Oakdale Track is Back to Win


Nicholas Raumann

Last year, the Oakdale Boys Indoor Track and Field team came fourth in 2A States finishing twelve points behind Century High School. Oakdale indoor track has four record holders, and nine state runners returning this season.


Oakdale Senior Isaiah Watkins was able to break the Oakdale record for the indoor 200 meter dash last year at the Dickinson College Invite. Senior Ronald Robinson came in less the two-hundredths of a second behind former Oakdale runner Percy Agyei-Obese for the 200 meter dash all-time school record. Both runners will try to use that time to help them in the 55 meter and 300 meter dash.


Robinson stated, “My goals are to win as many races as possible, and go win states as a team.” he also explained, “To prepare, I come in and work hard.”.


Junior Kyle Lund broke the school records for the 1600 meter run, 800 meter run and was one second off the 500 meter run record. Lund finished second at states in both the 1600 and 800 meter run. He was also part on the 4×400 team that was racing for the win, but the batton was knocked out of Lund’s hand. Three of four of the runners on that team are returning; the other members, Seniors Haran Nadarajah and Evan Schaefer, look to win this year.


Collin Dempsey, a junior, broke the school record in the 3200 meter run; he was also the first Oakdale runner to run faster than 10 minutes in the indoor 3200. Dempsey was ranked fourth last year in 3200 in 2A West, and the top sophomore.


Senior Zach Cunningham tied the school high jump record last year; he jumped six feet two inches. He was ranked second in 2A west, and he scored eighth at states. Cunningham is only the third jumper to jump over six feet at Oakdale.


Nadarajah was not only on the strong Oakdale 4×400 team. He was also the outdoor states 300 meter hurdles champion, and part of the state 4×200 team. He will look to break the 55 meter hurdles record and with states with the 4×400 team.


The throwers have some rising stars with the trio of seniors Anthony Allmut, Louis Smith, and Dylan Steinburg. Louis Smith’s first year was his junior year he is already ranked fourth all-time at Oakdale for shot put.


Steinburg commented, “All the throwers have been working there hardest to improve”.


The Oakdale Indoor Track team will look to start the season off fast. Their first meet is the Terry Baker Invitational at Hagerstown Community College this Saturday. Last year Oakdale reached sixth place out of eighteen teams with Linganore taking first in the meet.