Track carries momentum of indoor season to spring

By Lauren Perrine - Staff Writer

Several CHS runners and throwers were chosen to participate in the Cougar Relays April 2 at Quince Orchard.  The boys placed second, following Quince Orchard, and the girls tied Richard Montgomery for the thirteenth spot out of the 22 competing schools.  

Junior Nadim Elhage dominated in the field, winning both the shot put relay and the discus throw relay.  Other top scorers include junior Zach Weinstein, who won the 666 meter run, junior Will Conway, who won the 1 mile, and junior Taylor Caulk, who placed first in the triple jump.

In the 1600 meter sprint medley, the boys finished first while the girls finished fifth.
Prior to that, the track and field team started off the season March 29 with the boys defeating both B-CC and Blair. The girls team easily defeated Blair, but lost to B-CC, making it the first loss in a dual meet in over six years.

 Elhage and junior Joey Kale helped the Bulldogs maintain a strong lead by placing first and second in the shot put.  Elhage also won the boy’s discus throw.

“It was good for the beginning of the season, especially since we are missing some of our key sprinters through injuries,” coach Paul Jacobson said.  “The boys won very easily.”

 Senior Robert Bowis placed first in the long jump and contributed to the boys winning three out of the four relays.  Senior Serenah Polite placed first in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as well as the triple jump. Caulk did well in the 100 meter dash and long jump.  Freshman Emma Coleman competed well also. 

  “Emma Coleman surprised us all with a 27.3 second 200 meter dash which is incredible for a freshman,” Polite said.

 Weinstein, one of CHS’s top distance runners, placed second in both the 1600 and 3200.

“To prepare for the meets at the beginning of the season, we work on endurance,” Weinstein said.  “We usually alternate between easier and more difficult days to prepare.”

 According to Weinstein, Quince Orchard, Clarksburg and Watkins Mill will be the Bulldogs’ toughest competition this season.

  “Although we have several injuries, coming off a very successful indoor track season, we hope to duplicate that success during the outdoor season,” athletic director David Kelley said.

 The Bulldogs meet against Georgetown Prep on April 5 was cancelled due to weather conditions.