Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships Recap

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photo contributed by: Thomas Altman

On Tuesday, January 15, the Centennial boys’ and girls’ indoor track and field teams competed in the Howard County Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland. Overall, the boys’ team finished in fifth place with 64 total points, while the girls’ team finished in sixth place after scoring 54 points. However, numerous Centennial athletes were able to finish in the top three of their respective events.

In the girls 1,600 meter race, junior Katerina Talanova finished first with a time of 5:18. Also, senior Thomas Altman placed first in the boys 500 meter dash with a time of 1:06.70.

“I feel great about the way I performed at counties, it was a major step up from what I did a couple weeks ago the first time I ran the 500,” Altman said. “I managed to PR by about three seconds and put myself in the number one spot going into regionals as well as top four in Maryland and top 15 in the U.S.”

At the meet, Centennial shined in the field events. Junior Cherakie Pierre came in third in the girls’ triple jump, sophomore Liv Ragonese finished second in the girls’ shot put, junior Atharv Ananth placed second in the boys pole vault, and senior Jack Ragonese earned third place in the boys’ shot put.

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Recap: Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Takes Down Long Reach

Words: Shawn Kruhm

On Friday, January 10, the Centennial Varsity girls’ basketball team defeated Long Reach by a final score of 51-21.

Centennial came out hot, scoring 14 points in the first quarter, allowing Long Reach to score just two points.

By halftime, the Eagles were winning by 19 points. Their strong defense carried them to victory as the girls ended the game with six total steals and one block.

Junior Tori Pearson led Centennial in both points and rebounds, as she finished with 15 points and six boards.

Seniors Olivia Reese and Brook Anderson combined for a total of 23 points and led Centennial to victory.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball Suffers Heart-Breaking Loss to River Hill

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Sara Ferrara & Melissa Notti

On Wednesday, January 15, the Centennial Varsity boys’ basketball team lost a tough game against River Hill by a final score of 45-41. 

Going into the game, Centennial was ranked first in the county, as they won seven straight games leading up to Wednesday night. 

Unfortunately, the Eagles struggled to knock down shots and play defense. 

Senior Jeong Hwang led the team in scoring as he finished the game with 10 points. Centennial hopes to improve their 9-3 record on Friday at 7:00pm when they host Howard High School. 

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Visitors From Korea

Words: Mariam Abd El-Shafy

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Video by: Alexandra Valerio

On Tuesday, January 14, 12 students from Korea visited Centennial High School to experience the American school system.

Centennial has a very strong relationship with foreign exchange agencies; it has accepted many different guests from all around the world seeking cultural enrichment.

These students are attendees of the Kyeongbuk Science High School in Pohang, South Korea. For most of them, it was their first time visiting the country. Kim Tae-Hyung, a senior at his school, says although they’ve only been here for a short time, he is “very excited to be here.”

Staying for the ten days of their winter break, these students visited Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Montgomery County before they came to Centennial. For the next few days they will be joining the Johns Hopkins Cognitive Psychology Research Program before leaving for New York and Boston.

Jihyang Cheon, a senior exchange student says, “I really like it here.” She is learning a lot about the American public school system through the many differences.
“We stay in our own classroom, and the teachers come… we also stay in a dormitory,” she says.

Cheon explains that through this experience of visiting Centennial and other American schools, she is hoping to learn more about the culture before applying to American colleges. “This [trip] is to learn about the science programs here, but my big goal in America is to attend MIT.”

The students say they have been given a great opportunity and are very excited to see what it leads to.

Click here to view a video of the students visiting Centennial!

 

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Muslim Student Association Holds India Awareness Day

Words: Caleb McClatchey

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

Centennial’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) held an India Awareness Day on Wednesday, January 8, to raise awareness for a new Indian citizenship law which excludes Muslims.

MSA hosted a face painting and information session in the morning. Students were encouraged to wear orange and green to show their support.

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Track and Field Breaks Records At Hispanic Games in New York

Words: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

Photo Contributed by: Jess Staar

On January 3, Centennial High School’s girls’ and boys’ indoor track and field teams traveled to New York to compete in the U.S. Air Force Hispanic Games.

Overall, Coach Kevin McCoy estimates that his team broke three of the recorded school records.

According to Athletic.net, which maintains records from the last 25 years, Thomas Altman, Jake Muma, Tyler Dan, and Ian Maclver now hold the record for the fastest 4×400 relay with a time of 3:32.11. They won first place at the Hispanic Games and beat the previous school record of 3:37.67, established in 2018.

Coach McCoy stated, “I think that [record] is the overall school record… I’d be shocked if anybody in previous years had run faster than 3:32.”

Senior Thomas Altman moved to first place in the 400 meter race, with a time of 50.11. “I worked extremely hard the last year and a half to get to where I am right now,” explained Altman, who took home two gold medals at the Hispanic Games.

Another record was broken in the boys 4×200 relay. Dan, Maclver, Altman, and Zachary Garwacki, beat the previous record by 4.43 seconds, with a time of 1:33.92.

Several other athletes were also able to represent Centennial in the games, taking home gold in their own event. Liv Ragonese placed first in the girls sophomore shot put, throwing 9.86m. Senior Anthony Matthews placed first in the boys triple jump, jumping 12.96m, just shy of the current Centennial record, which he holds.

“Track and field [is] really cut and dry. It’s really easy to figure out who’s at what level… Track is the most transparent sport in the world, time never lies,” Coach McCoy said about his team’s performance against other Howard County teams.

On January 14, the Centennial team will be participating in the county championship meet. Following counties, the team will move on to regionals, and if the team qualifies, they will move on to the state meet.

“My goal for the rest of the season is to take first place in counties for the 500 and the 4×400 and potentially do the exact same thing at both regionals and states,” Altman commented.

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