Last Saturday, three members of Poly’s track team competed in the CIF-SS track and field divisional championship finals at Cerritos College. The three faced stiff competition under tough circumstances. It was a very hot and windy day that affected the runners, the distance runners in particular. Junior Xian Shivley was the first to hit the track in the 1600m. Shivley set a personal record in this event the week prior at the CIF-SS prelims, putting himself in a good place for the finals. However, the weather played a factor, slowing the times of the entire field. In the end, Shivley finished fourth in the 1600m and sixth in the 3200m. Following the 1600m, senior Chris Mathews took to the track for the 110m hurdles. Mathews ran a clean and focused race, not hitting a single hurdle. He not only set a new PR at 15.44, he broke the school record and finished third in the race. Congratulations Chris! Sophomore Brendan Fong rounded out the trio with his event, the 400m. Despite battling a hip injury, Fong was determined to race and placed seventh at 50.99. Congratulations to the trio on a great season!
Junior Krystal Irwin traveled to Fresno to compete in the 2017 CIF State swimming and diving championships. She took the lead in the preliminary round and through the semifinals. Going into the finals, she had a score of 377.50 and an 8.45 lead over a contender from Menlo Atherton High School, Mia Paulsen. Although Irwin’s dives were more difficult, Paulsen was able to chip away at the lead. After the three dives in the final round, Irwin finished with a career high score of 527.90 and in second place by a margin of 1.65 points.
Congratulations, Krystal, on a very successful season!
Members of the track and field team traveled this past weekend to Carpinteria to compete in the CIF-SS Division 4 preliminaries. After a day of tight events, three Poly boys have qualified to advance to the finals. Senior Chris Mathews placed third in his 110 hurdles event, allowing him to advance. Sophomore Brendan Fong ran the fifth fastest time in the 400m race, punching his ticket to the finals. Junior Xian Shively had an amazing day on the track. He not only placed first in his heat for the 1600m but also in his heat in the 3200m race. These three will head to Norwalk this Saturday to run in the CIF finals. Events kick off at 11 a.m. at Cerritos College. For full details and directions, visit the Athletic Calendar.