Courtesy of Steve Kane
Twenty-nine students from Blach Intermediate School qualified for the county track and field championships by placing in the top five at last month’s league meet. Front row, from left: Nolan Pham, Audrey Zhang, Ashley Smith, Mikayla Kim, Chloe Chan, Natalie Mark and Grace Hanson. Middle: Garrett Tran, Amanda Huang, Alex Anderson, Olivia Backholm, Ava Shahiar, Andrew Chang, Toki Morimoto, Hannah Meng and Maya Narang. Back: Grace Strode, Kate Stone, Zach Romero, Billy Peir, Devan Melwani, Ethan Choe, Manu Gupta, Kyle Deng, Jackson Kim, Joshua Byun, Evan Murdock, Tanay Doppalapudi and Spencer Straw.
Although it goes against tradition, it might be fitting for Maya Narang, Grace Strode, Audrey Zhang and Natalie Mark to graduate from Blach Intermediate School in that order this afternoon.
After all, that’s the order the four girls ran the 4x400-meter relay in seventh and eighth grade – and they never lost a race.