The Cougars sprint past the Bulldogs


Ventura girls at the beginning of the 3200, Photo by: Diego Roberto

Ian McWeeney

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On Wednesday, March 28, Ventura High School had a track meet against their cross-town rival, Buena High School. It was a small meet, with only these two schools competing.

The Cougars came out victorious in the cross-town rivalry match, winning with over double the score of the Bulldogs. This meet was not the first time the Cougars have outperformed the Bulldogs this year.

Junior varsity athlete Derek Pekar said, “[I wanted] to beat BHS even if [it] meant I did not perform as well as I wanted to.”

As an individual, Pekar said, “I am disappointed with my long jump, but I am happy with my hurdles, high jump and my 4×400 split.”

Pekar was very impressed with the team’s performance: “As a team we did great. All levels killed it and we won by a huge amount. I’m very proud of our varsity boys because it was supposed to be close between us and BHS but we beat them pretty good in the end.”

When asked what his hopes are for the rest of the season, he responded, “to win CIF as a team. I want that more than me winning CIF in an individual event.” He thinks the team can achieve this goal because, “The team has a lot of talent.”