By Roberto Limon
On Saturday, Apr. 23, the Bonita Vista High School (BVH) Barons Track and Field team competed in the Mustang relay invitational. Getting an early morning start, runners prepared to take off from the hot red asphalt of the Otay Ranch High School multipurpose field, along with schools not only from the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), but the whole San Diego county and Imperial county.
With the scalding sun reaching over the track, coaches yelling back and forth with students across the field. The mood was set and the anticipation for the blow of the gun signaling the start of a race grew. At around nine a.m.. The girls team won their first event in the 4×1 shuttle relay hurdle race, placing third.
“When we have a duo meet it’s just us and another school but when it’s an invitational there is more competition, it brings out the drive in all our athletes and gives them the chance to run along these other top competitors. It really motivates them and pushes them to do their best,” distance coach Matthew Seat said. “The distance runners have been running spectacular we have had many personal records broken in most of our events”.
Unlike regular track meets, this invitational was based off of relays. Meaning the events required runners to work together. With the dozens of schools participating in the many events that occur simultaneously, Barons track and field was able to bring home medals in a number of group and single events such as the 1500 meter speed relay, girls long jump, sprint medley and hurdles.
“Some of the events that have been going on have so far, been great. Actually one of my girls broke her personal record on her long jump by almost 18 feet which is pretty amazing,” Barons Track and Field coach Joseph Sheffield said.
Though, the boys team did have a setback due to one of their main long jumpers not showing up, they still endeavored to secure second place. Also, according to Sheffield, there was some outstanding performance from certain players: junior Julianna “Pani” Napoleon who competed in shot put and discus and Emily Wolover mentioned by Sheffield as the best long jumper in the team. Certain members of the Barons track and field team were also able to accomplish personal goals and not only earn one medal but two or three, two of which were sprinter senior Quiana Griego and hurdler senior Maia Little.
“The open 300 was my hardest event. I had never done that event before so I did not know what to expect during the race, but coming towards the end, I still finished pretty well,” Griego said.
With awards being given back to back, announcers updated the distanced audience on the last of the ongoing races. Simultaneously as members of the track team jogged along the field cooling down from the six hour meet as coaches comment on what expectations have been met and which have not, in order to challenge runners for their future track meets coming throughout the end of the season.
“Our runners have already seen a lot of improvement throughout today, every race that students have participated in has become a lesson and so they are going to come away from this with some good and some bad, on how to improve next time,” Seat said.