By Katie Smythe
Fall sports are in full swing at T. C. Williams High School. A summary follows of contests in cross country, field hockey, football, golf and volleyball for the week of Sept. 22-27.
T. C. Williams competed in the DCXC Invite at Kenilworth Park in Washington DC on Sept. 27. Over 3, 000 runners from more than 50 schools participated in the inaugural cross country festival. The races were organized by grade rather than the more typical varsity and junior varsity stratification. Senior Anteneh Girma was the top T. C. finisher, taking fourth place with a new 5K personal record of 15:24, eclipsing his previous time by more than 30 seconds. Next for the Titans was Alex Heimberg who took 13th place in the junior class race. For the T.C. girls, Isabella Ponzi was the top Titan, finishing ninth in the freshman race followed by Gloria Reed in 12th place. Next on the schedule is the Alexandria City Championship with Bishop Ireton, Episcopal High School, St. Stephens & St. Agnes and T. C. Williams at the Episcopal campus on Oct. 1 (4 p.m.)
The T. C. field hockey team took its sole loss of the season last week but bounced back with a strong performance against West Potomac posting a solid 3-1 victory at home on Sept. 23. The Titans’ first goal came late in the first half by junior Claire Bilodeau with an assist by Meredith Caine putting the Titans up 1-0 at half time. In the second period, T.C. junior Mimi Hyre found an opening in goal, assisted by Emily Moncure, to increase the lead; Caine made the third goal for the Titans. West Potomac scored late in the game on a pass from senior Lizzie Wood to sister Allie Wood in the circle, putting the Wolverines on the scoreboard.The Titans’ record is now 9-1-1. This week the Titans face South County at home on Oct. 1 (Fr 5:00 p.m., JV 6:15 p.m., Varsity 7:30 p.m.); home games are played at T.C.’s Minnie Howard Field. Varsity plays Thomas Edison on the road on Oct. 2 (7:30 p.m.).
T. C. Williams traveled to W. T. Woodson for Friday Night Lights on Sept. 26. The Cavaliers scored twice in the first quarter and again midway through the second period, going ahead 21-0. The Titans’ first touchdown was on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Darius Holland to senior Rashawn Jackson and the extra point by senior Zach Eisenhour. Woodson scored two more times in the quarter extending their lead to 35-7 at halftime. The Cavaliers connected on a pass early in the third quarter for another touchdown and extra point. The Titans found the end zone on an 11-yard run by junior Mahlique Booth in the third quarter and on a 38-yard run by Holland in the final period to decrease Woodson’s lead to 42-21. But the Cavaliers scored twice more before time expired to notch a 56-21 victory over the Titans. This week T. C. Williams (1-3) hosts Annandale (2-2) for a mid-week game at Parker-Gray Stadium on Oct. 2 (3:45 p.m. kickoff).
T. C. Williams competes in the Patriot Conference Championship tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course on Sept. 29-30. The Titans are represented by seniors Patrick Devine, Nick Roda and Tristan Zipperer, junior Alex Eggleston, sophomore Stephen Gerade and freshman Marc Wagner.The other schools in the conference are Annandale, Lake Braddock, South County, West Potomac, West Springfield and W. T. Woodson.
The Titans defeated Robert E. Lee (3-0) on the road on Sept. 23. This week T. C. Williams plays two away games – at George C. Marshall on Sept. 29 and at J.E.B. Stuart on Oct. 1 (Fr 5:00 p.m., JV 6:00 p.m., Varsity 7:15).