Star performances propel track and field team to state championship: Photo of the Day 2/7/20


Bailey Spore

Senior pole vaulter Carter Holsinger gives sophomore pole vaulter Quinn Ruch advice before he attempts to qualify for states

by Keifer Spore, Editor

On February 6 the girls and boys track and field teams competed in the 3A West Region Championship held at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center. Both the boys and girls teams placed second overall with the boys behind South Hagerstown and the girls behind Oxon Hill.

Linganore expected and earned outstanding results in the boys and girls pole vault, boys and girls 3200 meter, boys shot put, girls 500 and 800 meter. Carter Holsinger set a new indoor pole vault PR of 15’2, coming close to his outdoor PR of 15’4. 

 “I haven’t reached my goal of 15’5 yet, but I’m not nervous for when the time comes because my training has prepared me,” said Holsinger. 

Mikayla Moxley set two new PRs in the 500 and 800 meter. Moxley ran a 1:19.23 in the 500 meter and a 2:24.60 in the 800 meter. 

In shot put, Ethan Hart placed first at 47-10.75 and Graeson Ruch placed second at 46-05.50, qualifying both for the state meet. Hart and Ruch have been a strong duo in  for the past couple of years and are looking to end their high school careers at the top of the state ranking. The two have also excelled at Discus during the outdoor seasons.

In the 3200 meter there was another first and second place from the boys team. Cole Williamson placed first with a time of 10:11.55 and Jack Sears placed second with a PR of 10:23.83. Both runners qualified for states.

Other athletes who qualified for the state championship are Quinn Ruch (pole vault) and Xander McClure (high jump).

“Even though we placed second, I am thrilled with how our team performed,” said Hart. 

Good luck to both teams. They will be returning to Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center for the state championship on February 18.