Track and field wins league openers

By Julius Pak

For the first time in program history, both varsity track and field teams won the first two league meets of the season.

The boys’ and girls’ teams defeated Alemany 73-58 and 92-43.

The victories of both teams in the March 1 meet against Alemany also marked Head of Program and Varsity Head Coach Jonas Koolsbergen’s 300th and 301st track and field wins over his 24 years in charge of the program at Harvard School and Harvard-Westlake.

“I think this season started off really well,” co-captain Amy Weissenbach ’12 said. “Part of the reason why we didn’t start as well last year is because we didn’t have all of our pieces. We had people competing in basketball and soccer. This year, fortunately, we’ve gotten everybody into training right away.”

“It’s a lot different this year since we have so much depth not only on the sprint side but on the distance side also,” co-captain Cami Chapus ’12 said.

Also at the home meet against Alemany, a member of the girls’ team broke the first school record of the season when Alex Florent ’15 jumped to a record height in the high jump event.

“I was a little nervous because it was my first meet, and I just decided to do my best,” Florent said. “I hope at least to set it higher for incoming people next year.”

Following the Alemany meet, both teams avenged their losses to St. Francis and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy last year in this year’s dual meet at St. Francis.

Defending CIF champions, the girls’ team reversed last year’s narrow 62-65 loss to Flintridge into a 77-49 victory last Wednesday.

Similarly, the boys’ team defeated St. Francis 78-49 after last year’s defeat by a margin of one point.

Both teams are now preparing for their meets against Notre Dame Academy Thursday.

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