Varsity track and field defeats Diamond Bar

Varsity boys and girls track and field defeated Diamond Bar 77-58 and 103-28, respectively, at a home dual meet Thursday, Feb. 28.

The Mustangs have remained undefeated against Diamond Bar in every dual meet for the last 12 years. At the start of the meet, Diamond Bar outscored Walnut in most track events, including the boys 4×100 meters and the boys 1600 meters. However, Walnut regained its lead in the boys and girls field events and in the boys and girls 100 meter dashes.

“At first, I was thinking that our team [had] to work harder to beat Diamond Bar and to make sure that we outscore them,” distance senior Nikhil Bhakta said. “I performed average, but I feel like I could’ve done more to impact the score.”

In the boys 1600 meters, distance junior Jesse Alvarado placed second with a time of 4:39.44 followed by distance sophomore Chris Razo in third at 4:40.04. In the girls 3200 meters, distance senior Emma Arriaga took first place with a time of 11:08.76, which was followed by distance sophomore Anastasia Sloan in second at 12:08.43.

“I think I did pretty well. I just love the rush going through my blood and from the excitement of cheering on. The pain is what fuels my motivation,” distance junior Joey Fan said.

Jumps and sprints senior Kaitlyn Day placed first in the girls long and triple jump with a score of 14’1.5 and 31’6, respectively, followed by jumps junior Amber Tsao with a score of 13’7.5 and 29’5.5, respectively.

“I ran the 4×400 relay for the first time, and it was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be,” Day said. “I was pretty nervous before the race because I had never run more than a 100 meters before, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and support from my teammates as I ran down the home stretch.”

By Phillip Leung, Staff Writer 
Photo by Erin Tan