Track & Field Update

Last week, word got out that a group of fast fluttering Green Jays had made off with the majority of the victory ribbons. In the following week, over twenty schools, having prepared themselves semi-adequately, converged on the track of the Northland Christians, to see if they might not seize some of those ribbons for themselves. Close to five-hundred boys and girls competed that day; and just when one would have thought that the little Green Jays would be smothered in the multitude, they flew to new heights. 

It all began with the 300-meter hurdle, wherein Luke Anibogu once again shattered the hopes of all who would oppose him. Luke zoomed past the hurdles as a country boy runs home when his mother rings the supper bell. In the very next heat, Josh Hebert too, heard a similar bell; for he captured a second place victory against solid competition. Joey Davidson then managed to reach the finish line with no one in front of him, while Haden Gabel and Willie Brown were bested by a single adversary. What followed was the 100-meter dash, where Joe Rick Madden took gold and Rohan Aggarwal silver. 

At this point in the meet, some cloaked and bearded-philosophers of science and statistics, as they erroneously called themselves, began to say from their lofty perch in the bleachers five rows up: “Figs and fie! Green Jays may be able to fly quickly in a short distance; but they will surely falter when the road is long.” 

Reader, let me assure you, these men who spoke were uttering falsities. They were ipso facto not men of knowledge; rather they were merely opinionated fellows, whose murmurings turned out to be so contrary to the reality that stood, or in this case ran, before their eyes, that Green Jay lovers, if they were to hear just an inkling of what these men said, would turn a shade of crimson only seen when its wearer is infused with the most righteous indignation. 

The Green Jay who defied these aforementioned chaps was one Nathan Polzer, who remains undefeated this year in his specialty: the 800-meter. Since the season began, birders all over East Texas have made a study of this Green Jay, and how he is able to sustain such speed at such a distance. Beyond that highlight, the study gets rather particular and dull, it being written mostly in the jargon of the birding world cognoscenti. 

And what of the relays? Ah, reader! By that do you mean the struggle of four athletes against another four and then another and still more thereafter, that struggle not unlike that of life itself, where it is not always the I who is in control of his destiny but him, the I’s teammate, who comes ever closer to the one awaiting him, holding that gleaming baton, finally he passes it to the next one, and then it is the I who is now in control. Or is he? For the runner with the baton has either ground to gain or ground to lose, and the distance of that ground is not always dictated by him, but by those who have gone before. So too with the fighting spirit of the relay anchors Haden Gabel and Luke Anibogu, who could only fight so hard, when faced with so much ground to make up. They ran as valiantly as they could, under the circumstances. Luke Anibogu, the Madden Brothers—Joe Rick and Ben—along with Nate Twardowski, took second in the 4x100 relay, while The 8th grade relay team made up of Abrams, Gabel, Brown, and Davidson took bronze. 

Green Jays and friends, the doubts of those who would oppose you are like the wind, put them under your wings to fly ever higher!

Rahul Aggarwal