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Boys’ track season successful; Hernandez makes it to masters

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Kevin Hernandez races the 100-meter hurdles.

Kevin Hernandez races the 100-meter hurdles.

Kevin Hernandez races the 100-meter hurdles.

Emily Simons, Staff Reporter

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With the boys’ track season almost over, this season can be considered successful due to the large number of boys qualifying for divisionals.

Kevin Hernandez, a junior, is the only varsity boys’ hurdler to make it past the league meet on May 13, qualifying to go to divisional finals in the 300 meter hurdles. If he is able to place in the top four, he will qualify for the Masters meet. This is his first time making it this far, and he hopes to make the best of it.

“It was an amazing experience and opportunity for me to represent the school and myself,” Hernandez said.

“I’m really proud of him for making it this far, especially after his fall in the 100-meter hurdles,” hurdles coach Tom Bonin said. “He’s done a wonderful job and I’m excited to see him further himself this year and in the future.”

Senior Daniel Falcao also qualified for the divisional finals in the 3200-meters. Other notable qualifiers were Haiden Hall in the discus, Cameron Haynes in shotput, and Jacob Peebles for 100 and 200 meter dash.

Junior Errold Alba and Senior Elijah Leyva were noted for impressive improvement as they both dropped several minutes off of their 1600-meter and 3200-meter times.

Hernandez was awarded the “coaches award” for his perseverance and commitment. Falcao earned the MVP award due to his high point scoring throughout the season. Hall won the “Outstanding Field Award” due to his throws being farther than any other person on the team.

This year, the boys were very hardworking and dedicated, which is great to see, and we hope it continues next year.”

— Jay Fishburn

Falcao scored 20 more points than any other varsity boy. Racing the 800-meter, 1600-meter, 3200-meter, as well as the 1600-meter relay has also definitely helped the team succeed. Falcao has placed in the top three in every meet, except for the league finals where he missed qualifying by one place.

“Danny did really well this year and it is sad to see such a valuable runner leave, but it is also great to know he is moving on to better things in life,” Fishburn said.

“I’m so happy that I performed well this year, and so thankful to have been given this opportunity,” Falcao said.

“The team has done really well this year, and I was really proud of the varsity boys for performing to the best of their ability,” coach Melissa McCulough said.

The varsity boys placed second overall in league season. At the league meet; however, they placed third.

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