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Martin leads Vista athletes at state meet

By: Matt Long
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Vista del Lago didn’t win any medals at the state track and field championships, but all three of their athletes were honored to participate in the meet. Senior Riley Martin, a first-time qualifier in the 1,600 meters, had the best performance of the trio, as he ran a personal-best time in placing 18th in 4 minutes, 15.14 seconds, just a little more than two seconds away from qualifying for the finals. “My goal was to break 4:15 and I was bummed that I didn’t do that, but I’m still happy to get a P.R.,” Martin said. Martin ran a 4:19.65 the previous week at the Masters Meet in taking second. The state meet, however, is a much different stage for the athletes. “I had never raced in a stadium that big or in front of that many people,” Martin said. “It was pretty scary and I was nervous, but once I got on the track I was fine.” It was an excellent end to a super senior year for Martin. His best time in the 1,600 last year was 4:45, so he improved his time by 30 seconds. “My goal was to run 4:25, so I was surprised at how much I improved,” Martin said. Martin plans to attend UC Irvine next fall and hopes to run on the track team. Sophomore Madeleine Ankhelyi was hoping to run 4:58 in the 1,600, but finished 23rd in 5:06.35. Despite falling short of her goal, she was happy to have made the race and wasn’t disappointed with how she ran. “I obviously wasn’t too happy with my time, but I placed 23rd out of 31 and I don’t think that’s too bad for a sophomore,” Ankhelyi said. “It was one of the fastest heats of all time and I thought it was cool to be apart of that race. The leaders pulled away on the third lap and I just couldn’t stick with them.” Ankhelyi plans to take two weeks off before beginning to prepare for the cross country season. Emily Cooper competed in the 100- and 200-meters, taking 18th in the 100 in 12.37 and 19th in the 200 in 25.47.