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Potomac School runner wins two private-school state titles

Minsky finishes first in boys 3,200 race and runs on winning relay team

What a way to end a high-school running career – with two state championships, one being his first individual Virginia crown.

Sasha Minsky did so when the Potomac School senior won the boys 3,200-meter race and ran on the first-place 4x800 relay at the Division I private-school outdoor state  track and field championships in Richmond. His time in the 3,200 was (9:43.33) and the relay finished first in 8:15.82.

“The situation was right for me,” Minsky said about winning the 3,200.

He maintained second place for the first six laps, then took the lead for good on lap seven.

“I had a good kick and coasted from there,” Minsky said. “Definitely I was trying to win after last year. It’s a good way to finish my high-school career in a Potomac School uniform.”

Minsky’s winning time in the 3,200 was a minute faster than a year ago, when he placed 10th in the same race.

The other three runners on this season ‘s state-champion 4x800 relay were Eli Levine, Zach Dalva-Baird and Alex Mathews. Minsky ran the second leg and gave his team the lead, which the group maintained. He also finished seventh in the 1,600 at the state meet.

Minsky helped the Potomac School boys team place seventh.

Dalva-Baird finished fourth in the 800 with Mathews 10th. Mathews also ran on the fifth-place 4x400 relay.

Potomac School’s Cole Griswold finished fourth in the 400 and ran on relays and Luke Carter was eighth in the 1,600.

• Flint Hill School runners Andrew King (second, 100 dash) and Emmet Lee (fourth, 300 hurdles) had high finishes at the boys Division I outdoor state meet. Bryce Stewart was fifth in the high jump and Anwaar Smith eighth in the shot put. The team was 11th.

NOTE: During the fall, Minsky finished second in the Division I state cross country championships. As for college, Minsky will attend Harvard University.