By Chiara ’23
With all the myriad of sports, clubs, music groups offered at Harvard-Westlake it can be hard to pick one to pursue! Enter Track and Field.
I have been running track since I was a little girl, the ripe young age of 7 to be precise, so when I heard that I would be able to continue running at a high level, I was ecstatic. Over the years, the Harvard-Westlake Track Team has won over 100 CIF and Mission League Championships, which needless to say I am pretty proud of, considering I was able to play a part in helping the Girls Varsity Track Team win not only the CIF championship but also maintain an undefeated season over the mission league. However, the track also fosters a unique sense of community in its athletes. For example, I started at Harvard-Westlake in 9th grade, already behind at making friendships and fostering those lifelong memories that high school is all about. To boot, half of my 9th grade year was taken away by COVID-19. At first, scared that all the new friends I had managed to make would disappear, the track team was able to fix this problem.
During covid, groups of athletes and I would hold socially distanced workouts which not only helped us keep up our fitness but also make new friends and make those lifelong memories. Track is super fun, our team is huge with a spot for everyone and there are always new events to try. How about pole vault, where you can go flying through the sky? Or the 400, my personal favorite, where you can bond with your teammates over the shared grueling experience? To top it all off, come meet day you can enjoy competing with your friends and getting a chance to put all your hard work on showcase. So whether or not you have run track for what feels like eons or you’re just looking to fill your P.E. credit, join the Harvard-Westlake Track Team .