Indoor track shows talent and depth in each event

The indoor track team began its season with the “Hoco/Moco Competition” Dec. 6, facing teams from both Howard County and Montgomery County. Even though the meet did not count for the regular season, it was a good preview of what is to come.

  “Hoco/Moco is always our first meet of the season so it’s always a good opportunity to scope out how the new and returning runners are looking so far,” senior Katie Wolf said. “Many of the proven varsity runners don’t run and the cross country varsity runners are still on break, so it’s really an opportunity to see who is stepping up this year.”

 Both of the 4×200 m relay teams looked good, even though the team was missing some of its varsity runners.

 The meet was cancelled halfway through due to snow, so the team was not able to see everyone run.

 For the girls this season, seniors Maryam Fikri, Alex Giedd, Katie Wolf, junior Serenah Polite and sophomores Jenna Cantor and Zoe Maslen are expected to lead the team. On the boys side, seniors Jashawn Thomas, Tarek Elhage, Sei Masuoka and sophomores Zach Weinstein, Micah Phillips-Spencer and Will Conway are likely to stand out.

 The team ran in the first Montgomery County Developmental meet at the PG SportsPlex Dec. 9. Maslen finished third in the girls 3200 m race, and senior Sami Aougab won the boys 1600 m race by four seconds. Polite, senior Ale Martinez, sophomore Taylor Caulk and junior Jennifer Maizlish finished second in the 4×200 m relay.

  “This year our guys distance team will be much stronger than years past,” Elhage said. “We should have four guys [with times] under 10 minutes for the two miles and at least three guys [with times] under 4:40 for the mile.”

 CHS ran in the Howard County Winterfest Dec. 12. Wolf place second in the 55 m dash, Phillip-Spencer placed eighth in the 200 m dash, and Maslen placed third and in 3200 m run.

 “I’m expecting good things this season,” Wolf said. “We have scorers in almost every event and that depth usually ensures a high placement at counties, regionals and states. We didn’t lose a lot of runners either so we’re looking to come back strong and win counties and regionals again.”

 According to Phillips-Spencer, the distance runners will have a chance of doing better than the sprinters this year because the number of sprinters has decreased since last year.

 “I am excited for the rest of the season because we have a lot of potential and are very underrated, so I think we will turn some heads on the county and regional level,” Elhage said.