of nowhere, Huesman bursted with speed for the last lap, leaving the competition in the dust and coming in first with a great time of 5:43.99. Santos followed up well, taking third at 5:48.68.
Later on, Jesse Brewer ’18 and Maggie Habib ’17 both ran impressive 3200m races, taking both first and second, respectively. The two runners “really showed guts and determination to go after their goals,” said Head Coach Katie Chaput, finishing almost a full minute ahead of the rest of the competition. Brewer came in at a solid 11:50.62 with Habib right behind her at 11:54.15, a personal best mark.
For the boys, certain athletes in particular really stepped up to the plate. In particular, Captains Sam Noden ’17, Mike Troup ’17, and Injil Muhammad ’17 all showed tremendous leadership, setting an example for the rest of the athletes. Noden had his best race of the season, overtaking a runner from Mercersburg in the last stretch to capture the 800m crown in a speedy 2:04.60. Troup won both of his events, going 22-0.275 feet in the long jump and running a quick 23.30, and Muhammad followed up second in the high jump with 6-00.00 and ran 53.16 to place third in the 400m.
Another top athlete of that day was Meinhardt Rentrup ’18, especially given his performance in the open 400m dash. Instantly, Rentrup was off the blocks coming around the curve with great form and aggression, but was trailing behind a runner from Blair. During the final lap, Rentrup was about five to six meters behind with one last stretch to go, but he found a way to bring the race to the line and edge a talented Blair athlete, setting a new personal best at an impressive 51.34.
Overall, this winter season was a success for Big Red, ending off on the right note over the weekend and also maintaining their undefeated record. With spring break coming up, athletes continue to prepare for upcoming events at Easterns and New Balance Nationals.