Track and field to travel to California tomorrow for invitational

Track and field will fly 20 athletes to Los Angeles, California tomorrow to compete in the Arcadia Invitational, April 11-12.

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Track and field will fly 20 athletes to Los Angeles, California tomorrow to compete in the Arcadia Invitational, April 11-12.

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Track and field will send 20 athletes to Los Angeles, California tomorrow to compete in the Arcadia Invitational.

This is the team’s third consecutive year attending the competition, held at Arcadia High School, 17 miles outside Los Angeles.

Senior runner and jumper Danielle Hale will be going to Arcadia for the third time. Hale will compete in the 4×100 meter relay, 4×200 meter relay, triple jump, and long jump.

“Even the third time, it’s still exciting to have the opportunity to go across the country to do something I like,” Hale said. “I’m excited to be going back and competing against higher level competition.”

Over 700 schools registered their athletes for the meet, so competitors must meet specific qualifications per their event.

“There is a set of standards to qualify, so your times have to be good enough to compete,” Hale said.

Twenty Seahawks qualified for the meet.

From the girls team, seniors Hale, Grace Gillen, Abigail Reinhold, and Kristin Tran, juniors Ozioma Chinaka, Augusta Durham, Jordan Lozama, Claire Nieusma, Maya Rodriguez, and Delaney Wickman, sophomore Golden Kumi-Darfour, and freshmen Nikayla Hoyte and Devyn Jones will be in attendance.

From the boys team, seniors Khayri Denny, Daniel Johnsen, Michael Kerr, Luis Rivas, and Michael Uhrig, and juniors Sam Arpee and Andrew McCool will attend.

“It’s something not everyone gets to go to,” Kerr said. “Being accepted to run there is an honor. I am excited.”

Rivas shares Kerr’s excitement, as they will compete in three relays together: the 4×400 meter, 4×800 meter, and 1600 sprint medley.

“I’m excited to travel with my teammates across the country and looking forward to competing with a very high level,” Rivas said. “It’s a good feeling.”

The team will race Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12. Afterwards, the team hopes to enjoy some leisure time before they head back to Virginia on Monday night.

“It’s straight business till the meet’s over,” Kerr said. “Sunday we will go to one of the beaches. On Monday, we will either go to Hollywood or go shopping or sight-seeing.”

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