BARSTOW • Nisha Barrett began track season looking to stay in shape during the basketball offseason.

The Barstow High School junior ended up discovering a new talent and one that's come fairly naturally.

Barrett, a junior, took first place in all four events  she ran — the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 200 meter dash and 4X100 relay — for the Barstow High School girls track team against Burroughs High School.

Barrett, who ran track during her freshman year but strayed from the sport, joined the Barstow girls along with several other girls basketball players at the request of Derrick Delton, Barstow girls basketball coach.

"At first it was hard because the conditioning for basketball is totally different, but then I came to practice everyday and got used the conditioning," said Barrett who was the Desert Sky League player of the year in basketball. "Now, I believe I can do it."

Barrett discovered that she genuinely likes running and Barstow track coach Mark Hassell said she is a natural runner.

"She literally could be good at any event from the 100 through the mile, if she wanted to," Hassell said. "I think with training and the right attitude there isn't an event that she couldn't do and do well. She's a natural runner. She might be good at basketball but she's a natural runner,"

Barrett's wins were four of 13 first-place titles the Aztecs track and field teams took on Thursday as both the Barstow girls and boys teams lost on Thursday at Langworthy Field. The boys team lost 75-51 while the girls lost 68-58.

The Aztecs won five events on the boys side and swept the distance events with Joshua Gomez taking first in the 1,600-meter run and Andrew Romano winning the 3,200-meter race.

"Obviously our distance runners are always a bright spot," Hassell said. "Isaac (Chavez), Andrew, Josh Gomez, they always come ready to perform."

Aquino Spann won two events taking the long jump and triple jump and finishing second in the 100-meter dash. Sierra Provart won in the 200-meter dash.

"We are missing a spark on the guys side," Hassell said. "We're missing the determination to do really, really well. It seems like we are a step slow in every event."

The girls won eight events. Queniche Jack won the 400-meter dash, the 300-meter hurdles and picked up a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Jaylan Bell swept the long jump and triple jump for the Aztecs.

BOYS
Burroughs 75, Barstow 51
4x100 relay: Burroughs, 48.49
1600: Gomez (Bar.), 5:04.81
110 hurdles: Karl (Bur.), 15.51
400: Alva (Bur.), 57.20
100: Thomas (Bur.), 11.15
800: Puebla (Bur.), 2:14.37
300 hurdles: Moran (Bur.), 43.78
200: Provart (Bar.), 25.27
3200: Romano (Bar.), 10:51
4x400 relay: Burroughs, 3:56.53
Pole vault: Burroughs won by forfeit
Long jump: Spann (Bar.), 19-1
Triple jump: Spann (Bar.), 37-7 1/2
High jump: N/A
Shot put: Olsen (Bur.), 41-9
Discus: L. Olsen (Bur.), 127-10

GIRLS
Burroughs 68, Barstow 58
4x100 relay: Barstow, 55.84
1600: Speer (Bur.), 6:39
100 hurdles: Barrett (Bar.), 17.52
400: Queniche (Bar.), 1:12.01
100: Barrett (Bar.), 12.43
800: Kirenner (Bur.), 2:45.88
300 hurdles: Queniche (Bar.), 52.91
200: Barrett (Bar.), 27.91
3200: Durtshi (Bur.), 13:45.59
4x400 relay: Burroughs, 4:49.02
Pole vault: Burroughs won by forfeit
High jump: Stickney (Bur.), 4-2
Long jump: Bell (Bar.), 14-8
Triple jump: Bell (Bar.) 26-8
Shot put: Kovar (Bur.), 40-2
Discus: Kayla (Bur.), 128-6

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