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IAC Championship Preview
By: Michael Horsey

This yearís 60th annual IAC Track & Field Championship, contested at St. Stephenís & St. Agnes, should be a close contest between co-favorites Landon and St. Albans and dark horses Episcopal & Georgetown Prep.

Landon has never won an IAC track championship, but boasts sophomore Allante Keels the leagueís top long sprinter, with season bests in the 200, 400, and 800. Freshman Leland Pittman, Junior William Ruppe and Jonathan Kelly provide the depth that make Landonís 4x400 quartet almost untouchable. Senior Austin Burchett has posted the top long and triple jump marks. Seniors James Gabriel and Erik Johnson are top pole vaulters. Seniors Carl Frederique and Brandon Washington should medal in the hurdles. Max Marinelli is Landonís 1600 & 3200 runner.

St. Albans, winner of more IAC track championships than all of the other league schools combined, provides the leagueís top hurdler in sophomore Barry Seck. Kaleem Washington is the teamís other hurdler. The bulldogs are strong in the 100 through the 400, with sprinters Efayoumi Carr, Kyrrel Latimer, Nick Bruns and Jamal Jefferson. Middle distance runners Mike Dee, Peter Sopher ,and Lenny Pierce combine with Bruns to form the leagueís best 4x800 and 800 medal favorites. Brian Rooney ran 9:41 to win the Draper Invitational 3200. Carr, Latimer and Kevin Palmer are medal favorites in the jumps. Mark Schuessler is the teamís accomplished pole vaulter.

Georgetown Prep, under new coach Greg Dunston, has only four seniors and must depend heavily on freshman and sophomores to score points. Senior Mat Abernethy and sophomores Ramsey Chapin and Carl Dennis are among the top IAC distance runners. Shot putters Jimmy Crivella, Edgar Sheppard and Derrick Pharr all figure to be in the top six. Sprinters such as sophomore Brandon Tisdale, freshmen Joseph Woiwode and Nick Letourneau, senior Mike Horsey and junior Ifeayomi Edochi, must have a breakthrough meet for Prep to contend. Prepís three hurdlers, Nick McGuire, Guy Logan and Chuma Ogunwole are in their first year of competition.

Episcopal provides the leagues top 100m runner in Mikhail Turner, Scott West and Kyle Lewis. They posted the IACís top 4x100 performance at the Penn Relays. Nelson Jenkins is the top high jumper and long jumper. EHS also boasts two of the conferenceís top throwers in Syvad Young and Andrew Shiels.

St. Stephenís-St. Agnes has Ian Davidson the best shot-putter in the IAC, and Mike Jones is one of the top jumpers.

Bullis boasts sprinters J.R. Scott and Cameron Etienne and hurdler KaQuan Little.


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