Despite enduring numerous injuries during the season, the indoor track team managed to come together and steal fourth place in the IAAM Conference. The meet was held on February 2, 2012 at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex. Events began at 3:15 p.m. and continued until 10:00 p.m. when awards were given and winners were announced.
“I’m proud of our team this year. Despite a lot of injuries we all came together to support each other,” said Grace Duffy.
Seniors Becky Leisher, Sara Stupi, Grace Duffy, Courtney Geier, Julie Betta, and Erin McCloskey each wrote a letter to the team for inspiration during their ride to the complex. The team rolled in pumped up and ready to run. Unfortunately, two out of the four members of the 4 x 2 team as well as two members of the 4 x 4 team were rendered injured and unable to compete. Not only were these runners taken out of the relays they were also unable to compete in other long distance, sprinting, and jumping events.
“I was really upset and disappointed when I couldn’t run in championships but I know it meant a lot to my teammates to keep my head up and cheer for them,” said Sara Stupi.
The 4 x 8 team came in second place and broke a school record. Courtney Geier and Allie Wright lost their voices cheering.
The 4 x 2 team played their annual prank on coach and athletic director Gene Williams. Grace Duffy distracted Mr. Williams outside of his office while Sara Stupi, Julianna Shearer, and Courtney Geier placed a live Beta fish on his desk. The prank was almost ruined when Mr. Williams refused to go back into his office and instead travelled to Mount Saint Joe for practice. The girls returned to school after practice to surprise their coach only to learn that he went to get his beard trimmed! The distance coach, Steve Webber, called Mr. Williams to coax him back into his office. Upon his arrival he was greeted with a new bubbly friend.
Prankster Julianna Shearer said “The look on his face was priceless!..I have never seen him laugh so hard!”
C. Geier ’12