Warrior track competes at Lakeview
The Schuyler boys and girls track teams competed at Columbus Lakeview on Thursday, March 21 in an exhibition dual meet. No team scores were kept but the event gave athletes a chance to get on the track after being sidelined due to weather issues for the past few weeks.
Rick Carter was pleased with the efforts of his athletes in their various events. He was especially excited about Christobal Gonzalez’s outstanding effort in the 1600-meter run that he won handily.
“Chris’ second 800 meters in that race was 2:21. That split would have placed him second in the open 800 meters. It was probably his best second 800 meters of a 1600 meters I have seen one of my runners do in my time at Schuyler,” Carter said. “Chris came back to easily win the 3200 meters in 10:45. All of his winter running on the treadmill has gotten him off to a good start.”
Kevin Rodriguez had a 40-3 effort in the shot put which was nearly three feet longer than his best throw in 2018.
Also starring in the field events was senior Robert Fuentes in the pole vault. He had taken a year off from the event but went 11-0 at Lakeview and made all of his heights on his first vault until he reached that mark.
What made the result even more impressive was that he only had two days of practice since he couldn’t get to the pole vault pit in Schuyler due to the weather.
In other performances on the track, sophomore Nur Abdirahman won the 300-meter hurdles in 46.3 seconds in his first attempt ever in that event.
“Nur looked really good and I expect that,” Carter said. “With more practice, that time could drop quite a bit. I am anxious to see just how much. If he improves enough, he could get a ticket to Burke this year.”
Carter noted the impressive relay legs delivered by senior Kenny Castro.
“Kenny led off the 3200-meter relay with a split of 2:17 and later led off the 1600-meter relay with a split of 56 seconds. He is way ahead of where he was last year at this time,” he said. “I am anxious to see how much Kenny can drop especially that 800 time. Don’t rule Kenny out of going to the state meet this year.”
Newcomer Felix Cruz was impressive in the sprint events for the Warriors. It was the first high school meet for the freshman speedster. He ran well in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. His 58.0 time in the 400 was especially impressive for the early meet.
Outstanding performances by the girls included senior Rachel Shonka who won the discus event with a throw of 114-5 after only a couple of days of practice.
Junior Kinzie Petersen also had a good day in the field events clearing 4-10 in the high jump while junior Anna Rocheford had a fine leap in the triple jump of 30-8.
The Warriors and Lady Warriors will be competing this Saturday at the Boone Central Invitational in their first official meet of the season.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.