By Langston Hay
On April 6th, for the first time since the 2016 season, the Santa Rosa High School Track and Field team proudly sent several of their finest athletes to southern California to compete in one of the biggest, fastest, and most prestigious invitationals in high school, the Arcadia Invitational.
Accompanied by coaches Dough Courtemarche and Carrie Joseph, the team embarked on their competitive journey at seven AM. And thus, over the last weekend of Spring Break, Freshman Ana Wong, junior Izel Zamora, junior Caroline Duffy, and senior Kirsten Carter represented the Santa Rosa Track and Field team with speed and grace.
Photo by Langston Hay
The night they arrived, Wong, Zamora, Duffy, and Carter went to right to business and competed in the Womens Seeded Sprint Medley Relay. They placed fourth in their heat with a time of of 4:16.00, which was just a few seconds shy of the school record. After the successful race, Zamora, who had previously competed at Arcadia in 2016, was able to relax and simply enjoy the competitive atmosphere of the invitational. ”It was really nice because there were a few famous runners who were giving speeches, and we also able to just fool around. It was just a fun trip all around and it was nice to be able to bond with some of the girls on the team,” she said.
The following day, Carter was set to compete in the Womens 100 Meter Seeded race, and the 300 Meter Hurdles Seeded race. However, during her 100 Meter race, Carter faced unexpected adversity in the form of a strained hamstring, in turn rendering her unable to compete in the 300 Meter Hurdle race. Detailing the race, Carter said, “It was one of the best starts I’ve had, probably ever, and my body wasn’t ready for it.”
As unfortunate as the injury was, Carter has kept mentally strong and made great strides in her healing process. “So far, it’s been difficult as far as not being able to run, because it’s something I use as a destressor, something I use to deal with the difficult parts of life. But actual healing wise, it’s been going pretty well,” she continued.
Despite the intense competition and unforeseeable injuries, the Santa Rosa girls team put forth tremendous efforts and represented Santa Rosa Track a