At this time of year for Foothill League track and field teams, the focus shifts. The change of mindset starts with the league prelims, which were held at College of the Canyons on Thursday. Instead of athletes scoring as many points as they can to win a dual meet, the objective is to qualify as many athletes as possible for the CIF postseason run. “As coaches, we love this because we get to root for everybody,” said Valencia coach Jeff Gilkey. “It’s like, good, let’s get six, seven or eight people in and show them how tough the Foothill League is.
Hart’s Cole Shirakata had the best time in the 110 hurdles and West Ranch’s Mya Davis was top in the 300 hurdles. Heavy winds that crippled E-Z Up tents and canopies and crumbled scorekeeping paperwork were a nuisance but didn’t prevent athletes from performing. “The kids did really well in the wind and the conditions,” Gilkey said. “I heard a lot of people talking about getting good marks, getting PRs and all that despite the very strong winds out here. That shows that the entire valley, all six schools, are reaching their peak at the right moment and that’s what we want.” Foothill League track and field finals, with field events and relays, will take place next Thursday at COC. Field events will begin at 2 p.m. and running events are set to begin at 5 p.m.
Hart's Cole Shirakata comes in first in his heat for the boys 110 hurdles. pic.twitter.com/JHpWf5zk5L— Haley Sawyer (@haleymsawyer) April 27, 2017