Friday, July 14, 2000
A Trip to the Nationals
Thirteen runners from the Concord-Carlisle Track and Field Team rose early on Thursday, June 15 for a trip that they would never forget. Their destination was Raleigh, North Carolina, where they were to run in the National Track and Field Outdoor Championships sponsored by Foot Locker.
After arriving at their destination and getting settled, the runners and coaches made their way to the track for an evening practice. The following evening, after a long day in the heat and humidity, the boys and girls sprint medley (200m, 400m, 800m), headed onto the track.
The boys team members included Philip Webster (200m), Preston Holleman (200m), Florent Bojarski (400m), and former Carlislian Chuck Jakobsche (800m). The girls team included Katrina Rogers (200m) and Jaimie Frailey (800m). The boys sprint medley team finished twenty-first and the girls twenty-sixth in the nation.
Later that night, as the heat abated, the gun fired, marking the start of the 4 x 800-meter relay, which Chuck Jakobsche anchored. By the end of the day, Concord-Carlisle had represented itself well.
The next day, after watching the Concord-Carlisle runners of the boys 4 x 1600-meter relay, the team retired for the morning to the hotel pool.
The boys 4 x 400-meter relay, which included Florent Bojarski, Philip Webster and Chuck Jakobsche, was scheduled to run that evening. After a rain delay, the 4 x 400-meter relay team finally made its way onto the track at 10:45 p.m. In the second heat and facing some of the most intense competition in the country, the 4 x 400-meter relay team sped to one of its fastest times of the year and placed sixteenth, overall.
For the 4 x 400 team, in addition to setting a blistering school record of 3:22.08, the year was marked with a win at the Class C Championship followed by placing second at the All-State meet and second at the elite New England Championship.
The Concord-Carlisle Outdoor Track and Field Team had an unbelievable 2000 season. They won the boys DCL Championships for the first time in the history of the high school and proved themselves to be one of the best track programs in the state.
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