The 20th annual Brian Ahearn Track and Field Invitational was held under the lights at the Warwick track on Sat., May 4. The Warwick squad qualified two relay teams to nationals in North Carolina and ran a heap of season bests and personal records. Off the track, the team raised over $2,000 to donate to the Brian Ahearn Children’s Foundation.
The girls’ Sprint Medley Relay (SMR) started the night off with a bang. The relay led off with two speedy 200-meter legs by sophomore Alissa Madura and Duke-bound senior Kaeli Thompson. Thompson handed off to her younger sister, Kristin Thompson, who ran a 56.5 400-meter leg to put the team in the lead. She handed off to teammate Katherine Smith who ran a seven-second personal best for 2:13 over 800 meters. The foursome ran a cumulative time of 4:03.63, which is well below the national qualifying standard and good enough for a NY#1 and US#7 ranking. Later that night, Kristen Thompson and Smith came back and joined teammates Caroline Fatta and Jade Ligouri to run a second national qualifying time of 3:57.5 for the 1600 meter relay.
Camden Burley went over 40’ in triple jump for second place. Adam Stanton led nine of the boys’ distance squad to go under 5:00 with a 4:34. Girl hurdlers Molly Davis, Lily Newkirk and Madeline Sorensen swept the 100 HH, Jacob Becher and Mack Hallet jumped 12’ in the pole vault and junior Tristan Peterson led the throws with second and third place finishes respectively in the shot and discus.
The Purple Wave will hit the track again on Fri., May 10 for the Friendship games.