Coming off her first season of indoor track, Le'Quisha Parker of Northwood High School is more focused than ever. She is running faster than ever. It is her junior year after all. It is time to impress college coaches.
With an opportunity to run head-to-head against Churchill senior, Katie Wolf, Parker was excited - maybe a bit nervous - but excited. With butterflies in her stomach, she finished second to Wolf in the 100, 12.0h to 12.2h.
After that point she said that she put the nerves behind her.
She came back and won the 400-meter dash in 59.0 over her own teammate Yamundow Sarr. Then in the 200, she came from behind and beat Wolf with a late burst of speed, 24.3h to 24.7h.
Parker also won the shot put with a throw of 27-11.
It was a good day of work for Parker, who says that she is shooting to win 3A state titles in the 100 and 200 this year. She won the 2A 200-meter state title two years ago as a freshman. Looking towards the future, she says that she is interested in LSU and Temple primarily because of their track programs.
Although Parker lifted her team above Watkins Mill, Blair, and Gaithersburg earlier in the season, her efforts were not enough to lift the team to a perfect division record. Both B-CC and Churchill defeated Northwood while Churchill defeated B-CC.
With the double win, the Churchill girls won their fifth consecutive outdoor track division title. The Churchill girls took 27 points from both of their opponents in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump alone. Alexandra Giedd won the 1600 (5:27) and 3200 (11:49) while Ale Martinez won the 300-meter hurdles (48.0) and the high jump (4-06).
The Churchill boys improved to 3-2 with a double win to finish off the dual meet season. Churchill only lost two very close matchups against Gaithersburg and Watkins Mill earlier in the season. Micah Phillips-Spencer ran 11.4h and 22.9h for Churchill.
St. Andrew's Episcopal School participated in the meet and made its presence felt through John Peatross. The junior won the 100-meter dash in 11.3h, won the long jump in 20-03, won the triple jump in 41-01 and placed fourth in the 200-meter dash in 23.2h.
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