Raider Track Stars Go Long
ROXBURY -- No record was safe from Fitchburg’s fabulous track stars on Sunday in the MSTCA Coaches Invitational at the Lewis Center.
Fitchburg High girls broke the school long jump record twice in a matter of minutes, with first junior Wonuola Ashaju and then sophomore Olamide Bamgbose doing the honors.
Not to be outdone, senior Evans Oduro also eclipsed the FHS boys’ long jump record.
For the girls, the school record was previously held by FHS Hall of Famer Brandy Green, set in 2000. The nearly two-decade-old mark finally fell, then almost immediately was bested once more.
First, Ashaju broke the school record in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 3 inches on her first attempt of the meet. Minutes later, teammate Bamgbose, Ashaju’s cousin, surpassed Ashaju’s mark with a leap of 16-5. Bamgbose went on to place 12th at 16-5, while Ashaju finished 15th.
The 4x200-meter relay team (Bamgbose, Ashaju, Emerson Scott and Elle Scott) placed second with a season-best time of 1:49.34, five-tenths of a second away from a school record. It was the fastest time recorded by a Fitchburg girls’ team in the event in the past 17 years.
Other top performances came from the 4x400-meter relay (Emerson Scott, Lina Kherrallah, Olivia Tran, Elle Scott), placing 13th with a season-best time of 4:26.78; Ashaju finishing 17th in the 300 (43.76); Emerson Scott placing 19th in the 55-meter hurdles (9.51 seconds); and Elle Scott finishing 21st in the 300 (44.32).
The Fitchburg High boys were represented by Oduro, who jumped 21-11 to break the 24-year-old school record in the long jump. The previous record was set by FHS Hall of Famer James McCall.
The personal-best leap by Oduro was good for second place. He also placed 12th in the 55 hurdles in 8.35 seconds.