The seniors on the Wilson boys’ track team needed no reminder of their three second-place finishes at the D.C. State Athletic Association championships.
“It’s all we talk about,” senior Rahim Diaite said. “It’s literally all we talk about.”
Now the Tigers have freed themselves up for a new topic of conversation. Junior Isaac Frumkin won the 800 in 157.15 and the 1,600 in 4:29.79 to lead Wilson to its first boys’ DCSAA track and field title Friday afternoon at Gallaudet University.
“We’ve been doing a lot of mileage since the summer, so I knew I had the strength to go all out in each race,” Frumkin said. “I ran my hardest because I wanted to make sure to send out seniors off with a championship.”
The Tigers won with 95 points, Georgetown Day finished second with 80.33, and St. Albans was third with 70.50.
The post-meet celebration was dominated by Wilson green as its girls’ team crushed the competition to win with 166.50 points. Georgetown Day finished second with 92, and Carroll was third with 85.50. Wilson sophomore Alicia Dawson was named MVP of the girls’ meet after winning the long jump with 18-8 and the triple jump with 37-4.
The MVP of the boys’ meet was Carroll’s Ethan Fogle, who had medals to spare after setting personal records in all three of his individual events. The junior won the 100 in 10.99, the 200 in 21.76, and the 400 in 47.54.
“Get hungry, stay hungry. That’s what I do. After I won the first race, all I wanted to do was keep winning,” Fogle said. “I’m happy, my mom is happy, my coach is happy, everybody happy, and there’s something special coming next year.”
School Without Walls junior Ingrid Joseph also swept a pair of sprints by winning the 100 in 12.16 and the 200 in 24.95. McKinley Tech sophomore Destiny Nash finished second in the 100 by 00.07 and in the 200 by 00.27.
“I felt really good all day today. I don’t know what it was,” Joseph said. “I relaxed with my favorite TV show, ‘Doctor Who,’ last night and felt good at school today. I wanted to go a little faster, but I can’t complain.”
In the boys’ shot put, Melvin McNeil III showed off his natural talent to place first with a throw of 44-5. The Phelps senior had never participated in the shot put before this year but threw 44-10 with his first throw in his first indoor meet.
While he chased that personal record all spring, McNeil never topped his first competitive throw. Either way, he was able to win the state title in front of a loud and proud group of family members and coaches.
“Even when I started throwing, I still wanted to get first or second every meet,” McNeil said. “This was actually the first time my dad was able to come see me throw, so to win states against some of this top competition, that’s a special feeling.”
National Collegiate sophomore Rashud Thomas finished second in the shot put with 40-02.5. Maret senior Luka Garza was third with 40-00.25. View the complete results from every event here .