“That’s what people know me for,” Holman said of her anchor leg. “I just go after who’s in front of me and then who’s in front of them.”
Coming into the meet at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Holman knew that she was a target after she broke meet records in the 300 and 500 last year. She found a way to top those marks again, winning the 300 in 38.85 seconds and the 500 in 1:13.74.
Holman was named co-MVP in the girls’ running events along with Washington Latin’s Zoe Edelman, who won the 1,600 and 3,200.
On a day with 14 record-breaking performances, St. John’s repeated as girls’ champion with 145 points, and Gonzaga took the title on the boys’ side with 107.
Alicia Dawson of St. John’s easily bested the meet records in the girls’ triple jump and long jump. After qualifying for the triple jump at 40 feet one-half inch, she jumped 38-11½ in the final. The meet record had been 37-3. She said she was “winging” the long jump, but she still set a record at 18-5¾ .
“It’s really nice to be appreciated for jumps, because not a lot of people understand it’s pretty hard,” said Dawson, who was named the girls’ field event MVP. “It takes a lot of time and skill to try to understand it.”
Carroll finished in second place in the girls’ event with 125 points, thanks in part to record-breaking performances by Nile Brown and Victoria Perrow in the 55-meter hurdles and 55-meter dash.
On the boys’ side, Gonzaga finished first in just three of 14 events, but a strong showing across the board garnered enough points to win its third title in four years. One of those first-place finishes was in the 4x800 relay, where the Eagles’ quartet shattered the record by more than five seconds, finishing in 8:27.04. Second-place Carroll also broke the previous meet record.
“I couldn’t tell who was behind me at all,” Gonzaga’s Gavin Farley said of the last lap. “I was just trying to finish my race, and I picked it up in the end. Our goal was to win the race and get as many points for our team.”
Carroll placed second in the boys’ competition with 81 points, and St. John’s finished third with 74. Mordecai McDaniel of St. John’s was the boys’ MVP in the running events after winning the 55 and 300.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Jaedon Joyner, who won the triple jump, received the MVP award in the boys’ field events.