By Tyron Matthews ’16, Nicholas Richards ’16, and Janelle White ’16
The Girls’ Track Team took home first place in female team scores last month at the 44th Dr. Martin Luther King Day Games at the 168th street Armory capping off a successful week where they also won top prizes at the Yale University Track Classic.
“Our victory was all effort,” said Maya Engstrom ’18.
The victory was unexpected, but nonetheless spectacular as the Hornets participated in various events such as shot put, hurdles, relays, and long jump.
“I trained hard and gave it my all,” said Arianah Denoon ’16.
Although they did not dominate the individual events, they excelled in the team relays. At Yale, they finished in seventh place in the 4×400 relay and fourth place in 4×200 with many Hornets achieving personal records. At the MLK games, they placed fourth in the 4×200 for varsity, and second for the freshman division, third in the 4×400 for varsity and first for freshman.
“This was my third year and I was prepared to do my best,” said Ashell Tisin ’15. “I was the anchor-leg so I can’t be last nor get passed.”
Coach Walter Cohen called the team one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets.
“We’re in an incredibly competitive borough here in New York, so we don’t get recognized as much, but we’re still a good team,” said Cohen.
The team always makes him proud; therefore, he was never nervous at the Armory.
“Winning was a surprise,” he said. “We didn’t set up certain people to win certain events. It’s not like a basketball team.”
Regardless, they took home the gold. The players and Coach Cohen were ecstatic that they came away with the win. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.