Due to Middle School spring trips last week, we are celebrating our Westside School Athletes’ of the Week for the last two weeks! Ella runs the 75 meter, and the first leg of the 4 x 100 relay for the seventh grade girls. She has run 75 meter times of 11.23 and 11.56, and qualified for the individual championship meet this Saturday! Ella also runs the first leg of the relay, and the seventh grade girls’ team, comprised of Ella, Nina, Aisha, and Kate is awesome. The team has run away with the win during both meets so far, and last Saturday, posted a time of 56.63.
Our second female Athlete of the Week, Bea, did not get a chance to run the 800 during the preliminary meet due to torrential rains and CYO communication issues. She came out last Saturday though and ran a 2:58 800, qualifying second in the individual championship meet. This is a great time for a fifth grade girl runner under a six minute mile pace. Bea also throws the turbo javelin, and we are waiting for the results of the field events.
The 1600 is the first event of our track meets, so Anthony gets a chance to run early. Students ran some miles in P.E. last fall, and Anthony had the fastest time of the school with a 6:07. Coaches knew he had a chance to run under six minutes in a meet, and sure enough Anthony ran a 5:54 in the preliminary meet. This just might be the fastest mile time in school history! Anthony ran a 6:03 in the qualifying meet, and many of the times were a little slower in the qualifying meet, which is not surprising since students were all on trips the previous week, and then had a 10:00 a.m. track meet on Saturday. Anthony qualified for the championship meet this Saturday, May 17, and everyone is very excited to see him run.
JP runs the 75 meter, runs the third leg of the fifth relay, and competes in the softball throw. JP has won his 75 heat both times with a best time of 11.75. JP had to out-lean another runner in the first meet, which was particularly cool, because it was an intuitive move the team has not even practiced at all. The fifth grade boys 4 x 100 relay team qualified first into the championship meet with a time of 1:04. JP also qualified in the softball throw with a top throw of 127 feet.
Congratulations to all of our outstanding athletic performances by these athletes!