Bulldogs make a run at the competition

Nine Hemet High track and field team members competed at May 13 preliminaries

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
Ashley Ramos and Kate Shannon, two of Hemet High’s nine CIF qualified runners and jumpers.

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

Whatever your starting line may be, the journey from it to your finish line can often be very interesting. For the boys and girls track and field teams at Hemet High School, this latest leg of their journey has certainly been interesting.
Eleven Bulldog runners and jumpers qualified for the CIF Southern Section Preliminaries on May 13, with nine of them attending the meet at Moorpark High School just outside of Los Angeles. (The other two had tickets to prom that same day and couldn’t get their money back.)
Unfortunately, none of the Bulldogs made it to the finals. Nonetheless, Coach Art Plinski is still proud of his team’s individual accomplishments.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the kids,” said Plinski. “The kids put out incredibly difficult workouts; the conditions on the league championship day were pretty strenuous…It was very hot, very windy, and these kids persevered.”
And these Bulldogs already have expressed their hopes for the future:
Ashley Ramos, a Mountain Pass League champion, plans to attend Cal State Long Beach. “I hope to become a developmental psychologist, and help special needs students.”
Kate Shannon plans to stay a little more local, opting to attend UC Riverside. “I plan to go into the medical field, and my ultimate goal is to come out with my own skincare line…Natural and organic.”
So while the running season is over for these locals, there’s much more for them to run to and run for.

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