Track and field competes in the Sierra Foothill League championship

Even on a cold and cloudy day, athletes from multiple districts gather at the SFL trials held at Del Oro May 3. The men’s and women’s track and field teams from Del Oro, Whitney, Folsom, Granite Bay and Oak Ridge competed in pole vaulting, triple jump, long jump, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, discus, shot put, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 1600-meter run, 3200-meter run, 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay and the 4×800 meter relay. 

“My favorite event to run is the 800-meter because it’s really tough and fast event. During the first lap, you feel really fast but the second is pure mental because everyone is pushing so hard to beat the pace of each other,” Izzy Soto said.

Track and field can give athletes the distraction needed to calm their head and focus better.

“Whenever I’m stressed, running gives me some solid think time, where my body is preoccupied so I can really focus and break down what I’m stressed about,” Taylor Bettencourt said.

The women’s varsity won First place with 174 points, the men’s varsity came in at First place with a total of 159 points and the men’s JV scored 123 points making them First place. 

“This season has been a lot of fun and everyone has worked super hard to reach their goals and winning league was definitely a highlight for us all,” Kaylee Holyoak said.