Over 250 students including Galileo Track and FIeld athletes competed in the first track meet of the season on March 13th at the Ruth Asawa SOTA field, which was hosted by Galileo. Going up against heavy competition from other schools, including Lincoln, Misson, Leadership, Burton, and Marshall, the Lions managed to capture 3rd place at the event, behind Lincoln and Mission.
Since Galileo was the host for the event, the coaches did not want most of the athletes competing as they were needed to help around the field with timing, moving hurdles, and measuring during the events. With fewer athletes competing, the Galileo boys track team only placed top 10 in 6 out of the 18 events, while the girls only placed top 10 in 5 out of 15 events.
For the boys, Junior Benny W. placed 2nd in the long jump and 3rd in the triple jump, Junior Eyan M. placed 2nd in the long jump and 4th with the relay team. Sophomore Anthony Z, Junior Terrence T., junior Matthew W, all placed in the top 5 in the high jump. The 4×100 relay team got placed 4th, and the 4×400 relay team got placed 4th.
Eyan was happy with his performance, especially considering the circumstances. He said, “Last meet I long jumped for the first time and I even though I scratched on all three of my jumps, I got a benchmark for my ability. I jumped 19’ 6” which was pretty encouraging for a first run.”
For the girls, senior Alanna L.placed 1st in the triple jump and long jump. While she wasn’t completely satisfied, she knows there are more meets to come. She said, “We’ve been practicing and I feel like I could have done better. But it was our first meet so I’m not being too hard on myself. It’s a new season and I think I will be able to get better as the season progresses.”
Mia P., who was 1st in the 1600m and 2nd in the 800m run, was happy with ber placement. “I think I did pretty well for my first meet. I hope as the season progresses, I’ll be able to get even better.” Along with Alanna and Mia, Jasmine C. placed 4th for the long jump, and the 4×100 relay team also placed 4th.
The Lions are looking forward to bouncing back and get first place on the next meet on March 21st against Burton, Washington, Wallenberg, ICA, and Marshall.