Winter track and field is now underway. T. C. Williams hosted the first meet of the season at Episcopal High School’s indoor track on Saturday, Dec. 3. EHS is one of two venues in Northern Virginia for indoor meets. This was a huge event as far as numbers with a total of 10 schools participating in the meet. But there were actually three sub-groups of schools competing. At this meet, T.C. Williams was competing against Falls Church and George C. Marshall high schools.
T.C.’s indoor track team is one of the largest in recent history, with close to 200 athletes and many who have never participated before. Despite the large number of athletes from so many schools, the meet was run with near clockwork precision under the direction of T.C.’s Mike Hughes as the race starter and numerous other veteran assistants.
The biggest news of the day came from the pole vault area where T.C. senior Nicolas Ahumada cleared 12 feet 9 inches to match the 2011-2012 State AAA indoor qualifying height. So in the first meet of the season, Ahumada has already qualified for the State indoor championship in late February. To achieve this mark in the first meet brings an almost perceptible sigh of relief. He eclipsed his previous best indoor record of 11 feet 6 inches set at last season’s Northern Region indoor championship meet. Now, he is only 3 inches shy of his all-time personal best of 13 feet, which he achieved at the State Outdoor Track & Field Championship in May securing a fourth place finish and All-State honors. The only direction he can go from here is up.
In overall team standings in their group, both Titan boys’ and girls’ teams finished in first place by a wide margin. Boys results: T.C. Williams, 91 points; Falls Church, 30 points; Marshall, 28 points. Girls results: T.C. Williams, 77 points; Marshall, 49 points; Falls Church, 18 points.
According to T. C. head coach Patrick Deville, “it was a good starter meet but there is definitely some work to do.” The next indoor meet for T.C. Williams is at Episcopal on December 17 against Mt. Vernon and West Springfield high schools.