HS Track & Field: Murrieta Mesa Looking to Challenge the Leaders in the Southwestern League


The Rams Boy’s Team is Ready to Break More School Records as the Season Moves Forward

Murrieta Mesa’s Boys 4 x 200 Relay finished in third Place at the Arcadia Invitational last weekend. It was the School’s First Medal at the Meet in the school’s history. In fact, this was the first time that the Rams competed in the Invitational section of the Arcadia Invitational.  Austen Salcedo, Shawn Williams, Malek Tabikha and Carlos Wedlow make up that team. .

“Our goal is to be on the podium at CIF and add some banners to our gym walls here at Murrieta Mesa.  We hope to stay healthy and get all possible scoring members qualified out of the tough Southwestern League” said Rams Coach Aaron Ballou.  “We are a D-2 school competing with the best D-1 schools in the Southwestern League. We often at times have to rely on the automatic qualifying standards in order to move on.  This can be difficult because it is a one-time deal and there are so many variables with weather that it can be a challenge”.

The Rams have 4 retuning boys that placed at the CIF championships last year.  The Boys 4×100 placed runner-up last year at CIF and all 4 runners are back. “Ryan Wade is currently recovering from a hamstring injury” added Ballou. “He ran on the 4×100 last year and was 5th in the 100 at CIF.  Ryan is currently the School record holder in the 200 and we hope to have him back to be able to not only run the relays at CIF but also some individual event”.

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Senior Carlos Wedlow

Austen Salcedo has split his time on the track and in the Rams outfield.  Salcedo is currently one of the top 200m runners in the Southwestern League and CIF SS. Carlos Wedlow is the Ram’s top returning 100m runner and has been running extremely well this season. He is the School record holder in the 100m and will run 4 events at League Finals.

Shawn Williams is another school record holder. He set the Rams record in the 400m and runs on the 4×400 relay team and the 200m. Malek Tabikha is the only junior to run on the 4×100 and has done a great job of filling in for Wade and Salcedo when needed.

Coach Ballou has increased the standards for Murrieta Mesa. “We will need to basically be perfect for 3 weeks to have a shot at CIF” said Ballou. “We will need to score points in other events as well, and we have some young jumpers that are really improving.  Josh Eberhardt has improved dramatically this year and he will also look to score us points at CIF.

The Rams will face cross town rival Murrieta Valley today.

Photos by Alicia Salcedo

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