Titans Crowned Meet Champions at T.C. Track Invitational
The T.C. Williams High School boys' and girls' track teams both won championship trophies at the T.C. Williams Track and Field Invitational on May 5, marking the first time the T.C. teams were joint winners in the 30-year history of the meet. In addition, sophomore Sydney Schaedel was awarded the meet MVP trophy for winning four events. Overall, T.C. athletes finished first in nine individual events plus two relay races.
The Titans earned most of their points in field events. T.C. was especially dominant in the shot put, discus and pole vault. Ayzha Ward won the girls' shot put as well as the girls' discus. Jonathan Anderson captured first place in the boys' shot put and Jose Urratia won the discus throw. In the pole vault, Sydney Schaedel won the girls' event and tied the meet record. Joshua Abbey Alcon took first place in the boys' event and Nicolas Ahumada finished second.
On the track, the T.C. boys won the 4x100 meter relay with a new best time of 42.69 seconds. The relay team included Percy Haskins, Za'Quan Summers, Terrence Curry and Davon Cooper. The Titan girls pulled out an exciting come-from-behind win in the 4x400 meter relay with an improved time of 4:01.63. Sydney Schaedel, Jada Toote, Kathryn Hendley and Morgan Lataillade ran their best time of the season.
For the individual running events, Sydney Schaedel set a new meet record and new school record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 7 minutes 39.25 seconds. She also won the 800-meter run later in the afternoon. Za'Quan Summers finished second in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash with a new personal best time in both events. Freshman Anteneh Girma won the boys' 3,200-meter run and finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run with new best times in both races.
Several T.C. athletes and relay teams have qualified for the state championship, including Ayzha Ward (shot put, discus), Jonathan Anderson (shot put), Sydney Schaedel (pole vault, 800-meter run) and Za'Quan Summers (100-meter dash) as well as the boys' 4x100 meter relay. Some others have qualified for the regional championship.
T.C. Williams competes next at the Victor Cahoon Track Classic on May 12 at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas.
ACPS Elementary Schools Compete at T.C. Track Invitational
Four teams from three Alexandria City Public Schools elementary schools competed in a 4x100 meter relay race at the T.C. Williams Track and Field Invitational on May 5. Teams consisted of two boys and two girls from each participating school: James K. Polk Elementary School, Jefferson-Houston School and Mount Vernon Community School, which entered two teams. The teams completed one lap around the track, with the runners handing off the baton at each turn. All the athletes received medals for their accomplishments.