Lancer Spotlight 5/15/23: Linganore girls’ track team finishes second at the County Championship


Stacey Markel

Linganore runners at the Frederick County Competition

by Jimena Grajera, Reporter

On May 11, the Linganore girls’ track team traveled to Thomas Johnson High School (TJHS) to participate in the Frederick County Track Championship.

The Linganore girls’ track team not only participated in the competition, but they earned second place out of ten schools, only beaten by Urbana High School.

In addition to the near win on May 11, the team has had a strong showing this season, winning three county champions this year.

Juliana Nardini, a sophomore at Linganore High School (LHS), took first place in high jump with a score of 5-feet-2-inches.

Anna Quackenbush, a senior at Linganore, also won first place in the 3200-meter competition with a time of 11:32.19.

Not only were these two individual winners, but the 4×800 relay team formed by Morgan Roberts, Haylie Keegan, Audrey Meadows and Quackenbush took first place in the event, finishing the race in a time of 9:47.79.

The athletes on the team worked really hard and were very proud of their victory.

This year, Linganore had one of the largest track teams in several years, with a total of 74 girls participating. The runners believe the team has improved a lot over the course of the season.

“I think the team did really well; we had a lot of very good times, and we got second in the county,“ said Lucy Ellis, junior at Linganore who earned fourth place at the County Championship. “I think the team has gotten a lot better as a whole, and we are able to keep getting better.”

Juliana Nardini competes in High Jump at the Frederick County Championship. (Stacey Markel)

The team is also very proud that they beat TJHS who are considered very good at the sport.

“We did really well because we came in second, and we beat TJHS, and they are really good,” Said Carly Moyer, a Linganore freshman who competed in the pole vault at the championship.

Overall, the Linganore team and coaches were pleased with the position the girls obtained at the competition and especially proud of all the hardwork and effort the team  put in during the season.

“I thought we did really good,” said Jason Shipley, head coach of the girls’ track team. “We were projected to finish 6th, and we finished 2nd.” 

Shipley also agreed the team showed great improvement this year.

“We have definitely improved over the season.”

All the final scores of the championship are viewable on this link