Winter Track at States

Anthony Belber

The GDS high school indoor track team wrapped up a strong season at the DCSAA Championships on Tuesday, February 11. Racing nearly thirty of the top public, private, and charter schools in the city, our men finished 7th in the team standings and our women took home a plaque for their 3rd place finish. The majority of points earned were in relay events, a testament to the team's depth and team-focused approach.

The hopper relay teams reached the podium with at least a top six finish in every relay race, with the women's 4x800 meter relay team winning gold for the 5th time in the past 7 years! That relay team not only bested the field by nearly a full lap, but they set a new DCSAA record by over 25 seconds! Only fifteen minutes later, senior Ziyah Holman '20 returned from her exhausting anchor leg of the relay to defend her title in the 300 meter dash. An hour after that she was at it again, this time winning the 500 meter dash in a gruelling sprint. (Despite her exhaustion going into her race, that 1:14.05 time for the 500 meters is the 7th fastest time in the country so far this year!) Ziyah rounded out her day, catching a competitor from six seconds back to bring the 4x400 meter relay team a second place finish in the final event of the meet!

Ziyah's remarkable efforts were mirrored by numerous teammates, most noticeably junior Ruby Kaplan '21 who also competed in the record-setting 4x800 meter relay. Ruby's next two events, the 1600 and 800 meter races brought her two 5th place finishes, and somehow, she was still passing people to run an unbelievable leg of the 4x400 relay before handing off to Ziyah.

From experienced, senior throwers like Isaiah Shuham-Anders '20 and Mira Brodsky '20 each finishing 5th in the shot put for men and women... to senior distance runners Oliver Satola '20 and Abby Murphy '20 each snagging an 8th place point by winning their "slow heats" of the 3200 meters... to confident "rookie" ninth graders like Luke Cohen '23, Ben Meyer '23, Pilar Holder '23, and Emery Jackson '23 doing their part in individual and relay events, the team showed poise, grit, and competitive fire.

All point-scoring, top eight finishers are listed below:

Ziyah Holman '20
1st in the 4x800 relay, 1st in the 300 meters, 1st in the 500 meters, 2nd in the 4x400 meter relay

Ruby Kaplan '21
1st in the 4x800 relay, 5th in the1600 meters, 5th in the 800 meters, 2nd in the 4x400 meter relay

Jara Wilensky '20
4th in the triple jump

Isaiah Shuham-Anders '20
5th in the shot put

Mira Brodsky '20
5th in the shot put

Ella Gillespie '21
7th in the 800

Abby Murphy '20
8th in the 3200

Oliver Satola '20
8th in the 3200

Ella Gillespie '21, Annie Rosenman '21, Ruby Kaplan '21, Ziyah Holman '20
1st place and new DCSAA meet record in the 4x800 relay (Their  9:49 is a provisional qualifier for the Penn Relays elite 4x800.)

Nevada Lomax '20, Nadia Fairfax '22, Ruby Kaplan '21, Ziyah Holman '20
2nd in the 4x400 relay

Nadia Fairfax '22, Emery Jackson '23, Pilar Holder '23, Nevada Lomax '20
4th in the 4x200 relay

Luke Cohen '23, Arthur Herman '22, Will Olsen '21, and Leo Cooper '22
4th in the 4x800 relay

Caleb Stutman-Shaw '20, Bryce Savoy '21, Leo Cooper '22, Matthew Mintzer '21
6th in the 4x200 relay

Leo Cooper '22, Caleb Stutman-Shaw '20, Arthur Herman '22, Matthew Mintzer '21
6th in the 4x400 relay

Full results should be accessible at