Patriot Pioneers Athletics
Patriot High School
CoEd Varsity Track
We had a great meet to start the season at the Battlefield Relays on Saturday with the boys and girls sweeping the team titles in the 25-team invitational. We also had numerous personal bests. The kids handle the weather conditions well and did not let it affect their effort.
Congratulations to meet winners! Some events like shot put added the two athletes’ performances together to get the team time or distance.
110 meter hurdles: Wathen Montgomery and Nick Daly
400 meter hurdles: Nick Daly and Wathen Montgomery
4x100 Relay: Eddie Henry II, Jackson McCarter, Malik Dark, Shadrack Nvodjo 42.91 (State Qual!)
4x400 Relay: Jackson McCarter, Malik Dark, Wathen Montgomery, Nick Daly 3:29.87 (Reg Qual!)
4x400 Relay 9/10 grade: Henry Birge, Payton Holmes, Jacob McGonigle, Omar Allen
Distance Medley Relay: Henry Birge, James Fillmore, Connor Balcom, Patrick Lowry
Pole Vault: Carter Warren 12-0 (Reg Qual!), Jameson Grant 10-06 (Conf Qual!)
400 Hurdles: Kiara Garcia and Maddy Schmidt
4x100 Meters: Sidney Stith, Jolen Adu, Davina Owusu, Sydnee Smith
800 Sprint Medley: Sidney Stith, Davina Owusu, Sydnee Smith, Sidney Nolan
Shotput: Mide Akinkigbe (32-08 Cong Qual!) and Chim Okafor (32-04 Conf Qual!)
Battlefield Invite Results here:
Raleigh Relays: Patrick Lowry and Rena Johnson made the invite-only high school 3200-meter race last Friday at NC State University. The huge college meet has one high school race and they made it into the star-studded race. It was very hot! 87 degrees when they ran, unfortunately. Patrick got the state standard running 9:25.82 to place 11th and Rena earn the region standard running 11:26.16 to place 20th.
Thank you for coming out tonight to the parent meeting. If you were not able to make it, I will run through some main points.
Indoor Season highlights: The boys won the conference and regional championships and placed 7th at state. The girls were 3rd at conference, 6th at regionals and 17th at state. Athletes achieving All-State honors: Patrick Lowry (state champion in the 1600, 5th in the 3200), Sidney Nolan (3rd in the 500), Rena Johnson (4th in the 1600 and 4th in the 3200), Lyndon Amoateng (5th in the triple jump), Boys 4x200 6th (Shadrack Nvodjo, Eddie Henry II, Jackson McCarter, Malik Dark) and the boys 4x800 (Patrick Lowry, James Fillmore, Jacob Casey, Carlos Garcia). 24 of our kids made it to the state meet.
We think we will be even better in outdoor by looking at the talent and work ethic so far!
Coaching staff: Head Coach James DeMarco (middle and long distance), Jason Grant (sprints, hurdles, jumps), Perry Gaskins (shot and discus), Craig Fell (pole vault), Cameron Biendl (new and will run weight room and work with injured athletes), Naomi Nvodjo (new and will assist sprint and jumps).
Meet schedule: Our first meet will be the Battlefield Relays on March 25th at Battlefield High School. That meet only takes a limited amount of athletes. On March 28th, we will go to Freedom High School and everyone who has been coming to practice will be able to compete. At the end of the week, I will have the meet schedule finalized as we are looking to host a few meets at home to get more of our kids an opportunity to compete.
Uniforms: In track, we have the kids purchase their uniforms. We use the same uniform in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. We would like all the kids to have a t-shirt and a long sleeve shirt (top of page under mandatory) and the uniform. Everything else underneath is optional stuff you can order for your athlete of for yourself when cheering at the meets. Orders DUE March 3rd:
The boys’ half tights are not in stock but a shipment is coming in early March. You can also wear a plain navy short from another brand as well, as long as the logo is not bigger than 2 ¼ inches.
Team information: Weekly emails about upcoming meets and team information are sent out. If you are not receiving them you can fill out the QR code and will be added or just email me (email@example.com). You can also go to PatriotPioneers.org, click “Spring” and then “Track” where I post weekly with updates and also all our team files are located. Everything should be updated by the end of the week (roster, schedule, coaches' bios, etc).
Team cuts: The team is very large (168) and we will keep everyone if they are following directions and working. We do have event cuts in the pole vault and throws due to the need to have enough repetition and training. Too many kids mean we don’t have as many reps for everyone. Pole vault cuts will be finalized on Thursday and Throws on Friday. If cut the kids can do sprints, hurdles, middle and long distance.
Kids who are not training, not doing the warm-ups, and walking the majority of practices will be told to go home and come back when they are ready to get better. If this is a common occurrence they will be removed from the team.
Schedule: The schedule is 2:30-4:30 pm Monday – Friday. Mid and long-distance meets on Saturdays to run at the Manassas Battlefield from 10 am – 11:45 am. Distance will run off-site at the Bristow Station Battlefield on Tuesday. On Monday and Wednesday if your athlete wishes to lift we do go till 5 pm.
Team Contract: The contract is on PatriotPioneers.org and under “Spring” and then click “track.” Please return the signature page that lists any important schedule issues.
Team Pictures: March 21st are team and individual pictures
Mulch Fundraiser: The only fundraiser we do in outdoor is the Booster Club Mulch Fundraiser. We ask that everyone support the booster club who covers all of our expenses by buying mulch, helping deliver it, or becoming a booster member.
11th Annual Mulch Madness: Please support the booster club by ordering your Spring Mulch through them. The mulch deadline is March 6th and it will be delivered to your home on March 18th. The form is here:
To order online go here:
Patriot Track & Field
The Outdoor Track and Field season will be starting soon! The season starts soon and we would love to have you on the team. Outdoor track and field will get you fit, fast and strong. We have a great team of hard workers with awesome attitudes.
Tryouts are from February 21st-23rd. As long as you have a great attitude and work hard we will not cut you. If you are not hustling, following directions and are not trying, then you won’t make the track team.
Official Season Start Date
Outdoor Track and Field Tryouts are February 21st – 23rd, 2023 (2:30-4:30 pm). Meet at the track.
All the following documents are required for tryouts and are due on Tuesday, February 21st, 2023, no later than 2:30 pm:
- VHSL Physical Form for 2022-2023 - (dated after May 1, 2022) -
- Concussion Training online
- Eligibility Form - You can get the form at the athletic office.
- Blue Emergency Contact Card Form
*If you have participated in a fall or winter sport this school year, the only form you need to turn in is the Eligibility Form. If you are still participating in a winter sport when Outdoor Track & Field starts, you are welcome to join us when your winter season is complete.
Please turn in all your forms to the main office, and have them placed in Mr. Qualls' mailbox.
You will not be able to participate in tryouts until you have turned in all the required documents.
Lastly, if you have not sign-up for this year's Outdoor track and field, please do so now by using the QR Code below: you can also go here: https://forms.gle/ZwSAxkFULFjNajD96
540-230-2154 / firstname.lastname@example.org