Track team win five of six, runner sets school record

By Alex Edel

The boys’ and girls’ track and field teams started out the season with 2-1 and 3-0 overall records respectively. The boys’ team lost their first meet to St. Francis, but continued on to win the next two meets against Alemany and Oaks Christian High School. The team also had their first invitational at the Tri-County Invitational on Saturday, March 13, at Moorpark High School.

In the meet Matthew Bedford ’10 set a new 400 meter school record with a time of 48.47, beating Brian Shields’ record set in 2003, with a time of 48.75. With this time Bedford not only set a school record but also a meet record and the California State leading mark.

Bedford accounts his success to not only consistent running and strength training but also to his coach and his attitude.

“Determination has also been a great factor so far this season, without it I would have quit a long time ago,” Bedford said. “A love for running in general has also helped. I don’t think track is something you can do unless you really like to do it.”

The girls will have their biggest meet of the season on Thursday against Notre Dame, but will be missing two of their sprinters, Sydney Haydel ’10 and Hilary King ’11, because of how far in state the girls’ basketball team has gone.

In order to compensate for this, Coach Koolsbergen will be strategizing by placing girls in events which they normally might not compete in, in order to earn the most points possible.

According to Jennie Porter ’10, this meet will determine who wins league.

“We just have to run our races hard,” Zaakirah Daniels ’10 said.

Over spring break the team has an invitational each Saturday.

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