Acalanes Ties up Varsity Boys’ Track


Tristan Caro, Opinion Editor

The track and field team remained undefeated after its Acalanes-held DFAL meet on April 18th. Campo came out on top in the frosh-soph boys, varsity girls, and frosh-soph girls divisions, but the varsity boys team tied Acalanes, 68 to 68.

Injured varsity boys’ distance runner Cameron Sun said “I was surprised. I expected us to win.” Sun, who has been sidelined with a variety of leg injuries since early March, was skeptical of the final results. “Acalanes did some questionable stuff,” he said.

Track and field ties are uncommon. Coach Chuck Woolridge said, “it says a lot about the quality of the two teams and their efforts to compete.” Before the last event, the 1600m relay, Campolindo held the advantage, 68 to 63, but Acalanes finished one second in front of Campo in the event, setting the tie.  Relay events award 5 points for first place.

As a result of the tie, the varsity boys are knotted atop the league standings with Acalanes heading into their final regular season competition.  If the Cougars can get passed Miramonte on Wednesday, they will sill be in contention for a DFAL title.

The frosh-soph boys team demolished Acalanes, 126 to 20. Even though the gap was large, some athletes felt that they didn’t reach their full potential: “I feel like I could have done better,” said sophomore Andrew Lobzakov, who placed second in the pole vault.

The varsity girls also beat Acalanes, though by a smaller margin at 79 to 54. Senior Jane Macy threw 30 feet for varsity shot put. Sophomore Madeline Daum won the frosh-soph discus with a season best toss of 85 feet.

Junior Andy Van Heuit finished second place in the 300m hurdle event at 43.35. Riding the trend, senior jumpers Darren Brodowy and Tony Knox achieved success. Brodowy won the triple jump with a personal record of 41-6 feet, and Knox followed with 40 feet for second place.

Thomas Joyce added to his legendary season, running in the 3200, the 1600, and the 800 with times 9:40.82 4:31.61, and 1:58.52 respectively, before anchoring the 1600m relay.