Varsity track wins Liberty League finals for first time in school history


Photo credit:

The Archer track team says a cheer before a meet begins. Members of the team will be competing in CIF prelims on May 12. Image courtesy of Alessandra Judaken ’21.

The varsity track and field team left the John Burroughs High School track on May 1 with smiles on their faces. The Panthers made Archer history that night, winning the first Liberty League track and field title in Archer history.

The team competed against seven other schools from across the league in the finals. Archer ended with an overall score of 98 points, placing the Panthers in first place.

Archer’s team won 1st place in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. They also won the 4 by 100-meter and 4 by 400-meter relays.

In an email sent to the school, junior Miayunique South said the runners “went all out” and “could not be happier” with the results. 

“[Our team] gradually improved over the course of the whole spring season,” South said in a phone interview. “The change in how we were running from the beginning of the year to the end of the year was very drastic, and I feel like everyone on the team has improved.”

Although this meet concludes the season for many runners, Hailey Adams ’20, Starrlyn Brown ’21, Nadia Charles ’21, Addison Lee ’21, Giana Parks ’21, Ella Roark ’21, Miayunique South ’19 and Dominique White ’18 will be continuing their season. These athletes all qualified for the first round of CIF Prelims, which will be held on May 12.

Roark described the ‘exciting’ feeling of winning the finals.

“We all worked really hard,” Roark said in a phone interview. “I didn’t know that this would have been Archer’s first time winning until yesterday, but it felt really good. I know a lot of girls on the team, including myself, have been working hard for so long.”