Track & Field Update


Ryan Lally '22

The runnin’, jumpin’, hurdlin’, and throwin’ Ravens are right where they want to be as their season enters the home stretch. Under the guidance of Coaches Scott and Bobo, the team is poised to make deep playoff runs in many events, a daunting goal that was previously unthinkable. A quality of the team which has paid dividends throughout the season is its unprecedented depth. In the 400 meters, Seniors Dominic McMillan ‘22 and Will Glarner ‘22 ran blistering times of 51.48 and 51.25 seconds, respectively. Additionally, Matthew Roxas ‘22, the best block-starter on the squad, has recorded 400m splits of about 53 seconds, and Matthew Mueller ‘24 recorded an open-400m time of 53.30. These runners, coupled with capable substitutes, have composed a formidable 4x400m team that claimed 3rd place at the prestigious Marion Freeman invitational, and 2nd in the Conference Championship. But the 4×400 is just the tip of the iceberg that is this track team. Talented long-jumper and lone returning State-Qualifier Jahaad Fort ‘22 has been out-jumped in just two meets this season! His dominance in Long Jump and competitiveness in Triple-Jump have proven essential to the team’s success. Ben Potter ‘22 set a new personal best of 5’8 in the high-jump, and he, too, is poised for success in playoff competition. The 4x800m team consisting of Greg Britt ‘24, Patrick Hamill ‘24, Yuri Batan ‘23, and Ryan Lally ‘22 medaled at the Marion Freeman Invitational with a season-best of 8:50. The team matches up well with its projected postseason competition. Patrick Hamill ‘24 ran an incredible 800m (2:05) at the Marion Freeman Invitational, making him a serious contender in Priory’s loaded district. Yuri Batan ‘23 has run well this season, setting personal bests in the 1600m and 3200m, and he, too, looks to compete at districts and sectionals despite the stiff competition. 

As a team, the Ravens defeated the John Burroughs Bombers in the Conference Meet by a narrow margin of five points. The Ravens also won the small, but beneficial Principia Meet. The next meet is the Lutheran South Invitational, on Saturday, May 7. It will be a large meet with a great atmosphere, and fans’ last chance to come support the team before the postseason. One week later, on May 14, the Class 3 District 3 meet will be held at Wright City High School. It is a long drive, but not so long that superfan Drew Steinhubl was deterred. Last year, he came out to support the team in Districts, and so should you!