McEnany and Joseph make AHN Track Team History

Li Stalder and Allie Reichert

Ryann McEnany rewrote the AHN track and field record books, capturing the school record for the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 14.95 seconds at the Charles Johnson Invitational on February 25. Furthermore, McEnany’s time of 46.33 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles race surpassed the school record of 46.38 seconds, formerly held by Lauren Pacetti, the current sprint assistant coach.

Ryann also took first place in the long jump and the triple jump, and received the award “Female MVP” of the invitational. McEnany continues her rigorous training, preparing for the coming District and State championships in these coming weeks.

McEnany discovered her passion for running when she was on her middle school’s track team in seventh grade. During her eighth grade year, the high school coaches asked her to run on the high school team. She has run track ever since then.

In addition to school-related events, McEnany competed at the 2012 Jimmy Carnes Indoor Youth track meet in Gainesville. She placed sixth out of 36 in the 55 meter hurdles race.

When asked about her future, McEnany said, “I am planning on doing track and field in college. I’m thinking of becoming a heptathlete.”

Vallie Joseph also made a dent in the record books on Thursday, February 23, breaking the school record for shotput, throwing 31-6.5 feet. Joseph smashed the record at a dual meet versus Berkeley at Jesuit High School. The team erupted in cheers for Vallie as her news was announced, ecstatic for their thrower.

AHN track is a total team effort, capturing a first place title at the Berkeley Invitational by a margin of over 60 points. Colleen Doherty, Natalie Hahn, Melissa Mainzer, and Allie Reichert helped the team score, claiming first place in the 4×800 meter relay.

Becca Patterson also contributed, placing second in the 400 meter relay, coming within milliseconds of the school record. Siobhan Lynch placed in long jump, Victoria Metzger placed in the 100 meter dash, and Colleen Doherty collected second place in both the mile and the two mile.

Emily Pollock and Allie Reichert also placed in the two mile, and Ryann McEnany and Vallie Joseph won their respective field events. The 4×400 meter relay team also placed in the top eight, scoring points for the team.