By Cody Tieu
For the first time in almost 30 years, Galileo’s Track and Field team took a trip down to Southern California to compete at the Paramount Relays Invitational at Paramount High School, on March 22 to March 25. The coaches decided to take the trip because wanted to give the team a chance to compete against other athletes outside of the CIFSF region, as well as reward the athletes that have been committed to the team for their hard work.
The person behind the idea of traveling to Southern California for a competition was Coach Espy, along with the support of the Coach Adams and Jones. They set the task of making the trip possible for the team by having them fundraise money in a number of different ways; including setting up a GoFundMe page, hosting a Run-A-Thon, and asking for donations.
As the coaches went through the process of deciding who deserved a spot on the trip, the coaches also struggled with getting the administration’s approval as the admin noticed a lot of the athletes did not have all the paperwork or grades to be able to participate in the trip. In the end, 28 athletes were selected to compete at this invitational.
While the plans for the trip were first started in November 2018, the paperwork kept getting postponed and was not finalized until the end of February. “Even though it was a very tough and a month’s worth process, we got it done in a short amount of time. It was very hard to choose the athletes, but it all worked out in the end. It was a great time for the athletes to bond and get to know each other outside of practice and in another city,” said Coach Espy.
As for the competition, this year the Paramount Relays Invitational reset their entire record books, which gave the athletes a chance to be record holders, by winning in an event. A number of Lions were able to capture this honor, including; Anthony Z. from the Frosh-Soph division who cleared 5 feet in the high jump event, Helen V. from the varsity division who high jumped 4 feet 8 inches, and relay team Benjamin W, Peter C., Cody T., and Henry T., who placed first in the 4×800 with the time of 10:21. “I’m glad that we got first in the 4×800 because we traveled a long way and we weren’t going to come back to the city without any medals,” says Junior Henry T.
Coach Adams echoed Henry’s words saying, “I’m really proud of the athletes and how far they have made it, this trip was well deserved. We were able to be record holders in many events.”
A day after the track meet, the team went to Knott’s Berry Farm to finish off their trip before they headed back to the city. “After a long day at the track meet, we really deserved to be here at the amusement park and enjoying ourselves,” says Captain Dana L. But she also added, “I really wished that we stayed here a little longer since this is our (the seniors) first and last invitational outside of the city.”