Varsity track and field athletes travel to Stanford University, compete in invitational


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Ariel Heimanson '21, Caitlin Chen '19, Dominique White '18, Nadia Charles '21, Mac Williams '19, Kaiya Jefferson '21 and Hailey Adams '20 pose for a picture at a meet earlier this season. Adams and Nia Mosby '20 participated in the Stanford Invitational on March 31. Image courtesy of Marlee Rice.

For the first time in school history, varsity track and field claimed the Liberty League title. But only a few weeks prior, two runners were hard at work in Northern California.

Archer runners Hailey Adams ’20 and Nia Mosby ’20 packed their packs, boarded a plane and flew to Palo Alto, California to compete in the Stanford Invitational, which took place on March 31 at Stanford University.

Each year, Stanford hosts the invitational, which draws high schools from across the country. Each runner earns his or her invitation to the meet by performing well during the regular season.

Stanford also host a series of events for college runners competing in the NCAA. Some schools that attended the 2018 Stanford Invitational are the University of California, Berkeley and California Polytechnic State University.  

“Overall it was a good experience,” Mosby said. “Before my run, I was really nervous, but as soon as I started running I didn’t think of anything except competing hard.”

Mosby placed 6th out of 29 students in the 400 meter event and 8th out of 21 students in the 100 meter event.

“It was a really good experience,” Mosby said. “I was really nervous because of the [college] scouts there, but it was amazing.”

Adams placed 28th in her race and did not qualify for the finals.

Adams and Mosby also explored the Stanford campus and San Francisco during the trip.

“Exploring the campus and cheering each other on at the meets was definitely a bonding experience for the team, ” Mosby said. “The campus is really beautiful. It is funny because one moment you are on the campus. Then you walk a mile outside, and it’s just prairie land.”