SOFO Track and Field Preview: Wrapping up the wins at Wolverine Invitational


Used with permission from Alex Brust

Forsyth County. In the 4×100 meter relay A team, Junior Chris Nelson speeds through the finish line. He positioned as anchor and held his first place spot all the way to the end.

Carmel Yonas, Opinions Editor & Senior Reporter

On Saturday, March 26th, West Forsyth invited South Forsyth along with other teams such as Lambert, Central, North, East, and more to participate in a small meet. As teams prepare and practice their events, they point out and identify individuals that may be of competition to them and study their personal record(s) (PR). The coaches at South project the War Eagles to come out on top and dominate in most of the events. 

Here are some of South’s top runners and field event participants:

Josh Nelson (400):

“I love competing against some of the same schools for county because it’s more enjoyable seeing my friends as we race and watching them race too. My overall goal is to win the 400 meter, but ultimately I’m there to have fun because it’s not always about winning.”

Ben Bergey (800):

“I’m excited to race against our county competition. A lot of times going into the race, we already know how it will play out and it makes it easier to predict placement. At the end of the race I hope to go sub two minutes in the 800; although it’s not really my event, I’d like to break two once and be done with it for the season.”

Nathan Efobi (Shot put):

“I feel very confident for our upcoming meet at WFHS because I competed good at county and placed second overall. My goal is to get first in shot put and beat my competitor from county, or place in the top three at least.”

Kennedy Ariail (200 meter dash):

“I enjoy competing against school’s in our county because I know most of the people running, so it’s fun getting to run against some of my friends. My goal for this upcoming meet is to at least get top 3 in the 4×200 meter relay and hopefully beat my PR of 13.57 in the 100”.

Isabel Yonas (3200): 

“I am very excited to be competing against some of the same schools from our county meet. During that meet, I did well and believe that I’m ready for the Wolverine Invitational. Because I’ll be racing with my sister, Carmel, I hope to run sub 11:20 and achieve a PR!”.

Mel Pacheco (High jump):

“I am feeling a bit nervous, but excited to go up against some of my top competitors! The Wolverine Invitational will be a tough meet, but I’m more than ready. I hope to not only beat the two WFHS girls, but also get a new PR of five feet and two inches, and possibly five feet and four inches to tie the school record.”

Moreover, South hopes to win the Wolverine Invitational as a team (boys and girls), achieve new PRs, and persevere throughout the weeks leading up to the region meet. As South runners and field event participants develop new tactics and race strategies for their meet this Saturday, they train throughout the week and prepare for the unknown.