By: Katie Smythe
The TC boys and girls teams both won championship trophies at the T.C. Williams Track and Field Invitational on May 5 -- the first time both teams were victorious in the 30-year history of the meet. A total of 30 schools participated in the TC Invite from as far away as Virginia Beach and Wilmington, Delaware.
Sophomore Sydney Schaedel was awarded the meet MVP trophy for winning four events: pole vault, 800 meter run, 2000 meter steeplechase and 4x400 meter relay. She set a new meet record and new school record in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing in 7 minutes 39.25 seconds.
The Titans earned most of their points in field events. TC was especially dominant in the shot put, discus and pole vault. Ayzha Ward won the girls shot put as well as the girls discus. Other TC girls placed third, fifth and sixth in the shot put, and third and fourth in the discus. Jonathan Anderson captured first place in the boys shot put with a new personal record of 54 feet 0.5 inches. Both Ward and Anderson have already qualified for the State championship in these events. Jose Urratia claimed first place in the discus throw with a distance of 149 feet 0.5 inches. Other TC boys earned points in the shot put and discus as well.
In the pole vault, TC’s Sydney Schaedel won the girls event with a new personal best of 10 feet 6 inches, which surpasses the qualifying height for the State championship and ties the meet record set in May 2000. Joshua Abbey Alcon took first place in the boys event by clearing 13 feet, a full foot higher than his previous best vault. Nicolas Ahumada finished second with a height of 12 feet 6 inches.
On the track, the TC boys won the 4x100 meter relay with a new best time of 42.69 seconds, which is well under the State qualifying standard. The relay team included Percy Haskins, Za’Quan Summers, Terrence Curry and Davon Cooper. The Titan girls pulled out an exciting come-from-behind win in the 4x400 meter relay with an improved time of 4:01.63. Sydney Schaedel, Jada Toote, Kathryn Hendley and Morgan Lataillade ran their best time of the season.
For the individual running events, Za’Quan Summers finished second in the 100m dash in a blazing 11.03 seconds and a new personal record; he has already qualified for States in this event. Later in the day, after helping TC win the 4x100 meter relay, he set another new personal best record and finished second in the 200 meter dash. In the distance races, freshman Anteneh Girma finished first in the boys 3200 meter run and fourth in the 1600 meter run, setting new personal best times in both races.
At the end of the sunny-to-stormy day, the Titan boys had amassed 118.5 points for the 2012 team title, finishing more than 35 points ahead of Thomas Stone High School (Waldorf, MD), a team they had lost to by 18 points just three weeks ago. The TC girls had a narrower margin of victory but collected 94 points to finish ahead of North Point High School (Waldorf, MD) with 89 points. In the Waldorf meet three weeks earlier, TC girls had finished a distant fifth to North Point’s first place finish with nearly 70 points between the two teams.
This is the first time in the 30-year running of this meet that both teams from T.C. Williams have won the championship trophy the same year. The boys team last won the TC Invite in 2010.
T.C. Williams competes next at the Victor Cahoon Track Classic on May 12 at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas.