By: Ella R. (’19)
As the high school track and field season comes to a close, Crystal athletes are working harder than ever to improve their times and have a great finish to the year. On May 6th, athletes competed at the WBAL trials, and this Friday they will compete at the WBAL Finals where they will have the opportunity to qualify for CCS.
Two athletes whose work this season really stands out are juniors Nicky Medearis and Nick Marsano. At the Serra Invitational earlier this season, Nicky set a new 1600-meter school record with a time of 4:25.48. At the same meet, Nick won the varsity 400-meter race with an impressive time of 51.18, which dropped to a 50.84 later in the season. At the Sacramento Meet of Champions this past weekend, Nicky ran a 9:37.11 3200-meter race – the second fastest in school history. Clearly, this has been an extremely successful year for both, and there is no doubt they will have strong finishes to their seasons.
Freshmen Max Zieger, Jake Symonds, and Wilser Vasquez have also had great seasons. Max’s 800-meter time of 2:07.80 is the second fastest time for a freshman in Crystal history. He also set a new freshman-sophomore school record in the long jump with his personal record of 18’4”. Jake Symonds, too, has made his mark on Crystal’s school records. His 1600-meter time of 4:38.91 set the new freshman-sophomore record for the school, and his 3200-meter time is the third fastest for a freshman. Wilser Vasquez also holds an impressive 1600-meter time of 4:51.11, which is the third fastest time for a freshman in school history. Along with sophomore Grant Pulley, these three freshmen runners clocked a 3:40.48 in the 1600-meter relay and set a new freshman-sophomore record for Crystal.
On the girls’ side, junior Sophie Lawrence pushed her 800-meter and 1600-meter times down to 2:32 and 5:54.81, respectively. Senior Isadora de Castro has also been capturing personal records, with an 800-meter time of 2:48.12 and a 1600-meter time of 5:55.62. She also dipped under 13 minutes in the 3200-meter, running a 12:59.78 at the Mills Invitational. Junior Michelle Sahai has excelled in the 400-meter this year, running a season record of 1:07.68 at the most recent meet. Gaby Levy, a junior in her first year at Crystal, is very close to breaking six minutes in the 1600-meter with a personal record of 6:03.14. Other exciting new additions to the team are freshmen Marlena Broeker, Elaine Chen, and Ruhi Baichwal. Marlena has run a speedy 1:06.38 in the 400-meter, and Elaine and Ruhi are working hard on the field – Elaine has an impressive high jump personal record of 4’10,” and Ruhi has one in long jump of 13’10.75.”
All athletes have put in a huge amount of work this season, spending hours training with countless workouts, weight room sessions, and races. Track and field is a very demanding sport, and it is truly amazing what those who dedicate themselves to the sport can accomplish. For many, the thrill of pushing their bodies to become faster and stronger is a reward for their commitment and all runners know and savor the wonderful camaraderie that accompanies the sport.