Metro tracksters are running in the fast lane to start season

Olympian High School’s Angel Cordero leads a trio of runners to the finish line in the boys 800-meter run at the Mt. Carmel Distance and Field Carnival on March 2. Photo by Dennis McClanahan

The high school track and field season has stepped off with a bang for local competitors.

Mt. Carmel High School hosted it annual distance and field carnival on March 2. Among the event champions was Olympian High School senior Angel Cordero, who timed 1:54.96 to win the boys varsity 800-meter run.

Cordero slipped past Palos Verde senior Alex Naehu (1:55.36), Liberty Winchester junior Juan Juarez (1:55.66) and Liberty Charter senior Joel Bray (2:00.27). Cordero’s winning time is tops in the section so far this season.

Olympian’s Angel Cordero shows off his first place medal. Photo by Dennis McClanahan

Otay Ranch junior Aviva DeVore finished sixth in the varsity girls 3200 run in 11:45.66.
In field events, Bonita Vista senior Natalie Guevara was second in the girls varsity triple jump at 35-8 while Otay Ranch senior Anyah Stevenson was eighth at 32-10.

Otay Ranch junior Claire Schroeder placed fourth in the girls varsity high jump by clearing 5-0 while Otay Ranch senior Gabriella Colon-Gipson (99-9) and classmate Mara Savaiinaea (98-4) placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the girls varsity discus throw event.

Hilltop senior Madison Culuko (92-4) was 10th in the discus throw.

On the boys side, Mater Dei Catholic sophomore Mekhi Oluwa placed ninth in the varsity long jump at 20-7.75 while Olympian senior Jacob Shaw was 12th at 20-3.5.

Otay Ranch senior Jaiden Ingram placed ninth in the boys varsity triple jump at 41-5.

Otay Ranch’s Aviva DeVore finished sixth in the girls 3200. Photo by Dennis McClanahn