SLHS Track Teams Win Liberty Conference Titles

SLHS runners Claire Nieusma, Maya Rodriguez, Devyn Jones

Multiple event victories by sophomore Devyn Jones as well as domination in the relays led the South Lakes High School indoor track teams to Liberty Conference championships in both the boys and girls divisions Thursday at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex Landover, Md.

SLHS girls team scored 147 points for its fourth consecutive title. James Madison was second with 86 while Langley and McLean tied for third with 54.50 points each. The Seahawks boys team (195 points) won its seventh consecutive title, topping McLean (68) and James Madison and Washington-Lee tied at third (48).

Jones teamed with fellow sophomore Jessica Lister, junior Golden Kumi-Darfour and senior Claire Nieusma in winning the girls 4×400 relay in 4:09.63. Jones finished fourth in the triple jump (33-07.00) and sixth in the 500 meters (1:23.64). On Day 1 of the championship (Jan. 22), she led a SLHS sweep of the girls 55 meter hurdles, winning the event in 8.85. Jones also won the long jump (16-08.50).

Senior Comfort Reed, who finished third in the long jump (16-03.50), won the triple jump with a leap of 34-11.25. Reed and seniors Ozioma Chinaka, Samantha Webb and sophomore Nikayla Hoyte finished third in the girls 4×200 meter relay (1:48.83). Chinaka also finished third in the pole vault (8-03.00).

Senior Delaney Wickman finished second in both the 300 meters (41.96) and 500 meters (1:18.52). Kumi-Darfour was third in the 1,000 meters (3:07.82).

SLHS juniors, led by Eric Kirlew, dominated the boys triple jump. Kirlew won the event with a jump of 44-06.50. Skander Ballard was second (41-08.75), Anas Fain finished third (41-06.00) and Alex Rudison took fourth (39-10.00). Kirlew also led the SLHS boys’ long jumpers on Day 1 with a winning distance of 19-10.00. Ballard was second (19-06.00) and Fain finished third (19.-05.00).

Fain also contributed to the boys’ championship finishing tied for second in the high jump (5-11) and winning the 55 meter hurdles in 7.94 on Day 1.

Kirlew, third in the 55 meters (6.84), sophomore Timiebi Ogobri, who was second (6.68) on the first day of competition, teamed with Ballard and Rudison on Day 2 to win the boys 4×200 relay in 1:35.66.

The 4×400 team of senior Sam Arpee, juniors John LeBerre, Nikolai Waithe and Ballard won the event in 3:35.59. Arpee also won the 500 meters in 1:08.81 and Waithe was second 1:09.58 in that event. In the 300 meters, Ballard finished second (36.73), Arpee was third (37.21) and Waithe finished fourth (38.21).

The top six finishers in each event and the top three relays advance to the Northern 6A Regional Championship Feb. 19 at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD.

Photo: SLHS team members Claire Nieusma, Maya Rodriguez, Devyn Jones/Credit: Valerie Lister

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