Girls Track successful at Montgomery Invitational

Elias Moura, Staff Writer

The winter sports seasons are past their halfway point and are approaching districts time.
The girls winter track and field team have ran in four meets, with their most recent one being on the Jan 13.
The meet was against 112 schools at Prince George’s County Learning and Sports Complex. The 112 schools competed against Annandale for the day and the Atoms came out with some victories.

“Jay Pendarvis won the 300m tying the school record. Joseph McCoy placed 3rd in the 55H and the boys 4×4 won their race and placed 2nd overall,” Coach Julian Scarbourgh said. “Mikayas Sahlu placed 6th in the 1600m mile run. Overall a lot of great efforts.”
It was a successful day in the coach’s eyes, but girls junior varsity sprinter Makayla Lopez sees otherwise.

“The invitational on the 13th didn’t go very well for many people but the 4×4 team placed first, and Jay Pendarvis placed 1st in the 300,” Lopez said.

“Joseph Mccoy placed 3rd in 55m hurdles but it was a tough meet because there were so many schools and it was crowded,” Lopez said.
The team has been hard at work preparing for the meets. “The team is developing well. We have a strong boys team and a young girls team that are both very competitive.
We’ve really been working Relays to prepare for conference,” Scarbrough said.
Makayla has experienced districts and conference before. The team and her are preparing well. “We’re trying to better our stamina and endurance so we are doing tough workouts,” Lopez said.

“The team has been bundling up for the snow and extreme weather conditions and also preparing for indoor practice when we’re not able to practice outdoors.”

With the final improvements and developments completed, the time for districts is beginning.

“With Districts coming up, we make our last couple of weeks of adjustments and try to nurse any injuries so everyone is healthy by districts,” said Scarbourgh.
The chances to win districts change now because of AHS moving districts, and Scarbrough believes they can keep up with the competition.

“On paper the district is very competitive but every year it’s a tough competition against TC Williams and West Potomac.

“Our goal this year is to give our best effort and enjoy the track championship.” said Scarbourgh. The girls next meet is Jan. 27 at Episcopal High School.