Track team nears season end with individual, relay records

By Jack Schwada

As the track and field squad’s season approaches its end, the girls’ team has managed to establish a winning record, while the boys have matched each victory with a loss. The boys have had two victories and two losses, while the girls have won all three matches. Both of these squads are under the leadership of Head Coach Jonas Koolsbergen and have set several records.

The boys team set five records this season. Christopher Cheng ’09 set the record for the 800 meter. He was also part of the 6400 meter relay team, the 3200 meter team and the 1600 meter team, all of which set records this season as well.

The girls set two school records this year. Kelsey Geiser ’09set the varsity record for pole vault and Lauren Hansson ’11, Zaakirah Daniels ’10, Hilary King ’11, and Nicole Sands ’09 set a school record in the 4 x 200 meter.

The boys are looking to end their season on a winning note with two matches ahead of them before the Mission League Preliminaries, the Mission League Finals and maybe even the CIF rounds if the team does well enough. The boys faced Chaminade on Tuesday and tomorrow will compete against St. Francis.

The two matches will have a major part in determining the success of the overall season. The importance of the next two matches has put some pressure on the members of the boys track and field team to come out with wins. This is especially true after a severe defeat last week at the hands of Loyola’s squad.

Yet the team has a very relaxed approach despite the importance of the matches.

“We go out there every time and see if we can come out with a win,” Adam Bloch ’09 said.

The girls have a lot less pressure on them as they prepare for the end of their season. They competed against Chaminade on Tuesday and will face Flintrdige Sacred Heart tomorrow.

Whether or not the girls win these next two matches, the girls will end their 2008- 2009 season with a winning record. If they win both matches they will extend their winning record to an impressive undefeated streak of five games.

Despite the fact the boys might not finish their season on a high note, they are pleased with the season overall.

“We have definitely improved,” Bloch said. “This was a good year for track and field and we have set a lot of varsity records. This is a special team. There are individual accomplishments, but there are also a lot of squad accomplishments.”