Georgetown Day senior Griffin Colaizzi and junior Aidan Pillard have been running side-by-side all season. Two runners at the same pace, both have crossed plenty of finish lines one after the other. The 1,600-meter race at the D.C. State Athletic Association outdoor track and field championships at Spingarn was no different, with the two entering the last lap right next to each other. Stride for stride they ran, neither pulling ahead.
Facing a stiff challenge from Wilson senior Ross Pendergast, who finished in third, Colaizzi and Pillard both kicked at the end and crossed at the same time. Pillard ended up getting the win with a time of 4 minutes 30.33 seconds, with Colaizzi’s time clocking in at 4:30.34.
“It was huge to get those  points, especially in this meet since it’s the first time we’ve been here,” said Colaizzi, who also won the 3,200 with a time of 9:51.07.
It was a similar scenario to what happened last fall during the cross-country season. At the DCSAA cross-country championship meet, Colaizzi’s brother, sophomore Tristan Colaizzi, finished side by side with Pillard. In that meet, Pillard was also technically named the winner.
“They just won’t let us tie,” Pillard said, smiling.
The two Georgetown Day runners contributed to the Mighty Hoppers’ boys’ state championship, which was won with 145 points. Wilson was second with 127 points and Theodore Roosevelt placed third with 65.
On the girls’ side, Wilson followed up its girls’ team DCIAA championship with a state title, winning with 1531 / 2 points. Dunbar finished second with 147 and Georgetown Day third with 95.
Wilson senior and George Mason signee Deonna Diggs finished her season with a personal-best 14.56 seconds in the 100 hurdles. More importantly, she was pleased with the team’s second championship of the outdoor season.
“My team, I swear I love them to death,” Diggs said. “It’s the best feeling.”
Diggs was unable to hold off Dunbar junior Deja Johnson in the 300 hurdles in a thrilling finish. Leading most of the way, Johnson cleared her final hurdle and dived over the finish line, taking the race by one hundreth of a second.
“I’ve come a long way in my high school career,” Johnson said, “I’ve always been in the back. It feels good to win.”
Though Dunbar sophomore Ayana Dozier won the triple jump at last week’s DCIAA championship, she was unable to break the city record, something she was gunning for. Shin splints got in the way of a better performance last week, so Dozier rested up over the week to enter this meet fresh.
She went on to set a personal best by jumping 38 feet 6 inches, winning the triple jump.
Theodore Roosevelt senior Abdur-Rahmaan Kelly took individual titles in the 200 (22.23), 400 (48.79) and 800 (1:59.78), and also was the anchor on the winning 4x400 relay (3:25.68). Kelly was named the boys’ meet’s MVP as a result. Dunbar sophomore Taylor Parker was named the girls’ MVP, winning the high jump (5-0) and placing second in the discuss (32-0). Washington Latin junior Leandra Nyemeck, who said she has received recruiting interest from North Carolina State, won the 400 with a 57.99. As the anchor of the 4x400 team, Nyemeck followed with a comeback win at the finish line, besting Dunbar’s squad by more than one tenth of a second.
“Crossing first was a big accomplishment for my junior year,” Nyemeck said. “This is where I want to be at.”
Poolesville senior Chase Weaverling scored a first-place finish in the 3,200 on the first day of the MPSSAA 1A/2A state championship, finishing in 9:25.37.
Douglass senior Terrell Green placed third in 9:47.01.
“You run the race you’re given,” Weaverling said. “A win is a win. It was a hot night and a lot of runners were dehydrated.”
Douglass freshman Kollin Smith won the long jump with a jump of 22-01 and teammate Devin Butler placed second with a jump of 21-10. After the first day, the Douglass boys are in second place in the 2A state meet with 341 / 2 points, trailing only Century (46).