In track and field consistency is the name of the game. Can you consistently run the times, shave the tenths and support your teammates with your performances? This weekend the VP T&F team showed their consistency with some outstanding performances at the Pomona Invite.
The boys started things off with two big sprints by Rashawn Brown and Chris Johnson in the 100m. Brown gets a season PR at 11.86 just a 100th off of coaches prognostication and Johnson joins his teammate in the 11 club for the first time this season with a 11.97. In the 800m there was more consistency by Jordan Stewart as he drops his 800m PR time for the second time in as many weeks. The sophomore is now flirting with a sub 2:20 goal as he now sits at a 2:21. Finally in the field it was Andrew Martin with a big foot improvement in the shot put to up his PR for a second week in a row.
Sammy Kane has battled a illness for multiple weeks in the early season. We just kept saying dont worry and be patient, get well and then we will get you back up to speed. This week he proved he’s back shooting to the top spot on the team in the open 200m with a great seasons PR. Patience is a virtue and now he’s ready to debut in the open 400m next week. Dylan Jackson also ran the 200m and had a PR as he dipped into a new realm and shows his consistent work at practice is paying off.
In the 4×100 and 4x200m relays the boys dropped nearly a second off of both relay times to improve their seasons best. The quartet of Brown, Johnson, Dylan Jackson and Sammy Kane used some smooth handoffs to run two competitive times in those relays. The boys are really getting in sync and its showing each week.
On the ladies side things got started with the 800m sprint medley relay. With the three other relays already state qualified this was the ladies chance to see if they could secure one final relay into a state championship qualifying spot. In a deep field with many 5A and 4A powerhouses the ladies ran a blistering 1:53 and shot right into that state qualifying spot finishings 3rd, with strong 100m legs from Lainey Morris and Mikayla Jones, more on her in a second, and two fantastic legs one by Raina Branch in the 200m to set up the 400m anchor leg by quartermiler Kamryn Scott.
Now back to Jones who proved her speed development training is working with a 13.0 in the 100m just shy of joining Branch in the 12 second club. That 10om is a new PR and so is the 5-4 and second place she picked up in the high jump. Angie Rivera enjoys being a 800m/4×4 runner. She gets to sleep in longer, show up later in the meet and then drop another seasons PR like she did on Saturday. She’s inching closer to her school record which I know she’d like to reset before she graduates.
Back to the relays we go to highlight what could have been the performance of the day. Freshman Jadelynn Strasser was tasked with running the lead off leg for the A-team this week as they tried to improve their state standings from a week ago. Battling nervousness she took to the turn and ran the split of her early career executing a great handoff to Mikayla Jones who ate up the backstretch and gave Morris the baton on the second turn. By the time it got to Branch pulling anchor duty for the first time this week VP was well ahead. Another seasons best and another takedown of some of the top teams in the state with a 3rd place finish.
Kamryn Scott pulled a heavy workload this week with an open and anchor 400m as she readies herself for double duty at the state championship next month. She finished 7th in the open 400m. With Jones finishing second overall in the high jump with a PR that left Branch, who fought off a early 3rd attempt to stay consistent and win the event at 5-6.
Closing out the meet the 4×4 performed well with two new legs in the mix to get some experience for later in the season. Angie Rivera had to give up her 3rd leg duties to run leadoff, yes leadoff. We coudnt get her in those blocks though. Lainey “JB” Morris held great position in second leg handing off to 1st timer Jadelynn Strasser who ran an outstanding 3rd leg and nailed the handoff she worked on in practice. Myca Thomas was on anchor duties this week and she held off a strong charge from rival Rangeview running extremely well in the coveted anchor spot.