The Washington Post
Pain before gain: Frumkin lifts Wilson
Tigers take boys’ title for second year in row; Carroll, Dunbar girls tie
Wilson senior Isaac Frumkin competed throughout the outdoor track season with a hip injury, but as he held his team’s second straight D.C. State Athletic Association championship trophy Thursday night, any aches and pains he felt faded into the background.
“I knew I didn’t want to miss my senior year, and it was all worth it for this,” Frumkin said. “This is the best way to go out.”
Despite a torn hip labrum, Frumkin helped lead his team to victory with a meet record 1 minute 56.39 seconds in the 800 meters. He also placed third in the 1,600 and was a member of the third-place 4x400-relay team.
The Johns Hopkins signee will have surgery to repair his labrum June 21 that will keep him off the track for six months, so he savored the celebration on the Dunbar High track. The Tigers won the boys’ team championship with 83 points. McKinley Tech finished second with 74, and Sidwell Friends finished third with 51.
Carroll and Dunbar tied for the girls’ state title with 108 points. Wilson finished third with 103.
While the day ended well for the Crimson Tide, Dunbar senior Thea Shaw got off on the wrong foot — literally. A misstep out of the gate left her leading with her left leg through the 100 hurdles; she usually leads with her right.
“So my whole race was thrown off,” Shaw said.
She recovered with a personal and state record 43.61 in the 300 hurdles and another firstplace finish in the high jump (5 feet 8 inches).
Georgetown Day sophomore Ziyah Holman broke her own state record in the 400 with a time of 54.40, but she treasured her first-place finish in the 200 even more. While her time of 24.51 was not a personal best — that came three weeks ago with a 24.18 at the Draper Invitational at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes — the gold medal provided an affirmation of her own ability.
“I finally can compete with the big dogs,” Holman said. “When I ran at Draper, right then I knew I was capable of winning.”
Holmon was named the girls’ MVP for the meet. The boys’ MVP award went to Washington Latin sophomore Luke Tewalt, who set a new state record of 4:18.65 in the 1,600.
Tewalt set a personal best of 4:25.71 at the Leslie Sherman Memorial Invitational at West Springfield on March 29, then lowered his time throughout the season, culminating in his mark Thursday. He also took first place in the 3,200 in 9:33.66.
Field School senior Justin Ofotan won both the 100 and 200. He finished the 200 in 21.61 and the 100 in 10.64 despite an initial error.
“I stumbled a few times getting off the blocks, so it wasn’t my best race, but I was able to catch up to the pack and get going,” Ofotan said. “I made up for it at the end.”