Track: Field boys win big, Burke girls take silver

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The Field boys track team recently captured its seventh-straight PVAC championship. (Brian Kapur/The Current/May 2017)

For the seventh straight year in a row, the Field boys track and field team won the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. As a team, the Falcons scored 160 points, topping Jewish Day’s 62 on May 17 at Magruder.

The Falcons’ first-place finishers were Adam Putch (110- and 300-meter hurdles and the 400-meter), Wells Dwiggins-Thomason (1,600-meter and 800-meter), Justin Ofotan (100-meter and 200-meter); and the 100-meter relay team of Ofotan, Doug Baskin, Lance Smith and Seb Cox.

Meanwhile, Field had several silver medalists: Ricky Balthazar (110-meter and 300-meter hurdles), Putch (200-meter), Jack Giloth (triple jump); and the 400-meter relay team of Balthazar, Cox, Dwiggins-Thomason and Ayinde Summey. The Falcons also saw Sean Brewer earn bronze in the shot put.

In addition, other Northwest first-place finishers were Washington International’s Victor Vergara (long jump), Fabrice Gray (discus) and Burke’s Jake Jarvis (triple jump).

On the girls side, the Burke track and field team narrowly lost to Oakcrest 136-133 on May 17 at the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference girls championships at Magruder.

The Bengals’ first-place finishers were Nneoma Hawkins (triple jump) and Natalie Sokol-Snyder (1,600-meter).

The team also won silvers with Sokol-Snyder in the 3,200-meter and 800-meter, and in the 100-meter relay with the team of Julia Cipollone, Hannah Byrne, Grace McGiffin and Clare Pollis.

In addition, Burke had a slew of bronze winners: Paige Johnson (100-meter hurdles); Camille Salyers (3,200-meter); Kathleen Sandoval (triple jump); Stella MeGee (discus); Hawkins (200-meter); the 800-meter relay team of Ellie Salyers, April Watts, India Berry and Kalinda Benson; and the 400-meter relay squad of Lucy O’Dowd, Abby Ross, Ella Schonberger and Kalinda Benson.

While Burke was dominant over other Northwest schools, several had first-place finishers: Field’s Sophia Mizrahi (shot put), Laura Pardo (100-meter and 300-meter hurdles) and Samira Davis (discus); and Washington International’s Rhya Evans (3,200-meter).