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Sonora High Track and Field: A Force to be Reckoned With

Natalie Hawks, Photo Editor

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The Sonora High track and field team is one of the many Sonora High sports’ teams that displays diligence and determination through their successes and achievements.

The unique thing about track is that anyone can join. There are several different events in track and field; from jumping to running to throwing, you are bound to find a specific event that speaks to you.

Track is a sport where people with a variety of different skills and talents unite, embodying a diverse team of students that thrive off of hard earned athleticism.

Altogether, the track team is made up of four different components; we have the sprinters, the long distance runners, the jumpers, and the throwers. Each group of athletes has their own coach to train them to compete in their event and set them up for success. Athletes are given the opportunity to compete in any of the several events that are offered.

In January, the team began practicing and training daily for meets that would not start until April. This proves the level of dedication and commitment that is needed to be a part of such a skilled and diverse team.

When the MLL meets began, it was evident that Sonora’s team was comprised of strong competitors, who were ready to gain some top spots in each event.

The head track coach, Senor Garcia, emphasizes the importance of good sportsmanship and team support.

One of the things that really strengthens the track and field team is the myriad of friendships that form throughout the season.

“My favorite part of track is cracking jokes with the team at practice and continuing to building even stronger friendships with my teammates,” said freshman, Kristiina Thompson.

The track team truly represents a large group of individuals that works hard and exemplifies qualities that a supportive team has.

Several athletes moved on to division championships after performing well at the MLL finals.

The track team had seven sprinters move on, three distance runners move on, three jumpers move on, and Conor Pullen moving on for the throwers. Also, congratulations to Cassi Land is moving on to Masters for the one mile and two mile events.

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TRUE TEAMMATES.
The Thompson sisters eagerly await to cheer their teammates on while they race.

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The track tent is a fun place where the team unites in between their events to cool down and hang out. “I enjoy having fun with everyone on the team,” said Kristiina Thompson.

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DETERMINED DISTANCE RUNNERS. Senior Jackson McIlroy leads the pack in his 1600 meter race. McIlroy qualified for Sections in both the 1600 and 3200.

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Sophomore Matteson Burgess, and Kristiina Thompson, freshman, begin their race with a powerful start in the 1600. “For distance it takes endurance, speed, and a lot of mental strength,” said Kaarina Thompson, friend of Matteson and sister of Kristiina.

Frank Garcia
SPEEDY SPRINTERS.
Junior Sarah Rosasco sprints to the finish in the fastest heat for 400 meter varsity girls race. Rosasco is one of the only girl sprinters representing Sonora High. Rosasco trains with Coach MacDonald on the daily. Her hard work has paid off, as her season was filled with many personal records.

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Freshman Riley Keaster finishes his portion of the 4×100 relay and quickly passes the baton to fellow freshman Kane Rosko. The Sonora boys’ relay teams are a formidable force, winning or PR-ing almost every race.

Frank Garcia
Sophomore Dalton Tarter is a great asset to the team as an all around sprinter for the JV boys team. Tarter runs several sprinting events at each meet, placing well in all. He too has had a season full of PRs.

Frank Garcia
POWERFUL SHOT PUTTERS.
Sophomore Conor Pullen is one of the few throwers on the track team. His daily shot put and discus practice has helped him achieve a season record in discus and a personal record in shot put at his final MLL meet for this season.

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Junior JT Kress has also had a successful season in throwing with two PRs.

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SKILLED JUMPERS.
Junior Coleton Sanguinetti reaches for the sky and lands with a new PR of 13 feet and 6 inches at the MLL finals. Sanguinetti has improved immensely throughout the season, as he started out the season with clearing nine feet and improved four more feet in just a month. Sanguinetti moved on and competed at sections.

Frank Garcia
Sarah Rosasco uses speed, technique, and agility in the challenging 100 meter hurdles event. Rosasco had a successful meet at the MLL finals, as she beat her personal record and qualified to move on to sections.

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