Boys track victorious at DCIAA Invitational


Senior Akrem Idris sprints down the stretch in a relay at the DCIAA Invitational on Jan.4.

Jude Nanaw, Sports Editor

The boys indoor track team emerged victorious at the DCIAA Invitational at the Prince George’s Sports Complex. The Atoms took on multiple opponents including South County, Jeb Stuart, Eastern High School, and South Lakes.

“To get the win we each did our part and worked together to rack up enough points to take the win,” sophomore Kyle Dalsimer said.

The Atoms won multiple events including senior Jacob Weber’s first place finish in the 55-meter Hurdles event. Junior Joseph Mccoy and senior Reece Carter finished second and third in the same event respectively.

The Atoms’ victory came down to a coin toss in the end as the boys team was tied in the score count with South Lakes High School. The Atoms won the coin toss and claimed the victory for the meet.

“A lot of us runners put in many hours of hard work and practice which paid off at the meet because our hard work helped us pull out the win in the end,” junior Nghia Nguyen said.

Along with the victory, the team also showed drastic improvement in times from the seasons opening meet to the DCIAA Invitational.

“We want to keep getting better as team and improve on getting some of the runners that are running borderline between JV and Varsity to run a little faster and get their times down,” Nguyen said.

Many runners improved their personal records at the meet in preparation for the Patriot Conference Championship meet taking place on Feb. 1.

“We have to keep working to improve for conference  by putting in the hard work at practice and on our own to get better individually and as a team,” Dalsimer said.

“We want to improve a lot come the conference meet so that we can have as many runners as possible qualify for the Region 6A Championship.”

The conference meet will be vital for the Atoms because it will be the team’s final opportunity to qualify for the Regional meet on Feb. 28.

“We as a team are preparing heavily for conference because we will be trying to run qualifying times for regionals at the conference meet,” Nguyen said.

Before the conference meet, the Atoms only have two meets remaining, the Winter Jacket Classic on Jan. 21 and a quad meet against Patriot Conference rivals the Mount Vernon Majors, Lake Braddock Bruins and South County Stallions on Jan. 28.