Track and field profits from largest turn-out; sophomore places first twice in League Championship Finals
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Though the track and field team had one of their largest turn-outs, 4 people, at the League Championship Finals, sophomore Heidi Johnson was the only athlete who placed first in any category.
On May 11, the team attended the CVCL/NPAC/SMAL League Championship Finals, competing in seven categories.
Johnson placed first of two athletes in the varsity women’s 300-meter hurdles race, finishing at 56.03 seconds.
Johnson also participated in the women’s varsity high jump and long jump. She placed first of seven in the long jump, finishing at 16 feet 11 inches, and second of two athletes in the high jump, finishing at four feet six inches.
Lastly, Johnson competed in the varsity triple jump, in which she placed first of three athletes, finishing at 33 feet six inches.
“I was trying to not overexert myself and win my events to go to Sectional (Championship),” Johnson said.
Though Johnson injured her ankle during the triple jump, she expects the injury to heal by Sectionals.
During sectionals, Johnson hopes to improve her marks so she can move on to Section Masters.
“I didn’t make much improvement this season in terms of my marks, but I tried to work on my technique more, and I think that will help next year,” Johnson said.
Sophomore Kyra LaFitte ran the women’s 100-meter varsity race. LaFitte finished at 16.22 seconds, placing 21st of 24 athletes.
LaFitte also participated in the women’s 200-meter varsity race. She placed 20th of 24 athletes, finishing at 36.70 seconds.
Freshman Chris Wilson and sophomore Joe Mo participated in the men’s 100-meter varsity race. Wilson placed 22nd of 30 athletes and finished at 13.59 seconds. Mo placed 28th, finishing at 14.63 seconds.
Wilson and Mo also ran the men’s 200-meter varsity race. Wilson placed 11th of 22 athletes, finishing at 27.44 seconds. Mo placed 19th, finishing at 30.51.
Sophomore Grace Naify and senior Anny Schmidt had planned to participate in three races but did not attend the meet.
Sophomore George Nyugen also did not attend.
Repeated efforts to contact coach Nick Domich were unsuccessful.
The team did not attend the Sac Joaquin Section Division IV-V Trials on May 16.
Check back for the team’s results from the Sac Joaquin Section Division IV-V Finals at California State University, Stanislaus, which took place on May 18.
—By Héloïse Schep