Senior Mat Abernethy finally broke St. Albansí junior Brian Rooney with 250m to go to win the 3200m, and junior Tom Hupez secured a vital 5th place, to edge ahead of St. Albans in the exciting 60th Annual IAC Track & Field Championships at St. Stephenís & St. Agnes School in Alexandria. In the final event, senior anchorman Mike Horsey kept Prepís 4x400m relay team within one spot of St. Albans to preserve the victory. Prep scored 146 points, St. Albans 144 1/2, Landon 118, Episcopal 70 1/2, St. Stephenís & St. Agnes 35, and Bullis 10.
The meet was so close that if either a St. Albans long or triple jumper had gone only a half inch better, the championship would have been St. Albansí. Only .04 seconds separated the first four finishers in the 200m dash. It was new coach Greg Dunstonís first IAC title after 35 years of coaching in Montgomery County public schools.
In Fridayís competition, Prep junior Ifeanyi Edochie won the long jump, and the Prep quartet of sophomore Carl Dennis, Abernethy, Horsey and sophomore Ramsey Chapin won the 4x800m relay in 8:16, seven seconds faster than their seasonís best. Syvad Young and Andrew Shiels finished 1-2 in the discus for Episcopal and Mike Jones of St. Stephenís & St. Agnes won the high jump. Landon junior Jamie Gabriel and senior Erik Johnson placed 1-2 in the pole vault.
On Saturday, Prep won the 4x100m relay with freshman Joseph Woiwode, Edochie, freshman Nick Letourneau, and sophomore Brandon Tisdale, in a season best time of 44.18. Tisdale won 100m and 200m dashes and Woiwode won the 400m, upsetting Landon star Allante Keels, and placed 3rd in the 200m. Chapin won the 1600m, with one shoe, and the 800m in slow, tactical races.
St. Albans sophomore Seck Barry easily won both hurdles and finished second in the 100m. In the shot put, St. Stephenís & St. Agnes senior Ian Davidson turned the tables on Syvad Young. The triple jump was won by St. Albans junior Efayomi Carr in a spirited competition with Landon senior Austin Burchett.