Lowell track reigns through the rain to claim AAA overall team championship

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Athletes gathered at Kezar Stadium on a rainy Saturday for All-City Finals on May 18. But, due to the rain, some of the field events were postponed to the following Monday at Lowell. The Cardinals dominated in the distance events, but lacked athletes in the field events, especially in the jumps and throws.

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Junior Toby Judge drops the pole as he clears 13-06.00. He won first place with this mark.

At 9:30 a.m., while the track was still dry, the meet commenced with the girls frosh-soph 100m hurdles. Freshman Katja Jackson placed first with a time of 18.57, scoring the first 10 points for Lowell.

At the same time, the boys varsity pole vault took place and junior Toby Judge took first place with a vault of 13-06.00 scoring 10 points for Lowell and beating Lincoln’s Sam Piechota by six inches. Junior Derek Jensen finished third in the same event.

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Senior Mandy Lin swimgs her arm back as she gets ready to chuck the discus.

The 4x100m relays followed all the hurdle events. Lowell’s relay teams placed first in all divisions except boys varsity.

Around 10:30 a.m it began to rain and it didn’t stop for the rest of the day. Over at the discus ring, senior Mandy Lin finished in fifth place with a throw of 74-05 scoring one point for the varsity girls.

Next up on the track was the girls frosh-soph 1600m. Sophomores Claire Low and Juliana Chen finished first and second, respectively. Low finished with a time of 5:43.28 and Chen finished five seconds later with a time of 5:48.88. In the boys frosh-soph 1600m, Lowell took the top three positions. Sophomore Andrew Blelloch finished first, beating freshman Oliver Witt by 0.24 seconds with a time of 4:40.65. In the girls varsity race, freshman Jenna Satovsky won first place with an outstanding time of 5:14.17–over eight seconds faster than the next runner. Lowell’s varsity girls secured the top four spots in the 1600m, scoring a total of 28 points.

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Senior Noah Battaglia, junior Zachary Parker and senior Beck Johnstone embrace after sweeping first through third in the 1600m.

Finally, it was time for the boys varsity 1600m. Senior Noah Battaglia finished first with a time of 4:30.67. Junior Zachary Parker finished next with a time of 4:34.46. Third place came down to the final strides where senior Beck Johnstone was head-to-head with Lincoln’s Charlie Moore. Johnstone ended up beating Moore by 0.23 seconds, securing the bronze medal and six more points for Lowell.

Some outstanding performances in the 400m included sophomores Dakota O’Brien and Brianna Grissom. Dakota O’Brien won first place in the boys frosh-soph division with a time of 53.79. Grissom was the only athlete in the girls varsity division to finish the 400m in under a minute, coming in at 58.42, over two seconds ahead of the next runner. Senior Jovin Cheung and junior Godfrey Obiero both false-started in the boys varsity 400m, leaving only five runners in this event. Junior Luke Woodhouse was able to secure third place with a time of 53.92.

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Sophomore Brianna Grissom finished the girls varsity 400m dash with a time of 58.42, and was the only runner in that race to finish under a minute.

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Junior Luke Woodhouse was the sole Lowell runner left in the boys varsity 400m race after two false starts by his teammates.

 

Seniors Kathleen Mai and Emily Liu finished first and second, respectively, in the girls varsity 100m dash with times of 13.21 and 13.29, scoring a total of 18 points for Lowell. Cheung placed second in the boys varsity 100m with a time of 11.81, he was one out of two athletes who finished under 12 seconds. Junior Ethan Fung came in first in the para division with a time of 13.89.

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Seniors Kathleen Mai (left) and Emily Liu secured gold and silver medals respectively in the girls varsity 100m dash.

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Senior Jovin Cheung placed second with a time of 11.81 in the boys varsity 100m dash, just behind Mission’s Jelani Al-Malik who came in .27 seconds faster at 11.54.

In the girls frosh-soph 800m run, sophomore Sophia Ladyzhensky finished second with a time of 2:34.63 beating sophomore Sophia Shen, who came in third with a time of 2:35.31. In the boys frosh-soph, Lowell swept first through fourth places. Sophomore Theodore McDonough came in first at 2:08.20, freshman Jonah Waldman came in next at 2:13.75, barely beating Witt by 0.01 seconds. Sophomore Wei Jing Li rounded it out with a time of 2:16.19 in fourth place. The varsity girls also swept first through fourth. Satovsky came in first again in the 800m with a time of 2:30.96. Junior Michelle Wong followed behind her with a time of 2:32.49. Sophomore Paloma Suarez Davila secured third with a time of 2:34.31, beating senior Charlotte Greenhill who came in at 2:35.02. On the boys side, the top three runners finished within a second of each other. Lincoln’s Elias Marcelino came in first with a time of 2:08.39. Junior Norton Choy beat senior Ian Lawrence for second place with a time of 2:08.48. Junior Owen Choy finished fourth at 2:09.61, the Lowell boys scored a total of 18 points in this event.

