Fall sports highlights and honors

Here is an overview of the varsity fall sports season for 2019. Go Bears!

Cross Country

Highlights. The Bears kicked off the season with a boatload of personal records at the Bullis Invitational and Hood College Invitational. The team took seventh in our own Landon Invitational, which drew a record 700 runners to campus. The team also won the inaugural Landon Homecoming meet over Avalon. The Bears finished fourth at the IAC Championships and third in the Montgomery County Private School Championships, where senior Michael Gilbert placed first overall in a personal best of 17:12 for a 5K. Gilbert followed up that win with seventh place in the Maryland State Private School Championships, where the Bears finished sixth in team scoring.

Honors. Gilbert earned All-IAC, All-County (private), and All-State (private) honors. This is the second straight year he has earned all three. Asim Hakim-Florian ’23 earned All-County (Private) honors.

Football

Highlights. The varsity football team finished with an overall record of 6-3, an IAC record of 3-2, and third place in the league’s final standings. Six of the team’s nine games were decided in the fourth quarter, and in four of them, they overcame fourth quarter deficits to win the contest. There were also overtime victories over Woodberry Forest and St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes. The team rushed for more than 2,200 yards and held opponents to under 900 yards, and scored 24 rushing touchdowns, while opponents only scored five on the ground. Landon was ranked in The Washington Post All-Mets until the seventh week of the season.

Honors. Zayd DeLane ’20 (LB), Gregory Johnson ’21 (OL), Tommy Kenary ’20 (DL), and Tyler Smith ’20 (RB) all earned All-IAC First Team honors.  DeAngelo Dickerson ’22 (DB), Eric Ford ’21 (LB), Tejon Ford ’20 (DB), Chantz Harley ’21 (DB), and Graham Hertzberg ’21 (LB) earned All-IAC Second Team honors.

Soccer

Highlights. The varsity soccer team finished 4-12-3 overall with a 3-7 record and fifth place in the IAC. The Bears advanced to the league semi-finals, earning a 3-2 win at Bullis in the IAC quarterfinals. A 5-1 win over St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes was a big victory at home.

Honors. Kris Fletcher ’23 and Issa Mudashiru ’21 earned All-IAC honors.

Water Polo

Highlights. Landon’s varsity water polo team beat Gonzaga, 12-11, for the first time in 11 years. The team finished with a 9-5 overall record and fifth place at the Easterns Tournament. The Bears also won their homecoming game against Whitman’s “all-star” team 11-4.

Honors. Logan Kalish ’21 and Alex Kapelina ’20 earned Academic All-American honors. Logan also finished with Second Team All-Easterns recognition.