As we have officially entered March, the Centennial track season has reached a full sprint out of the starting blocks as the Knights have now competed in both their first home meet of the season and in two away meets. Last week, the Knights competed in their first home meet against two strong opponents when Cambridge and Johns Creek visited the Fortress, but they demonstrated that they are still prepared to compete in the region and push one another to reach the next level of sectionals and state. Thus far, the team has shown a unique combination of senior leadership and youthful talent to form a strong team.
One of the newcomers on the Centennial track team that demonstrated his potential is Elias Correa. Correa came out in his first meet against strong competition and swept both the 100m and 200m events for the boys finishing in times of 11.65 and 23.71. As Richard Shaw returns from injury, look for these two to put together some fast performances on the track this spring. On the girl’s side of the sprints, senior Nia Perryman has carried over from her strong junior season and off-season track work as she hopes to break the school record in the 400m. Perryman took first place in a time of 102.70 which is just off of her personal best. Kailyn Winchester also put together two impressive performances to finish in first and third place in the 100m and 200m with times of 14.02 and 29.00.
When asked about the team, chemistry, and their performances this season, Coach Michael Higgins said that “the team has been putting in hard work and showing up each day trying to get better so as coaches we couldn’t ask for anything more.” Some of this hard work is showing up in the distance events as the Knights placed three girls (Megan Strickland, Gracie Truax, Elizabeth Buchannan) under 6:00 minutes in the 1600m race. The boys were paced by sophomore, Barrett McAree in the 1600m and 3200m races as he took third (4:49) and first place (10:16). Numerous runners reached personal bests and are showing potential for the future in these events.
Another area that has seen growth for the track team is in the field events. Pole vault has been one area of growth from last season as the Knights have dedicated more time to this specific discipline. Derek Rehberger and Rhese Goodsite finished second and third for the Knights with heights at 8-6 and 8-0 respectively. On the girls side, Ketsia Ouanzin and Ariel Washburn were strong in the discus and shot put with third and fourth place finishes. The Knights will compete this Saturday in Woodstock at River Ridge High School, but their next home meet is in a few weeks on March 27th for JV Region. This will be one of the few opportunities to watch them at the Fortress this season so be sure to watch and support the team!