As the postseason approaches, the Mach I Track Club of Weatherford has enjoyed another solid season.
Through the first four meets of the season, Mach I has won 15 gold medals (9 girls, 6 boys), 24 silver (12 girls, 12 boys), and 14 bronze (8 girls, 6 boys).
The team has competed in meets hosted by Stealth at Arlington Lamar High School, the Cedar Hill Blaze at Lancaster High, Tru Speed at DeSoto High, and Hallmark at Fort Worth's Clark Stadium.
At press time they were competing in the Start 2 Finish Meet at Addison Trinity Christian.
"Overall the team is doing well," said coach Lupe Torres. "We are right where we need to be by this time in the season."
The team will return to Clark Stadium this week. The USA Track and Field Southwestern Association Meet will be held Thursday through Saturday (June 22-24).
From there, the top eight finishers in each event will qualify for the USATF Region 12 Championships at Turner Stadium in Humble. The top five finishers in each event there will move on to the USATA Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas July 22-30.
Mach I has become a regular at nationals. Now in its 28th season, the team can be counted on to be represented on an annual basis, including sending two last season.
Sadie Carey now runs distance events for Weatherford High School after qualifying for nationals for four straight years. Mayden Mitchell, in the 8-Under Girls division, qualified last season and has six medals this season, including two gold and four silver.
"We are blessed with kids who enjoy running and therefore are committed and also willing to work hard each practice, which in turn shows throughout the whole season," Torres said.
Giselle Larsen (9-10 Girls) leads the team with four gold medals this season. She also has a bronze.
Micah Neal (8-Under Girls) leads the team with the most medals, seven. She has two gold, four silver and a bronze.
Austin Christmas (17-18 Boys) leads the male runners with two gold medals. He also has a silver. Brysen Crippen (13-14 Boys) has the most overall medals among males with five (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).