Josh Stevens ’18 and Victoria Patterson ’20 led the way for the Big Green track and field team last weekend at the New England Division I Championship hosted by Loomis Chaffee. Both Josh and Victoria collected ten points for the Big Green after capturing the 2018 title in the discus throw and 1500 meter run respectively.
Josh, who is headed to Georgetown to play football next fall, paced the Big Green in the field events, capturing the 2018 discus title. In his best throw of the day (142-02), he threw the discus fourteen feet further than any other competitor did at the championship event. Josh also posted a fourth place finish in the shot put to earn an additional four points for the Big Green. Furthermore, the boys track & field team has taken first place in a throws event in back-to-back years. Last spring, Dallas Hobbs ’17 took home the gold medal in the shot put.
On the track, Victoria continued her winning ways and captured the gold medal in the 1500 meter run (4:40.12). Victoria also finished third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.08. In her third event of the day, Victoria and the 4 x 400 M team of Nailah Barnes ‘18, Sami Dulam ‘21, and Lilly Louis ‘18 finished in fourth (4:12.96). And, in her final meet wearing the green and white, senior co-captain Lily Louis earned another fourth place finish in the triple jump (33-10) and finished tenth in the 200 meter dash (28.20) preliminary race, amassing eight of the team’s 26 points on the day.
On the girls side, Alexia Baker ’19 was 11th in the girls 100 Meter hurdles preliminary times, Nora Markey ’18 finished 13th in the 800 Meter run (2:35.56), and Helen Downes scored two points for the Big Green with her 3000 meter run fifth place finish. In the throw events, Imani Kindness-Coleman ’18 finished tenth in the shot put (28-04) and the discus (81-01). Teammate, Erin DeMarco ’19 threw the discus to an 11th place finish (79-06). In the final girls’ event, Izzy McDonald ’20 vaulted to an eighth place finish in the pole vault (7-06).
On the boys side, it was a combination of senior experience and youth that produced top finishes for the Big Green. After qualifying in the preliminary heat, Ossie Heard ’18 finished third in the final 110 meter hurdles (15.96) to earn six points for the Big Green. Later in the day, Ossie continued to make his mark in the field, jumping to an eighth place finish in the high jump (5-06).
Senior Inho Choi collected points in three track events; he finished fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, contributed a leg in the 4 x 100 meter (5th) and 4 x 400 meter relays (6th), and finished tenth in the javelin throw (118-04). Joining Inho, senior Nate Battista also scored points in three track events, which included; 1500 meter run (5th), 800 meter run (6th) and the 4 x400 meter relay (6th). Alton Machen ’20 was the second leading point scorer (9) for the Big Green at the championships, he finished second in the 300 meter hurdles and ran the anchor leg of the sixth place 4 x 400 meter relay team.
Lorenzo Biondo ’21, Greg Berces ’19 and Peter Pulai ’18 all ran legs in the fifth place finishing 4 x 100 meter relay team and Declan Cullinane ’21 ran the second 400 meters of the 4 x 400 meter relay. Other finishers included; Michael Wang who was 17th in the 1500 meter run and Lorenzo Biondo finished 12th (18-01.50) in the long jump.
Overall, the girls track team finished in the eighth spot out of 12 division I teams in New England, with a total of 26 points and the boys team amassed 38 points to finish in the seventh spot.