The Panthers Finish the Season with Peak Performances
The CCS Trials gave the qualifying BHS track athletes their toughest competition, as they face off against the best in the section. With the weather gods providing a clear but very warm day, 6 BHS athletes competed today, and put in their best efforts at this very competitive meet.
PAL Champion in the 300M hurdles, Cooper Glavin entered to venue very nervous, but got down to business against one of the fastest fields in recent years. With a bit of a sluggish start and a shaky 4th and 5th hurdle, he found a good enough groove to finish just off his lifetime best. Although he did not make next week’s finals, he finished 19th overall, and put the section on notice of what’s to come in 2020. We look forward to Cooper defending his PAL title next year, and taking on the best in CCS.
We were also treated to another PR by our Girls 4x400M relay team. Zoe Keeley, Olivia Bollinger, Namiha Yasuda, and Jessica Masterson were seeded in the last spot entering the event. Facing some perennial CIF State qualifiers, they ran well ahead of their seeding time from the PAL finals, but also fell short of next week’s finals, even with a 3 second improvement on their season best time. But it must be mentioned that an improvement of 3 seconds from last week’s time shows that the Lady Panthers can compete at the highest levels. We will get three of these young ladies back next year, and we fully expect them to continue to improve at this event.
The Lady Panther leaving us this season is none other than Jessica Masterson, who gave us an incredible swan song performance today. Competing in three events (including the anchor leg of the 4×4 team), Jessica finished with a flourish, running just off her lifetime best in the 200M. But her best performance came in the 400M, where she ran another mind-blowing PR, improving by almost another full second on last week’s time to 61.8”. Her ability to peak at this point in the season and improve by leaps in bounds is nothing short of amazing. And while she did not make next week’s finals, Jessica completes an incredible Panther career at the absolute top of her game. Congratulations, Jessica, and we will you nothing but success in your future endeavors.
Our highlight of the day was “The Dommen-ator!” Junior Sonja Dommen, in the first CCS race of her Panther career, faced a field of athletes stacked with talent. However, the 3200M event also carries a great deal of uncertainty, as many athletes struggle to balance with their other events, and you never really know how everyone will perform. But Sonja and Coach Obbie had a plan, put together after last year’s season-ending injury: get Sonja to CCS. Last week, that plan came to fruition, but today, that plan exceeded expectations. In her heat, featuring a potential CIF State top finisher, Sonja raced very intelligently, very strategically, and very strong. With less than one lap to go, Sonja surged ahead of some key competitors, finishing within the top 5 in the heat. Although she fell within a hair of her lifetime best, Sonja has earned a spot in next week’s CCS finals, and will be our sole BHS Panther representative next Friday night in Gilroy. This is very special achievement for a very special athlete, and we are honored to have Sonja represent Burlingame at the highest level. Congrats, but you’re not done yet!