Panthers Soak Up Rain, Times and T-Shirts @ Dan Gabor Invitational

After a long week of final exams and on the eve of Enrichment Week, the Panthers sent a handful of athletes to compete at the Dan Gabor Invitational at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton.  While heavy rains and cold conditions presented a challenge, many of the athletes emerged with season bests, event wins, and prize-winning t-shirts.

Sophomore Simone Rogers is now 2 for 2 in invitational wins after posting the lone Panther win on Saturday.  Jumping in a driving rain storm, she managed to climb over 5’0” and had narrow misses at a personal best tying 5’2”. 

Senior Sophia Alexander, who according to coach Lawson “has been the most consistently hard-working athlete on the team thus far”, ran another solid 100 meter race, finishing 2nd in 12.41.  “Sophia’s hard-work is paying off.  I’m really proud of her dedication to herself and to the team as a leader.  She’s been a real bright spot so far,” said Lawson after the meet.

Junior Jillian Aliakbar, and freshmen Julia Alexander, Hailey Vines and Heaven Mitchell all ran very good 100 meter dashes as well.  Jillian won her heat (#27) in 13.87, as did Julia (heat #22) in 13.98 and Hailey (heat 25) in 14.26. 

The distance squad was also present on Saturday, led by sophomore Olivia Lawson.  Despite heavy rains, Olivia finished 2nd in her 1600 meter heat (#4) in just a shade over 6:00.  Teammate Wiona Tan  ran 4th in the heat before, crossing the washed out finish line in 6:25.  Freshmen Jeffrey Norris (5:16 – 1600) and Maddie Dwyer (2:38 – 800) also competed for the Panthers on Saturday. 

The Panthers will not be back in action until Thursday, March 14th in their TCAL opener.  The meet will be at Saint Mary’s at begins at 3:30. The full schedule is on the team website at

http://smchigh.org/sports/category/track-field/