Archer, Gonzalez earn track championships

DOWNEY - The Downey High School boys' track team has finished their league season and two athletes won individual league champions.Dakari Archer has won the high jump for the second year in a row and Andrew Gonzalez won the pole vault with a vault of 14'10. Gonzalez broke the league record for the pole vault dating back to 1974. Other Vikings who qualified for C.I.F. were the 4X100 relay team of Dakari Archer, Anthony Bravo, Min Lee and Lenin Dolmos. Dakari Archer and Min Lee both qualified in the 100, Andres Velasco qualified in the 3200 and Moises Martinez qualified in the 1600. Joseph Carter took second place in league and C.I.F. preliminaries in the triple jump and is ranked 6th in the southern section. Andrew Gonzalez (pole vault) is ranked 1st in Division I and 8th in the southern section. Dakari Archer (high jump) is ranked third in Division I and tenth in the southern section. Lenin Dolmos also qualified for the high jump and Eric Enriquez took second place in the pole vault at league finals and finished as the 2nd alternate at C.I.F. Coach Gleason is very pleased that Lenin Dolmos returned for his senior season after an injury plagued junior season. Gleason stated that Dolmos just missed qualifying for a third event at C.I.F, which was anchoring the 4X400 relay team that finished third in league but just missed qualifying by .10 seconds. Coach Gleason is excited about the team he has returning next year. While Andrew Gonzalez, Lenin Dolmos, and Enrique Munoz will graduate, Dakari Archer, Min Lee, Anthony Bravo, Andres Velasco, Moises Martinez, Eric Enriquez, Jaime Vega, Ismael Guerrero and Luis Briceno will all return next year with more experience and skill. Coach Gleason concluded by saying that "it is exciting that we have four athletes that qualified for C.I.F. and the possibilities for the Masters Meet and the State Championships." This is certainly an exciting time for Downey boys' track.

********** Published: May 17, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 05