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Successful Track and Field Season Comes to a Close 

Everyone is beating their personal records, everyone is motivated, showing up to practice and being consistent” gushed track star London Moro when asked about her fellow teammates. As the track and field season comes to an end the Dons hope to continue the success they’ve found throughout the season. With meets occurring weekly throughout the channel league area, there are plenty of opportunities for the Dons to dominate the track. As a team captain this year, Moro has been running track since 9th grade where she competes in the open 400, 4 by 400 relay and on occasion the 200 and 800. “I’ve just always loved to run, I’ve naturally been very good at it so practice just enhanced that performance.”  When asked about this year Moro said “this season has been a rollercoaster because I got injured, I sprained my ankle so obviously I had a setback but ever since I got hurt I just came back better.” She expanded on this saying “I’m just more motivated and that rest when I was injured really made my season good and as of my last race yesterday I just feel really great.” This is not surprising considering that she had a personal record in her last race at San Marcos.

              “I think a big thing about track, in order to be successful is just being dedicated each and every day and working on the technical work because the foundation of track and the technical work is really going to help them be more successful on race day” said assistant  coach Boutros when asked about the key to success. As the coach for boys and girls sprints, 

Boutros said “I feel like it’s going well, we have a very young team so it’s really exciting to see the potential growth that we’re gonna have in the next few years and we hope to grow the program even more.” With over 100 team members, the program is already quite popular within the school community.

                 Track and field is much more than just sprints. With multiple different events including hurdles, long jump and shot put, there really is something for everyone. “I didn’t want to join at first because I thought I would have to run, so I definitely think knowing about all the events would help out a lot,” said sophomore Malachi Johnston on raising awareness for the non-running events in track. On his decision to join the team, where he competes in shot put and discus Johnston said “it just looked fun…I wanted to throw stuff.”

For junior Matthias Everest running the mile proved to be his niche. “I want to run a sub 4:30 mile and a sub 10 two mile,” Everest said of his goals for the year. “We’ve had a really great season so far and I feel like I’ve had a good season and I can’t wait to finish it off strong.” 

                  Sophomore Chris Lopez agreed saying “the season so far has been going really great, I’ve been having new PRs ever since [it started].” Competing in the 100, 200, long jump and both relays, Lopez has been passionate about the sport from an early age. “I’ve always been active even as a little kid, ever since kindergarten I’ve always been running with my friends, just having fun.” Although this is only his second year on the team, Lopez has already put up some impressive times and is looking forward to improving even more in the years to come. “The team has been great for everyone, the community is really amazing,” he said of the experience. The team will continue to work hard as they prepare for the Santa Barbara County Championships and Channel League finals. The Dons hope for an exciting end to the season and look forward to next year.


  • Ember Reiter

    Ember Reiter is a sophomore at Santa Barbara High where she is a member of The MAD Academy. This is her first year writing for The Forge and she hopes to continue with the paper throughout high school. Outside of school she enjoys dancing at Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, where she has been training since she was three years old. She is also a big sports fan, especially football, Go Pack Go!

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