John Cooper Sports: Dragon Track & Field Begins Season Strong While Oguchi Sets Two School Records

By: Lynn Boeding
| Published 02/28/2021

Amarachukwu Oguchi, a senior at The John Cooper School (file photo)

THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Dragon Track & Field Begins Season Strong While Oguchi Sets Two School Records. Results from the week of February 22, 2021.


2/26-27 Dick Phillips Relays, Episcopal High School

Boys 3rd • Girls 7th

Boys: 3rd Place Team

4x400m Relay Team – Champions: Tanure Ewherido, Carson Hanson, Amir Rizvi, Jackson Kovin

4x100m Relay Team – 2nd: Ben DeLoit, Amir Rizvi, James Masciola, Jackson Kovin

Ben Currin: Runner Up Shot Put & Discus

Will Young: Runner Up Pole Vault

Vishnu Swaminathan: Runner Up 3200m

Drew Wilkerson: Runner Up 800m

Grey Mendenhall: 3rd Place 3200m

Conner Dove: 3rd Place Discus & 4th Place Shot Put

Nico Signorelli: 4th Place Pole Vault

Jean-Paul Labbe: 4th Place Triple Jump & 7th Place Long Jump

Zac Winton: 4th Place 3200m

Travis Birdsall: 4th Place 110m Hurdles & 5th Place 300m Hurdles

4x200m Relay 4th Place: Ryan Cockrill, Gavin Schmidt, Jean-Paul Labbe, Mehdi Rizvi

Zac Visser: 5th Place 3200m

Owen Woodside: 5th Place Shot Put

4x800m Relay 5th Place: Grant Wilson, Alexander Harris, Jonathan Qu, Adam Rana

Amir Rizvi: 6th Place 300m Hurdles

Michael Stupek: 7th Place 300m Hurdles

Carson Hanson: 7th Place 800m

Jackson Kovin: 8th Place 100m

Ryan Cockrill: 8th Place 200m

Adam Elsolh: 8th Place 400m

Girls: 7th Place Team

Amarachukwu Oguchi Champion Shot Put & Discus *NEW SCHOOL RECORD DISCUS*

4x400m Relay 3rd Place: Onese Ewherido, Haley Lein, Abby Peterson, Chloe Smith

Abby Mendenhall: 3rd Place 800m

Haley Lein: 4th Place 300m Hurdles

Rebecca Melin: 6th Place 800m

Megan Day: 8th Place 3200m

2/27 The 40th Annual Woodlands Highlander Invitational, The Woodlands High School

Amarachukwu Oguchi: Champion Discus & Runner Up Shot Put *NEW SCHOOL RECORD SHOT PUT*

Will McDermott: 4th Place 3200m

Ben Currin: 5th Place Discus & 7th Place Shot Put

Coach Scott Holland: It has been 356 days since the last time we were able to compete at a track meet. This group came out and did not disappoint with their effort and results.

Leading the way on the girls’ side Amarachukwu Oguchi dominated the shot put and discus on Friday night. Winning both by large margins (9’ in shot and over 60’ in discus) setting a new school record in the discus. She then competed on Saturday at the Woodlands Invitational again winning the discus, by over 25’ and set a new school record in the shot put finishing second.

Seniors Ben Currin and Jackson Kovin had great meets at Dick Phillips. Jackson anchored the 4x400 to the win and 4x100 to a runner up finish, plus a sixth place finish in the 100m. Ben Currin earned silver medals in both the shot put and discus. Will Young, pole vault, Vishnu Swaminathan, 3200m, and Drew Wilkerson each added silver medal finishes. We have a large and talented boys’ team this year. We scored on the track as well as field events. We also had multiple athletes score in the same event. It is these types of teams that rack up points. Great performances all around and we are looking forward to continuing to see improvement we get deeper into the season.

Next week a group will travel to Concordia Lutheran for the Crusader Relays and the bulk of the team will compete at the Maverick Relays hosted by St. John’s School.

Next up for Dragon Track & Field:

March 4 at Crusader Invitational, Concordia Lutheran
March 5-6 at St. John’s Maverick Relays, St. John’s


2/22 vs. Incarnate Word • 9-4 L

Coach Nicole Hedden: The Dragons opened up an early lead in the second inning when Maggie Flinn drew a walk, scoring one run. Cooper knotted the game up at four in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Flinn drew a walk, scoring one run. The Dragons saw the ball well, racking up nine hits in the game. Ally Flinn and Flora Johnson each had multiple hits.

FBCA Tournament:

2/25 vs. Heights High School • 14-5 L

Coach Nicole Hedden: Cooper launched one home run on the day. Grace Minarovic had a long ball in the third inning. Minarovic went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Dragons in hits.

2/25 vs. Fort Bend Christian Academy • 12-3 L

Coach Nicole Hedden: Ally Flinn and Minarovic each collected one hit.

2/27 vs. Galena Park • 13-6 L

Coach Nicole Hedden: Dragons lost despite out-hitting Galena Park seven to six. Finnie led the Dragons with two hits in three at bats.

2/27 vs. St. Agnes • 12-0 L

Coach Nicole Hedden: Maggie Flinn went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead.

I knew going into this weekend we were going to play some tough teams. I wanted our Dragons to see the level of ball we are capable of playing. We did some really great things but have a lot of work ahead of us. Looking forward to a great season.

Next up for Dragon Girls Softball:

March 2 at St. Pius X, 5 p.m.
March 4 at Legacy Prep, 4 p.m.

March 6 at Texan/Maverick Softball Classic:

vs. St. John’s, 9:30 a.m.

vs. Westside High School, 11 a.m.

vs. Klein Forest, 4 p.m.


2/23 vs. Beaumont Kelly • 8-5 W

Winning pitcher: Nathan Weisoly

Jacob Rebrook 2-2 with a save

Anthony Giannette and Jake Peterson with 2 RBI each.

Coach Mike Williams: It was a great team win today over a great program.


3/25 vs. Cleveland High • 14-13 L

2/26 vs. St. John XXIII • 8-0 W

2/26 vs. Cypress Christian • 3-0 L

2/27 vs. Northland Christian • 11-1 W

The Dragons scored eight in the third inning, breaking open a big lead. In the tourney, the Dragons finished 2-2.

Next up for Dragon Boys Baseball:


March 4
vs. St. John XXII, 1:30 p.m.

vs. St. Pius X, 4 p.m.

March 5
vs. Lutheran South, 11 a.m.

vs. St. Thomas High School, 4 p.m.


2/26 at Chancellor’s Tournament

A Singles Boys: second place: Mahir Khurana

B Singles Boys 1st place: Parker Gregory

B Singles Girls 1st place: Olivia Sauber

Next up for Dragon Girls Tennis:

March 4 vs. St. John’s School, Lost Forest Tennis Club, 4 p.m.


2/23 Kinkaid Invitational, Blackhorse Golf Club


Daniel Zou 76 (8th Place medalist)

Grant Carter 78

Elias Boles 89

Bear Golden 107

Sam Chen 127


Alicia Fein 101

Susannah Keiser 135

Amy Tian 126

Vanessa Vaz 127

Next up for Dragon Golf:

March 8 at St. John’s Invitational, Westwood Golf Club

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