Cadet runners, jumpers and throwers had a gold-plated weekend at the Virginia Catholic State Championship, held at Saint John Paul the Great High School.
The Cadets came in first in six separate events, with junior John Colizzi earning the gold in half of those winning events. The squad came in second overall, an outstanding feat at such a large meet.
Colizzi beat his competition in the 200 meter dash (22.85 seconds), long jump (22 feet) and triple jump (43.64). Proving to be a valuable runner, too, was sophomore Painter Richards-Baker, who ran a first-place time in the 110 meter hurdles of 16.25 seconds. Junior Frankie Boehling took first in the shot put, throwing a distance of 44 feet 5 inches, followed closely by junior Malik James, who took second with a distance of 44 feet 0.5 inches. The 4x100 meter dash team also came in first, with a time of 43.64 seconds. The victorious team consisted of Cadets Dillon Tennyson, Keon Coley, Richards-Baker and Colizzi. "We did great," freshman thrower Joe Covington enthusiastically mused. "We've still got a few practices, though."
Even those who did not place first still performed extremely well. Tennyson came in sixth in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.83 seconds and 23.73 seconds, respectively. Richards-Baker also performed well in the 200, coming in third with a time of 23.43 seconds. Freshman Eddie Jackson took seventh in the 400 meter dash, running the event in 53.97 seconds, just before sophomore DeWayne Jeter, who ran a time of 55.15 seconds, earning him 10th place. Freshman Michael Morrissey ran the mile in 5 minutes 20 seconds, giving him 16th place. Junior Gabe Slate placed ninth in the 110 meter hurdles and 10th in the 300 meter hurdles.
The team has one last scheduled meet, the VISAA State Championships on Saturday, May 18. The meet will be held at Sports Backers Stadium and only has a $10 entry fee, so come out and support the Cadets while they run!