Track is often perceived as an individual sport with peripheral team results. That wasn’t the case at the D.C. State Athletic Association championships Thursday at Gallaudet.
Georgetown Day’s Tristan Colaizzi had a strong individual outing, winning the boys’ 800 meters in 1 minute 58.22 seconds and finishing second in the 400 in 49.95.
But the senior made his greatest impact as the anchor leg on the Grasshoppers’ 4x400 relay team, which won the event in 3:29.47 to power Georgetown Day to the boys’ team title with 87 points.
“So much of this sport is about the individual, but on our team we try to focus on the individual as little as possible,” Colaizzi said. “It’s small victories in a big battle. Both our men and our women fought really hard, and they fought as a team.”
On the girls’ side, Katherine Treanor led the way for Georgetown Day by sweeping the 3,200 (12:05.24) and the 1,600 (5:23.17).
“I’m just trying to get as many points as possible to win the title for GDS,” Treanor, a senior, said after winning the 1,600.
Treanor also ran a leg of the Grasshoppers’ 4x400 relay team. They finished second in 4:11.08 but managed to beat out third-place Eastern (4:20.97) and win the girls’ title with 130.33 points.
Eastern held the lead over the Georgetown Day girls entering the 4x400 thanks to a particularly strong performance by Thea Shaw. The sophomore won the 300 hurdles in 45.18 and the 400 in 58.26 while clearing 5-4 to win the high jump. The girls’ meet MVP also finished second in the 100 hurdles by 0.04 to teammate Kenya Swilley, who won in 14.95.
Highlighted by another big outing from senior Drew Glick, Wilson hung tough from start to finish in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, ending the day second in the boys’ team competition (86 points) and third among girls’ teams (123.33).
Glick, the boys’ MVP, claimed the top spot in the 3200 in 10:04.29 and won the 1,600 in 4:25.50. He finished second to Colaizzi in the 800 in 1:59.98. Glick and Gonzaga’s Harry Monroe jockeyed for first through 1,200 meters of the 1,600 before Glick turned on the jets.
“I just knew I had to get in front of him,” Glick said. “I didn’t really plan it out to be like that.”
Though it wasn’t a calculated plan, the senior admitted he was drawing motivation from a particular source.
“This is my last time wearing this Wilson jersey, so it’s almost a tearjerker,” Glick said.
Wilson junior Zakyrah Haynie paced the girls’ team, winning the 800 in 2:23.50 while running on the Tigers’ 4x400 and 4x800 teams, which took first in 4:00.38 and 10:03.39, respectively.
St. Albans’s Theo Bates won the boys’ 110 hurdles in 15.27 and finished second in the long jump at 21-10.5 to help lift the Bulldogs to a third-place finish (82 points).
McKinley Tech’s Denzell Brown was a double-winner on the day, edging out Sidwell Friends’s Justin Lobe in the boys’ 100 by three-thousandths of a second with a time of 11.221.
Brown also took first in the 200 (22.78) and won silver medals as part of the Trainers’ 4x100 (43.83) and 4x200 (1:31.82) relay teams.