Track and Field
Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 11:02 AM
Every year, high school sports teams set goals to achieve throughout their season. These goals often include winning their league, qualifying for CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) playoffs, and possibly competing in state championships. However, for the team at Torrey Pines High School, led by Coach Ryan Bath, these goals are not just aspirations, but an expectation. “Our goals as a team are always first to win our league, then qualify as many athletes onto CIF as possible,” Coach Bath explains. “Each year changes with the size of the team, but the goal is 100 athletes or more at league finals, 50 or more at the first round of CIF, and then 20 on to the Championship weekend.” With such high expectations, it is clear that the team at Torrey Pines High School is a force to be reckoned with. But what sets them apart from other teams? Coach Bath attributes their success to a strong and dedicated group of athletes, including their top returning athlete, Joey Weisman. Joey Weisman is a 16-foot pole vaulter who has already achieved great success in his high school career. As a junior last year, he was on the podium at the California State Championships, and this year he has his sights set even higher. “Joey looks to break the School Record and compete for a State Title,” Coach Bath proudly states. But Joey is not the only talented athlete on the team. In fact, Coach Bath explains that they have captains at each event area, a mix of on-track success and leadership ability. These captains serve as an extension of the coaching staff, helping to motivate the team during meets and workouts, and setting an example of how to work hard each day at practice. This team dynamic is crucial in any sport, as it not only fosters individual growth and success, but also creates a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork. And for the team at Torrey Pines High School, this is evident in their team bonding activities. “We have a large team, so we do team dinners with different event areas and plan some events throughout the season to get the whole team involved,” Coach Bath shares. “We like to keep things light on a recovery day and play some capture the flag when we can!” This type of team-building not only helps to create a stronger bond between teammates, but also helps to alleviate stress and create a fun and positive team environment.