Track and field is off and running

Squad prepares for first meet at Kezar Stadium on March 2.

With three section championships, two consecutive conference championships and five league titles all coming in the last six years, track and field is set to have another successful season, with many of the athletes returning.

“We didn’t lose that many seniors, so I’m not concerned about that,” said head coach Michael Buckley.

The team agrees they have what it takes to do well again this year.

“Hard work, determination, and the will to do well all make the team successful,” Phoenix Aquino-Thomas ’18 said.

The team’s past success is mainly attributed to the athletes’ perseverance and dedication to advance to the postseason.

“I think we have a lot of talented guys on the track team, and all of us are always looking to improve,” 800-meter runner Skyler Dela Cruz ’19 said.

Many of the athletes have been preparing in the off-season with Buckley after school.

“I haven’t been doing a winter sport, so I’m doing winter conditioning right now,” Dela Cruz said. “I am running and doing weights also.”

The distance runners are down in the weight room two to three times a week, lifting weights and doing cardiovascular exercises.

“Honestly, I just go to winter conditioning a lot,” Aquino-Thomas said. “I just go with all the other long distance people, because I know they’ve been preparing a lot too.”

High school track and field consists of 15 events. Convent & Stuart Hall participates in distance running, sprints, hurdles, relays and five field events.

“I do mostly long distance events, like the 800-meter and 1600-meter,” Aquino-Thomas said.

The team’s first meet is the Sunset Invitational at Kezar Stadium in March, and the season ends with the CIF Championships in June.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Buckley said. “Lots and lots of preparation to do, so depending on the events that we’re competing in, we have to aspire to have a high level of physical fitness, a high level of psychological preparation, and a great deal of skill.”