PHILADELPHIA -- Thousands of individuals from all across the world competed at Penn Relays from Thursday to Saturday. Despite the massive number of competitors, Germantown Academy was well represented. The Patriots not only had four entries in the high school division of races, but GA also had entries in both the middle school Boys and Girls 4x100 Relays and had a handful of alumni participating.
Before the Upper School Varsity Track and Field teams took the stage at Penn Relays on April 29, it was the middle school teams that put on a show. Germantown Academy's boys and girls 4x100 relay teams competed in the Philadelphia Area Private/Charter School Relays, with the boys taking first and the girls finishing second.
The Boys team consisted of Jet D. '26, Josh C. '26, Jack D. '26, Evan B. '26 and Ethan N. '26. and ran 46.88. The Girls, made up of Kaylin T. '27, Annabelle S. '28, Arden S. '27, Piper L. '27, and Maggie S. '26 took second in 53.16, missing first by just .02 seconds.
Germantown Academy had 4x400 and 4x100 teams entered for the boys and girls, with the latter running on the first day of the Relays.
Aja McBride '22, Sydney Cameron '22, Alex Goodridge '22 and Fore Abinusawa '22 ran the 4x100 in 50.77 placing 62nd overall out of 126 teams. They ran the race in a heat with Immaculate Heart (NJ), Holy Trinity (NY), Gaithersburg (MD), East Orange (NJ), Millville (NJ), Eastern Regional (NJ), Hunterdon Central (NJ) and Downingtown West (PA) and placed second. Bri O'Hara '22, Cameron, Goodridge and Abinusawa ran 4:12.18, finishing sixth in the Philadelphia Academic division of the 4x400 relay.
On Friday and Saturday, the boys teams got their chance to compete and responded well. J-Jay Ordillas '23, Aaron Parks '23, Julian Wilson '22 and Vance Thorpe '23 ran the event in 44.99, finishing 23rd out of 117 teams. The group finished second in their heat against Alexis I. duPont (DE), Georgetown Day (DC), Glassboro (NJ), Archbishop Spalding (MD), Germantown Friends (PA), Dundalk (MD), Kellenberg Memorial (NY) and Archbishop Carroll (PA).
Ordillas, Blake Smith '22 Luke Philip '24 and Thorpe ran the High School Boys' 4x400 Inter-Ac in 3:32.18, taking third behind Episcopal Academy and Haverford School.
When the middle school and high school races wrapped up, it was time for some Germantown Academy alumni to take the stage. Four former Patriots -- Owen Ritz '17, Ola Abinusawa '19, Issy Goldstein '20 and SJ Cohen '20 -- put up marks at Penn Relays.
Running for Harvard, Goldstein was the first alum to compete. She ran the College Women's 3000m Steeplechase Championship in 10:28.65, finishing third in her heat. Goldstein's time placed her 11th overall, missing the top-10 by just .32 seconds.
Ritz ran the College Men's 10,000m Championship in 29:12.68, taking fourth overall. Abinusawa threw 54' 1.75" in the College Men's Shot Put and finished 11th in the event. Cohen placed sixth in the College Women's Pole Vault, clearing 12' 4.75". Caleb Johnson '19 was slated to compete in the College Men's Pole Vault Championship, but was unable, due to injury.