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From Start to Finish: Stagg’s Victory in First Track and Field League Meet

On March 8, in the heart of a chilly spring afternoon, Stagg High School’s Delta Kings and Queens track and field team etched their name into the records with a resounding victory over Franklin in their first-ever league meet of the season. Amidst cheers and adrenaline-fueled performances, Stagg emerged triumphant, Varsity Boys scoring 108 v. 20 and Varsity Girls scoring 60 v. 53, marking a significant milestone in their athletic journey. 

Assistant Coach, Richard Johnson (right) walks alongside Franklin staff in preparation for the relay race. In the first league meet of the season, Staggs track team celebrated a triumphant win against Franklin High School!
((Diana Mercado / StaggOnline))

Head Coach Mario Thomas Gray, the architect behind Staggs success, attributed the teams to unwavering dedication and teamwork.

 “I’m incredibly proud of the team’s performance. They showed lots of dedication, determination, and executed their events with skill and focus,” Coach Mario said, his voice brimming with pride. “Their hard work and determination on and off the track paid off today.”

Senior Antonio Leal who participated in the long-distance event, who played a pivotal role in Stagg’s success, reflected on the team’s journey leading up to the meet. 

“I feel good about the team’s performance. We knew it was going to be a tough challenge, but we approached it with confidence,” Leal said. “Every member of the team gave their all, and that’s what ultimately helped us come closer to a victory.”

Leal’s mother, Gregoria Sanchez-Leal, shared her perspective as a supportive parent watching both her sons, including Sophomore Joseph Leal, being on the track and field team. 

“As their mom, my role has always been to provide support every step of the way. No matter how hard it gets, I’ll always be there for my babies,” she said. “There’s times where I’m not able to attend every meet due to work but when I do I always make sure to cheer them on during their events. I’ve always been their biggest fan.” 

As Gregoria Sanchez-Leal’s oldest son leaves for college in early August, she hopes to be as big of a support system as she was with her oldest son, to her younger son. 

As Leal approaches his final year of high school track and field, he is determined to make the most out of every opportunity.

Sophomore, Joseph Leal takes charge leading the pack in the distance event at the inaugural league track meet hosted at Stagg High School. Leal is determined to leave his mark on the track and in the record books. ((Diana Mercado / StaggOnline))

 “This year holds the most special significance for me,” Leal said. “It’s my last chance to represent Stagg on the track before moving on to Jessup University. I want to leave a legacy of success and be able to inspire my younger brother, Joseph, to do the same.”

With a promising future ahead at Jessup University, Leal is eager to continue his track and field journey at a college level. “I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from my coaches, teammates, and family,” he said. “It’s been a dream of mine to compete at a college level, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.”

As Stagg High School celebrates their inaugural victory against Franklin, the team looks forward to building upon this success and making their mark in the world of track and field.

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