Roxbury Latin wins New England Div III Track & Field championship
The RL Track & Field team captured its 6th New England Prep School Championship in 8 years at Hyde School (CT) on Saturday, May 19th. (See the video)
In the field events, Aman Stuppard II broke the school record in the triple jump (formerly held by Leon Brown ’10), leaping 43’ 1” to take home the silver medal. Captain Jarred Jones I captured the silver medal in the long jump with a leap of 20’ 5”, and later tied his own school record in the high jump (6’4”) to finish 3rd. Captain Tom Rehnquist I finished 2nd in the discus with a toss of 140’ 5”, while Pat Kelly I stunned the field by improving upon his 11th-place seed to finish 6th overall and score important points for RL. Captain Coleman Walsh I finished his RL career in style, taking home 6th place in the javelin with a throw of 142’ 4”.
The running events began in dramatic fashion, as RL outdistanced the field in the 4x100m relay – setting a new school record and a New England meet record in the process. The quartet of Khalif Mitchell II, Guy Green II, Jarred Jones I and Aman Stuppard II ran 43.17 seconds to best (by a full seven-tenths) the record formerly held by Greg Lee ’04, Lamont White ’04, Ray Nagem ’04, and Damon Hall-Jones ’05. The team’s time is just 0.04 away from qualifying for the Track & Field National Championships.
Having notched a victory in the 4x100m relay, RL began to rack up the points. In the 110m high hurdles, Bassil Bacare III ran a lifetime best for the third week in a row to finish in 4th place. Khalif Mitchell’s silver-medal winning 400m time of 51.59 was a personal record by a full second, while Jim Conley III bested his personal record by almost 2 full seconds to place 6th overall (after only being seeded 10th)! RL used its “wild card” to enter three athletes in the 300m intermediate hurdles – a move that worked in the team’s favor as Tevin Barros III (6th), Marcell Budavari II (3rd), and Khalif Mitchell II (2nd) all scored points for the team. Mitchell’s time of 41.24 seconds broke the school record formerly held by Jake Connolly ’08.
Guy Green II had the race of his life in the 200m – seeded 7th going into the meet, he blazed out of the starting blocks and never slowed down, winning his heat and taking home the silver medal in a scorching 22.99 seconds. RL has not had any athlete qualify for the 100m finals since Paul Wallace ’06 in 2006, but this year both Jarred Jones and Aman Stuppard qualified, with Stuppard taking home 5th place honors in 11.52.
In the distance events, captain Will Paollela I led the way with a 5th place finish (and personal record of 2:07.26) in the 800m. Josh Racine IV was hot on his heels, finishing 7th and breaking his own Class IV record in 2:10.05. Wilbert Seoane II had the toughest assignment of the day, completing the “distance double” of the 1500m and 3000m, and he took home 10th in the longer event. In the same 3000m race, Joey Mullen IV gritted out a new personal record of 9:24 (5:00/mile pace for almost 2 miles) in tough, 80-degree heat. Mullen’s 3rd place finish gave the 4x400m relay team of Marcell Budavari, Jim Conley, Will Paolella, and Khalif Mitchell some breathing room as they took home silver-medal honors in a season-best 3:36.17.
All in all, it was a thrilling day for RL Track & Field. Roxbury Latin proved once again that it takes a team to win a title, as RL athletes scored in 14 of the 17 events at the New Englands – more than any other school. With only 4 scorers graduating, the future certainly looks bright for RL Track & Field.