The Chaparral track and field team wrapped up its season with a strong showing at the 3A State Championships at Foothill High School.
The boys finished with 36 points – good for a ninth-place finish – while the girls placed 14th with 20 points.
“I’m very proud of my track team this year,” Chaparral boys head coach Jeffrey Carter said. “We doubled (our numbers) from last year, so our future in track for Chap is looking pretty good.”
Senior Tiara Martin capped off a stellar senior season with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
Freshman Loriel Williams wrapped up an excellent first year, qualifying for state in four events. She placed third in the 100 and fifth in the 200.
It’s not bad, considering Williams joined track on a whim and unexpectedly became one of the team’s best runners.
“I realized I’m really good at this and could go farther,” she said.
Williams joined Martin, Angelika Tabujara and Naja Muhammad in relay events. The team took second in two events – the 4×100 and 4×200.
“I’m very proud of my relay team and myself for making it this far to state,” Martin said.
Sophomore Angelica Rivera qualified for state in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, where she finished eighth in both events.
On the boys side, Sam Porras placed fourth in the long jump and was a member of the 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay teams, which finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Joining Porras on those relay teams: Ty’Ray Collins, Jonathan Raffta, and Marquise Moore
“I feel great about (qualifying for state),” Porras said. “It just proves and shows the work (we’ve) been putting into the season.”
All in all, the qualification and performance at state championships left an lasting impression on the coaches.
“I’ve noticed a huge change between this season and last season,” Chaparral girls head coach Brianna Thomas said. “Our team put in a lot of hard work and dedication to their events and their sport, and that really showed considering we took a decent team to state. At state, we had a lot of our athletes place within the top six, so I think they did fantastic this year.”
Journalism students Angelika Tabujara and Jaylen Whitfield contributed to this report.