Frosh Soph Track Squads Top Miramonte

Jessica Rosiak, Staff Writer

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Frosh soph boys’ and girls’ track and field squads beat Miramonte on March 14.  The varsity squads, meanwhile, struggled to fill complete teams, with many events going uncontested.

The frosh soph victories moved the squads one step closer to league team titles after beating Las Lomas the previous week.

“I think it went really well especially it being our 2nd league meet, so I think it really showed how strong we are as a team and I think it showed what we can improve on as well,” said sophomore Ellie Guthrie, one of the girls’ team’s top distance runners.

Individually, every athlete is gunning to lower their times or improve their mark in an effort to qualify for the Diablo Athletic League championships, which begin on May 5.  Only the top athletes in each event will be awarded slots to compete in the championships.

Unlike the so called “ball sports,” track and field training is periodized, or organized, so that athlete fitness peaks at the end of the year. “…as we progress and as our training improves, everyone’s times will start improving as well and we will become more successful in the meets,” said sophomore Alicia Hober.

Facing their cross-town rivals did provide stiff competition, which is always conducive to faster times and better field marks.

“I think [Miramonte has] a really strong sprint team for sure and the distance team is pretty good,” said Guthrie.

“I think that we did well we had a lot of strong performances in the distance events, especially from girls,” said senior Jenna Miles, who won the 3200m race in an impressive sub-11 minute time.

“I kinda knew from the first lap that I was going to go for it cause once I started running with Dylan [Gunn], it just felt a lot more relaxed than it did on Saturday [Dublin Distance Festival] and I started believing I could do it,” said Miles.

Miles, a varsity athlete, was particularly impressed by her frosh soph underlings.

Yet, it is the varsity-level performances of the veteran athletes that inspire the younger athletes to improve. “Jessie Foxworthy… is always super strong and motivates me as an upperclassman because I have seen how far she has come… and I think all of her hard work is paying off,” said Hober. 

In the varsity boys’ division, Lucas Moore threw 117 feet, the top mark for Campolindo. Matai Bell threw 96 feet, 9 inches, as a freshman in the Frosh-Soph division. In the girls’ division, Lily Matranga won both the frosh soph girls’ shot put and discus.

“Matai bell has also shown some real promise,” said coach Chuck Woolridge. 

“I am really excited for what the rest of the season will bring,” said Guthrie.

 

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