Santa Monica High School’s supreme athlete Marcel Espinoza leaves the other runners in his dust as he wins the 300 meter California State Championship breaking all state and school records.
By Christine Peake
Santa Monica High School student Marcel Espinoza has smashed the 300 meter record in 36.29 seconds to take the title as state champion.
Santa Monica High School Track Team sent some of it’s talented runners this past holiday weekend on Feb 15-16 to participate in the prestigious California State High School Invitational Indoor Championships held at the Save Mart Center in Fresno. The meet takes place over two days and showcases some of California’s best athletes.
Santa Monica High School had their own group of special athletes that qualified for the much coveted event. Amongst those athletes was the super talented Espinoza who has continued to break sprint records effortlessly over the past few years under the supervision of Samo High’s talented coaches.
Head coach Tania Fischer beamed with pride as she said, “I am proud of the Samo athletes who participated in the event and I am extremely grateful to my team of dedicated coaches for all their continued hard work. We naturally are very proud indeed of Marcel Espinoza who broke the school and event record in great form.”
Special thanks to donations from ZICO coconut water and Oxylent vitamins for donations supporting the team.
Other team members broke Samo indoor records with the following times:
Girls 300m – Halimat Adeyemi 45.23
Boys 600y – Oliver Peake 1:19.29
Girls 600y – Ariel Silverman 1:30.97 (9th)
Boys Mile – Lucas Jackson 4:28.25 (7th)
L-R Krishna Curry sprint coach, Oliver Peake, Brighton Mills, Marcel Espinoza 300 State champion, Halimat Adeyemi, Lucas Jackson, Ena Leufroy mid distance coach, Paul Lupi Jumps coach. Front row : Tania Fischer head coach Harley Richards distance coach