Outdoor track’s season concludes
To conclude their regular season on May 12, AHS track and field headed to Millbrook High School in Winchester to compete in the Last Chance Invitational.
This meet was to be the last before the team headed into postseason with hopefully more confidence.
In this invitational, however, the Atoms took only their distance team who competed in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter events.
Overall, the meet was a success for many as many final PRs were achieved before the district finals were set to begin.
Highlights of the meet at Millbrook include both a first and second place finish by sophomore Julia Ghiselli in the 1600 and 3200 meter races respectively and a fourth place finish by Mohamed Bile in the boys 3200 meter race with a time of 9:57.03.
Following the conclusion of the successful meet at Millbrook, the team had only four days to focus and prepare for postseason.
At the district meet, which took place on Tues. May 14 and Thurs. May 16, the team also performed well, with some athletes advancing to the Regional meet.
Overall, the Atoms placed fourth in the district on both the boys and girls side, above Mount Vernon.
Highlights from the district meet include a new school record set by the girls 4×800 meter relay event. They claimed victory in the five team district with a time of 10:01.34.
Those who won their individual events include: Julia Ghiselli in the 1600 and 3200 meter races and Andy Zepada in the shot put.
Then, after two more weeks of preparation, both physically and mentally, the team shifted focus toward the regional championship.
The regional meet took place on May 22-23 at the Robinson High School track and consisted of 18 total teams, including AHS.
Along with the Atoms, competitors from every other school in the Gunston district competed in the meet.
Events in which the Atoms had athletes advance to the Occoquan Region Championship include: 100m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 100m hurdles, girls 4×100 meter relay, girls 4×800 relay, high jump, shot put, discus, boys 4×100 relay, and the boys 4×400 relay.
Events that took place during the first day of the meet include: field events, hurdles, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and the 3200 meter run.
After the first day of events, the girls were in 7th place with 14.5 points and the boys in 15th with 2 total points from combined event scorings.
Unfortunately, results from the second day of the two day meet were unavailable by the publication date of this article, as the meet had not yet been completed.
For those who advanced (which, by the publication date of this article, are still undetermined) the VHSL outdoor state meet is set to take place on May 31 in Newport News.