2015 Track season fast approaching

Less than 2 weeks remain until official track practice begins and the Comets conditioning now are beginning ton see the fruits of their labor. The JLTF team participated in various time trials to get a sense of where they stand before the season. Karan Singh and Nathan Bernardo excelled on the distance side, running 2:15 and 2:19 respectively for an 800m run. Both times are already better than the best 800 mustered by a comet all of the 2014 season. This is a strong start to the year for the distance runners who are aiming to have two runners finish in the top 4 at league finals in all 3 distance races.

The 100m time trials included every runner on the team, running into a strong headwind without the use of blocks. Despite these issues, the comets performed strongly. In particular, freshmen Lyndel Ventura stood with a low 16 on her first try. Stanley Nguyen ran a solid low 13 into the wind on the boys side. The short sprints have been the teams greatest weakness in recent years and runners like Lyndel, Stanley and Jose will be integral in bettering that weakness.

The 400m time trial was lead by senior Oscar Sanchez clocking a 61 second lap. Oscar looks poised to be un der the minute barrier come race season. Senior and BVAl championship qualafier Paloma Contreras ran a strong 73 second 400 to start her season in which she figures to threaten for the League title in the event.

The day ended with a few trials at the long and triple jump. Despite his focus on distance runing, Nathan was in good form, jumping over 17 feet in long jump and 35 feet in the triple jump. Lyndel and fellow freshmen girl Crystal Nguyen both did well, making legal jumps in their first attempts using the high school boards. The horizontal jumps figure to be a strength for the team for years to come with such a  young group of talented jumpers.

It is not too late to join Track and Field for any interested Comets, simply meet in room 10002 after school by 3:30. If you would like to follow this blog, click the + icon at the bottom of the page.


2015 JLTF schedule
2015 JLTF schedule

JLT&F Conditioning begins!

The team's top distance runners, Karan Singh and Daniela Camacho
The team’s top distance runners, Karan Singh and Daniela Camacho

James Lick Track and Field conditioning is now underway. Any interested comets can join every weekday at 3:30 by meeting in room 1002. Coming off a season which involved the team’s first dual meet wins in over 5 years, the team is looking to build on those victories with continued strides in the upward direction.

Over 20 student athletes have joined already, standout distance runners Karan Singh and Nathan Bernardo are hard at work, and Throws captain Mario Perez heads a promising young group of athletes learning the basics of shot put and discus. The team as a whole is hard at work recruiting more athletes to make the team stronger, while having the benefit of returning athletes who scored points for the team at league finals like:

Name: Points scored

Cesar Azevedo: 1       Mac Dual: 1    Gabriela Aguilar: 1 Maria Mendoza: 4  Paloma Contreras:8  Robert Rios: 10  Nathan Bernardo: 13 and Daniela Camacho: 14.

The team made huge strides forward last year by scoring 35 points on the boys side, and 28 points on the girls side in 2014, and in 2015 the coaches are aiming for a 60 point finish for each team. Such an ambitious goal can only be achieved with the hardwork of a dedicated group of athletes. The coaches have a firm belief in the students athletes who have arrived so far, and are confident if they remain commited the Track and Field program will continue to rocket forward. Past Track results and team schedule are available using the links above or by searching for “track” with the blog search tool at the top.

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
-Muhammad Ali

(Former Heavyweight champion of the world)