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.
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