BARSTOW • Needing points and runners, the Barstow High School boys track and field team got a little experimental.
The moves paid off as the Aztecs won their second straight dual meet, beating rival Victor Valley 68-55 on Thursday afternoon at Langworthy Field. The girls team lost 73-48.
Barstow coach Mark Hassell began shifting runners who previously entered just a few events around to new events in an effort to maximize the Aztecs' point potential. Athletes can run in four events.
"People were only doing like two events," Hassell said. "If you are going to be out here you might as well try to compete in as many as possible. If there's a possibility that you can get us some points in another area instead of just forfeiting points to someone else, you might as well go out there and try."
Aquino Spann, who took first in the long jump and second in the triple jump, said the team is starting to gain confidence.
"People are actually starting to feel the wins," Spann said. "I guess before they didn't have the drive to win, but now they are actually seeing that they can win. I like it now. Instead of a couple players winning, now the whole team is seeing they can win."
Perhaps the oddest experiment of the day involved freshman Karlan Smith's foray into the two-mile event. Smith began the year as a JV runner and didn't run a distance event until Barstow's first home track meet on April 2.
"One day on a track meet I was feeling all good and pumped up and I said, 'Hey, I'll run this two mile.' " Smith said. "That's where it all began. Now I've got the passion to run long distance."
In an effort to help Smith qualify for Desert Sky League Finals, Hassell teamed him with Andrew Romano, a three-time state champion with the Barstow cross country team, during the race. Romano stayed on about a 12-minute pace to help teach the freshman runner.
"Andrew kind of used that as his workout, got some mileage in and see if Karlan could hang on as long as possible," Hassell said.
Although Smith struggled at times to keep up with Romano, who frequently looked back and encouraged him, he said it's a treat to have members of the cross country team guiding him.
"It's a good learning experience," Smith said. "Running with these guys is tremendous. They are superstars."
Smith finished the race in fourth place with a 12 minute, 48.69
second time. A sub 12-minute time would likely be enough to put him into the top 12 times in the DSL and qualify him for finals, Hassell said.
The boys scored first place finishes in nine of 15 events. Romano picked up wins in the 1600 (5:03.72) and 800 (2:15.94) events. Javion Jones won in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.06 and took second in the in the 110 hurdles.
Nisha Barrett dominated the girls meet winning in the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. She finished more than a second ahead of her closest competition at 15.9 seconds in the 100 hurdles. She also ran a 21 seconds split to help Barstow win in the 4X400-meter relay. Bianca Goodson ran the opening leg of the 4X400 relay and finished first in the 400 and took fourth in the 200.
The Aztecs will wrap up the regular season at 3 p.m. Thursday at Granite Hills.
Barstow 68, Victor Valley 55
4x100 relay: Barstow, 45.62
1600: Romano (B), 5:03.72
110 hurdles: Pivance (V), 15.09
400: Morgan (V), 57.66
100: Mariano (V), 10.94
800: Romano (B), 2:15.94
300 hurdles: Jones (B), 45.06
200: Cornish (B), 24.45
3200: Gomez (B), 10:49.52
4x400 relay: Barstow, 3:51.80
Pole vault: N/A
High jump: Bibbes (V), 5-6
Long jump: Spann (B), 19-31/2
Triple jump: Travon (V), 39
Shot put: Togafau (B), 35
Discus: Richards (V), 81-4
Victor Valley 73, Barstow 48
4x100 relay: Barstow, 54.94
1600: Sophia (B), 7:54.97
100 hurdles: Barrett (B), 15.90
400: Goodson (B), 67.3
100: Treasurie (V), 12.41
800: Christina (V), 3:01.48
300 hurdles: Thomann (V), 52.88
200: Barrett (B), 26.60
3200: Peterson (V), 18:30.52
4x400 relay: Victorville, 4:25.44
Pole vault: N/A
High jump: Aspen (V), 4-8
Long jump: Chambers 14-1/2
Triple jump: Chambers (V), 28-101/2
Shot put: McCloney (V) 35-11
Discus: Green (V), 99-6