Girl’s relay secures national ranking


Mary Ann Magnant

Aniya Mosley, Austin Heft, Meredith King, and Bella Gesick celebrate their newly-won state title in the 4×800 relay after Aniya’s last leg. Photo taken on Feb. 28.

The girl’s indoor track team finished a successful state meet this weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia. They left the two-day meet with multiple state titles, new personal records, and a fourth-place national ranking in the 4×800 meter relay. 

“At the beginning of the season, we set a goal to break the 4×800 record as well as winning states,” said senior Meredith King. “We knew it would be difficult and require us doing every little thing right.”

The relay, comprised of runners Austin Heft, Bella Gesick, Meredith King, and Aniya Mosley, claimed the state title with a record time on the first day of the meet. Sophomore Aniya also earned a second state title in the 1000-meter run with a time of two minutes and 57 seconds. 

“When Aniya was running the last leg, we all were holding hands and yelling as loud as we could for her,” said Meredith. “She came sprinting over, and we hugged for about five minutes straight.”

The girls will move on to the national meet in New York City in two weeks, where they aim for an All American title.

“When she crossed the line, it was the most surreal moment, looking at the clock and knowing our names would be a part of OL history forever,” said Meredith.