“He’s going to break 9 minutes, 30 seconds,” one spectator said with a certain tone of disbelief as Poolesville High School senior distance runner Chase Weaverling rounded the final turn of his 3,200-meter run in Monday’s Class 2A state indoor track and field championship meet held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
He sure did, winning in a Class 2A meet record time of 9:29.76. Not only was Weaverling 9.16 seconds ahead of the runner-up, but most of his competitors were just starting their final laps as he trailed off the side of the track to cool down. Perhaps no one should tell the rest of the field that Monday’s time was about six seconds off the personal best he ran at the Virginia Tech Invitational last month.
Heading into last year’s indoor state championship, Weaverling was without a single state title. Monday’s 3,200 win marked his second straight in that event and fifth overall across indoor, outdoor and cross country.
“It’s something to be proud of, it definitely means a lot to be able to put my mark on the state meet,” Weaverling said.
The anchor of Poolesville’s third-place 3,200-meter relay team, which also included William Stamm, Matthew Psaltakis and Elan Guzman, Weaverling said he was also proud of Poolesville’s effort as a unit, both boys’ and girls’ squads. The Falcons finished ninth on both sides in a meet dominated largely by teams from neighboring Prince George’s and Frederick counties.
Prince George’s Frederick Douglass High won the boys’ competition with a five-point advantage over Carroll County’s Century in second place, 65-60. Frederick’s Catoctin (55.50 points), Prince George’s Largo (50) and Frederick’s Oakdale (40) rounded out the top 5.
Baltimore County’s Western Tech won the girls’ title by three points over Largo, 64-61. Carroll County’s Liberty (59) and Frederick’s Oakdale (44) and Middletown (43) finished third through fifth, respectively.
“[The bad weather last week] threw off everyone’s schedule, nobody was able to practice,” Douglass coach Kori Green said. “[Teams] had to get creative [with ways of practicing].”
Aside from Weaverling, Poolesville got wins from Denise Larson, Claire Beautz, Chelsie Pennello and Theresa Nardone in the girls’ 3,200-meter relay. The Falcons were also propelled by a plethora of top 10 finishes across the board.
For complete results check mpssaa.org.