Your Boys and Girls Track and Field team had a very busy and successful Spring break kicking off with a couple of your top Distance girls competing at Trabuco Hills where a school record was set, to the Arcadia Invitational this past weekend. The Arcadia Invitational is the largest and most competitive meet in the US every season. There were over 700 schools represented and 3 different countries outside of the US and your Mustangs held their own!
The Spring break kicked off with 3 of your Lady Mustangs heading out to Trabuco Hill to race in the Invitational heat for the 3200m. For Freshman Jenna Lacuata and Senior Lauren Alison Aipa it was their first attempt at the distance and showed well. Jenna ran the #2 Freshman time in ERHS History and was only seconds away from the record. Lauren threw down an amazing effort that puts her at #5 all time. Senior Miranda Camargo impressed with only her second 3200 of the season which she ran for a school record 11:16.91.
The Arcadia Invitational is the premier meet during April as it brings in large amounts of athletes from all over the USA. The meet consists of the normal contested CIF events as well as specialty relays on both the sprints and distance sides. Friday kicks off with several specialty relays and some field events. Your Distance crew participated in the 4 x 800 and 4 x 1600, with the latter bringing home some hardware. The 4 x 1600 squad made up of Michael Sahagun, Aaron Lieberman, Ricardo Sainz and Raul Chavez. The boys averaged 4:27 per mile to win by over 12 seconds. Their time would’ve placed them 6th overall on the day with a top 10 National Mark. They were on a mission to prove that their squad should’ve been in the invitational race and they did just that.
The Saturday portion consisted of a “Day’ portion and a “Night Invitational” portion.
During the day Jakob Ernst rose above the field literally to clear 15’1 in the Pole Vault to win the event and be invited to the Night Section of the meet, where he cleared 15’1 for the second time in the day. Senior Joshua Wilcox put down a personal best time in the 800 m day race and moved up to #5 on the all time list. The boys 4×100 was in the lead 150m left in the race but fell a little short finishing 5th in their race. The Boys DMR closed down the competition for your Mustangs where they narrowly missed the School Record by 3 seconds. Great efforts from Michael Sahagun. Patrick Effiom, Ricardo Sainz and Raul Chavez helped them to a 9th place finish overall with the #4 time in school history.
Jordyn Crutchfield continued her strong Sophomore campaign with a strong finish in the 400m. Junior Hurdler Myah Hatcher placed 2nd in the 300H in her heat, as well as Senior Alexys Ford running a seasonal best in the 800m. Capping off the Arcadia Day action for your Mustangs was the Girls Distance Medley relay which took 5th in their race. This team consisted of Lauren Alison Aipa, Chaselyn Amos, Jenna Lacuata and Miranda Camargo, they had an almost 20 second improvement from their time at Redondo back in the beginning of March. Freshman Naomi Johnson shined brightest in the individual events for the day during the night meet as her time of 55.59 in the 400m during the night meet, which is good enough for #2 on the All Time list and #11 in Riverside County History. She also ran the fastest leg on the girls 4×400 team that took 4th overall.
Miranda Camargo – Trabuco Hill Invitational School Record in the 3200m