Owls News · Agua Fria Track and Field Off to a Speedy Start

By: Sam Lopez

OwlFeed Sports Editor

It seems as though spring ran up on us pretty fast but the Agua Fria Track and Field team managed to be faster as we began spring sports. 

The team attended the Fifth Annual Richard Thompson South Mountain Classic, Metro Relays, and the 65th Annual Buckeye Lions Invitational. 

The team traveled to Buckeye Highschool on April 3 and came back with record-breaking times, medals, and an overall 3rd place win for the girls’ team! 

Photo Credit: David Espinoza

“Honestly, second place was even within their grasp, but a few missed opportunities saw us fall just short,” said distance coach Andrew Haubenstricker. 

With this only being their third invitational, they definitely have the potential to snag a second and even first place in this season.

It’s no surprise that the Owls showed up and brought back hardware for the school. Just before attending the 65th Annual Buckeye Lions Invitational, the Owls brought back five gold wins, four silvers, and two bronze from the Metro Relays.

The Metro Relays consisted of just relays and field events. Both the boys and girls team finished third overall and brought home a trophy. The team may be smaller than usual years but it’s safe to say they show quality over quantity.

A few new relay events were added to this meet, which was in favor of the boys’ distance team. They placed second in the 4×1600 and Distance Medley (1200-400-800-1600). 

From the boys’ team, the relay teams consisted of student-athletes: Demetri Davis (junior), Ian Fairley (sophomore), Isaac Gomez (junior), Jacob Crofford (senior), Oscar Gonzales (junior), and Tanell Brown (senior).

The girls’ relay teams consisted of student-athletes: Alyssa Perez (sophomore), Daisy Venegas (senior), Sabatiney Onyepunuka (sophomore), Stacey Onyepunuka (freshman), and Tyraneisha Miles (senior).

The very first invitational of the season started at South Mountain for the Fifth Annual Richard Thompson Invitational. The team was able to show off their hard work during the off-season as they brought back their first round of medals. Although only the top three were awarded medals, athletes did not stray away from the top five and new personal records! 

“It was able to show off what we can do as many of us, including me, have gotten new personal records in our events and showed that we can improve,” said junior Oscar Gonzales.

This is only the beginning of the Owls season and still have more to show off! On April 10 they’ll be attending the Hal Anders Invite at Apollo High School. Just after is the Owls senior night on April 14.

We wish the Agua Fria Track and Field team good luck as they take on the rest of their season!