Track stops running except for a lucky few

The day started early at Mount Carmel High School, parents, spectators, and fans filled the stands to behold the once ancient greek past time of Track and Field Events. The Lancers had 15 total athletes competing in CIF Finals. From high jump to 4×400 relay, the Carlsbad singlet could be seen prominently throughout the stadium.

The first event of the day for CHS was Women’s High Jump were freshman Alana Snow and senior Raven Rowlett. Snow and Rowlett tied for third with a height of 5’3 with two other girls, but failed to qualify for state because a girl from Rancho Buena Vista cleared it in fewer attempts.The next event was Women’s pole vault, Helen Girod placed 11th in Division 1 and overall in San Diego clearing 9’7.

“It was an honor to compete in CIF finals but also it was intimidating because a lot of my fellow competitors were older than me,” Snow said. “I was happy I gave it my all, but I was a little disappointed that I was so close to heading to state,”

Men’s  1600 senior Tristan Bunch finished 16th with a time of 4:21.90 in the open division, followed by Men’s and Women’s 3200 with Cody Drisko and Lauen T’kint finishing 12th and 9th respectively. In Women’s 400 freshman Kylie McCarthy finished 4th and junior Karissa Lynaugh finished 7th both with times under a minute. For the sprints Women’s 100m Khyla Freeman finished 7th.

“This was my first year going to CIF finals and I had a bad race but leading up to it I felt like I was pretty prepared for it and as team I felt like this was a great season for us,” Drisko said.

The only members of the Carlsbad Track and Field to qualify for the State track meet in Fresno was the girls 4x400m which placed third with a time of 3:56.20. The team consisted of sophomore Tatum Bernat,  junior Sarah Sheets, junior Karissa Lynaugh, and freshman Kylie McCarthy.

This is the third year in the row for the girls 4x400m to qualify for state. However Sheets will not be able to come to State’s with the team due a conflict with a SAT Subject Test that day, so Khyla Freeman will step in for her.

“It was a really great accomplishment for how hard we worked to get towards this point, it is sad that Sarah won’t be there with as she helped a lot to get us here, but we know that Khyla will be a great new addition to the team,” Lynaugh said.