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Boys and Girls Track and Field Place Second at Interschols

Records fell as Big Red places second at annual Interschols meet.

By
Brian Muldoon
May 20, 2017
Phillips Exeter Academy Track Maggie Hock

It was an exciting day on the track as both the boys and girls varsity track and field teams earned second-place finishes in the annual New England Prep School Track Association Division I meet here on Exeter's campus.

Big Red saw records fall on both the boys and girls side, highlighted by Gwen Wallace '17 who snapped her own school record in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 7.75 inches. Wallace’s record jump was good enough for second place while teammate ChiChi Ikpeazu '18 also set a lifetime best with a jump of 35 feet, 9.25 inches.

Maggie Hock '19 enjoyed her afternoon with a pair of first-place finishes. Hock crossed with a season best time of 58.63 in the 400 meter dash while also taking the top spot in the 800 meter. Claire Melvin '18 followed Hock with a season best of 1:00.63 in the 400 meter while Alba Clarke '20 cruised to a personal record time of 2:26.38 in the 800 meter. Melvin also set a new individual record in the 300 meter hurdles when she claimed third place with a time of 47.98.

Margaret Coogan '17 paced Big Red in the distance events, posting a second-place finish in the 1500 meter with a lifetime best 4:46.10 while also securing fourth place in the 3000 meter. Yoshiko Lynch '17 also scored points for Exeter in the 3000 meter, crossing on the heels of Coogan with a season best time of 10:58.99.

Big Red finished in second place with a total of 71 points, while Andover took the top slot with 92 totals points. Choate rounded out the top three with 56 points.

On the boys side, it was Atticus Stonestrom '17 and Garrett Pitt '17 who led the way. Stonestrom took first place in the 1500 meter with a lifetime best of 4:02.92, while Pitt followed in fourth with a personal record of 4:06.74. The duo swapped places in the 3000 meter, as it was Pitt who was the top finisher with a season best of 9:05.49 while Stonestrom came in slightly behind at 9:12.82.

Matthew Wabunoha set a new Exeter prep record when he crossed at 17.21 in the 110 meter hurdles, while Jinwoo Kang '20 and Calvin Henaku '19 each boasted personal bests in the 300 meter hurdles with respective times of 43.54 and 43.91.

The second-place finish for the boys improves on a sixth-place finish from last year’s meet as they edged out St. Paul’s by one point 60-59. Andover earned first place with 70 total team points.

The beautiful, sunny day concluded with an awards ceremony with awards to teams and race MVP’s along with an impromptu dance party!