One Friday and Saturday, May 24th and 25th, the Cougar Track & Field team traveled to Morgan State University in Baltimore for the MPSSAA State Championship meet. The girls team scored 34 points to place 9th overall in the 4A, while the boys placed 28th with a score of 7 points. The Cougars definitely finished their season on a high note with 4 new school records and a total of 7 season best performances out of 9 events!
Senior Alfred Mevo got the day started with a season and personal best of 21-03 in the long jump to finish 5th overall.
Fredo’s 21-03 ranks him at # 6 in school history.
Freshman Manie Mevo got her state career started with a 17th place triple jump of 33-02.25. After only breaking 31-00 once this season her last last 4 meets of the year saw marks of 34-04, 33-02, 35-01 (PB), and 33-02.25.
Junior Steven Williams had his best day ever in the shot put with his 6th place, personal best throw of 48-08.25. Not only was his throw a personal best by over 2 feet, but it also places him at number 7 on QO’s all-time list.
Like Manie, Steven also peaked at the right time, improving through every meet of the championship season with throws of 45-04.5, 46-06.5, and 48-08.5 (PB). From the start of the season, he improved his mark by almost 6 feet!
The highlight of Friday night was undoubtedly the girls 4×200 relay. The team of Danejah Kyle (26.9 split), Alexis Martin (25.5 split), Zakaiyah Bright (24.7 split), and Kyra Lyles (24.3 split) came from behind to beat a tough Gaithersburg team who had beaten them at the Region meet. Their winning time of 1:41.41 is a new school record by over a half second. The 4×2 record has been absolutely assaulted in the past few years, having been broken 8 times in the last dropped 5.5 seconds since 2016.
Sophomore Ariane Bikim began our Saturday events with her 8th place showing in the girls High Jump. Her final mark of 5-00 is just off her school record best of 5-04, but her 8th place showing in the state is the highest state finish for a QO female high jumper in school history.
In the girls 400, junior Kyra Lyles won our second state title of the meet with her school record time of 56.48. In
what was one of the craziest races of the day, the top seed coming out of the region meets was already out with an injury, then the top returning runner from last year’s state meet from Urbana HS sprinted out to a commanding lead before falling with about 40 meters to go. That opened the door for a strong finish from Kyra to swoop in for the victory.
Junior Sara Mercer, tied her personal best in the pole vault of 8-06 and finished 8th. 8-06 ranks 6th in school history and is the highest state finish for a QO female pole vaulter since 2013.
While Sara was vaulting, the girls 4×100 relay won our third state title of the weekend with their school record
performance of 48.55. Once again, it was the team of Danejah Kyle, Alexis Martin, Zakaiyah Bright, and Kyra Lyles who brought the title home. A strong first 2 legs from Danejah and Alexis gave way to a dominant 3rd leg from Zakaiyah. Kyra brought home the gold over Mervo, North Point, and Wise in 4th. This is the first state title in both the 4×100 and 4×200 for QO.
As if 3 state titles wasn’t enough, the girls 4×400 decided to add another school record to our great weekend. Their time of 4:05.78 was good enough for 7th place overall. The team of Zakaiyah Bright (1:00.8), Olivia Martin (1:03.9), Alexis Martin (1:00.9), and Kyra Lyles (1:00.1) closed out a great state meet for the Cougars.