QO Track Ready to Go the Distance

Photo | Mac Kennedy Sophomore Noah Buchsbaum battles his way through a tough crowd at the Cougar Relays.

Photo | Mac Kennedy
Sophomore Noah Buchsbaum battles his way through a tough crowd at the Cougar Relays.

Quince Orchard’s spring track team is back once again with a talented squad across the board.  This group is continuing the tradition of having some of the top distance runners in the county, as well as adding some high-level sprinters.

The infamous Cougar Relays took place at QO on a chilly April Fool’s Day.  Quince Orchard Coach Seann Pelkey began the “Devil Takes the Hindmost” race dressed as an angel, an unusual look for him in this race, before quickly turning back into the anticipated devil to finish.  QO junior Chris Toms took first place in the “Devil Takes the Hindmost” men’s race, repeating his victory from last year.  After the race, Toms expressed his admiration for the growth he has seen in his team so far, noting how “talented and focused” his teammates are in “improving and making the team better.”  The Cougars finished 10th in the women’s and at 13 in the men’s.

The first meet of the season QO hosted Damascus and Watkins Mill.  The Cougars kicked off the year with a stellar performance.  Both men’s and women’s teams won their divisions.  Freshman Kyra Lyles took first place in the women’s 100-meter race, which is the start of what could be a dominating career.  Coach Pelkey is “looking for big things” from the girls’ sprint relays made up from the pool of Lyles along with Kayla and Alexis Martin, Julia Sloan, and Zakaiyah Bright.

Senior Maya Jacobson, one of QO’s top runners for the past few years, is a strong believer in the potential of this year’s team. “The distance team has started the season off with a bang,” Jacobson said, “and we really have potential to go far this year along with the sprinting team which has a lot of newcomers that are soon to find their way in this sport.” She has plans for herself to reach the state meet at the end of the year, and hopes Toms and senior Isabelle Sajonia, among others, will join her.

Off the track, the boys’ pole vault has become a strong event for the Cougars.  In fact, just a month into the season, seniors Adam Levey and Matthews Owens have the top marks in the county now.