By Danny White ‘22

On Tuesday, April 12, Brother Rice held an open invitational track meet. Brother Rice welcomed St. Laurence, Leo, and Solorio Academy. It was a great day for the young athletes to compete.

Peter McShane ‘23 said, “I had a good feeling about this meet before it even started. It was a beautiful day out and as a team, we were feeling loose and ready.”

The day started off with a 4 x 100m team relay. Although only four schools were at the meet, there were 7 teams in this competition. The Crusaders had three different groups, two of which took first and second, followed by St. Laurence’s two teams who placed third and fourth.

Sophomore Marcus Brown, a member of the first place team, said, “I love this meet because every team was good and all matches were highly competitive.”

The next competition was hurdles, in which Leo’s Marshawn Durr attained first place.

The single competitions continued as there were 7 different 100m races next. A Leo runner won the first one and the next six races were all won by Crusaders. Peter Connolly, Joe Heilmann, Cooper McAlilly, Peter McShane, Owen Lyons, and James Worthington represented the Crusaders strongly there.

Owen Lyons ‘23 said exactly that after the meet: “The thing I like about track is that sometimes you are competing by yourself, but in the end, you’re representing your school.”

Solorio Academy got their taste of gold next, winning the 800 meter dash.

Following that were all the jumping contests. Leo impressed in the high jump taking first through third place. Leo dominated again, taking first through fourth in the long jump and the triple jump.

Senior Julius Lujano achieved first in the shot put with an incredible mark of 13.23.

Junior Jonah Bossette threw the discus 34.66 meters, giving him second behind Leo’s Jakobi Wilson.

It was an overall successful day for the Crusaders as they primarily owned the races and throwing competitions while Leo dominated the jumping.