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Previewing the Outdoor Track Season

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Andrew Brinker leading off the 4×8. St. Joe set a school record in this race.

The Mount Saint Joseph Gaels are looking to bring the trophy back home the spring. Under new head coach Kyle Reagan, the Gaels competed very well this past indoor season, finishing second place behind Gilman. Throughout the season, many challenges were faced, but they always found a way. Saint Joe also brought eight athletes to compete at the Armory in New York City this past winter. Many athletes step up when needed and it will only carry on to the outdoor season.

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Juan Mendoza participates in the long jump under the watchful eye of Coach Reagan.

In the sprints and jumps, senior Juan Mendoza led the charge. His consistent performances through his dashes and jumps was key to the Gaels’ hard fought battle during championships. He will be a key asset this spring if the Gaels want a shot at bringing the title back home this May.

For the hurdles, the junior combo of Kahri Barfield and Mekhi Nixon took over the MIAA. Barfield took first place and Nixon took third at indoor championships. This dynamic duo brought home a load of points at championships, and hope to repeat what they did during indoor this spring.

The distance crew for Saint Joe is looking solid. Many of the distance runners had a short indoor season due to the long cross country season they had, but made the most of it. The 4X800 team broke the indoor school record this year and looks to do the same for outdoor. For the 3200, the group is led by senior Ryan Hockstra, followed by juniors Gabe Antone and David Trider. In the 1600 and 800, Andrew Brinker will compete in his fourth season of outdoor track looking to do some damage. Last but not least, there is Joey Zietowski who ran some quick times during the indoor season in the 800 will be leading the mid distance group.

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Hunter Petrik leading the 800 meter. Petrik also set a school record in the individual 800 meter.

Saint Joe’s ole reliable this year has been senior Hunter Petrik who ran everything from the 400 to the 3200. The senior broke the 800 meter indoor record for the school. He also anchored the 4X800 team that broke the school record. To go on top of this, he also lowered the 3200 meter record which he already owned. Petrik was striving for the 1600 meter record, but ran the full mile (1609 meters) at New Balance Nationals at the Armory in New York. Hunter ran a wicked fast time of 4:21 for the mile at nationals and represented Saint Joe well. Petrik announced in late February his acceptance to the United States Naval Academy, where he will further his education and running career.

The Gaels have a lot of talent and assets from indoor that will aid them this season. The seniors with experience hopefully can pave the way for the younger generation. The athletes mentioned in this article are only a part of the team effort that comes together during every meet. All in all, if the Gaels want to bring that trophy home it will have to be a team effort on both days of championships later this spring in May.

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Dallas Ector prepares for the pole vault.

Running Away With A Win

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A great start to the season! Mount Saint Joseph dominated, winning the Loyola High School Relays.

This is already looking like an amazing season for Mount Saint Joseph’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Track teams. Before the first meet at Maryvale, head coach Luke Spurrier asked the team to guess what rank they thought the Baltimore Sun gave Mount Saint Joseph in the ranking of the top-ten track teams. The team was shocked when Coach told them that they weren’t listed in the poll at all. He quickly reassured the team that despite what anyone says, we have a good team. He emphasized that if the team wins a championship, preseason polls won’t matter because we’ll have proven that we are the best.

All the pent up frustration, emotion, and passion has driven the Gaels to three straight wins on the teams in the first three meets. The Gaels dominated the Loyola Relays and took home the first place trophy, despite the cold and inclement weather. The distance medley relay team of Hunter Petrik, Justin Russel, Alex Whittaker, and Carter Williams broke an all-time school record with a total time of 10 minutes and 53 seconds! They are just 17 seconds away from qualifying for the Penn Relays.

The Gaels went on the road and dominated Calvert Hall on both the Varsity and Junior Varsity squads. The Varsity won a lopsided 113-33 victory over the Cardinals. The JV score was 91-54. Manny Patterson broke a 35-year-old school record as he cruised to victory in the 100 meters. His time of 10.2 seconds was truly an unbelievable feat. Justin Russell was able to maintain focus, despite losing his shoe, to win the Varsity 1600 meter race! The lost shoe didn’t seem to bother him much at all as he led the race from start to finish and finished six seconds within the next runner. Calvin Parker was able to win the 400 meters. The team of Juan Mendoza, Okena Obi, Jaden Blue, and Manny Patterson were able to win the 4×100 meter relay.

Both teams also won the second meet against Archbishop Curley. Varsity edged the Friars 88-48 as JV outed Curley 80-47. It looked as if it could be a rainy, stormy meet during warm ups. When the meet started, conditions were fairly clear. However, the rain would eventually come, pouring down as conditions turned dismal. The Gaels wouldn’t let the cold and rain get to them as they won multiple events. The 4×800 meter relay team of Calvin Parker, Michael Lochary, Joe Ruf, and Chantley Levi started off the meet strong as they came from behind to win the race. Sadly, the 4×200 meter relay team would be disqualified because of a botched hand-off. JV runner Joey Zitowski looked strong as he won the 1600 meter race. Alex Whittaker had an impressive win in the 3200 meter race, as he won it with a time of 10 minutes flat.

So the team seems very amped up and strong so far. They have proven that hard work, dedication, and effort payoff as they’ve dominated all their competition so far this season. Next up, the team has the Woodward Relay meet. This is a great opportunity where the distance medley relay team can work on their goal to go to the Penn Relays. It’s also an opportunity for the 4x800m, 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relay teams to put forth a great effort, continue to progress, and strive to win. The Gaels will also be running a 4x1600m team that will have a strong chance for victory

Mount Saint Joseph already has a 4×400 meter relay team registered to go to the Penn Relays. The pool of athletes who could run are Jaden Blue, Calvin Parker, Justin Russell, Quinton Coe, Josh Vaughn, and Michael Lochary. This is the second year in a row the team will send a 4x400m relay team to Penn, and they hope they can improve upon their finish of third out of 12 teams.

Some other notable upcoming meets are a duel meet versus rival Gilman on April 23rd, a dual meet against Loyola on April 27th, Penn Relays on the weekend of April 29-30, and the MIAA Championships on May 11th and May 14th.

The flame that started back in the championship cross country season has not died as the Gaels have performed outstandingly ever since. The disappointment of not being able to  compete for the triple crown (winning an MIAA championship in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track) will continue to fuel the Gaels as they press on this season. So come out and support the Gaels for the rest of the time left this season as they continue to strive for their ultimate goal… an MIAA championship!