Revere track athletes earn Suburban League titles


Lily Oelschlager

Thomas prepares to vault.

Lily Oelschlager, Assistant Sports Editor and Assistant Art Editor

Multiple athletes from the Revere High School track team finished as the league champions or runners-up for their events at the Suburban League Championship on May eleventh.

Among these athletes was senior Naveen Elliott, who won the league title for the 800m event. 

“It was my goal to win the league,” Elliott said.

 In addition to achieving a long-time goal, Elliott celebrated another milestone on May eleventh as well. 

“It was my birthday that day and [winning the league] was a pretty awesome present,” Elliott said. 

Senior Andrew Thomas finished runner-up in pole vault, getting a personal record of eleven feet, six inches. A new pole vault specializing coach and with his vaults steadily increasing each meet, Thomas gained confidence throughout the season. 

“I felt confident I’d end up in the top three,” Thomas said.

He shared some statistics from his season. 

“I went up six inches every meet, [ultimately clearing] eleven feet, six inches at Suburban League Championships,” Thomas said. 

Other league top finishers included Carlie Bouton in High Jump, Ellie Meech in 3200m and Aleni Bender in 800m. Bender also broke the Suburban League record for 800m. 

Coach Kevin Somerville discussed the team’s season and the qualities that helped them achieve their top finishes. 

“I believe that the quality of our team’s character really sets us apart; I am always proud of how Revere athletes carry themselves as they represent our school,” Somerville said. 

Somerville also commented on the team’s exceptional work ethic. 

“We have a lot of athletes doing year-round work and it shows; the preparation for Suburban League really started last fall or even earlier for a lot of the team,” Somerville said. 

He also praised the other coaches who worked with the team.

“The other coaches are Coach Lyle Kniep, varsity assistant; Coach Lisa Thacker, varsity assistant; Coach Terry Cistone, girls’ throws; Coach Mike Murphey, boy’s throws; Coach Molly Fischer, pole vault; and Coach Jerry Somerville, distance. They [did] such a good job preparing the team for success and always put in the extra time to do everything possible to give our athletes great opportunities,” Somerville said. 

The team went on to Regionals in Austintown on May 26 and 28.