Bell-Jeff Hits The Track!

March 2, 2011 by  

BURBANK — Just one of the four area track and field programs is able to practice and compete on a home track.

Providence and Bellarminne-Jefferson highs have never had an on-campus venue to call their own. They are joined this season by Burroughs, which has been displaced because of renovation to Memorial Field.

“It’s been a hassle, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Burroughs Coach John Peebles said about the displacement. “You have to go on.”

The Indians join the Guards in holding their practice sessions at Burbank High. Burroughs will have two home meets on the Bulldogs’ track this season.

Most of the Guards’ best female athletes also compete for the school’s basketball team. With the Bell-Jeff hoop squad waiting to hear if it will earn a bid for the state playoffs, Coach Rolando Aguirre might not have his female athletes for awhile.

When they do come out, juniors Jasmine Smith and Rishonda Napier, along with sophomore Leslie Lopez-Wood, should help the Guards in a variety of sprints and field events.

With the boys’ team, Aguirre said he should have a talented group in the 400 and 1,600 relay events with Jonathan Smith, David Bustos, Elijah Reed and Courbin Lee.

“That should be a very good group for us,” Aguirre said. “We will use those guys in the sprints as well.”

Also in the sprints races will be Joshua Martinez and Javier Molina.

The team should have a solid group of hurdlers in Michael Gomez, CJ Reyes, Ryan Meza and Gerald D’Acosta. In the throwing events, Jomar Navarro and his twin brother, Trystin, will be joined by Neil Santos, Geraldo Paz and Mohammed Allouche.

Pacing the distance and middle-distance runners will be Nathan Guzman, Garbriel Ellman, Jerry Zapata, Anthony Zapata, Darius Zapata and Fernando DeLaPena   (read full story)

Jeff Tully

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