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Boy Athlete of the Week (Dec. 27): Ayende Watson, Gilman, track and field

The senior captain piled up 36 individual points in four events at Friday’s Frostbite Invitational at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, leading the Greyhounds to the team win by a 95-68 margin over runner-up Archbishop Curley.

Watson won the triple jump (45’9), long jump (22’6) and high jump (6’0) and placed third in the 55-meter dash. In the process, he qualified for the New Balance Nationals in the long and triple jumps, setting new Frostbite Invitational records in both events. His triple jump effort also set a new Maryland nterscholastic Athletic Association indoor record.

Watson has been on varsity for three years in indoors, the past two in outdoors and he also played two years of varsity football.

Last spring, he won the triple jump at the MIAA outdoor championships and finished second in the event at the New Balance National Outdoor’s Emerging Elite. Watson is still undecided on a college but will officially visit the Naval Academy and Army with plans to continue his track and field career.

Others considered: Anthony Higgs, Perry Hall, basketball.

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