By Langston Hay
Photos by Naomi Flores
On Friday, March 23rd, track teams all across the Bay Area poured onto the SRJC track to compete in the Twilight Invitational. Amongst those teams was Santa Rosa, who put forth a competitive, spirited, and at points record setting performance.
The meet started at 12 in the morning and lasted past 9 at night. The day started with an exhibition of an event that many high schoolers rarely have the opportunity to compete in: the steeplechase. Santa Rosa had three participants, two of whom placed in first and third.
A noteworthy performance came from sophomore Andrew Engel, who not only rallied in the 1600 to seize third place, but came back later to win his heat of the 800. Engel raced in the fastest afternoon heat of the 1600 alongside junior Conor Schott and senior Sam Joslyn.
After several hours of panther efforts shining on the track and on the field, the afternoon session ended and the evening “invite” session for the fastest athletes in the area began.
Highlights of the invite session included a strong 51.41 second 400 meter performance by sophomore Trevien Prince, and Santa Rosa’s win in the girls 4 by 400 meter relay with a team comprised of juniors Izzy Zamora, Anika Williams, and Caroline Duffy, and senior Kirsten Carter. Despite stiff competition coming from all across the area, the Santa Rosa track and field team rose to the occasion and displayed their skill and capability all day long at the Annual Twilight Invitational.