The Tatnall track and field team boarded the bus on Saturday morning ready to compete amongst the states best. The girls team placed an impressive fourth out of 26 teams, while the boys team placed ninth out of 29. Reigning 2019 DIAA Cross Country Champion Lydia Colasante '23 won her first individual indoor state titles in the 1600m and placed runner-up in the 3200m. Colasante capped off her successful day on the track by joining teammates Kimmi Woods '20, Vanessa Howard '21, and Mia Farina '21 to a second-place in the 4x400. Woods also placed second in the open 400m and third place in the open 200m, both of which were indoor PRs. Howard placed fifth in the long jump and eighth in the 400m, while Farina placed tenth in the open 200m and ninth in the 55m. As only an eighth-grader, Alexis Tarlue '24 placed seventh in the 55m hurdles, tenth in the long jump, and 14th in the 200m. Despite being sidelined with an injury for the majority of the indoor season, Lainey Teklits '20 closed out her indoor track career with strong performances in both the open 800m and the 4x800m, which will set her up well for the outdoor season. Teklits' counterparts in the 3200m relay, Lenna Wood '22, Sarah Carroll '20, and Delaney Campanelli '22, all split personal bests on their way to a 12th place relay finish. Niyah Kellman '23 tied her PR in the high jump, which was good for a ninth place finish in the event.
On the boys side, reigning 2019 DIAA Cross Country Champion Declan McDonnell '21 won his first individual indoor state titles in the 1600m and placed runner-up in the 3200m. Napoleon Hernandez '20 placed sixth in the 400m and came back soon after to compete tough in the 800m on little rest. Nicolas Pizarro '22 and Andre Latina '22 placed tenth and 12th respectively in the open 1600m. Pizarro also came back later in the day to place eighth in the 3200m. Chase Brothers '20 placed a solid seventh in the long jump. The 4x800 team of Brett Balthis '21, Manvir Syan '22, Sebastion Pizarro '22, and Micah Earnest '23 placed 10th. In his first DIAA state championship meet, Earnest came back later in the day to place tenth in the open 800m.
The entire team came out to support their teammates in competition, and the day was capped off with season awards, which concluded the indoor season. Michael Wolfe '21 and Lainey Teklits received Academic Honors, Lydia Colasante and Declan McDonnell received the Most Outstanding Distance Performers, Kimmi Woods and Napoleon Hernandez received the Most Outstanding Sprints Performers, and Simone Minor '22 and Nicolas Pizarro received the Captain's Choice Awards. Declan McDonnell is now gearing up for his last indoor race at New Balance Nationals on March 14 at the New York City Armory, where he will compete in the Emerging Elite division of the boys one mile.