Loyola Indoor Track Shows No Signs of Slowing

The Indoor Track Dons have been nothing short of spectacular. It is a shame the Dons could not attend more meets due to the pandemic. Senior Dons have not held an indoor meet since January 2020, so they are looking to make the most of their final season. The distance group is led by seniors Colin Verrett, Charles Doud, and Jack Carey, as well as juniors Carter Bruns and Jackson Kodenski, and sophomores Andrew Rowan, Sean Wilson, Noah Edwards, and Liam Lucas. This group (plus Corey Daley and David Veloso) ran cross country together in the fall, winning multiple meets in different counties. They also took home the MIAA championship, defeating the Cardinals, Gaels, and Greyhounds. This group will be looking to perform well in the 3200m, 1600m, 800m and possibly the 4x800m during the MIAA Indoor Track Championships, which have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 12, at Loyola Blakefield.

The long sprinter group is led by seniors Corey Daley, Ian Rego, Kevin Blanchard, David Adebogun, and Nick Joerres. Corey led the Dons with first place finishes in the 500m and ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m, finishing 2nd place to the Greyhounds. This elite long sprinter group is looking to show out this Saturday in the 500m and 4x400m races. At the other end of the spectrum, the short sprinter group is led by seniors Toni Akintola and Ugonna Okoronkwo, as well as sophomores Jeryll Gaines, Maurice Ghee, and Ezra Carter. This blazing short sprinter group is looking forward to going head-to-head with the Cardinals in the 55m, 4x200m, and 300m. Toni is known for running a very impressive 300m and first leg of the 4x200m, while Jeryll is notorious for an extremely fast 55m and anchor leg of the 4x200m. Ezra and Maurice are great at keeping the lead in the 4x200m and running a fast 55m time. The sprinter races are always entertaining and will be something to look forward to as a Dons fan.

The 55m hurdles are spearheaded by seniors David Veloso, Jalen Henderson, Adarsh Gadepalli (also a high jumper), and Justin Tony. This group has been doing amazing things and working exceptionally hard in practice. Veteran David Veloso looks to lead his group to victory this Saturday against the fierce competition. There is no doubt in my mind that this group of hurdlers can get it done!

High jump (long jump as well if it is held) will be led by seniors Colin McElroy and Adarsh Gadepalli. These two have been jumping out of this world lately. They could jump over the moon with the right training. Their jumping skills will be an integral piece of a first-place finish for the Dons. Pole Vault is led by junior Brenden Reiners and sophomore Harry Ruffin. The pole vaulters often go unnoticed; however, they have been vaulting impressive heights during the indoor meets, reaching as high as eleven feet.

The Dons have been victorious in their last three meets at home, beating MIAA powerhouses Gilman, Archbishop Curley, and Mount Saint Joseph High School. The Dons have worked hard all year, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Corey Daley '22

Corey is currently a senior at Loyola Blakefield.