Boys track compete in Penn Relays
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The boys outdoor track team took part in the Penn Relays, an annual competition has been held since 1895 by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The event was held from April 29 to April 30. On the first day of the event, the boys placed 12th in the 4×800 meter run and 316th in the 4×100 meter run. The runners for the 4×800 were juniors Justice Williams and Muhamed Bicic, and seniors Dysron Marshall and Abdoulaye Diallo, who all finished with a combined time of eight minutes and 14 seconds. As for the 4×100, the squad comprised of juniors Zbigniew Szczerba and Alex Chen, and seniors Owen Larosiliere and Fahim Nousad, who compiled a time of 54.26 seconds.
Several communication errors resulted in unsatisfactory results on the first day of the meet. But the boys came out strong the following day and won their heat in the 4×400 meter run with a time of three minutes and 29 seconds. Atoning for the previous day’s performance, the team was a few seconds shy from setting the school record for this event.
As for performing better in future meets, Zbigniew said that team communication is an area in which the team needs to improve, especially in baton passing, a mistake that caused the 4×100 team to place second to last.
Regarding the team’s overall performance, junior Muhamed Bicic commented, “I’m glad we had the opportunity to represent our school on a national scale. We didn’t perform our best relay time, but due to how early it is in the season, we are content with our performance. We look forward to progressing as a relay and tackling more invitationals.”