Even if Chloe Lassman hadn’t won an event she was competing in for only the third time Monday, she still would have enjoyed splendid all-around day for The Field School at the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference championships.
But Lassman went 4 for 4 anyway.
She won the 100 (13.12), 200, (27.04), long jump (16-6.25, a school record) and, in only her third time doing it, the triple jump (32-6.50, also a school record) to lead the Falcons to victory in Rockville with 151 overall points. Lassman earned meet most valuable player honors for her efforts.
Competition throughout the season with Sandy Spring Friends forced some lineup changes, Coach Jesse Gaylord said, and it paid off as the Falcons distanced themselves from the Wildebeests (107), who finished second despite Taylor Gunter’s wins in the shot put (30-3) and discus (90-0). Oakcrest took third with 55 points.
Gaylord noted that Lassman’s performance Monday was another sign of her maturation since just last season.
“We saw in the middle of the year that Sandy Spring and us were neck and neck on paper,” he said. “Chloe usually anchors our 4x100 for the girls, and we asked for volunteers for people to try new things. She approaches races in a much more professional manner from when she was a sophomore. She’s put in a lot of work on her form so we were pretty confident going into the meet yesterday.”
Teammate and fellow junior Naomi Franck finished right behind Lassman in the 100 (13.38) and 200 (27.50) finals to pick up 16 points for the Falcons.
“We’re both pretty supportive of each other,” Lassman said. “If one of us beats the other’s time, it’s more like we’re happy for the other one.”
The Falcon boys also soared to victory, setting a championship record with 198 team points and getting scoring contributions from 15 different athletes.
Senior Donnie Shaw was a star of the meet, winning the triple jump (36-8), 300 hurdles (43.35), running the second leg of the first-place and meet-record setting 4x100 (45.21) and placing runner-up in the long jump (18-00), although to hear him tell it, he was more pleased that so many different teammates contributed to the scoring.
“We definitely don’t keep track of [individual points],” Shaw said. “It’s more of a spirit thing. You know when you win. We leave that to the coaches. It’s more like running out there for us.”
Junior Marcus Robinson also had a huge day, winning the 100 (11.18), 200 (22.97), 400 (51.72) and anchoring the 4x100 that Shaw ran.
Burke (72) and Grace Brethren Christian (50) were second and third behind Field, with Burke getting wins from Philip Sandstrom in the 800 (2:09.71) and Justin Taft-Morales in the 1600 (5:18.93).