Saturday, March 19, M-A’s track and field team attended its first big meet of the year, the De Anza Invitational, producing great results. Multiple M-A athletes made personal records (PR’s) and placed well in their respective events. The Bears also set two meet records.
The girls varsity team had a strong showing, placing top three in multiple events. The girls 4×100 relay team of junior Charlotte Schroeder, and seniors Kathryn Mohr, Logan Maines, and Tatum Maines won second place. Mohr also attained first place in the pole vault. Freshman Autriyana Hardy finished the 200 meter race in 27.98 seconds, making it onto the list of the 20 fastest times in the 200 in M-A history. These results indicate how strong the M-A girls team is this year.
The boys also produced promising results, placing well in both relay and individual events. Senior Bryce Rodgers finished second in the discus and the shot put. The 4×100 team of juniors Marquise Reid, Jordan Mims, Daniel Malkary, and Terrance Matthews-Murphy finished second and the 4×400 Team of Rohan Depuy, Reid, Matthews-Murphy, and Mims finished third. As an individual, Mims also provided an impressive showing, winning the 200 meter and the 400 meter races. Mims ran the fourth fastest 400m in M-A history with a time of 49.78 seconds.
Depuy commented, “We performed really well, and people on the team in general set a couple of meet records and personal bests.”
As it is the first meet of the season, the De Anza meet has traditionally been indicative of the general trend of the season. According to Rodgers, “There was more heat than we were used to, and there were a lot of people there, but M-A stood out in many of the events.” Judging from this performance, M-A is poised to have a great season.