Track Clears Mid-Season Hurdles and Heads for NCS

Blueprint Photo by Alex Tankka

Dons track and field sprints ahead of competition in DFAL while Lady Dons trail closely behind
By Natalie Goepel
Sports Editor

While the girls’ varsity track and field team is still trying to recover from last year’s loss of many key athletes, the boys’ team has managed to carry on strong, moving into league championships undefeated with five wins and one tie.
“The reason we are still undefeated is that we have a good overall team; our throwers and jumpers win a lot of points almost every meet and our hurdlers are usually really solid,” said junior Tristan Tarpey.
On the girls’ side, the distance team lost Katie Berge, who graduated in 2011, but has remained mostly intact since last year, however many key players in the shorter events such as Katie Barton and Anja Simonsen were lost as well.
“The girls’ team lost a lot of key senior athletes last year, but we do still live up to the expectation of being the strongest part of the Acalanes track & field team,” said junior Amy Hollshwandner.
Strong team leaders such as junior Adler Faulkner and seniors Michael Walton, Max O’Neill, Joe Dryer, and George Liow  give each separate event powerful leadership, the boys’ success can’t be pinned down to one group or person.
Junior Annie Marggraff set a new school record, beating her previous time of 11:05 with a 10:58 at the nationally prestigious Arcadia Invitational on April 6.
In an exciting tie against Campolindo, the mens team was losing by five points, 63-68, and its last chance at a tie was winning the 4×400 meter relay.
“I felt pretty hopeful,” said junior Adler Faulkner, the anchor leg for the meet-tying relay. “I knew we’d run pretty well and that we could beat them. Their runners were pretty much all distance guys who had already raced a lot that day.”
On April 28 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, Faulkner achieved a time of 1:54.39, just one hundreth of a second away from the school record of 1:54.38 set in 2007 by Joey Thomas.
The boys currently have a good chance at becoming league champions if they can defeat Campolindo at the Diablo Foothill Association League (DFAL) championships. The boys’ team hopes to meet Campolindo at the League Championships on May 5 and 8 and leave as league champions. The girls’ team is also hoping to defeat Campolindo at league and become league co-champion.
Both teams are in a position to defeat Campolindo. However it is not as simple as just showing up.
“I know we can beat Campo at League,” said senior Marshall Crawford. “We just need to be ready to compete and give it our all.”
As the end of the season approaches, so does the last high school track meet that this year’s seniors will participate in.
Said senior Tyler Troxel. “Track has done a lot for me, and I have a lot of good memories from it. I’m going to make my last race one that I’ll remember.”

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