Final stretch for boys’ relay team
After several consecutive years of success in Heritage’s male relay teams, the tradition has been upkept by four of the track team’s finest athletes.
The 4×4 team is led by three senior veterans on the squad: Jeremy Romero, Mitchell Johnson, and Thomas Ornelas. All three boast impressive careers during their time at Heritage, and, joined by a newcomer, have been a force to be reckoned with in league competition.
Joe Weigang, in his second year running track, has made a seamless jump to varsity as the final piece of the squad. Weigang hasn’t been the first surprise this season; Romero made the jump from mostly distance events all of the sudden to a race that has typically demanded talented sprinters.
“It took some getting used to with the transition from the mile run, but I’m very proud with what I’ve done up to this point. In the end, I’m confident in my skills on the track in any setting, whether it’s distance or sprints, I’m there to compete above all else,” says Romero.
With a time of 3:28.51 they are positioned at ninth in state entering the league championships this Saturday, and they are hoping to to lower their time even more before entering the state meet.
“We can definitely hit 3:24, but we’re really pushing for 3:22 this weekend,” says Johnson.
He attributes a lot of their success to the coaching change in the off-season.
“Our new coach, Brant Gilbert, has done a great job pushing us to be better throughout the year. He has really prepared us to be a state level relay team,” says Johnson.
The group’s plans are to make one last bump in rankings before finally getting the chance to represent Heritage in yet another state meet, and carry on the tradition of the school’s dominant relay performances of the past.by
Alpine Club climbs to new heights
Heritage’s Alpine Club has kept busy since the start of the school year, taking their first hike up Goliath Peak on August 25. The kick off hike of the year offered new members a taste of what the club has to offer. Mr. Warren, Heritage Math Teacher, has been sponsoring the club for 18 years.
Track and Field hosts Liberty Bell amid exciting season
Every year around the end of April, Heritage hosts a huge track meet with about 40 schools participating. Organizing the event this year is the head track coach Mr. Tyler Knoblock, from the Physical Education Department.