Eight of 11 members on the track and field team competed in the Mark Macres Invitational at Monterey Trail on March 23.

Senior Heidi Johnson placed second in the triple jump at 33 feet, 5 inches and in the long jump at 15 feet, 9 inches.

Johnson said it wasn’t her strongest performance overall.

“I’m just working on improving (by) the end of the season,” she said.

Johnson added that her heel was hurting during the meet, so she didn’t take all of her triple jumps.

Junior Charles Thomas competed in the 800 meters and 1,600, finishing 21st in 2 minutes, 17.84 seconds and 22nd in 5:17.72, respectively. He said he felt he performed better in the 1,600.

“I’m trying to improve my starts and maintain a better pace in both races,” Thomas said.

Junior Chris Wilson ran the 800 and 1,600 as well, finishing 28th in 2:27.20 and 33rd in 5:37.83, respectively.

Junior Emma Boersma finished 37th in the 100 in 17.38 seconds.

Boersma said she had a leg injury from a previous meet.

“I already knew I wouldn’t be able to compete at 100 percent,” she said

However, Boersma added she was still able to improve her time because she had been practicing with the injury.

Wilson said he earned a personal best in both races, dropping 11 seconds in the 1,600 and five seconds in the 800.

Freshman Malek Owaidat also competed in the 800 and 1,600, finishing 35th among freshmen and sophomores in 2:51.08 and 43rd in 6:06.41, respectively.

Owaidat said he was disappointed with his finishes.

Freshman Craig Bolman placed 22nd among freshmen and sophomores in the 400 in 59.12 seconds and 40th in the 100 in 13.37 seconds.

Bolman said he was satisfied with his performance in the 400 but not the 100.

“I messed up my start badly,” Bolman said of the latter race.

The track and field team’s next meet is a league competition scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, at Encina.

By Ethan Monasa

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