By Richard Mejia / Staff Writer

The women’s track team struggled in the Pasadena Games on Friday, March 28, as they compiled four, top-10 finishes.

Freshman sprinter Destinie Hernandez led the team in overall performances as she posted two top-10 finishes in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter sprints.  Hernandez clocked in at 2:40.53 in the 800 meters for an eighth-place finish and posted a time of 5:23.76 in the 1,500 that landed her in 10th place and was also a season-best time.

The Vikings have yet to taste high levels of success this season. The coaching staff said the team is close to a making large improvement, but something is holding them  back.

Coach Karen Vigilant-Goodman said, “We’re a very young team and when inexperience like this exists there is no clear leader among the team.”

In addition to Hernandez’s efforts at the Pasadena Games, the team managed to pull off some notable performances.

Sophomore sprinter Aliyah Monsalvatage placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.77. Sophomore Maria Sanchez-Meza finished sixth with a leap of 3.89 meters in the long jump as well as a pair of second-place finishes with a time of 51.87 in the 4-by-100 and 4:29.16 in the 4-by-400 relays.

In regard to the team’s recent struggles, freshman sprinter Shavone Nora said, “We need to push ourselves and have more confidence. We need to keep bettering ourselves so that we can beat our personal bests.”

The Vikings have one more meet Saturday, April 12 at Mt. San Antonio College for the Mt. SAC Relays before the preliminary regional championship meet Tuesday, April 22, and the regional championship meet on Friday, April 25, at Veteran’s Stadium.