At Ponderosa High School this year, there are four senior boys (one is my grandson) involved in the school’s sports program.
These boys played soccer and basketball. With approximately nine weeks left in the school year, the track coach asked them to try out for the track team. In the nine weeks left in the school year, these young men broke the school’s track record in both the 1×400 and the 4×400 set 42 years ago. And they also broke their own record twice.
To make it to the state champion finals, they had to run against the eight top teams in Northern California at Elk Grove High School and had to finish in the top three to go to the finals.
They came in third, but gave up the chance to run in the finals to the fourth-place participants.
These young men chose to graduate with their classmates. The graduation exercise and the race were at the same night and almost the same time.
This makes these young men winners in more ways than one.