Track & Fielders Compete

High school track season canceled mid-stride to prevent spread of disease

The COVID-19 virus has forced the high school spring sports season to go on an indefinite hiatus. Before the mandate was announced the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) track & field team competed in the Dan Gabor Invitational on Saturday, March 7, at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.

Men’s competition
SJND senior Zavier Annis finished fourth overall in the men’s 100-meter race. Annis finished with a time of 11.48. More than 300 athletes participated. Senior Tomas Kersulis from Foothill High School of Pleasanton won the meet with a time of 11.21.

Pilot senior Rowan O’Brien finished 28th out of nearly 200 participants in the men’s 800-meter competition. O’Brien finished with a time of 2:08.53. His teammate, sophomore Arlo Rucker, came in 32nd place with a time of 2:09.98. Four spots behind him, SJND senior Christian Granados finished 36th with a time of 2:10.22. Senior Lucas Argueta was the fourth Pilot to cross the finish line. He came in 43rd place with a time of 2:10.54. Fellow senior Giullian Galindo rounded out the Pilots’ top five in the event in 51st place with a time of 2:11.53. Junior John Lester from Amador Valley High won the race with a time of 1:52.06.

Rucker was the first Pilot to cross the finish line in the men’s 1,600-meter race. He finished 37th overall, out of more than 330 participants, with a time of 4:44.24. Galindo finished 52nd with a time of 4:47.84. Granados held the 60th position in the race at 4:49.88. Senior Dominic Padre completed the distance in 4:53.28 for 76th place. The fifth Pilot to cross the finish line was senior Richard Riordan at 5:15.90 for 176th place. Junior Euan Houston from Amador Valley High won the event with a time of 4:18.86.
SJND junior Ali Bledsoe finished seventh in the men’s high jump competition out of 19 participants. Bledsoe leapt the bar at 5’ 6”. His teammate, senior Jayelen Jones, finished 15th after clearing his highest bar at 5’. Junior Miles Bennett of Castro Valley won the competition after clearing 6’.

Women’s competition
Taylor Viera finished 35th, out of more than 300 competitors, in the women’s 100-meter dash. She finished with a time of 13.77. Freshman Leila Champion from California High of San Ramon was the champion of the race with a time of 12.45. 

SJND junior Aila Owens finished 10th in the women’s 400-meter race. She finished with a time of 1:02.96. She was among nearly 200 participants who competed in the race. Viera finished 28th overall with a time of 1:05.77. Freshman Amber Cox was the third and final Pilot to cross the finish line. She came in 125th place with a time of 1:18.99. Junior Elyse Wohlenberg from Foothill High School in Pleasanton won the race with a time of 59.04.

Owens finished ninth, out of almost 200 participants, in the women’s 800-meter race. She crossed the finish line in 2:29.75. Sophomore Pilot Natalie Perez finished 25th with a time of 2:35.34. Fellow sophomore Jaida Sieu finished 82nd with a time 2:55.81. Sophomore Lauren Yee from Acalanes High of Lafayette won the competition with a time of 2:21.47.

Perez finished 19th in the women’s 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:32.62. Nearly 200 athletes competed in the event. Sieu finished 97th in the race with a time of 6:21.73. Junior Sameen Andar from Dougherty Valley of San Ramon won the race with a time of 5:15.04.

The team then had its next two events suddenly vanish. First, the Dublin Distance Fiesta, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, was canceled. Then the Pilots were scheduled to take part in the San Leandro High Invitational on Saturday, March 21; that was also canned.