800 Sprint Medley and Decathlete are All-Americans

Girls Track Coach Rufus Shepard joins his All-American 800 Medley team at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.  thumbnail121329
Girls Track Coach Rufus Shepard joins his All-American 800 Medley team at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Congratulations to Antoinette Pommels, Jessica Doddo, Aniyah Walters, and Gianna Paul for placing 6th in the nation and for being the first Girls Track All-Americans in Whitman’s history.  thumbnail121330
Congratulations to Antoinette Pommels, Jessica Doddo, Aniyah Walters, and Gianna Paul for placing 6th in the nation and for being the first Girls Track All-Americans in Whitman’s history.
Boys Track Coach Robert Conroy congratulates All-American Jack Poplawski after an exceptional showing in the decathlon.  thumbnail121331
Boys Track Coach Robert Conroy congratulates All-American Jack Poplawski after an exceptional showing in the decathlon.

Congratulations to our All-American athletes from Walt Whitman’s Spring Track and Field teams! The 800-meter Sprint Medley team of Antoinette Pommels, Jessica Doddo, Aniyah Walters, and Gianna Paul ran a time of 1:43.38, placing them sixth in the nation and qualifying them for All-American status.  The 800 medley consists of two 100m sprints, a 200, then the 400.  The team won their heat and then waited to see where they would end up. This is the first Girls Track All-American in Whitman's history and we’re excited to see them continue to compete, as they are all underclassmen.  
In his first decathlon, Jack Poplawski edged out an exceptional group to earn All-American status.  The University of Chicago bound senior ended his high school career on a high note by putting up a high score in the pole vault, an event John has not been able to practice much due to the weather.
We could not be prouder of these fine athletes and look forward to more of the same in the future.