With stringent safety protocols and an on site inspector to verify COVID guidelines were followed, the 75th rendition of the Pasadena Game track meet went off without a hitch.
The event which took place at South Pasadena High School and was overseen by meet director, CB Richards — the Tigers’s track coach — had 34 southland schools enter athletes in the competition. Last year’s meet was cancelled due to the pandemic, so there was some apprehension for this year’s meet to be held.
Tiger athletes fared well as they won a number of events, including a sweep of the mile run. The 1-2-3 finish was led by Andrew Villapadua and Andrew Parkinson (son of school mile record holder and cross country coach Mike Parkinson).
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In the women’s 400, Kerrigan Riley was victorious as she outraced the field. Henry Thompson out-sprinted his competition in the boys high hurdles.
One young SP mile competitor, Leo Kim, lost his shoe at start of his race but despite the handicap finished the event running in his sock.
In the field events, two boys shot putters excelled as they threw for personal best marks. COVID safety rules guidelines at event included: athletes bull pens spaced apart; spectators had to observe safe distances in stance and pass COVID test upon entry to the facility; minimal persons allowed in rest rooms and a mask mandate when not competing among others.
With the success of the meet to follow the safety protocols it is hoped that it will serve as an opening to hold future elite meets such as the annual Tiger Invite.