Saturday, May 9th bared witness to yet another first for Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School.
Entering Catholic States, the boys track and field team was looking to emerge as champions for the second year in a row and third time in four years. On the girls side though, they were looking for their first ever Catholic State title, and seniors Tashana Simon and Katherine Duquiatan were prepared to lead the way. They would need to surpass their closest challenger, fellow diocesan school Paul VI.
The girls did not only win, they dominated the competition. Had senior distance runner Denise Gallant not been injured for the meet, their margin of victory would have likely been even greater. Duquiatan won the 100m hurdles by nearly two seconds, and was followed in second place by fellow JP runner, freshman Jessica Hall. Katherine was also victorious in the 300m hurdles. Tashana Simon came in first in the 100m dash and 200m dash, and finished second in the 400m dash. In the distance runs, senior Caitlin St. Amour was second in the 800m and added a top-5 finish in the 1,600m. Freshman Claire Garster added her part by coming in third in the 3,200m run. As far as relays are concerned, John Paul finished third in the 4x400m.
Both Duquiatan and Simon finished in the top 3 in high jump. Simon won the long jump and Katherine was right behind her in second. Then Tashana finished second in the triple jump and fellow senior Danielle Bourneman came in third.
The girls track and field team finished with 175 points, and their next closest competitor was Paul VI with 132.
On the boys side, things were not as smooth-sailing. In fact, the victory was only sealed by clutch showings in the meet’s final events. Josh Glascock and Michael Horan finished first and second, respectively, in the 110m hurdles, and then they switched spots for a one-two finish again in the 300m hurdles. Horan also placed third in the triple jump. As usual, Sean Tully and Andre Gallant cleaned up shop in the distance events, with Tully finishing first and Gallant third in the 1,600m, followed by Tully and Gallant also coming in first and second respectively in the 3,200m. JP finished third in the 4x100m relay and second in the 4x400m relay. Senior Michael Mancini placed second in the shot put, and junior Chauncey Wallace jumped his way to second in the high jump.
The John Paul boys completed the sweep of the rest of the field for JP in the Catholic State Championships by scoring 124 points, 19 more than second place Benedictine.
For full results of all events, click here.
The Wolves travelled to Richmond for the VISAA State Meet on May 16th. While the teams did not bring any hardware home, an individual performance for John Paul stood out among the rest.
Senior Sonia Okolo was the VISAA Division I shot put State Champion, and also placed second in the discus throw.
For full VISAA State Meet results, click here.
Congratulations to Sonia and the rest of the Track and Field team for their season, including these successful past two weeks!