Track runners sprint to success

Mar 29, 2019 | Sports, Track & Field


rack and field kicked off their season on Friday, March 1, at the Sunset Invitational, the first of 11 track meets for the varsity track team.  The track and field athletes aim to continue the success of Nueva teams this year and add to the five league championships already won in the 2018–19 school year.

Jake Vercellino (11), as one of the fastest runners on the team, set a school record at the WBAL meet at Bellarmine College Prep. Even though track is considered a mostly individual sport, there is still a lot of “camaraderie,” as Brian Penchina (10) says.

“I do track because in my entire extracurricular life, I feel like I’ve missed out on team bonding,” Amanda Wang (10) said.

“It’s such a nice feeling when your teammates are cheering for you and you’re in the last 10 seconds of a race but your friends are there pushing you on.”

This kind of environment makes track and field one of the most popular sports at Nueva, with 48 students on the team.

“I get to spend time with friends and push myself to new limits every day,” Shalin Zarboulas (10) said.

The track team takes no prisoners and shows no mercy. We dominate the competitive arena.

Jake Vercellino

The track and field team will look to use their bond to propel them to new heights.

Nueva has put on impressive back-to-back performances at their recent WBAL track meets at The King’s Academy and Bellarmine respectively.  Nueva runners Gaelen Clayton and Jake Vercellino both finished first in the 400m race at the Bellarmine track meet.