Track and field opens season at Covina 6 Way

Story by Amber Chen
Staff Writer

Photo by Sophie Yeung

The track team dominated the Covina 6 Way track meet on Saturday, Feb. 22. Each section placed in the top three for multiple events and the Tigers enjoyed multiple personal records across the board. 

The sprints team prevailed in the shorter events. Juniors Ferrel Mansano and Terrel Mansano led in sprints for South Pas, placing second and third respectively in the men’s 100m, both achieving personal record times of 11.38 and 11.39. The pair also placed first and second respectively in the 200m sprint.

In the 4x100m relay, seniors Ivan Estrada and Kevin Kang and the Mansanos placed first with a time of 44.25.

Junior Ella Leeson placed second in the 100m with a time of 13.18, while sophomore Jade Harris came in second in the 200m, running 27.56.

In the 4x100m relay, the team of Harris, Leeson, junior Avery Kim, and sophomore Stephanie Li placed first. Harris, Kim, and Leeson also teamed up with senior Gianna Beasley to earn first in the 4x400m. 

“The sprints team performed really well, even though we weren’t very prepared. A lot of our freshmen boys have a lot of potential and I’m excited to see what this season has in store for us,” Li said.

The distance team hit multiple personal records; juniors Andrew Parkinson and Andrew Villapadua both achieved career bests in the 800m and 1600m, respectively — Parkinson placed second and Villapadua finished in ninth. 

Juniors Derek Rodriguez and Pieter Wielenga came in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 3200m distance.

Sophomore Sydney Morrow won the 1600m race in 5:23.36 and junior Lindsay Michels followed up in third for the 3200m with a time of 12:11.21.

“We had a good amount of PRs across the board. Some people were a bit slower, but it was very good for the first meet,” Parkinson said.

Sophomore Noah Lieder won the 10-pound shot put, while senior Lim Bui earned first in the 12-pound competition. 

Kang earned first with a six foot high jump. In the pole vault, senior Lucas Tailin placed first at 14 feet and senior Tianhao Wei earned first in the long jump and triple jump.

Sophomore Violet Main placed third in shot put at 28’ 3”. Senior Sophie Garcia won the high jump at 4’ 8”.

The team will compete in a dual meet against Alhambra on Thursday, Feb. 27.

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