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Winter Track Notepad: Young runners making strides for Wildcats

Mountain View track and field coach Dave Davis knows what senior standouts Kimberley Ficenec and Nic Wolfe are capable of.

But Davis wants to spend the early part of the winter season evaluating his other athletes. So far, Davis feels good about what he sees.

“We’re getting there,” Davis said. “We’ve got a bunch of kids running well.”

Davis isn’t surprised that Wolfe has qualified for the Group AAA state meet in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200-meter races, or that Ficenec has the fastest time in the state in the 1,000.

But senior Jesus Amezquita has already qualified for the Northwest Region meet in the 1,000 and 1,600. Davis said Amezquita narrowly missed qualifying for the state meet in both events, but will have other opportunities to do so.

Sophomore Meshala Morton has qualified for state in the 55 meters. The girls 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams are also close to reaching state benchmarks.

“A lot of good things are starting to go on,” Davis said.

Davis said the next challenge for Mountain View athletes is how they will handle holiday vacation. He’s left them with specific workout instructions that are based on what events they participate in.

Davis said if they perform the workouts, they’ll be fine. He also wants them to show some restraint at the dinner table.

“I recommend staying away from the pie,” Davis said. “I know they’re going to get some pie, but I recommend staying away from a lot of it.”

-Taft Coghill Jr.

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