Despite not having a track to call their own due to construction of a new athletic field, La Jolla High School’s boys and girls track & field teams did very well this season, according to Coach Paul Byrne. With the girls slightly edging out the boys, several runners qualified for state championships to be held later this month in Clovis.
“We had 13 marks or times break into the La Jolla High’s all-time records (this season), four of which are all time freshman or sophomore records,” Byrne said, via e-mail. “In addition to these athletes just breaking records at La Jolla High School, we have athletes that are top in the county.”
Shedding light on the Roberson sisters, he said, “Junior Sakura and freshman Sierra Roberson are running with the some of the top times in the state in the 800 meters. The two sisters, along with older sister and senior Satori Roberson and sophomore Petra Eaton, make up our girl’s 4 x 400 meters relay team that has run the fastest time in the county all season.”
Of the 75 athletes on the roster this season, 25 athletes qualified (some in multiple events) in this year’s CIF preliminaries in late May. Leading up to the CIF Championships, Sakura Roberson placed first in Division II, third overall and qualified for the state meet. Sierra Roberson placed second in Division II, fourth overall, but just missed qualifying for state. As a 4 x 400 team, the Roberson sisters and Eaton placed second in Division II, third overall and qualified for the state meet.