This week’s Athlete of the Week is Jake Falcone ’23 from the varsity boys’ cross country team. Jake has competed for the Trojans for the past six years and he has worked diligently to return from an injury that took him out of track and cross country competition for 16 months.
Last week, Jake and his teammates competed in the TCIS Championship meet at Bells Mill Park in Chesapeake. Jake was the third Trojan across the line and finished in 19th place overall out of 84 athletes in the meet with a time of 18:43. As a team, the Trojans finished in second place, only falling to Catholic High School. This is the Trojans best finish in the TCIS since 2015.
Jake has battled to get to this point after facing an injury that would deter many athletes. He proved his determination by running more miles this summer to prepare for the season than any other athlete on the team. His perseverance and commitment to the sport has paid off this season. Jake helped lead his team to the best performance that the cross country team has ever had in Milestat, the largest meet of the season. Additionally, Jake was critical to his team's fourth-place finish at State Catholic out of five D1 and two D2 teams. Jake has been one of the first three Trojans to race across the finish line at every meet this season and he has improved his 5K race time by 53 seconds. At the State Catholic meet, Jake excelled by passing 15 athletes in the last mile of the race, placing eleventh out of 73 athletes and earning All-State Catholic Honors for the first time in his cross country career.
The Trojans will finish off their season on Thursday, Nov. 11, when they compete in the VISAA championship race at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville.
Congratulations Jake, and Go Trojans!