By Riley Segal
The track team competed in the Monrovia Wildcat Relays at Monrovia High School on Saturday, March 19. While the Tigers didn’t win the meet, several athletes gave strong performances that allowed them to place strongly in their heats and overall. South Pas also used this meet as an opportunity to scope out other schools in the Rio Hondo League, such as San Marino and Monrovia. Other schools competing included Upland, Saint Francis, Glendale, and Glendora.
Junior Kieran Press-Reynolds placed fourth in his heat and overall in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:28.93 seconds. Senior Emily Ye also gave a strong performance in the girls’ varsity 1600 meters as well, earning third in her heat and overall with a time of 5:27.10 seconds. While other Tigers were able to place highly in their respective heats, those athletes’ times were not enough to place in the top five overall.
The girls’ varsity 4×100 meter relay team was the first race of the day, and the South Pas “A” team consisting of sophomore Harper Fox, junior Caroline Becronis, and seniors Alexis Mora and Rebecca Liston was able to place fifth out of thirteen teams with a time of 51.42 seconds. Freshman Ashley Hugasian and sophomore Riley Segal garnered third and first in their heat of the 400 meter run, allowing Segal to place fifth and Hugasion to earn eighth. Freshman Christina Taylor picked up twelfth overall out of thirty-five girls with a time of 13.46 seconds in the 100 meter. Liston, Mora, Taylor, and sophomore Cayley Whitman also acquired second in the Swedish relay. The South Pas boys’ Swedish relay team placed fourth in their heat.
Hugasian also placed fifth in the triple jump at 32’5.5’. Sophomore Molly Round earned third in the high jump with a jump of five feet, as well as fifth in the long jump 15’5.5”. Senior Grace Meier and sophomore Cate Latting tied for fifth in the high jump at a height of 4’8”. Senior Esteban Suarez easily won first place in the pole vault, clearing two feet higher than the second place contestant at a 14’6” jump.
“Although it was one of the first few meets this year, the team did pretty well. I think that now we can see our potential and how far we can carry ourselves in upcoming meets,” Becronis said.
South Pas’ next meet is Thursday, March 24 at Temple City High School for the Tigers’ first league meet of the year. The squad is confident that they will continue to dominate in Rio Hondo this season.