Nogales Track team takes on Baldwin Park

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Nogales Track team takes on Baldwin Park

Robert Salcido, Senior

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After a two-week delay due to stormy weather, the Nogales vs. Baldwin Park Track meet finally commenced on March 5, 2019. The much anticipated race delivered a few surprises.

The meet began with the 4×1 relays, and sophomore Alexis Maldonado, usually a distance runner, showed off her sprinting skills by towering above the competition in the girls’ race. Within the first one hundred meters of the boys’ varsity heat, a Baldwin Park runner dropped the baton, resulting in a disqualification (DQ). However, the Nobles dropped the baton as well at the 250m mark; therefore, neither team won, beginning the meet with a double DQ.

Next came the 1600m race, four laps around the track, an event not necessarily well-liked, but respected for the arduous practice the competitors endure and later on, the gun was fired for the 800m race, where Rudy Morales of Nogales High finished first in the junior varsity heat, leaving his opponents in the red track’s dust.

Near the end of the race, rain began to pour, soaking the track in puddles and red mud. Regardless, the 3200m race continued, with both boys and girls competing together through the eight laps around the field.

The final event, the 4×4 relays, left the crowd in cheers as Jenny Morales, senior/distance runner, appeared to be floating above the track. She not only dominated the track, but also beat her 400m personal record of 76 seconds, dropping it down to 67.

When asked about her achievement, Morales responded: “Coming from a distance run, it was nerve-racking to run the 400m relay race, but I feel satisfied and very surprised with my results because I was able to run a very fast time without any sprint training, and after breaking my mile PR earlier today.”

Even with the absence of track star Osvaldo Cervantez, distance coach Xavier Chavez stated, “for the boys it was a good meet with some competition.”

This race gave the Nobles the opportunity to strive for excellence, as well as identify mistakes in order to improve for the future. The Nobles have a very promising track season ahead of them, hopefully taking the title as Montview League Champions for the third consecutive year.

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