Perry Hall High Graduate Falls Short in Olympic Bid

photo courtesy of  Vince Ciattei  Instagram –

A Perry Hall High Gator almost made it to the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Vince Ciattei, Perry Hall High Class of 2013 grad, came within a seconds of making the U.S. Olympic Team for the Paris games.

Ciaettei finished fourth in the Men’s 1500m and just missed out making the top three with a time of 3:31:78.

Ciattei released a statement on Instagram after the result.

“At every level of this sport, I’ve had the belief -sometimes completely unfounded- that I could compete with the best. After 4 years at Perry Hall High I got 5th at “nationals”. 5 years at VT- 2nd at NCAAs. It’s taken 6 years of being a pro athlete to have a performance that put me up there with the best. But that belief never left, and that race finally came yesterday. 3:31. Faster than any other Olympic trials 1500. 13th fastest American ever. And still only good enough for 4th.

“I’m equal parts proud and devastated. Proud to have put forth a performance like that on the biggest stage of my career when no one – except those in my corner- expected it. Devastated that I executed the exact race I believed I could run and still miss the Olympic team by .25 seconds.

“I feel no shame in coming that close when the class and quality of the 3 athletes ahead of me is so evident. They are all incredible and legitimate medal threats in Paris. But I’m gutted to have come so close to realizing my own dream to make Team USA this summer.

“Thankfully, the emotional pendulum is swinging more and more towards pride as I process this race, because it is a shared pride. I am so grateful for all of the support, encouragement, sympathy, and love from everyone this week. This sport can feel selfish at times- spending some of the prime of my young adult life running hundreds of miles for a few minutes of competition. But when those few minutes of excitement are shared with family, friends, coaches and teammates, all around the country and from every level of my life and career, it makes this sport feel a lot more communal.

“I am still gutted that my door to the Olympics stayed closed, but I look forward to the other doors this race will open. And even though I didn’t make the team, down the line I aspire to relive the excitement of this race with the same joy that I hope I brought some of you.”

Councilman David Marks said the community is proud of the former Gator.

“No one gets this far without hard work, grit, and support from family and friends. We are proud,” Marks said in a statement.

B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.