1/23/23: Linganore finishes second in FCPS Indoor Track Championship


Junior Andrew Moxley hands off the baton to Senior Kelsey Bannon during the varsity 4×200 meter relay.

by Ethan Cesario , Reporter

The streak continues: Linganore’s Track and Field team finished second at the county championships, extending their indoor county championship drought to 16 years.

Although the loss stings, Linganore had good moments at the meet. 

The JV 4 x 200 meter relay A team silenced Frederick supporters by coming back and placing second overall. 

Freshman Wyatt Valenzuela said,  “silencing them up was pretty good because it felt like we were being treated like after-thoughts. When I made up ground in the third leg, I knew Frederick was done for.”

Another highlight of the day came from varsity sprinter and junior Andrew Moxley. He placed 2nd in the 55-meter hurdles. He also placed 7th in the 55-meter dash, 3rd in the 4 x 200 meter relay race and 4th in the 4 x 400 meter relay race. 

Despite his outstanding performance, Moxley expressed how he still deals with nerves during track meets. 

“I felt good at the meet. Being with the team, it calms me down when I’m nervous before the meet,” Moxley said. “Along with that, I finally broke 8 seconds in the 55 hurdles race.” 

In total, Moxley helped score 18 points for the team, including the two relay races in which he helped the team place 3rd and 4th, respectively. 

With this new confidence boost, the team is feeling hopeful about their chances of bringing home a state title. 

“I believe we will bring a lot of guys to states and have a good opportunity in a lot of events to put up points … there are a lot of competitive teams this year,” Moxley said. 

Track coach and Linganore math teacher William Eckard believed that the team “performed very well.” He also thought that they “could have done better in high jump and the 4×400 meter relay race.”

“The team has evolved and gotten better all around between JV and V [ varsity] ,” said Eckard. “We have the ability to put probably 5 or 7 people on the team in states. The goal is to be successful in the 4×400 and 4×200 relay race.” 

Come cheer on the track team as they compete in 3A West Regionals at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Thursday, February 9!