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Mar Vista High Students Race Against Themselves To Promote Good Health

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 3:02 pm | Updated: 3:13 pm, Mon Dec 2, 2019.

Physical education and physical fitness have a large impact on everyone’s life. Last Friday, Nov. 22, the physical education instructors at Mar Vista High School helped in setting up an event on the track of the school. The event had the fastest runners in the school race against each other for one mile; that’s four laps around the whole track. While medals were given out, the main purpose of the event was to promote good health and to have a fun competition.

Joshua Hill, both a teacher for science and physical education, who also teaches students in the Poseidon Academy at Mar Vista, spearheaded the event, as he contributed the most to it through making the announcements, creating the roster, and setting up the track at a specific time in the day.

Hill was primarily inspired to do this from an event that his old high school had offered. He said, “The idea is from something I did in high school, and I thought it was super cool. It also lets kids who are really fast to be appreciated by others for their excellence in motion.”

It seemed that one of Hill’s driving forces for the event, which he titled the “MVH PE Department All-Star Mile,” was to motivate other students to strive for greatness physically. He said, “We want this event to bring the whole school a little closer, and we also want to promote and inspire others to run faster.”

The one mile race was originally planned to have exactly twenty runners, with best times ranging from under five minutes and thirty seconds, to above six minutes and twenty seconds. The outside training for the runners also varied, as some runners, such as senior Sebastian Pimentel practices on the cross country team, while others practice different sports, such as freshman Trevor Rector, who is on the water polo team. Hill said, “We didn’t prepare them with extra training. It was all skills they previously had.”

While the real race only had ten participants, it was still quite the event. Several parents even came down to watch their child run. Pimentel managed to win the race, finishing at five minutes and 18 seconds, which was about two seconds faster than his previously recorded time in his class. He was followed up by junior Anthony Gass and sophomore Erick Mellado. The top five fastest times were below the six minute mark. When everybody completed the race, everybody received a medal for participating, but Pimentel received a medal different from the others for coming in first place.

Upon asking, the runners seemed to have a general consensus for wanting to run. Many agreed that running seemed to be a fun way of competition. Pimentel said, “I like to run as a way to compete with other people in a nice way.”

A few of the other runners gave similar answers, including Mellado, who said, “I like running because it’s a lot of fun racing.”

All in all, the newly formed All-Star Mile was a huge success on many levels, from motivating other students to run faster, to appreciating athletes for their feats of achievement. The event will hopefully spark a new tradition at the high school, as senior Logan Wilson said, “This was extremely fun, and it better happen again.”

Congratulations to Hill planning this challenging event, and congratulations to the runners who participated.

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