The track & field version of the Backyard Bash is inspired from Andrew Hill coach Jason Guven who hosts an annual "neighborhood" run at Hellyer Park during the cross country season. Both meets have become something athletes from all teams look forward to and had become a fun tradition to kick off the year. "Our kids have been looking forward to this meet all week," Willow Glen's Coach Santamaria commented after the meet.
One unique quality of the "Bash" is that music plays throughout the meet and during races. The festive atmosphere is intended to ease some early season jitters while getting athletes ready for upcoming meets. While the low-key atmosphere can help ease the nerves it had little effect on the competitiveness of the evening. Handoffs were a little shaky but there were some outstanding marks as three relay teams finished with a time ranking in the top 3 in school history.
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- The relay team of David Shao, Zac Laidlaw, Isreal Gonzales and Coleman Kyles had two outstanding runs finishing first in both the 4 x 200 meter relay and the sprint medley. Thier time of 1:38.44 is the #2 all-time mark in school history. This team also finished strong in the sprint medley relay running taking first with a time of 1:41.55, the #3 mark all-time.
- The distance medley team of Will Luders, Nikolas Trofort, Jack Adamson and Joseph Renati finished just 10 seconds off the school record running 11:17.42, the #2 all-time mark in school history.
- Juliana Price, Skye Scott, Amber Lao and Hannah Lindstrom finished just two seconds off the school record in the girls 4 x 200 relay. Their time of 1:57.87 is #3 all-time for the Warriors.