Track competes first invitation of the season at Oaks Christian

By Riley Segal

Staff Writer

Photos by Matt Scholtz

The track team participated in the Oaks Christian Invitational on Saturday, March 5. The Tigers competed against several schools, including Oaks Christian, Cathedral, Mayfield, and Cabrillo. While no South Pas team placed in the top three overall, individual athletes on both varsity and frosh-soph gave many strong performances despite a depleted roster. Many varsity underclassmen competed at the frosh-soph level to gain more points for the Tigers.

In the boys’ varsity 100 meters, senior Jonathan Williams garnered second place overall. Williams went on to capture second place again in the 4×200 meter relay with teammates senior Esteban Suarez, and sophomores Josiah Topping and Preston Wun-Young. Sophomore Josh Ng placed first in the frosh-soph pole vault with a height of 9’7”.

Freshman Christina Taylor acquired first place in the 100 meter girls’ frosh-soph race, and later won first in the 4×200 meter relay with three other teammates. The same team placed third in the 4×400 meter relay. Sophomore Cate Latting also picked up third in the varsity 100 meter hurdles, and senior Alexis Mora captured second place in the varsity 300 meter hurdles.

Despite an overall strong performance from the sprinters, the Tigers were unable to place in the top three for long jump or triple jump. However, Suarez placed second in varsity pole vault and sophomore Josh Ng earned first at the frosh-soph. South Pas also did not place in the shot put.

“Even though not a lot of people could make it, those who did really stepped up, especially when racing in events they aren’t used to,” Mora said. “I’m really excited for the next invitational. Everyone has so much potential, and now that we’re getting used to our events we’re going to be a lot stronger.”

The Tigers’ next meet is the Redondo Nike Invite held at Redondo Beach High School. The distance runners will compete on Friday, March 11 while the remaining events will occur on Saturday, March 12.