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Track and field runners race at WBAL Championship on senior night

Aryana Bharali
Andrew Smith (12) cheers from the sidelines as teammate Veyd Patil (12) races down the track in the varsity boys 1600-meter. Veyd placed second in his event with a time of 4:21.72.

Varsity and junior varsity track and field teams celebrated senior night during the West Bay Athletic League Championship meet at Gunn High School on May 3. Gunn hosted schools like King’s Academy, Menlo School and Notre-Dame San Jose as well

Harker’s teams honored seniors Michael Chang, Veyd Patil, Adam Sayed, Andrew Smith and Anjali Yella with flowers, handmade posters and a tent with colorful balloons. Posters of each senior also hung on the bleachers facing the track. 

“The seniors are a very special group with their work ethic, positive attitude and the way they approach the sport,” cross country coach Kevin Oliver said. “To an outsider, the teamwork aspect of track isn’t so obvious, but you can really see it in the way they encourage one another and how invested they are in each other’s success. That shared experience with each other is something that they’ll be able to reflect on positively for the rest of their lives.” 

Starting with the 4×100 meter relay, Michael, Kaleb Goldin (11), Eric Zhang (11) and Brady Tse (10) placed first for the varsity boys team.

The varsity boys 4×400 team, including Michael, Eric, Adam and Brady, placed third with a time of 3:32.12, while the varsity girls team, with Anjali, Maryanne Davis (10), Alice Luo (9) and Samaara Patil (9), placed first in the same event with a time of 4:04.35. 

In the boys 100-meter dash, Spencer Chang (10) clinched first place for the junior varsity team, while Kaleb led the varsity event with a time of 10.78, surpassing the CCS at-large record and automatically qualifying for Central Coast Section Championship Trials. Spencer also placed first in the junior varsity boys 200-meter dash with a time of 23.79.

Andrew Smith (12) runs the 110 meter hurdles boys varsity event. He also raced in the varsity boys 300-hurdles race and placed first.

Samaara finished second in the varsity girls 800-meter with a time of 2:27.33. Veyd earned second place in the varsity boys 1600-meter with a 4:21.72.

“Coming into [WBAL], there were four top guys who were all gunning it, and we had a race strategy to all get the at-large time, so we all could automatically qualify,” Veyd said. “But there was a large headwind, so the strategy went out the gate. I just tucked in behind [the other runners], so I wasn’t running as hard, and then I just outran them at the end, which is the hardest I’ve kicked at a race.”

In separate events, Andrew and Anjali claimed first place. Andrew won the varsity boys 300-hurdles while Anjali dominated the varsity girls 200-dash. As for the varsity boys 110-meter hurdles, Andrew and Timmy Chen (10) placed first and third respectively. Finally, Kaleb placed first in the varsity boys 200-meter event, closely followed by Brady in second place.

Varsity girls runner Emily Bryan (10) reflected on the seniors’ last time with the team. She felt mixed emotions over the seniors’ departure and commended their determination as they move forward.

“It is a little bittersweet,” Emily said. “It’s nice to celebrate [the seniors], but it is also sad that they’re leaving. I’m interested to get to know the new freshman and have a good team.”

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Aishani Singh
Aishani Singh, Co-Multimedia Editor
Aishani Singh (11) is the co-multimedia editor for Harker Aquila, and this is her third year on staff. This year, Aishani wants to interview more members of the Harker community and create more podcasts. In her free time, she likes to listen to music and watch Gilmore Girls.
Felix Chen
Felix Chen, Co-News Editor
Felix Chen (11) is the co-news editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is his third year on staff. Felix hopes to diversify this year's news coverage and work with members of the staff from all grades, contributing to the creation of a tight-knit community with a joy for journalism. He enjoys writing and reading of all sorts in his free time.
Aryana Bharali
Aryana Bharali, Humans of Harker Profiler
Aryana Bharali (11) is a Humans of Harker profiler for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. This year, she hopes to shoot more events and interview more people on campus. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

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