Track and Field Is Off and Running in DFAL

Conor Volpe, Staff Writer

With the season coming down the home stretch, track and field is off to a sizzling start. Both men’s and women’s teams are 3-1 so far this season, and both are sporting a new look this year, with many new coaches and even more new faces around.

“We kinda lost some depth after last year, but we’re still raw,” said captain Ashraf Mathkour ‘11.

By Mathkour’s estimation, three-fourths of the team is new to track this year, and that has changed the dynamic. Instead of upperclassmen keeping to themselves, they have taken on a new role of helping younger teammates.

“Our upperclassmen are not only competing well, but they’re teaching younger kids on top of that,” said Mathkour.”

Over the Mar. 19-20 weekend, some select Miramonte track and field athletes competed in the prestigious Stanford Invitational. Miramonte was represented especially well in some events, like the girls 4×400, boys distance medley, the 800, and the mile.

The times runners received in this meet will determine placement in the prestigious international Arcadia Meet on April 8-9.  This event draws talented players from around the world. Both the womens 4×400 relay team and miler Jamie Fehrnstrom competed well in the meet.

On Mar. 30, Dougherty Valley handed the men’s team their first loss of the year. Dougherty Valley dominated the field events, and were just good enough in the running events to get the win.

“We’re very talented on the track this year,” said Mathkour. “We just didn’t have the depth we needed in field events early on, but that has improved as the season has gone on.”

The women’s sole loss came to Acalanes, which has one of the best women’s teams this year.

Other than those hiccups, both teams have been rolling. With only a few more meets until the postseason starts, practices have been picking up in intensity. But the team has risen to the occasion, beating every time the coaching staff set for them.

This season could also be the first time in years that a Miramonte track and field record has been broken. Both men’s and women’s 4×400 teams are extremely close and hope to have their names on the board by the end of this year.

Track and field has a meet with Dublin and Campolindo on Wednsday, but those results were unavailable at press time.

On  April 22-23, both varsity  teams   go  the Bay Area Top Eight meet, while the frosh/soph team is headed to Norcal.