Sports: Braves’ Track and Field Team Starts Season Off Right

by Ian Cook

The St. John Bosco track and field team has started their season on the right foot after recently performing well at the Quad Meet at Mater Dei, as they lead into their Trinity League matches. 

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The 2022 St. John Bosco track team has made many top marks in the state and national marks as well. With many key performers this year, Head Coach Tim McIntosh and the Braves are working hard to have a successful season and turn many heads this Spring. 

“A lot of seniors have been key performers this year, Jaden Smith, Camryn O’bannon, Rayshon Luke, Jackson Harley, Jabari Bates, Tayvion Beasley and Chris Chavez to name a few,” said Coach McIntosh. 

The Braves have performed very well on the track as they are ranked number two in the state in the 4×2 relay. Camryn O’bannon is ranked number one in the state in the long jump, number three in the state in the triple jump and also number three in the nation in the Triple Jump. 

“I’m really excited for this season. We have really fast and athletic guys from football and guys like myself who have been doing this for a long time and are ready to go out and show what we can do,” said Camryn. 

The Brave’s last meet was a four-way meet on March 25th, at Mater Dei high school. The meet was between their fellow Trinity League opponents, Orange Lutheran, Jserra and Mater Dei. The Braves dominated the meet. 

Camryn O’Bannon placed first in the triple jump with a score of 46-3.00, Jaden Smith placed second in the long jump with a score of 22-08.00, this score was right behind Camryn O’Bannon’s first-place score of 24-04.00. 

“I felt like we owned the tournament. Orange Lutheran and Jserra didn’t stand a chance, so it’s usually us and Mater Dei that battle it out for the championship, but I think Mater Dei would’ve lost if they ran all their guys,” said Rayshon. 

The Braves also dominated in other categories of the meet including senior Chris Chavez’s 41.90 score in the 4×100 relay, and junior Myles Vaughn’s first place title in the varsity 300m hurdles and 110m hurdles as well.  

“Overall I feel that we would have beaten Mater Dei had they not had a race the following day and ran more of their guys. But, there was a lot of stuff we could’ve done better individually and even as a group to better our performance last week,” said Coach McIntosh. 

The Braves’ track and field team’s next meet will be against the Santa Margarita Eagles on April 6th, at 3:15 p.m. at Santa Margarita Catholic high school. 

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