- Nick Pastorkovich
Titans Track Sprinting to Success
Updated: May 31, 2022
Promoted to Division 1 after earning first place in the 2021 Varsity Sea View League finals, the Tesoro Track and Field team expects an outstanding season. The variety of talented athletes is seeing great success just than one month into the season.
Leading the Boys' distance team is Junior Casey Goetschel. At the Buchanan Distance Classic, he broke the threshold of 4:30 in the 1600m and finished with a time of 4:29.80. In the future, if his level of performance ensues, he plans to break Tesoro's 1600m record, currently held by Dylan Manning with a time of 4:16.51 during the 2021 track season.
At the Buchanan Distance Classic, freshman Griffin Kushen led the frosh-soph boys in the 1600 meter with a personal record of 4:49.95, earning him the rank of number seven in California. Only 90 minutes later in the same meet, Kushen ran the 800m race for his first time and finished with a time of 2:09.70, putting him at number four in the state.
The boys 4x100 sprint team opened up their season at the Trabuco Hills Roundup with a state top mark. Tyler Poltl, Kyle Danko, Kyler Bock, and Dominic Gates ran a staggering 43.18 as a team, placing them at number five in the state. With three months left of the season and less than one second to drop, this team of athletes stands a chance of breaking the three-year-old school record of 42.25.
Dominating in girls throwing is the record-breaking Sydney Gontang. After shattering the former discus school record by 6’5” with a throw of 116’7” during last year’s season, she now aims to beat Tesoro’s three-year-old discus record, set at 39’3”. She unofficially broke the record during her warm-ups this season, but there are still ten meets left in the season to make that new record official.
The future of Tesoro’s Track and Field team promises new school records and state rankings. With the majority of the season to go, make sure to support our athletes at their track meets!