Track and Field Places Second in ISL and Ties For Second in New England
On May 14, Roxbury Latin’s Track & Field team had a remarkable showing in the 2022 ISL Championship meet, held at Thayer Academy. The team finished in second place, earning 79 points—RL’s best finish since 2013. The event included several highlights and strong performances from RL athletes.
Senior co-captain Jedidiah Nelson scored in three events, including a second place finish in the long jump and pole vault. Jed now sits third all-time at RL in the pole vault with a massive one-foot personal best (12’0″). Senior co-captain Armando Walters now holds the second best all-time RL record in the 400m dash (51.30).
At the meet, Cross Country team stand-out Kofi Fordjour (II) set a new school record in the 1500m (4:01.43), besting the previous record set by Joey Mullen ’15 by a full three seconds.
Zak Bashir (I) and Carter Crowley (II) both scored in two events each—Zak in the high jump and triple jump, and Carter in the 300m hurdles and javelin.
On May 21, at Governor’s Academy, the team competed in the New England Championship meet where they tied for second place with Suffield Academy, falling short only to first-place Middlesex. This was the team’s first year competing in Division II.
Individuals successes from RL athletes at the New England meet were many:
– Seven boys set lifetime personal bests.
– Kofi Fordjour (II) was a double event winner/champion, in both the 3,000m and 1,500m. He also placed second in the 800m (his third event of the day) and recorded a school record in the process (1:57.14). Kofi was named Outstanding Performer of the Meet on the boys’ side.
– Scoring in an incredible four events was senior co-captain Armando Walters (4×100 anchor leg, 400m, 200m, 4x400m anchor leg).
– Scoring in multiple events were senior co-captain Jedidiah Nelson (long jump, 4x100m), senior Zak Bashir (high jump, triple jump), junior Adam Kuechler (800m, 4×400), and sophomore Alejandro Rincon (pole vault, 110m hurdles).
– In a positive sign of the future, Benji Macharia set the freshman record in the 400m (54.94)!