With the Winter Sport Season over, the James Lick Track team is in a powerful position.The team has over 40 athletes on their roster, a big jump from the 23 athletes last year and the 10-12 athletes of the earlier 2000s. The improvements in recruiting are the first step towards making the team more competitive.
The team ran 400m time trials on February 24th to evaluate their fitness level with a few weeks left before the meets begin. Nathan Bernardo and Karan Singh lead the group running 57.24 and 57.49 respectively. Newcomers to the team, Jon Rodriguez and Aaron Garcia also impressed, running close to a minute flat in their first day of track practice. Robert Rios ran a solid 1:10 minute lap to lead the throwers, despite his focus being on retaining his league title in the Shot Put.
On The girl’s side Paloma Contreras ran a PR with a strong 1:05.90. Paloma looks poised to be a major point scorer for the team and should make a run at the league 400m title. Maria Mendoza and Daniela Camacho came in next with a 1:11 and a 1:12. Freshman Cierra Gutierrez ran an impressive 1:12 and has worked her way into key team plans on sheer potential alone. The team is now at full steam working hard daily to be the best they can, and we expect even more athletes to join in the coming weeks. It is a good time to be a member of the James Lick Track and Field Team. Bright days are most surely ahead.