Written by John Corona
The 2019 track season has brought a new element of competition to the CIF-SS called Unified Sports. An idea branched out from the Special Olympics, this event features two member “teams” of kids with special needs and general education kids competing together in almost all the track events. The combined mark of the two athletes then determines where they might fall in the standings of that event. This past Saturday marked the first ever CIF Unified Track and Field Championships and King High was right there in the middle of the competition. Any team that finished in the top four in their event would earn a trip to the Master’s Meet this next Saturday at El Camino College in Torrance.
The Wolves were represented at Trabuco Hills High School by team mates Aiden Sos, Robert Martinez, Zach Chelette and Bryce Goldman. Sos and Martinez ran the 100 meters. Aiden sped to a 15.03 finish while Robert clocked a 13.01. Their average time of 14.02 placed them fifth in the competition, just missing the chance to move on. If any team ahead of them decides not to go next week, Aiden and Robert would be the first alternate.
Over in the long jump, team mates, Chelette and Goldman finished third and punched their ticket to next week on the CIF’s biggest track stage. Zach jumped 15-5 while Bryce hit a PR of 14-3 and their average mark of 14-10 was enough to get them through.
CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod was in attendance and said, “This is just the beginning of what’s going to be a great venue of inclusion and participation for our member schools and the entirety of our section. We will continue to grow this event and encourage the positive energy it created today and I know what it will create in the future.”