Overcoming Hurdles: District Championship

With athletes breaking both school and personal records, the boys winter track season was a success.

The broken records include the 4x200m team with Alexander Oliver, Christos Proctor, Gavin Sandall and Krish Bhalla. Other records were set by Sean Sanders in the 1000m and Proctor in the 55m.

Track coach Clifford Wong expressed his satisfaction with the championship-winning team’s season.

“I was pleased with the results this season,” he said. “The boy’s team won the district team title, we won a few regional individual titles and collected eight All State Honors.”

The honors include seniors Seth Oliver, who placed in the 3200m; Sanders, who placed fourth in the 1600m; and Alexander Oliver, who placed sixth in the 500m.

“Seth Oliver set the second fastest time in school history for 3200m,” Wong said. “Sanders was chasing his own school record in the 1600m.”

“We had great leadership and lots of new athletes up and coming,” Wong said. “This season we have our largest team with 204 athletes starting the season.”

Junior Ethan Moore, a winter track athlete, expressed his excitement of his team’s success. He acknowledged the dedication and commitment from him and his teammates.

“It was so much fun to win districts as a team,” Moore said. “I just put in work and trained as hard as I could.”

Sophomore Hong-An Pho participated in both hurdles and sprints. He attributed the team’s success to the team mentality.

“Coach Wong also contributed a lot, giving a lot of pep talks,” Pho said.

The senior class played a key role in the team’s success.

“We had a great group of seniors who led the team and worked hard in practices and at meets to make sure the team was successful,” Wong said.

Pho agreed with his coach about the role of senior leadership. He expressed the positive effect not only seniors have had on other athletes.

“There were a lot of different people that were stepping up, telling people to focus or to push harder and helping out,” Pho said.

Although he recognized the impact the seniors have had on the team, he credited the team’s success to a variety of people.

“We just welcome everyone and keep the kids accountable to themself and the team,” Wong said. “They took up the challenge to become better than the previous team and themselves.”

With high morale from their big win, the boys team looked forward to success in future seasons.

“If we put hard work and effort, then we can achieve great things,” Pho said.