St. John's Track Has Strong Finish to 2015

SJC Track participated in three meets over winter break and several Cadets posted impressive results.
The boys’ track team has been paced by Eric Harrison, Jr. '17, who is currently ranked US #3 in the 200m and Alahna Sabbakhan '19 on the girls’ side, who is ranked US #6 in the 400m.

On Dec. 18-19, the team traveled to Hampton, VA, to compete in the Boo Williams Winter Break Invitational. Harrison won gold in the 55m and 200m races. His time of 22.22 in the 200m, was the no. 1 time in the country at the conclusion of the meet. The boys’ 4x200 relay team made up of Harrison, Nick Eggleston '18, Charles Briscoe '18 and Demani Hansford '17, won the bronze medal with a time of 1:32.67. Hansford finished fifth in the 55m hurdles, running a time of 7.87. In the 400m, the Cadets had strong performances by Eggleston and Darryl McDaniel '17, finishing eighth and 18th respectively out of 110 athletes. Nohl Patterson '18 finished in seventh place in the 800m race running 2:04.71 and the boys’ 4x400 relay (Eggleston, Patterson, McDaniel and Maurice Bellan '18) finished in fifth place.

SJC girls' track was impressive in their own right. In the 400m race, Kasey Ebb '18 ran 1:00.27 to finish overall, followed by Alahna Sabbakhan who ran 1:00.77 (10th overall) and Sahna Sabbakhan '16 who ran 1:01.15 (13th overall). In the 55m race, Jailyn Morris '17 advanced to the finals running 7.75 (12th overall). The girls’ 4x400 relay (Ebb, Sahna Sabbakhan, Alahna Sabbakhan and Aneisha Moore '18) won the silver medal with a time of 4:07.84. The girls’ 4x200 relay (Ebb, Sahna Sabbakhan, Morris and Alahna Sabbakhan) finished seventh overall with a time of 1:47.29.

On Dec. 26, the team competed in the Friends of Indoor Track (F.I.T.) Invitational at the P.G. Sports and Learning Complex. Both the boys' and girls' 4x200 relay teams ran extremely well. The boys’ 4x200 relay (Harrison, Eggleston, Bellan and Hansford) took the gold medal edging out WCAC rival Dematha with a time of 1:32.96. The girls 4x200 relay (Morris, Alahna Sabbakhan, Sahna Sabbakhan and Ebb) took the silver medal, running a season best time of 1:46.84. The girls 4x400 relay (Alahna Sabbakhan, Sahna Sabbakhan, Ebb and Aneisha Moore '18) took home the bronze medal, running a time of 4:05.30. The official results noted that both the boys' & girls' 4x200 relay teams, as well as the girls' 4x400 team all broke Virginia 6A state records. Harrison won the bronze medal in the boys’ 55m finals. Hansford also won the bronze medal in the finals of the 55m hurdles. In the girls 500m race Alahna Sabbakhan won the silver, running a time of 1:18.35 and Sahna Sabbakhan finished seventh overall with a time of 1:22.35. In the girls' 300m race, Ebb finished sixth overall, running a personal best time of 42.09. In the girls' 55m, Morris ran a 7.76 (15th overall). Also posting strong performances were Giselle Tolentino '16 and Amber Amos '17 in the girls’ triple jump, finishing 15th and 23rd overall.
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