Stellar Showing for Landmark Varsity Track and Field
The Landmark Boys Varsity Track and Field team prevailed at the 2018 Eastern Independent League (EIL) Championships at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, Conn., on May 12, placing first ahead of Portsmouth Abbey, Pingree, Concord, and Bancroft. Landmark scored 159 points and Portsmouth Abbey finished a distant second with 139 points.
The phenomenal win is a testament to the team's dedication, focus, work ethic, and committed coaching staff led by Tom O'Riordan. He's assisted by Christina Scanlon, Matt Horan, and Andrew Ryan.
"All Landmark track athletes should be proud of the win! This was the best team Landmark has ever assembled, and it took everything we had to overcome a VERY deep and talented league," said Coach O'Riordan.
In the EIL Championship, the top six finishers in 15 events score points for their team, and each team is allowed three athletes per event. There are also two relays in which each school is permitted one team in each.
Seventeen Landmark athletes earned points, with 14 turning in personal records (PR), to secure the win. While Landmark only took three first places, the team claimed nine seconds, scored all three entrants in six events, and two out of three in another five events.
"It seems each passing year this group gets stronger and stronger and that is a testament not only to the incredible group of athletes Landmark has assembled, but to the positive and powerful culture Tom O'Riordan and the coaches have built around these programs," said Brook Sumner, Landmark athletic director. "After witnessing the tireless dedication of the coaches and athletes during winter track club (often in the gym hallways!) and throughout the entire year to fulfill a goal come May, confirms for me the value of consistent effort and hard work."
- Isaiah C. and Luca M. each contributed one point, picking up sixth places in the 3000 and 800, respectively. Both ran HUGE PRs to do so.
- Jake C '19 also ran a big PR to secure fifth place and two points in the 300m hurdles.
- Brett C. kept us from being held to zero in the pole vault. Brett, who vaulted last year, stepped up and cleared opening height, claiming fifth place and two points.
- Another PR came from sophomore Josh T., who ran 2:08.35 to claim fourth in the 800.
- Itai S. PRed in both the 100 (sixth) and the triple jump (fifth) and anchored our second place 4x100. Itai contributed five points to the win.
- Sean D. brought in seven points with a FAST fourth place finish in the 300m hurdles and sixth place in the long jump. He also ran the third leg of the 4x100.
- Jake C '18 and Quinn D. each did their jobs against daunting and deep fields. Picking up second places in the shot put and discus, respectively, and securing 16 points between the two of them.
- Ryan S. ran two PRs to bring in nine points. Ryan picked up sixth in the highly competitive 1500 and second in the 3000 with a SCHOOL RECORD 9:39.46!
- Our Swiss Army knife, Adin C., showed why he's one of the most useful and capable athletes in the league. Adin scored 9.5 points with a fourth in the javelin, fifth in the 400, and sixth in the shot put. Adin also ran the third leg of the 4x400.
- Max S. had himself a day, picking up fourth in the highly irregular high jump (freezing rain will do that) and third in the shot put. Max contributed 10 points and was Landmark Track Athlete of the Meet.
- Matt B. scored 16 points on the day, picking up second place in the 100 with a PR 11.99. He followed that up with a third place in the 200, and he led off our second place 4x100 relay. Matt has established himself as one of the top sprinters in the EIL!
- Sam K. brought in 16.5 points with a second in the 200, a fourth in the long jump, fifth in the 100, and Sam led off our 4x400. He is probably the most fun athlete to watch sprint!
- Dante V. contributed 18 points with a second place triple jump, a third place long jump, fifth place 200, and very fast second leg in the 4x100. Dante started practicing triple and long jump only two weeks prior to the meet.
- Chris P. brought in 19.5 points, picking up second places in both the 400 and the javelin, sixth in the discus, and Chris anchored our 4x400. Chris is a versatile and hardworking athlete whose positive energy and steady leadership has benefited us greatly all season (in addition to scoring HUGE points).
- Sam L. was our leading point scorer, with 22.5, he won the 400 with a PR 53.18, won the 300m hurdles with a 43.83, then came back to run the second leg of the winning 4 x 400.
Landmark Girls Set School Record
The 2018 Girls Track Team scored the most points in school history at the EIL Championships. Landmark claimed one first place, two seconds, two thirds, four fourths, and a fifth to beat Bancroft and be within 10 points of Concord and 21 of Pingree. This is the closest we've EVER been to these large and well-established programs! With no female scorers graduating, we're an up-and-coming team with a chance to shake things up in the EIL next year!
- Our leading point scorer was Merryl G. who dove over the line in the 100m high hurdle but was held to second. She returned, bruised and bandaged, to win the 300 intermediate hurdles with a LEAGUE RECORD 47.94! Merryl also anchored the 4x400 and scored 19 points for the Vikings!
- The 4 x 100 team of Maddie K., Lilly M., Eliza K., and Nevada F. did their job and picked up fourth place to earn a point each in the contest.
- Captain Skylur D. scored two points, finishing fifth in the javelin. Although her throw wasn't great by her standards, it was a good effort on a wet and slippery day.
- Kiki F. and Ally T. picked up big points in the throws. Kiki finished third in the shot put for six points, and Ally took fourth in both the javelin and shot put for a total of 8 points.
- Olivia M. high jumped 4–6 to secure third place and six points. She added another point later in the 4x400.
- The girl's 4 x 400 team finished in fourth place, with Nevada, Olivia, and Merryl being joined by Kindred H. for the first time. Kindred stepped in for an injured teammate in the very intimidating relay, earning Landmark Track Athlete of the Meet in the process.
- In addition to both relays, Nevada also ran the open 400 finishing second with a HUGE PR 64.56. This was Nevada's second open 400 ever! She finished the day with 10 points.
- Although they didn't score points Sophia D. and Alex W. also PRed on Saturday with excellent efforts in the 200 and triple jump.