Track meets success

Students participate in various track meets over the weekend



Junior Deirdre Kenny and Junior Courtney Hall compete in a track and field meet. Kenny broke a school record in the 800 this past weekend.

Heidi Yeung, Reporter

This weekend, students on the Track & Field team took part in the Dublin Distance Fiesta. The Fiesta is an annual competition that takes place at Dublin High.

At the meet, two school records were broken — junior Deirdre Kenny broke the girls’ 800 record with a 2:23.23, and junior Malcolm Oakes broke the 3200 record with a time of 9.29.15.

“The Dublin Distance Fiesta was such a great event to be a part of,” Kenny said. “There were so many people with amazing talent and to be competing with them was an amazing opportunity,”

The Dublin Distance Fiesta hosted over 170 teams from a wide range of Californian high schools.  24 Convent & Stuart Hall track athletes participated in 12 overall events.

“Distance runners were pretty much at the meet all day long, and it is the biggest meet our team gets to go to,” junior Grace Gallagher said. “One heat goes off directly after the last person finishes in the one prior — so it’s really efficient — which is necessary as there are around 4000 students that compete in it,”

In addition to the Dublin Distance Fiesta, some athletes also took part at the San Ramon Sprint Festival at San Ramon Valley High School. Large meets may be stressful, but are also fun, according to Gallagher.

“It may be stressful because of how large an event it is,” Gallagher said. “But, since our team all had runners in the 1600, the 3200, the 800, and the distance medley relay, the competition was very exciting,”

Despite some aspects of the meet being stressful, it was still a very successful meet. Such big meets foster excitement in competing, according to Kenny.

“The meet itself started on Friday and ended pretty late Saturday night, which just goes to show how large the meet was,” Kenny said. “The meet culture was also a big aspect — with so many teams being there — which created an incredible environment to compete in.”