Dodgers continue to run hard at Morris County Frosh-Sophs

Nina Tadano, Staff Writer

It was a rainy two days of racing in Madison for the freshman and sophomores of Morris County, but that didn’t stop the Dodgers. First came the girls on Friday night, and the boys followed the next day, starting bright and early Saturday morning. 

Ninth grader Leah Fass put the freshmen girls on the scoreboard, placing third in the 100m, and that was only the first of two victories Friday night. Fass went on to win the 200m with a huge personal record (PR) of 27.92.

Meanwhile, sophomore Ella Tucker was busy too. She not only won the 100m in 12.72s, but impressed everyone with her wins in the 200m and the 400m. Both girls had already placed (and PRed) earlier in the week at the NJACs in Wallkill Valley; Tucker also won the 100m there and placed second in both the 400m and the 200m, while Fass PRed in the 100m, placing fifth overall.

Both freshman Meredith McKeever and sophomore Criseyda Turner just missed placing in the top six on Friday. For McKeever, it came in the freshman shot put, and for Turner, in the sophomore 400m hurdles. The girls finished the day off strong with the freshman in 10th and the sophomores in fifth overall.

Next up were the boys, and sophomore Nathan Gaurin was the first to place for the day. He placed third in both the 100m and the 200m, however, his successes didn’t stop there. In the field, he tied for fourth place in high jump while fellow sophomore, Ian Torkelson won four more points for the boys jumping a huge PR of 18’2.75”in long jump.

Sophomores Patrick Natale and Andreas Panagos were two more Dodgers to just miss a medal. Natale ran a 4:45.56 in the 1600m and Panago threw 94’1” in the discus, placing them both in seventh.

Clotilde Monville

Following the meet, Tucker spoke about her favorite part of the Frosh-Soph meet saying, “it has everyone on the MHS track team supporting each other,” even if they aren’t all running. Win or lose, rain or shine, the track team showed up for each other both days. The racing Dodgers had a successful week at home, and plan to continue improving this week at Morris County Championships Tuesday and Wednesday, and at their final dual meet on Friday against Dover.