On Saturday, May 7, the Deerfield Boys Track & Field team hosted St. Paul’s and Choate for their final home meet of the 2022 season. Conditions were overcast and chilly, with gusty winds blowing against the finish line of the track. Though it promised not to be a great day for personal bests, Deerfield came in with the intention of putting together a complete team performance, and they delivered on that intention, winning the meet with 132 points to St. Pauls’ 38 and Choate’s 10.
With unprecedented health for this point in the Track season – only one athlete recovering from a pre-season injury missed the meet due to health – Deerfield was able to field a team nearly fifty athletes strong. That depth allowed the team to take at least two of four scoring places in each of the fifteen individual events save the 110 Meter Hurdles, and to take first place in each event save the Triple Jump. Deerfield also won the two team relays, the 4×100 and the 4×400, bookending the meet with collective performances.
While individual places were too many to list in this recap, two areas of performance deserve special mention. In the 300 Meter Hurdles, Deerfield’s Chandler Dicks, Thomas Lu, Aaron Gibbons and Max Kainamura took all four places in a race involving eight contestants. In the High Jump, Wedner Cadet, Dicks, Kainamura and Muyi Woghiren also took all four places. And, in the Boys 3000 Meters, an event in which our competitors entered no athletes, Deerfield’s Quinn Hampson, Max Wang, and Carson Bynum finished within a second of one another in what was a personal best time for Wang and Bynum. Hampson, meanwhile, concluded his first career distance triple, winning the 1500, 800, and 3000 Meters on the day.
We hope to carry the team-wide performance forward into a much-anticipated matchup against Phillips Exeter Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon in Gill this Saturday. It will be the team’s final tune-up for the New England Championships, which will be held at St. Paul’s on May 21.