Perspectives Athletics V5I3, Varsity Track

By Barry Temkin

It’s difficult to be a good athlete. It’s even harder to be good consistently, but juniors Carah Cole and Alaysia Hardy have done exactly that.
For the second consecutive year, the two Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy/Joslin standouts participated in the Class 2A girls state track meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Cole qualified by winning the shot put and discus in the North Lawndale sectional meet; Hardy did it by placing second in the shot put. They had reached state in the same events a year earlier.

At the state meet this season, Cole recorded a strong 38-foot-3-inch throw in the shot put preliminaries to miss a spot in the 12-person finals by just three-quarters of an inch. Cole and Hardy also competed in the discus preliminaries.

The Perspectives MSA/Joslin girls team placed sixth in the sectional meet with 34 points. The boys team placed 13th in the Robeson sectional.

Besides Cole and Alaysia, head coach Jesse Hardy’s top contributors included seniors Brayce Hardy and Nehemiah Israel and freshman Kolby Pruitt of the boys team and junior Dai Milan Coleman of the girls team.

“As a team we constantly got better,” Hardy said. “Track and field athletes deserve to be recognized for the dedication and effort they put in to succeed.

The Perspectives Leadership Academy/High School of Technology boys track team produced an excellent third-place finish in the Chicago Public Schools Orange Division meet.

Top performers for head coach Terry Jones included senior Lee Langham, who finished second in the city championship in the shot put and discus, and classmates Ronnie Davis and Aaron Wiley.

“I’m very proud of our seniors’ efforts, with many achieving personal records in their events,” Jones said.

Season highlights for the PLA/Tech girls team came from senior Déjà Washington, who set a personal record of one minute in the 400-meter dash while placing in the CPS finals, and freshman Tabatha Daniels, who placed sixth in the high jump in the CPS finals with a personal best of four feet six inches. Washington also placed in the 200 dash.

Head coach Savannah Wright’s other top performers included seniors Rokyah Robinson and Niara Powell, sophomore Dejah Walton and freshman Mercee Branch.

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