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Senior Kathleen Mai (lane 3) and sophomore Brianna Grissom (lane 6) snatched 2nd and 3rd place in the girls varsity 200m dash.

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Sophomore twins Dylan (lane 5) and Dakota (lane 9) O’Brien both won medals in the boys frosh-soph 200m dash,

Lowell’s freshmen Lyla Maymon and Enya Larsen placed second and third in the girls frosh-soph 200m dash, with times of 29.19 and 29.20, respectively. The O’Brien twins, Dylan and Dakota, competed in the boys frosh-soph 200m, and both of them placed. Dylan came in first with a time of 24.07 and Dakota came in third with a time of 25.03. They were able to score 16 points for the team. In the girls varsity race, Mai finished 0.01 seconds behind Washington’s Kiara Neely, securing eight points with a time of 27.63. Grissom beat Liu by 0.01 seconds to snatch third place with a time of 27.77. Lowell scored 18 points in this event. In the boys varsity 200m, freshman Sam Lawrence finished fourth with a time of 24.02, scoring four points for Lowell. Fung placed first with a time of 28.80 in the 200m, beating his competition by more than two seconds.

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Sophomore Claire Low claimed the first place win in the girls frosh-soph 3200m run with a time of 12:37.62.

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Freshman Ben Lester finished the race 20 seconds before anyone else with a time of 10:46.57.

Low and Chen came in first and second in the 3200m for the girls frosh-soph, with times of 12:37.62 and 12:45.85, respectively. This was a personal record for Low. Sophomore Viviana Ojeda also achieved a personal record and came in fourth with a time of 13:33.33. In the boys frosh-soph division, freshman Benjamin Lester came in well under 11 minutes and was the only athlete to do in this race. He won first place with a time of 10:46.57. The next finisher, freshman Paola Canigiula came in with a time of 11:05.80 and placed second. Sophomores Ali Aldala and Benjamin Lau finished fourth and fifth, with times of 11:21.23 and 11:21.47, respectively. Lowell swept first through fourth in both the boys and girls varsity divisions of the 3200m. Satovsky took home first for the girls varsity with a time of 11:20.47, finishing over 45 seconds faster than the next runner, freshman Elizabeth Holcombe, who came in at 12:08.02. Despite the rain, Satovsky was able to come out on top with a personal record. “It was just very cold and wet and it was hard to continue to be motivated and not just want to quit,” she said. Juniors Michelle Wong and Emi Steedman came in third and fourth with times of 12:29.84 and 13:10.27, respectively. Battaglia placed first with a time of 9:44.44, followed by Parker with a time of 9:47.52. Seniors Ian Lawrence and James Holcombe came in third and fourth with times of 10:07.25 and 10:37.61, respectively.

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Senior Emily Liu runs the final leg of the girls varsity 4x400m relay. Her team finished first with a time of 4:14.71

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Senior Jovin Cheung crosses the finish line in the boys varsity 4x400m relay, his team ran a time of 3:35.29

 

To round off the day one of All-City, Lowell swept in all four divisions for the 4x400m relay.

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Freshman Jenna Satovsky finishing the girls varsity 800m with a time of 3:30.96. She tripled in the 1600m, 800m and the 3200m and won first place in all of them.

At the end of the meet, Satovsky was awarded The Kirtman Family Award for being the Most Outstanding Performer. Not only did she triple and run three events, she won first in all three. She is the first female freshman to have received this award. Satovsky goals for next season are to push herself to be better, so she can be more competitive statewise and to break five minutes in the 1600m.

Varsity boys high jump, varsity boys and girls triple jump, varsity girls pole vault all took place in the sun on Monday, May 20 at Lowell.

In the varsity girls pole vault, senior Jennifer Hui placed second with a vault of 9-00.00. Junior Isabelle Sam and sophomore Kaitlyn Lau both finished at 8-06.00, but Lau took more attempts at one of the previous heights, so she placed third.

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Junior Isabelle Sam on the runway, ready to vault

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Junior Olivia Chao jumped 32-05.50 to place 3rd in the girls varsity triple jump.

In the varsity girls triple jump, junior Olivia Chao took third with a jump of 32-05.50.

After all the scores were calculated, it was announced that Lowell fell to Lincoln for both varsity team championships. Lincoln scored 207 points in the varsity boys division and Lowell had 123 points. The varsity girls team championship score was much closer: Lincoln scored 201 points and Lowell had 193. However, Lowell won both frosh-soph team championships. On the girls’ side, Lowell had 225 points and Lincoln followed with 112. On the boys’ side, Lowell had 209 and Lincoln had 133. Due to total amount of points that Lowell accumulated, they were still able to come out on top to win the overall team championship. Lowell had a total of 750 points and Lincoln had 653 points.