The Grizzlies Varsity Track and Field team competed at the Academy League Finals on Thursday May 3, 2018 at Crean Lutheran in Irvine. The meet started with the 4x100m relay event, where four athletes combine to run a total of 400m (or 1 lap around the track), each running 100m. This year’s 4x100m relay team was comprised of Seniors Donald Bullock & Paul Trejo, Junior Isaiah Cano and Freshman Von Wu. The first time the Grizzlies competed in this event was in February, and they finished with a time of 50.0s. The team changed personnel a couple of times throughout the season and by the first Academy League meet they had finished with a time of 47.33s. Five days later, they broke their personal record in that event with a time of 46.82, which was a CIF qualifying time. All the boys needed to do now was run that speed, or faster AND finish in the top 3 at league finals, while competing against the teams from St. Margaret’s, Crean Lutheran, Whitney, Oxford Academy & Sage Hill. On Thursday, the Grizzlies finished with their best time yet, at 46.75s, came away with the Bronze medal and became the first CCCS relay team to advance to CIF in a long time!
Donald Bullock, Isaiah Cano, Paul Trejo & Von Wu – 4x100m Relay – 46.75s
A few events later, Paul Trejo competed in the 400m race. Paul had been stuck in the 55 second range for the better part of a year, but start finding his stride late in the season. Paul peaked at the perfect time, as he ran his fastest 400m ever, breaking his personal record AND knocking off Shaun Fitzgerald’s School Record, which has stood since 2000, with a time of 52.38s. This accomplishment earned Paul the Bronze medal and he qualified for CIF.
Paul Trejo – 400m – 52.38s
Von Wu, the youngest of the 4x100m relay team also earned a chance to compete at CIF next weekend in the long jump, as he shattered his own personal record of 17′ 3″, when he jumped 19′ 7.5 inches at League Finals. Von actually came in 4th place at the event, but the athlete from St. Margaret’s is pulling out of the event, which has opened up the opportunity for Von to compete at CIF as a Freshman.
Von Wu – Long Jump – 19′ 7.5″
Congratulations to these four Grizzlies that will be representing Calvary Chapel Downey and the Academy League at CIFSS Division 4 Preliminaries on Saturday May 12, 2018 at Carpinteria HS.
To God be all the glory!!