Final stretch for boys’ relay team

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Mitchell Johnson ’16 sprints to finish at the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell meet is considered across the state as one of the biggest track events of the year.

   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.

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