Nottingham winter track team gets some big-time performances at Marine Corp Holiday Classic

Nottingham's Shamali Whittle
Nottingham’s Shamali Whittle ran the fastest freshman time in the nation this year in the 55 hurdles at the Dec. 29 Marine Corp Holiday Classic in New York. 

By Rich Fisher

Jan. 3: It wasn’t a break for everyone between Christmas and New Year’s, as the Nottingham High winter track & field team was hard at work.

Competing at the Marine Corp Holiday Classic at the New York Armory Dec. 29, Nottingham got several outstanding individual performances.

Louis Akpadago finished third in the 55 meters with a time of 6.51, and ran a career best 6.47 in the prelims. Shamali Whittle won the Freshman 55 hurdles in 7.94, which currently stands as the fastest freshman time in the nation this year. In the overall 200 meters, Whittle finished 19th in 22.94, a time that would have won the Freshman Division.

“We chose not to run him in the Freshman Division because it was too close to the hurdles,” coach Jon “Big Dawg” Adams said.

The shuttle hurdle relay team of Alix Oge, Whittle, Cory Louis-Jean and Kernley Charles finished fourth in 32.03, while the 4×200 foursome of Emilio Selesnick, Judeson Mirac, Dana Ridley and Akpadago finished eighth in a school-record time of 1:32.37.

Oge finished fifth in the 55 hurdles in 7.64, while Chasidity Molder was seventh in the 55 in 7.92.

“I was very pleased with our performance,” Adams said.

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