Track Defeats Dougherty Valley

Jessi Gunn, Staff Reporter

Both boys and girls track and field teams won the last duel meet of the regular season against Dougherty Valley, with a final score of 287-242.

Coach Chuck Woolridge said, “the varsity boys finally had all their pieces preforming together on the same day with Aidan Goltra, Ryan Hoffman, Harrison Hughes, Gryphon Goodrich, and Andy Van Hewett all healthy and competing.”

The girls’ team also beat Doughterty Valley to finish with a 6-0 final record. “On the girls side we also beat Dougherty Valley which was important, since it was our final league meet, and it was the one team left that the girls hadn’t beaten, so they’re now undefeated heading into the championship meet,” said Woolridge.

Athletes in every event contributed to the win.

Some stand out runners were Aiden Goltra and Brighie Leach in the boys’ and girls’ distance races, respectively.  Leach broke the 5 minute barrier in the 1600m for the first time.

“In the mile I PR’d, so I did better than I was hoping, since I wanted a 5:04, but I got a 4:59.9,” said Leach. “I really didn’t have anyone near me at all, so it was me in my own race, against the clock. The next person was like 20 seconds behind me.”

Goltra had simple goals going into this race. He said, “I just wanted to win, and score points for my team.” He succeeded, winning the 800 and the 3200.

“The competition was pretty tough in the 800,” but “then in the 3200 it was an easy win,” said Goltra.

Regarding the championship meet, Woolridge said “the boys best finish is probably a third place in the league if they’re able to move up the standings.”

“The girls obviously want to win the title after going undefeated, but Acalanes and Miramonte have healthier teams and are very powerful in championship format meets,” added Woolridge.