The Miramonte track team is off to a fast start, as the boys are currently 4-0 and the girls are 3-1 after a loss to Acalanes. The team will look to continue its early success throughout the remainder of league play as well as into the post-season.
“I really believe that we’re the top contender in DFAL, and I think if we just continue what we’ve been doing then we’ll do really well in NCS,” said Ashraf Mathkour ‘11.
Much of the team’s success this season has come from dominating a couple of key events, one of which has been the men’s 4×400 relay. The relay, which consists of Nick Vedovi ‘10, Zach Mayeri ‘10, Ross Anderson ‘12, and Mathkour has yet to lose this season.
“We’ve got a really good 4×400 relay, and we want to go to the state championship meet,” said Anderson. “We won league last year with the same team, so we have really high expectations for ourselves.”
Other standouts for the team include distance runners Kirby Schulz ‘11 and Lauren Henderson ‘11, hurdler Noelle Neason ‘10, discus thrower Aaron Whitelock ‘10, and sprinter James King ‘10.
“James King is a beast. He dominates the 100 and the long jump. He’s a freak of nature,” said Anderson.
With the DFAL championship trials beginning May 14, the team is confident that they can continue their dominance as well as improve on individual times before heading into NCS.
“We’ve got a couple of big meets coming up, and I think that a couple of our guys could peak at those meets and become big contributors for us in NCS,” said Mathkour.
The Mats will compete in the Phillips-McCain Invitational Saturday, April 24.