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April 17, 2007

Blair blazes by Clarksburg

by Johanna Gretschel, Online Managing Editor

While the Blair boys' outdoor track team dusted Clarksburg by 22 points, the Lady Blazers' 69-68 victory over the Coyotes was a nail-biter. The two teams swapped the lead until the last event, the 4x400m relay.

Clarksburg led by four points going into the relay, which awards five points to the winner and no points to subsequent finishers. Freshman Aniema Nzesi sprinted the Blazers into a lead that the Coyotes were never able to overcome.

The Clarksburg boys won the 4x800m relay, but the Blazers made up for the early loss by sweeping the sprint relays.

Sophomore Rutvij Pandya took the lead in his races from the beginning, capturing first in both the 1600m and 800m runs in times of 4:51 and 2:13 respectively. Behind Pandya, the race for second place was fierce as senior Emanuel Waktola battled it out with Clarksburg's Ramon Munoz. The race was decided in the final straightaway as Munoz toed the finish line in 5:01, just ahead of Waktola's respectable 5:02 finish.

Another harrowing finish came in the boys' 400m dash. Junior Louis Varella suffered his first dual meet loss this season in the event when he was outrun by Clarksburg's Myles Daughtry. Daughtry jumped to the lead at the sound of the gun and though Varella made up considerable ground, Daughtry clinched the victory in 51.84, a few steps ahead of Varella's 52.35.

Senior Halsey Sinclair, like Pandya, doubled in the distance events by winning both the 1600m and 800m races. The 1600 was raced with both genders at the same time to speed up the meet and Sinclair paced off several boys to a 5:10 victory. Sinclair's only competition in the female-only 800 came from her twin, Ashlyn, who took second in 2:26, four seconds behind Halsey's 2:22.

The girls' relays were a series of blow-outs and close finishes, as the Blazers won the 4x800m and 4x400m relays by large margins but were edged out in the 4x200m and 4x100m relays. Clarksburg led for all of the 4x200m relay, until anchor junior Dorcas Olawuni made a valiant effort for victory. However, Olawuni's surge was not enough as Clarksburg edged Blair by a second in 1:52 to Blair's 1:53. The Coyotes also won the 4x100m relay in 53.47.

Coach John Goldman viewed the team's victories today as representative of its successful season. He predicts both the boys and girls to improve their records in the last county dual meet against Seneca Valley on April 24. "I anticipate moving up to division three. We're coalescing into a team to be reckoned with," he said.

The Blazers also competed at Woodward Relays on April 14. The boys placed sixth with 31 points, aided by second-place finishes in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays. The girls failed to score any points and did not place in the meet.

The Blazers will face Seneca Valley in their last dual meet of the season on April 24 at Seneca Valley High School.

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  • Fan on April 17, 2007 at 6:03 PM
    WHoa!!!!....I tell u what. Blair has never been really good in Track, Thank god for Louis and Jonathan. They are Gifted Track Runners and Good luck to them.
  • 07 runner on April 17, 2007 at 10:52 PM
    To Fan - Never has been really good in track? Are you serious? Please define 'good'. Last year the girls won the division by being undefeated. The boys also had a successful season although they did lose to one team. To me, that's better than good. That said, the track team doesn't exactly fall under the category of never being really good in terms of track and field. And yes, Louis and Johnathan are great runners. There's no dispute there. But they are hardly the only members of the team that can be considered "gifted and talented."
  • ebony (View Email) on April 18, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    good job do your best
  • Another Fan on April 18, 2007 at 11:28 AM
    well...Blair Boys Are Really Workin hard n Steppin up...If they beat Clarksburg next week they r the Division Champs. louis , Mohammed,Jonathan, along with the Rest of the Sprinters will Rack up Points.I heard that guy Jonathan is only in the 10th Grade...And he is running some mighty fine Times for his age. If he keeps doing track untill his Senior year he will probably be the Fastest in Montgomery County.
  • Student on April 19, 2007 at 7:50 PM
    Okay!!! Yes Jonathan and Louis are Blairs Core Sprinters and are Good runners, but they couldnt Run relays alone. give The other guys Credit too.07 Runner- Last year the Boys Sprinters werent in the top 5 Overall. Now they are placing in the top 3. Blair Boys are Doing Well this season, i predict they go to states for atleast 2 relays.
  • Runner on April 19, 2007 at 9:39 PM
    I'm glad that SCO (actually only Johanna) is covering the track team, but the fact that print is just ignoring us is BS. Print sucks - it used to be good but now they don't know what they're doing. They never fail to cover other teams even when they're losing, but when Blair guy's track has a 5-0 record they don't even recognize us. Silverchips - I'm dissapointed in you, and will no longer read your paper.
  • sam silsbee on April 20, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    way to step it up this year guys.
  • Motown on April 25, 2007 at 1:52 PM
    Well this "Another Fan" guy sounds like Jonathan lol come on Jon you cant be sicin yourself on here! lol

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