Mira Costa held its 25th annual Mustang Relays under sunny, warm weather last Saturday and rose up to the challenge of its visitors, including rival Redondo Union as the event hit a historic milestone.
“The coaches and I were very happy how the Mustang Relays turned out,” said Mira Costa boys and girls track head coach Moe Russell. “Twenty-seven teams in Waller Stadium giving everything they had all day long for their teams and the Mustangs were no different.”
Mira Costa set 90 personal records and took home 19 medals, according to Russell.
Senior hurdler Amari Fraser set a personal best in winning the girls 300 hurdles in 45.86.
“I made sure I got out the first hundred and I attacked every hurdle, ending with a personal record of 45.86,” Fraser said. “I’d like to give a special thanks to God, my mom, and my coaches, Moe and Kelvin Gamble, for helping me get this far.”
Mira Costa’s girls’ 4 x 400 meters relay team won in 4:02.57, which was a season best that included seniors Natalia Cervantes and Fraser, juniors Kali Mashayekhi and Sara Mooney.
“We were nervous going into our race but we pushed through and ran our hardest,” Fraser said.
“Being a part of this 4 x 400 relay team alongside such ambitious individuals is one of the most inspiring opportunities I’ve had the pleasure to experience,” Cervantes said. “Seeing our persistent hard work pay off in one of my favorite races to run makes me incredibly excited and eager to see what the future holds.”
The juniors also commented.
“My team and I always make sure that we are giving it our all when competing in the relays,” Mashayekhi said. “We constantly remind each other that we can push ourselves past our limit which makes us such a good team. We worked hard to make every second count in the relay and it paid off in the end when we won.”
“It was great to see the relay come together with the work everyone put in,” Mooney said. “I’m looking forward to seeing our progress this season as we continue to improve.”
Redondo Union athletes had some high points as well.
“All of our handoffs for the relays were solid and I think we all ran well,” said Mahkaia Lee, who won the long jump. “The long jump was frustrating for me because I missed the board for two jumps but after I took corrections from my coaches and cleared my head I came out and performed and jumped a season best mark at 18’ 6.5” for the win.”
Peyton Heiden won the girls 1600 for the Sea Hawks.
“The 1600 I ran this weekend was a solid race,” Heiden said. “I was very happy with my win, but with every race, I believe there is always something that I can learn. I was hoping to run a little bit faster, but I’m going to let the process do its thing.
“I am going to stick to my training and focus on all of the one percents: hydration, nutrition, plenty of sleep, and a clear mind. The atmosphere at Mustang Relays was fantastic and taking the win made it even better.”
Redondo Union’s top athlete, Amari Turner, won the girls pole vault and was on a winning relay.
“Mustang Relays was a pretty good meet,” Turner said. “I received first place in pole vault with a jump of 12 feet. I also helped the 4 x 100 meters relay get first place with a season best time of 47.6. Overall there is still a lot to improve on but I was glad I was able to help my team score some points.”