Tracksters anticipate league competition
by ERICA SUH
Looking to perform their best, the tracksters will compete in the Bell Gardens Invitational at Bell Gardens High School March 28 in their last non-league competition of the season.
The tracksters will compete against the Alhambra Moors April 2 away.
On March 19, the Spartans competed in a meet against the San Gabriel Matadors in their first league competition of the season. They were victorious in the varsity boys, frosh/soph boys and frosh/soph girls division, winning 79-48, 99-27 and 74-25, respectively. The varsity girls were defeated by the Moors, 70-57.
“Spring season has been a slow process due to the fact that soccer girls went far in CIF and girls basketball went to CIF, so we haven’t really had the chance to see what we have in regards to our full team,” said Head Coach Manuel Quintero. “From what I have seen so far, we have a good chance of winning in quite a few of the levels.”
The Spartans competed in the Walnut Invitational March 14. The top two tracksters in each event were chosen by coaches to attend the invitational. At Walnut, the top finisher in each heat and the top three finishers in the fastest heat of each event placed and won medals.
“The minute we stepped foot on the track, I knew we had something,” said Captain Nicholas Capranica. “It may have not been the quantity of people, but it certainly is the quality.”
The team competed in the Paramount Relays March 7, where every event was team-based and involved the combined marks of the athletes. The Spartans faced the Whittier Cardinals away, March 4, in a preseason meet. Scores were not kept for the meet because it served as practice for league competitions.
“I am confident that our team will prevail with yet another Almont League Championship,” said Capranica.