Track and Field meets bring short and long distance runners, jumpers, and throwers together in either small groups, called ‘heats,’ or individual races. Being a part of a track and field team means that an individual's placement affects the team’s standing against the other teams. However, even more intense than the typical school track and field meets, are track invitationals. These track and field invitationals involve individuals from all over the area and are typically more competitive.
Senior Lina Kamb, the girls captain for the BHS track and field team, has run several invitationals. This year, she and a few other track and field members plan on running at these events.
“[Invitationals are] a good place to see more diverse competition. Because in our regional meet we only get to race one school, you get a lot more schools and the competition is a little higher because it’s all the top runners from each school,” says Kamb.
Those who tend to be train harder for these meets are “the ones who are more competitive and if our runners are pretty competitive in our single regional meets when we’re racing against one school. If they are consistently winning the meets and they don’t feel like they have good enough competition, we’ll go to invitationals, that way we’ll get a better feel of what it will be like at PALs and CCS.”
Kamb has been on the track team for four years and, though she has yet to run in an invitational this season, she has plans to participate in a few in the coming weeks.
Senior Ben Williams, another track athlete, says that he does “them because they are some of the best competition that [he] can find in California and those are also the ones that push [him] to do the best and they are the most fun to win when you have that opportunity because it's on the biggest stage.” Williams ran in the San Jose, Willow Glen invitational, and won in his event.
So far, while big invitationals like the Stanford and Arcadia ones have passed with little participation from the BHS track team, several people will be in the upcoming Bearcat Invitational at San Mateo.
These athletes on the Track and Field team will hopefully be rewarded for their efforts and come out faster than they were before.