Track places in 14 events in PCL finals as 11 qualify for CIF

Staff Writer
The UHS Varsity Track team placed in 14 events in PCL finals on Friday, May 5. It was a fantastic result, and the Trojans won four events on the day.
Leading the Boys team was Captain Harry Baker (Sr.), winning his 100-meter dash with a sub-11 time of 10.98. He finished well ahead of second place, winning by almost a quarter of a second. His fantastic performance won him the UHS MVP award for the meet. He was followed by Preston Hong (So.), who placed second in the 200-meter dash with a 24.41, just 0.05 seconds behind the winner. Jeremy Koo (Jr.) shined in an event normally dominated by Woodbridge, placing second in the 400-meter with a great time of 50.93. He drastically cut his time from the PCL prelims, shaving well over half of a second off his previous time of 51.67. Baker returned to run the anchor of the 400-meter relay, which the Trojans won with an unbelievable 42.99, the fastest time in school history. The previous record was 43.4, ran in 1990.
The Girls team was once again led by star runner Paige Metayer (Jr.). She once again won the 400 and 800 meter, running a 55.05 and 2:14.18, respectively. Daria Shkel (Jr.) continued her consistency in hurdles, placing second in the 100 meter with a 15.55 and in the 300 meter with a 46.02. She was only about 0.3 seconds off the leader in both events. Ceci Langlois (So.) came in third in the two-mile, losing out on second place by only 5 seconds with a 11:31.50.
The team seemed to take it all in as just an enjoyable experience, as well as a scouting report for the future. Baker said, “it was great fun and it really gave me a sense on how I place against other people that I would be racing.”
The qualified Trojans look ahead to CIF, this Saturday, May 13.