Coming off of their big division win, the Gladiator boys have a few weeks to prepare and qualify for championship season. This would be the first stepping stone toward their goals, as they faced top county and state competition at the 30+ team meet.
The boys got things started in the mile with freshman Walta Neguse running 5:09 to set a new personal best and make his way even closer to that 5 minute barrier. Senior Andree’ Di-Reumante had yet another big day, winning the mile and cutting six seconds off of his personal best to run 4:28.65. Not only was this a PR, but Di-Reumante also shattered the former school record of 4:34.20.
In the 400m dash, senior Aaron Wilkerson was able to grab a point for the Gladiators finishing 8th in the event. Wilkerson doubled back to run the 200m dash in a personal best time of 23.59. Junior Jomokan Beckford also ran a personal best in the 200m, finishing in 23.74.
Sophomore Eldon Phillips had a breakout performance in the 800m run, winning his heat wire to wire in a personal best time of 2:04. Di-Reumante took 6th overall in the 800m with a season best time of 2:00.32 securing a spot in the postseason championships.
In the final and most exciting event of the day, the 4x400m relay, the boys were looking to knock off Northwest for the top spot in the county. The race was tight the entire way and the Gladiators trailed going into the anchor leg. Di-Reumante was able to close the gap but couldn’t run down Northwest, taking 2nd place by less than a second. The quartet cut 7 seconds off their season best and posted the fastest time by a Northwood boys team since 2008. They’ll have another shot to take down the Jags at the Montgomery County Championships in May.
Next up for the boys is the Oakdale Invitational this Saturday which will be a good tune up for the Penn Relays.