Good afternoon. We had our first competition with Central Mountain and Jersey Shore, but we only scored against Jersey Shore. Both teams were strong and helped push our athletes in their events. We have strong teams on the boys and girls side and this was on display Tuesday. Both teams are capable of being two of the best teams we’ve ever had. But as you know, it is not about what you’re capable of, but what you’re willing to do.
The 4x800m relay teams kicked off our day. The boys team of Kaelan, Charles, Max, and Michael finished with a time of 9:14.56, right in line with our past season debuts in the event. All four legs ran strong as Kaelan (2:13) and Max (2:31) turned in personal bests. The girls ran three freshman and a senior with the team of Lindsey, Lucia, Lea, and Sera. The girls ran 10:55, which is several seconds ahead of previous season debuts. Both teams helped set the tone for our day. Both times are district qualifiers.
After the relays were done it was time for the hurdles. Xabine (19.4) and Sarah (21.2) turned in two standout performances as they became the number 2 and 3 performers in school history, respectively. Xabine finished first on the day. Not to be outdone were Lance and JP in the boys race. JP was right around his personal best with a time of 21.8. While Lance’s winning performance of 18.7 was good for the school record.
The sprinters kept up their strong day when the 100m dash rolled around. Anna (14.0) and Mary (14.1) finished first and second in a photo finish. Austin broke the tape as he crossed the line in 12.2, and was closely followed by Brendan (12.9) and Theo (13.7).
Next up was the 1600. Julia set a personal best of 5:41 knocking nearly 20s off of her outdoor personal best. Kate tied her outdoor personal best as she finished in 5:48. Jordan Wiser (5:58) next to cross the line for us. All three girls qualified to districts with their marks. The boys race turned into a tactical race as they went through 800 in 2:32 before Eli dropped the hammer. Eli’s punished second half helped him run 4:48, a district qualifying time. Kaelan (5:06) and Andy (5:14) were next to finish as they were both right around their outdoor bests.
As we hit the field, the throwers were off to a strong start. The boys began with the discus. All four throwers recorded marks over 50 feet! Theo lead the way with 75-7. He was followed by Nathan (69-4), Jason (56-2), Ivan (53-6), and Mahana (51-8). Best start we have had.
Bella Bassett was also making her mark as she used a strong series in the javelin to finish with a personal best. After throws of 75-9 and 76-1, she launched her third throw 80-9.
Austin and Xabine dusted off their poles and had strong days in the vault. Xabine made it over 7-0, while Austin cleared 8-6. Great starts to the season given our limited time to practice the vault.
In the triple jump, the freshman stole the show as Lance leaped 39-1.5 and Sarah jumped 27-10. Lance’s mark was a few inches off of the school record and surpassed the district qualifying standard.
We now headed back to the track for the 400. Sera and Lindsey dropped down in distance to run 1:08.3 and 1:10.5 for the one lapper. Jordan Dawson turned in a strong performance as she won her heat with a time of 74.4. Charles and Jacob matched their efforts as they turned in strong times of 57 flat and 60.2, respectively.
In the 300m hurdles, Greta ran 57.3 for her debut in the event. It was a great effort to open up in sub 60. JP picked up where he left off last season as he crossed the line in 52.5 holding off a runner from Jersey Shore in the process.
In the 800, Julia continued her strong day with an outdoor best of 2:37.9. She was followed by Sera (2:42.2), Jordan Wiser (2:45.6), and Lindsey (2:55.71). On the boys side, Michael nearly went wire-to-wire as he ran 2:11.2. Kaelan (2:22.6) and Max (2:40.6) were our next two runners to cross the line.
The duo of Mary and Anna flip-flopped their 100m finishes to go 1-2 in the 200, with great opening season times of 29.2 and 29.4, respectively. Lance and Jacob were in a tight battle as they ran 25.7 and 27.1 in super close race.
Back to the field with boys shot put. Theo set another personal best with a heave of 30-4. Mahana was right on his heels as hit 30-foot barrier on his first throw. Ivan (28-9), Nathan (28-8), and Jason (22-4) had great starts to the outdoor season with their big throws.
Bella was back in action in the discus. After fouling her first throw, she improved on each of her next two throws and finished with a best of 63-8.
Austin continued his great start to the season with a jump of 16-1. In her first attempt at the long jump, Mary jumped 14-7 which is a few inches shy of the school record and district qualifying.
The final boys throwing event was the javelin. Theo went 3 for 3 on personal bests as he hurled the javelin 111-6. Brendan had our best ever debut with a toss of 98-4. Noah had a great series and finished with a best of 88-8. Jason continued his strong day as he improved on every throw and finished with top mark of 59-8.
The 3200 was up next on the track. Eli followed the same plan as in the mile and surged the second half of the race to negative split to a time of 10:24, a district qualifier. Andy turned in his best debut with a time of 11:25. On the girls side, Lucia set the school record with a time of 11:51. Kate also dipped under the old school record as she had nearly 2 min personal best of 12:12. Both marks bettered the district standard. Lea cut over a minute off of her personal best to run 13:47.
In the 4×4, the team of Sera, Julia, Jordan Dawson, and Jordan Wiser, just missed the district mark as they turned in our best season debut with a fine time of 4:50.1. We had two boys team running. The team of Kaelan, Charles, Jacob, and Michael were also close to the district standard as they dipped under 4 mins with a time of 3:58.3. Eli, Max, Andy, and Jason finished in 4:45.6.
The boys team defeated Central Mountain, 72-64. While the girls suffered a setback of 97-50.
A big reason why I think our test can be the best we’ve had is because everybody is willing to do what it takes to help us be our best. That hasn’t always been the case. This year is different. We have a great group that is team first and really encourages and thrives off each other. We had two great examples of this on Tuesday. Fittingly , they opened and closed the meet.
Our original lineup for the 4×8 needed to be altered since Maggie was sick. Without hesitation Lea stepped up and filled in admirably as she matched her personal best in the event. In the boys 4×4, we needed one more runner to have a second team, so Jason rallied and ran anchor, so his teammates could do the race. While both of these acts might seem small from the outside, these efforts are what helps teams go from good to great. They put the all of the great team sayings everyone banters about into tangible action.
It was a great first meet. We are ahead of where we have been in years past, but we have much more to work for and chase.
Thanks for the continued support and encouragement. It was great seeing so many fans at the meet.
The culture proceeds positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on the way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners. -Bill Walsh