Northside Runs at UChicago
By Karina Rodriguez
On Mar. 8, Northside’s track team headed to the University of Chicago for its second meet of the season competing against schools like Jones, UChicago, and Whitney Young. Indoor track and field meets consist of various events such as distance, sprints, hurdles, and jumps. Northside’s track team has trained everyday for their upcoming events this season.
In the meet, a team wins by earning enough points in order to place. Essentially, if you win the race, you get points for that event so that the team can place and advance. Northside competed in several of the events such as the 3200m, 200m, and 4x400m relay. Gabriel Vara, Adv. 900, Minjun Kim, Adv. 906, Ezra Hill, Adv. 106, and Jeronimo Najarro, Adv. 002 competed in the 4x400m relay. Hill and Vara also competed in the 3200m and Najarro competed in the 4x200m event. One notable performance was from freshman Elia Ton, Adv. 208, who won the girl’s 1600m run in 5:33 minutes.
Although the team did not win in this meet, many team members were satisfied with the overall results. Hill said that he, “wasn’t expecting much because we were in competition with a lot of fast schools, but the boys ended up placing 9th out of 13 teams.” Hill also set a personal record in both races he ran in. Najarro was also happy with how the team placed and said that “many people beat their previous records.”
Track meets can be stressful, but Hill described it as “fun and it was nice seeing everyone get out there and cheer for their teammates.” Najarro added that it is “tiring when you run multiple events, but it’s always fun to compete.” Team captain Norberto Nieves, Adv. 900, thought the team had strong performances and that this meet was “great practice against other CPS schools, especially with the city championship coming this Sunday.”
With outdoor season right around the corner, Najarro said, “I highly recommend that people join track because the people on the team are super nice and friendly. You’ll make some of your closest friends.”