A recap of Track and Fields’ dual meet against Foothill


Matthew Carter

The meet was hosted by foothill on their home turf track.

Matthew Carter, AVT EIC

Amador Track & Field recently traveled to Foothill High school to take on the falcons on their senior night. The two teams competed in every event, and while Amador wasn’t able to score enough points to beat their rivals, they still had an incredible meet. The final score was 84-52 for the boys and 82-54 for the girls.

“Although we lost to Foothill, it serves as a reminder that we are improving as a team and can continue to improve in terms of individual PRs and relays. If we look at this loss in the right way, it serves as a reminder that there is so much more that we can achieve.” said sprints team captain Veda Katragadda (‘22).

The day started out around 4:00 with the 4×100 teams kicking off the meet. Foothills track program is well known for their talented sprinters, some of whom recently traveled to the exclusive Arcadia Invitational in Southern California. Unfortunately, the Dons weren’t able to pull out a win in this event. 

“The 4×100 girls and guys relay teams had performed well. All the handoffs were clean which resulted in better performance and times. A lot of our frosh/soph athletes were combined with the Varsity heat and were able to stand their ground without too much of a gap between the competitors in the race.” said Katragadda.

Next was the 1600, where the girls were able to sweep Foothill and place top three in their race. Kayla Rodriguez (‘25), Erika Pettersson (‘24), and Dahlia Versteeg (‘23) hit times of 5:32, 5:37, and 5:40.

“It felt amazing not only to win, but to also PR, especially with it being my first track season in high school. I couldn’t have done it without all the encouragement and support from my teammates.” said Rodriguez.

Jump events were happening simultaneously to the running events throughout the meet. Jumps captain Kiana Lum (‘22) saw some great results from her team. 

“Landon Betker (‘22) PRd by 9 inches in the long jump and then again in the high jump by 4 inches. Justin Choi (’26) PRd in the triple jump by 14 inches and then Nick Noe (‘25) by almost a whole three feet. Luke Atkinson (‘22) PRd in the high jump by 2 inches.” said Lum.

Another noteworthy race was an Amador-dominated heat in the 3200 (2 miles). Noah Small (‘25) ran hard for an outstanding PR of 11:12.

“The meet went really well for me. It was a great race and I’m very thankful for my teammate Ryken for pacing me to a PR. I’m looking forward to running at ebals next week.” said Noah Small (’26).

The day was finished off with a 4×400 relay with Amador winning by a huge margin. The team that placed first consisted of seniors Robert Sitter (‘22), Mason Romant (‘22) and juniors Declan McPherson (‘23) and Liam Young (‘23). Their winning time was 3:35.18.

“I thought we went out strong. I think that the fact that we were way ahead of everyone made it harder from the middle to end since we didn’t run as fast as we could have with people pacing us, but it’s good that we improved upon our previous time.” said Young.