The Malibu High School track and field team is complete again, with many of the girls who were away with the soccer team coming back to compete in the meet on Thursday, April 16.
Eva Conrad and Abby Blackwood were among those who recently returned to the roster, with Blackwood making her debut performance in Thursday’s meet.
Coach John Cary said the amount of soccer players being away from the team because of invitationals has impacted Malibu’s overall performance this season.
“That’s why we didn’t have any relay teams,” Cary said. “All our [good] girls, specifically, are in soccer.”
Blackwood competed in both the 800- and 3,200-meter runs on Thursday, placing second in the two events. Senior Caroline Pietrzyk finished first in both runs.
Blackwood suggested she didn’t mind coming in second to Pietrzyk in the races.
“It’s not even like I’m racing against her,” Blackwood said. “It’s like I’m racing with her.”
The Sharks totaled nine first-place finishes during the meet, according to the unofficial meet results. Pietrzyk and senior Michaela Cosentino had four of the nine top performances.
The Sharks have more athletes competing this year compared to last, which has brought up the level of intensity and improvement so far this season, Blackwood said.
“It’s really cool because we have so much more potential,” Blackwood said. “It’s just really nice to know that a lot of people are getting into track and trying it. I think we’re going to have a really strong team this season.”
Conrad said the younger girls on the team have stood out this year.
“A lot of them have surprised me by doing so well, even freshman,” Conrad said.
In addition to Pietrzyk’s and Cosentino’s performances, other Sharks also excelled in their respective events.
Freshman Ella McKinna-Worrell won first place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1 minute, 2.22 seconds, according to the unofficial results. Sophomore Maverick Baglietto finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.91 seconds.
Malibu dominated the field events on Thursday, with Cosentino jumping five feet for a top finish in the high jump event. In the long jump, senior Jenna Weinberger easily won with a distance of 14 feet, eight inches.
Three Malibu athletes finished in the top three in the triple jump. Freshman Sara Cosentino won the pole fault event with a final height of seven feet, three inches.
Cary said that while the girls’ team continues to perform well, the boys are a different story. The boys will likely not win league this year because of a collective lack of experience, Cary said.
“We just don’t have any depth whatsoever in our boys team, because they’re all young,” Cary said.
But Cary is confident the girls will have a chance to come away with a league championship, especially now that the whole team is back together.
“If all of them do as well as they have done in the past,” Cary said, “there’s no reason why we should not win girls’ varsity.”