Cold temperatures could not stop the Maverick Track teams from putting on a blazing performance.
Athletes huddled in sleeping bags and swaddled themselves in sweatshirts as their teammates sprinted around the track on Skip Lee Field, Friday and Saturday at the 46th annual Maverick Relays. With 23 schools participating, competition was fierce, and the Mavs ran without key athletes who were performing in “Kiss Me, Kate” or had just returned from the Big Bend trip.
Nonetheless, the Lady Mavericks took the first place, and the boys placed fourth overall.
“I’m proud of Team Maverick,” freshman manager Anirudh Suresh said.
The girls’ team won thanks to the efforts of several individual champions. The girls also won three relays: the 4×800, 4×100 and 800m sprint medley.
Captain Jackie Modesett led the girls’ team, scoring points for the Mavericks by placing first in the 300m and 100m hurdles and second in the high jump and running on the 4×100 and sprint medley relay teams. Modesett received the J. Fred Duckett award for an Outstanding Athlete at the meet.
Several other standout performers contributed to the Lady Mavs’ score of 173, defeating Episcopal (150.5 points). Freshman Margaret Trautner won first place in the 800m, followed closely by freshman Francie Williams, who took third. Senior Stephanie Guo placed second in both hurdle events and the triple jump, and she also ran on relay teams alongside Modesett.
The girls look to repeat last year’s SPC win with continued solid performances this season.
Junior William Mercado was the individual champion in the high jump, contributing the the boys’ strong score of 72.75 points. The boys’ performances were dampened by the absence of hurdler Justin Bernard, who played the lead in the musical, and a stroke of bad luck.
Sophomore Akshay Jaggi ran thrice during the two-day meet, competing in the 4×800 relay, the 800m and the 1600m.
“In the 800, I was vying for second place, and a personal record, when about 50 meters from the finish line, I tripped and fell,” Jaggi said. “I ended up in a solid fifth place.”
Jaggi also took fourth place in the 1600m.
The boys’ team placed fourth in the 4×800 relay with Gustavo Anaya, Jaggi, captain Andre Gras and freshman phenomenon Joe Faraguna, who took sixth place in the 1600m.
Former captain Sykes Yeates (‘12) attended the meet to cheer on the Mavericks.
Yeates said, “Both girls and boys lost some key runners from last year, but everyone looks great and ready to come back strong to have a memorable season.”