Photo by Helena Fu
The varsity track team was once again victorious, beating San Marino and Blair in a dual meet on a hot afternoon at the San Marino track on Wednesday April 11th. In the second league meet of the year, junior Christina Taylor and sophomore Gianna Beasley once again dominated the competition in the girls’ sprint and middle distance events. Taylor took first place in both the 100 and 200 meter races, with times of 13.06 and 26.27 seconds. Beasley won the 800 with a 2:24.5 run. She also won first in the 400 meter race and was followed by senior Riley Segal in second with times of 1:02.04 and 1:02.62 respectively.
Normally mile runners, seniors Oliver Chang and Alex Gallardo, along with junior Alekzander Grijalva-Moreno, swept the top 3 positions in the boys’ 800 meter race. Their times of 2:10.47, 2:12.13, and 2:13.41 were four seconds faster than the San Marino competition. South Pas also won the 1600 and 3200 meter races. Junior Nicolo Porcu won with a 4:58.13 run in the boys’ 1600, and sophomore Megan Yee took first in the girls’ race with a time of 5:49.29. Junior Sarah Uriarte’s 13:49.39 run in the girls’ 3200 gave her a new personal record and a first place finish. In the boys race, Chang added another win to his impressive long-distance high school career with a time of 10:37.57.
Sophomore Tianhao Wei’s 11.33 second run set his personal record in the 100 meter boys’ race, beating San Marino’s star senior Chuma Azinge in a close race.
“Beating my personal record by approximately three tenths of a second is not a common feat,” said Wei. “Considering that this was the first hundred meter dash of my season, I feel that the hard work I have gave really payed off. Beating Chuma was the icing on the cake, and you’ll see even better marks as we continue into the season.”
South Pas will face off against La Cañada in their next league meet on April 17th.