Wildcats went up against teams like San Luis Obispo

When the first meet rolls around there are sure to be some rough edges. That was the case for the Taft boys and girls track and field team last Saturday when they competed in the Bear Cat Relays at Paso Robles.

“The team did not perform very well this past Saturday,” said Taft coach Eric Newton. “We are very, very out of shape. We have a long way to go before we will be able to compete and win league championships.”

Taft competed against teams from San Luis Obispo, Righetti, Paso Robles, Nipomo, Templeton, Arroyo Grande and Mission Prep.

“The other schools had tremendous athletes that competed hard and I am hopeful our team learned something from that competitive nature they displayed,” said Newton. “That’s where we need to get to to have success this season.”

Despite the rough start, Newton says there were several bright spots.

The boys shot put team finished sixth out of 13 teams while the girls long jump and boys 4x100 m relay team also placed sixth.

Freshman Zack Gable vaulted nine feet.

“We think we can get him to 11 feet by the end of the season,” said Newton.

Taft returns to action this Thursday when they take travel to Cesar Chavez High School in Delano. The meet begins at 4 p.m.