The track and field team brought home two medals after competing against 22 other schools at the Lancer Invite on March 19 at Cordova High School.
Freshman Heidi Johnson earned a medal for second-place finish in the long jump with a length of 16 feet, 10 inches.
Sophomore Steven Wang received a medal for placing fifth in the 400-meter with a time of 56.59 seconds.
Wang also ran the 200-meter and placed 11th with a time of 26.1.
Sophomore Annya Dahmani placed ninth of 25 competitors in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.67.
However, Dahmani experienced problems while competing.
“I finished third in my heat, but they put me as a no-time, so I had to go to the officials and get (everything) fixed,” she said. “They ‘fixed’ it, but messed up, and said that I tied for last place in my heat.
“I had to go back again to tell them they had an error in their system because I definitely finished third. There was a video of me (to prove it).”
Dahmani, Johnson and junior Anny Schmidt all ran the 100-meter.
Dahmani had a time of 14.3, Johnson 13.95 and Schmidt 15.81.
“Today was a nice day to run,” Dahmani said. “Kind of hot, but pretty good.”
None placed in the top five; Dahmani said that competition was tougher today.
Senior Serajh Esmail competed in the 100-meter but was disqualified.
Esmail said that it was a really bad race day for him.
“I was placed in the third heat in the varsity 100-meter when I should have been placed in the second heat,” he said. “They had a wrong seed time for me that was 0.8 seconds slower than my actual 100-meter time.
“(Then) at the start of my race, I false started and was disqualified.”
Sophomore Katia Dahmani threw the discus a length of 62 feet, placing 30th of 44 competitors.
Dahmani said she was nervous because it was her first time doing that event.
“My practice throws were good, but when I actually threw I didn’t do too well,” she said.
Johnson ran the 400-meter with a time of 69.7 seconds and placed 22nd of 42.
According to Johnson, it was her first time running the 400-meter.
“My endurance was not very good,” she said. “I was one of the last people (to finish)!”
The team was going to compete in the 4 x 100 relay, but there weren’t enough members to run due to event overlaps.
The next meet is on Tuesday, March 22, at Rio Linda High School.
—By Mohini Rye