Track and Field CIF

San Dimas High School Track And Field Ends Their Year On A Positive Run.

May 23, 2023

As the 2022-2023 school year comes to an end, our spring sports are going to semi-finals, finals, and some qualifying for CIF. On May 7th, 2023 selected students at San Dimas High School attended Track and Field CIF at Yorba Linda High School. The athletes that attended this event were selected out of those who made qualifying times and/or qualifying distances. 

When going into CIF, San Dimas High School girls 4×100 relay team made it under fifty- two seconds to qualify on April 28th, 2023 at their league finals. These girls were Sophomore Ava Mercado, Sophomore Skylar Fredieu, Sophomore Dakota Bang, and Senior Makenzie White. Upon competing at CIF, the girl’s relay team dropped their time in their heat. Sophomore Ava Mercado says that “Competing was quite scary and lots of the girls around were older and seemed experienced as well”. The girl’s relay did not qualify for the final round of CIF but Mercado says that “There’s room for improvement but I was proud of us for making it to that point”. 

Not only did Track and Field have their girl’s relay team qualify for CIF, but so did one of their boy’s 4×100 relay teams. On this team, Senior Ernest Dela Crus, Senior Moses Mercer, Senior Mark Cooley, and Sophomore Julian Vigil, also made it into CIF from their league meets. When talking about his goals for his senior year, Mark Cooley says that “ My goal for my senior year was to become the valley vista league champion and make it to CIF, so I would say I feel pretty accomplished but the main thing that makes me feel accomplished this year was developing the next track athletes of SDHS, to leave knowing I made a difference to at least one athlete to keep going or even step up to lead others was my ultimate goal.” The boy’s relay team did not qualify for CIF finals, but they all individually set records for themselves in their track career, and helped form the Track and Field system to become more developed. 

Events other than relays made CIF, such as shotput, long jump, etc. Junior Kingston Curtis qualified for triple and long jump during his first year of Track and Field at league finals. Curtis says, “I was really happy and surprised because my coaches have been telling me to jump forty-plus and I really hadn’t gotten to that point yet, but when I found out that I made it I thought it was like a second chance.” When asking Curtis about how he will improve in his track career, he says that “Not only Competing with others but also just being better than I was yesterday pushes me to work harder for next year.

The events that qualified for CIF finals were shotput with Janessa Rodriguez, who got 4th place overall, Jazlynn Rodriguez, the first alternate to compete, and Priscilla Romero who placed 7th overall for triple jump. While the school year ends, so do the eventful accomplishments that our spring sports have made. 

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