This weekend at the Bullis School, the 60th edition of the Interstate Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships promises to be another close contest, perhaps even rivaling last year’s exciting 1 ½ point Georgetown Prep victory over perennial champion St. Albans. Episcopal, last year’s third place team may also challenge for the title. Landon, St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes and Bullis lack both the star performers and the depth to score with the top three schools. The top IAC performers in most events are stronger than those of the other Washington and Baltimore private school leagues.
Friday’s four final events will probably determine the outcome of the meet:
HJ - one of the most closely contested events with Nelson Jenkins (E), Efosa Goubaddia (SA) , Alvin Tucker (GP) and Garvey Young (GP) all possible medalists.
LJ - Prep has three 20 foot jumpers in Reggie Thomas, Nick Letourneau and last year’s champion, Ifeanyi Edochie, but Jenkins (E), Tajh Restrepo (E), Efayomi Carr (SA), and Jordan Gear (L) are all capable of winning the event.
SP - Andrew Shiels (E) , 48’, has been the most consistent thrower in the league, but Derrick Pharr (GP) is capable of beating him on a good day. Other medal contenders are Glen Thomas (SA), Jordan Ford (L) and Edgar Sheppard (GP)
4x800 - St. Albans with Mike Dee, Jordan Clark, Francis Thumpaserry and Brian Rooney, is the favorite on depth and should break the meet record of 8:12. Prep may contend for the gold if they can find a fourth leg to go with Carle Dennis, Phil Williams and Ramsey Chapin.
PV - Defending champion Jamie Gabriel (L) should repeat, with Landon and St. Albans splitting the remaining five places.
DT - Andrew Shiels (E) again is the heavy favorite here, with Jordan Ford (L) , Ron Langley (SA), Edgar Sheppard (GP) and Colter Phillips (GP) in the mix for the other medals.
TJ - Garvey Young (GP) has the league’s best mark at 45’9 ¼ , but Efayoumi Carr (SA), Reggie Thomas (GP) and Tajh Restrepo (E) are not far behind.
4x100 - Georgetown Prep and Episcopal should both be under 44 seconds and the winner will be the quartet with the best baton passes. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes could threaten.
1600 - Ramsey Chapin (GP) has run 4:16, and won last year with one shoe, coming off the last turn to out sprint Brian Rooney (SA). Carl Dennis (GP) has run 4:30 and should be third, with Alex Snowdon (SA) and Francis Thumpaserry (SA) fourth and fifth.
110HH - Defending champion Seck Barry (SA) with a pr of 14.4, should have little trouble repeating, but the other medals could go to any of Kaleem Washington (SA), Nick McGuire (GP), Chuma Ogunwole (GP), KaQuan Little (B), and Jelani Molock (SSSA).
400 - Allante Keels (E) may threaten the meet record of 48.5 by David Saunders in 1978. Other sub-50 possibilities are Shadow Sebele (E) and Nick Letourneau (GP) and Ifeanyi Edochie (GP). A very strong event which could find a sub-50 second performance out of the medals!
100 - Defending champion Brandon Tisdale (GP) has run 10.9 and is again the favorite with Seck Barry (SA), Everton Batista (SSSA), Scott West (E) and J.R. Scott (B) in contention for the other medals.
800 - If both Chapin (GP) and Keels (E) run this event, the race will be a barn-burner as both are capable of 1:54. More likely Chapin will run the 3200 and Keels the 200. In this case rapidly improving juniors Mike Dee (SA) and Carl Dennis (GP) should be the favorites, with Sage Offray (E) close behind.
300IH - Seck Barry (SA) has run almost a second under the meet record at 38.0 and should team with Kaleem Washington (SA) for the 1 - 2 finish. McGuire (GP), Ogunwole (GP), Little (B) and Molock (SSSA) could all win the bronze.
200 - Keels (E) lost last year to Tisdale (GP), but appears to be the stronger this year with a best of 22.2. Edochie (GP), Scott (B) and Carr (SA) are the next best.
3200 - Should be a close contest between Chapin (GP) and Rooney (SA), with Jamie Durling (SA) third.
4x400 - The Episcopal quartet of Scott West, Shadow Sebele, Jordan Martinez and Allante Keels has run consistently in 3:23 range, but the Prep quartet of Garvey Young, Nick Letourneau, Ramsey Chapin and Ifeanyi Edochie ran 3:21 at the Annapolis Relays. If Chapin runs the 3200, he will not be eligible to run the 4x400, giving a stronger edge to Episcopal. St. Albans and St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes should run for the bronze.