On Sunday, May 13th, the Belmont Hill Varsity Track and Field team competed at the Independent School Track Association (ISTA) championships. Delayed by one day because of inclement weather, the ISTA championships still delivered great competition, suspense, and excitement manyfold. Narrow favorites going into the meet, Belmont Hill hoped to defend their ISL title. Despite an impressive showing from Milton Academy, who secured first-place finishes in the 400 meter dash, 110 and 300 meter hurdles, 4×100 meter relay, and the shot put, Belmont Hill still managed to escape with a narrow victory. Though the final score differential of 122-103 seemed like a comfortable margin, the disqualification of Milton’s ISL champion javelin thrower for profanity provided Belmont Hill with an additional twelve point cushion. Nevertheless, the achievements and dominance of Belmont Hill athletes should not be ignored. Over the course of the day, BH competitors secured twenty-one finishes in the top six places of their respective events, including first place finishes in the high jump (by Ugo Anuonyemere ‘18), triple jump (by Ugo Anuonyemere ‘18), discus throw (Gabe Peterkin ‘19), and 4×400 meter relay (Quin McGaugh ‘18, Robert Griffin ‘19, Keven Querido ‘19, and Jake Bobo ‘18). On top of that, three Belmont Hill athletes also broke school records: Ugo Anuonyemere ‘18 jumped 6’6” in the high jump, Quin McGaugh ‘18 ran 4:02.25 in the 1500 meter run, and Isaiah Collins ‘18 ran 11.03 in the 100 meter dash; John Pappo ‘18 also narrowly missed breaking the school record in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:03.75. Congrats to the Belmont Hill Varsity Track and Field! We look forward to more great competition from them at the NEPSTA DII championships and wish them luck as they look to obtain their sixth straight New England title.