Moorpark Track and Field Raiders win first meet back after year-long hiatus due to COVID-19

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Jack Franklin jumps over a hurdle as Basilio Vives trails behind during the men’s 110 meter hurdles race at the first WSC meet of the season on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Moorpark, CA. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

By Max Clark

It has been over a year since the Moorpark Raiders have been able to compete in Track and Field, and on April 16 both Men and Women’s teams came out as victors.

The Raiders hosted Ventura and Allan Hancock College in the opening Western State Conference meet. The Men’s and Women’s teams both outscored second place by over 60 points, scoring 188 and 143 respectively.

Elizabeth Sanchez completes a lap during the women's 3000 meter run at the first WSC meet of the season on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Moorpark, CA. Sanchez completed the run in 12:19:68, over a minute faster than her competitor.
Elizabeth Sanchez completes a lap during the women's 3000 meter run at the first WSC meet of the season on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Moorpark, CA. Sanchez completed the run in 12:19:68, over a minute faster than her competitor. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Head Coach Traycie Kephart said that it felt great to finally have a meet take place and that she is immensely proud of her team.

“There are too many shoutouts to give, but I think overall it is a team feeling here,” Kephart stated. “The athletes that want to be out here want to be here and that is awesome.”

Kephart gave a lot of shout outs but Evan Schweers got the most praise. This meet was Schweers’ first in his life and he ran a 10.8 second 100 meter then a 22.18 second 200m and to cap off his day he had a 6.51 meter Long Jump. Schweers won every event he was in and for that Kephart said he earned the nickname rookie.

James Boss passes the baton to Zach Leith during the 4x400 meter relay at the first WSC meet of the season on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Moorpark, CA.
James Boss passes the baton to Zach Leith during the 4x400 meter relay at the first WSC meet of the season on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Moorpark, CA. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Freshman thrower, Anoop Khatra, also had a successful day when throwing 61.55m for Javelin, 46.65m in Discus and 14.42m in Shot Put which were enough to win each event.

“There is room for improvement but I am not satisfied,” Khatra stated. “For the season opener it’s not too bad.”

When asked what his goals were for the season Khatra said that he wants to at least reach 70 meters in Javelin.

Annie Doherty jumps over the last hurdle during the 100 meter hurdles race
Annie Doherty jumps over the last hurdle during the 100 meter hurdles race at the first WSC meet of the season on Friday, April 16, 2021 in Moorpark, CA. Doherty finished in 18.90 seconds. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

Annie Doherty also had a solid day competing in six events. The events Doherty participated in were the 200m, 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put and Javelin. Doherty placed in the top three in all of her events and winning two of them.

“It was okay for first of the season, I [got a] personal record high jump,” Doherty said. “It was not a bad day, I am still getting back into the groove of competing against other teams.”

The Raiders started off on the right foot and they look to keep it going when they host Redlands and Cal Lutheran on Apr. 23.

See full results of the meet here.