By Gene Helfman
The Lobos capped off their regular season on a picture perfect day at the Coupeville track on April 23. The beautiful weather and facilities must have motivated the athletes as several students recorded personal records, including one school record.
Jonathan Doherty had his best performances of the year in both the long jump and triple jump, increasing his best triple jump by a foot. Galen Westervelt also scored personal bests in both jumps, tying Shane Patrick’s ancient school record of 19 feet 11 inches in the long jump. Westervelt also had his best time of the year in the 800-meter run. Davide Ancillotti recorded personal records in both shot put and discus, increasing his discus best by an astounding 8 feet. Quinn Steckler ran his fastest 200-meter of the season and topped his previous efforts in both shot put and discus. Among the lady Lobos, Ashwini Bartolucci had her best time of the year in the grueling 3,200-meter run, despite having missed weeks of practice while on a school trip to Greece. Maddie Zoerb was the iron lady, performing close to her best in the 100-meter and 3,200-meter runs, shot put and javelin. Zoerb ranks second overall in the 3,200 and third in the javelin in League 1b competition.
Coach Marina Steinbrueck had nothing but praise for her charges. “These kids practice hard every day regardless of the weather, and it shows at these meets. They are peaking just in time for the League, District and State meets. I couldn’t be prouder.”
All Lopez track meets occur at other schools because the Lopez track has been undermined by tree roots and is dangerous for runners giving their most. The Lobos can only envy the great facilities they use elsewhere, and long for the day they can host a meet at home.