On Your Mark, Get Set, Go

Juan Diego track team competes against Park City.


Juan Diego track and field athletes, Noah Reninger, Kaiser Mataele, Colby Smith, and Kekoa Mataele

Park City and Juan Diego’s track teams are both great, but JD won an intense dual meet with a final score of 133-116.  

When the actual competition starts,” senior thrower and captain Sean Wolff said, “because there were only the two teams we were given four throws with no finals. All of my throws were respectable with it being only our first meet of the season, I threw a high of 123′ 2″ which took first but was short of a PR, personal record, but this wasn’t unexpected. I was pleased with the season opener knowing that I have ample time to improve my throws.” Wolff said. Wolff was first in discus with a 123-02 and second in shot throwing a 34.00.

Kristi Deffner coming around the corner of the track.

“I love watching the athletes compete!” head coach Chase Kallas said. “I always get a little nervous but that’s just because I want the athletes to do well. All the hard work definitely paid off but we have a lot of meets left so the hard work isn’t over yet!” Kallas said. Kallas has been the head coach for two years now, and was previously a thrower for Juan Diego in 2012.

One of the races I ran was the 1600m (or 1 mile),” Junior distance runner and captain Kristi Deffner said. “I didn’t go great, because my time was pretty slow, and I was a little sore after running other events, but it was the first meet so I’m not too upset. My time was 6:10, and it was my third event for this meet, after the 2 mile and 800.”Deffner said. Deffner came in first for the 3200, 1600, and 800 meter race.

Juan Diego has proven that they are one of the hardest teams to beat in track and field and showed their strength after winning the first track meet. “It’s always great to compete with your peers and give them advice.” Wolff concluded.