By Richard Meija / Staff Writer
The men’s track and field team saw many shortcomings in the Pasadena Games at Pasadena City College on Friday, March 28. As the season winds down, the men’s team has been ravaged by injuries.
The injuries have limited performances on the field, as well as the number of entries the Vikings have at meets. Freshman sprinter Kimani Gilbert posted a season-high 1:06.06 in the 400-meter dash to finish in sixth place.
Gilbert’s efforts were the highest placing of any Viking at the meet. Freshman Jeffrey MacGillivray was able to manage a season-best in the 200-meter with a time of 23.08, which landed in him in ninth place.
Coach Bayano Kamani, said, “Injuries are big right now and it’s been difficult to see these guys work hard and then become frustrated when they can’t go out and compete because of the injuries.”
Kamani hopes the team injuries will subside in time for the preliminary regional championships. “There are guys who are close to placing for the championship games, but the injuries aren’t allowing them to compete, as a coach, sitting them out these next few weeks is a tough decision.” Said Kamani.
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.