Wilson coach Desmond Dunham was mid-sentence in a conversation with The Current at Friday’s D.C. State Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships when Tigers senior Julian Cole slipped into the lead in the 110-meter boys hurdles race and approached the last jump.
Dunham stopped talking, his concentration centered on Cole. Moments later, Cole took first place and Dunham took his own running leap — capped with a fist into the air in celebration.
Dunham gathered himself and said, “Man, we really needed that! Julian has been working so hard; those points are huge.”
A few hours later, those words proved to be prophetic as the Wilson boys outdoor track team broke through during the event at Gallaudet University. After taking second place for three straight years, the school captured its first state title with a score of 95.00, ahead of Georgetown Day’s 80.33 and St. Albans’ third-place score of 70.50.
“We have been the bridesmaid the last three years,” said Dunham. “We lost on a tiebreaker, by six points and by one point. The legacy, building from one year to the next. Bringing in [Tia Clemmons] as co-head coach has played such a big part. We covered all of the areas, and the kids are receiving enough development for their performance.”
Wilson’s other gold medalists were junior Isaac Frumkin (1,600-meter and 800-meter) and the Tigers’ 400-meter relay team of Frumkin, freshman Ray Stevens, senior Rahim Diaite and senior Aaron Coates.
“Frumkin has guts and the heart of a tiger. He has worked really hard, and it’s been great to see him progressing,” said Clemmons.
In addition, Diaite won a silver medal in the 200-meter and a number of Tigers took bronze: the 800-meter relay team of senior Queston Grannis, junior Dominick Hogans, Frumkin and senior Patrick Mulderig; the 200-meter relay team of junior Jacob Boss, Diaite, senior Danyl Smith and Stevens; Diaite (400-meter); and Cole (300-meter hurdles).
“We have been focusing on this ever since we lost last year,” said Frumkin. “We wanted to go all out and come out with a championship.”
While Wilson won the meet, several other Northwest athletes prevailed in their respective events: Burke junior Daniel Green (discus), Gonzaga senior Harry Monroe (3,200-meter); St. Albans senior Jarrett Evans-Meyers (high jump); Gonzaga’s 800-meter relay team of seniors Harry Monroe and Jack Beckham, junior John Colucci and sophomore David Giannini; and Washington Latin’s 200-meter relay team of senior Judah Lloyd, junior Ayinde Motirayo, senior James Medrano and junior Max Muradian.
On the girls’ side, Wilson repeated as champions by racing past the competition with an overall score of 166.50 to beat out Georgetown Day’s 92.00 and Archbishop Carroll’s 85.50.
“It was very exciting,” said sophomore Alicia Dawson, who was named most valuable runner. “I had fun this year. We are such a close team.”
The boys’ win also created a DCSAA first as both Wilson teams took the crown. “It’s always hard when one side wins over the other,” Dunham said. “It makes it a heck of a lot easier when both are successful.”
Wilson’s gold medalists were Dawson (high jump and triple jump); sophomore Anna Cestari (1,600-meter); and the 400-meter relay team of senior Jordan Dean, Cestari, junior Kayla Brown and senior Zakyrah Haynie.
The Tigers also racked up a slew of team points thanks to their strong second-place finishers: sophomore Destiney Campbell (shot put); senior Soljala Jones (triple jump); Haynie (1,600-meter); senior Xabriah Glenn (300-meter hurdles); Cestari (800-meter); and the 100-meter relay team of junior Quinn Wright, Glenn, Dawson and freshman Nora Webb.
Wilson’s medalists were rounded out by its bronze winners: Dawson (long jump); the 200-meter relay team of Wright, Dean, Glenn and Brown; Glenn (100-meter hurdles); and Haynie (800-meter).
While the Wilson girls won the meet, several Northwest runners took gold in their respective events: National Cathedral senior Izabella Sabharwal (long jump); Georgetown Day senior May Robison (3,200-meter); Burke sophomore Naiyana Black (discus); School Without Walls junior Ingrid Joseph (100-meter and 200-meter); Georgetown Day freshman Ziyah Holman (400-meter); St. John’s sophomore Alahna Sabbakhan (800-meter); and Georgetown Day’s 800-meter relay team of sophomore Ilana Zeilinger and seniors May Robison, Isabel Boyer and Sarah Pillard.