Justin Dorsey insisted it was a bad run. He wasn’t at his best, he said. His fourth-place finish in the boys’ 100 meters was an aberration.
“I’ll show you,” Dorsey said. “I’ll get him back in the 200.”
He was referring to Cathedral City teammate Virgil David, who took first place moments earlier with a time of 10.9 seconds in the 100.
The pair again took their mark alongside each other a few minutes later and, true to his word, Dorsey bested the field, crossing the finish line first in 22.9 seconds in the 200. David followed right behind, in 23.0 seconds.
Behind that competitiveness within the team, the Cathedral City boys cruised, 103-24, in their track meet Thursday at home against Palm Desert. On the flipside, the Palm Desert girls narrowly edged the Lions’ girls, 69-58.
“We just want to push each other in everything we do,” Virgil said.
Joining the Lions and Aztecs at Cathedral City High School was the junior varsity squad at Rancho Mirage and two players from the Palm Valley School, Sam Barton and David Kocen.
But the Lions boys were the dominant team in attendance. With David and Dorsey leading the way, the Lions took first in the 4×100 relay. The Cathedral City girls followed with a win in the same event.
In the 1,600 meters, Noah Macias placed first, finishing the mile in just 4:44. Sam Franz and Daniel Gonzalez tied for second with a time of 4:46.
Orlando Wallace won the 300 meters, with a time of 39.3 for the Lions.
Wallace and Dorsey were both standouts for the Lions football team, which is coached by head track coach Richard Lee. He asks his players to run track to keep them in shape and continue their physical activity during the offseason. Quarterback Davin Lile also ran at the meet.
“I think the things they learn in track really help them on the football field,” Lee said.
In the girls’ events, it was much more balanced. Suzanna Vera led the Aztecs by winning both the 300 hurdles and the 3,200 meters. She ran the hurdles in 49.11 seconds and the two mile 3,200 race in just 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
Palm Desert’s Bella Tellakua ran the 100 in 13.23 seconds, and Sylvia Calvache won the 1,600 in 5 minutes and 58 seconds.
For the Lions, Miyah Coleman won both the 100 (12.6 seconds) and the 200 (26.8 seconds).
It was the first Desert Valley League meet of the season for the Lions, and the Lions boys particularly, stacked up well. It was the first of many tests in what the Lions hope will be a championship season in the DVL.
The key, David said, is to keep improving from here.
“Our main goals are to keep getting better throughout the season,” David said. “Just take a few seconds off here and there, and hopefully we’ll get there.”