BYMS Sweeps the District Track Meet


Sherman Shen

Preston Lin hands off the baton to Aidan Dobyns in winning the R.E.A.C.H Foundation 4×100 relay

The Bernardo Yorba Matador track team swept the annual R.E.A.C.H Foundation district-wide track meet on Tuesday, March 1, placing in 32 of 36 events with 20 wins, competing against five other PYLUSD middle schools.

Bernardo Yorba placed first overall, Tuffree placed second, and Yorba Linda placed a close third.

According to Ms. Barton, BYMS teacher and track coach, the BYMS 7th grade girls swept the 300M race placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Bernardo students Kyle Kirk, Aidan Dobyns, Paris Atchley and Elyse Stowell swept the 200M races. Josh Moore was the first mile winner Bernardo has had, winning the 7th grade boys’ mile.

Bernardo placed in all field events winning the 7th grade girls high jump, 7th grade girls long jump, 8th grade girls long jump, 7th grade girls shot put, and 8th grade boys shot put.

Mrs. Cyrus and Ms. Barton focused on all the events, Ms. Defriese and Ms. Carter helped the mile runners, and Mr. Kish and Mrs. Watson helped with all the field events.

“The students of Bernardo Yorba did a fantastic job at the district track meet!  They not only were outstanding athletes, but they also displayed good sportsmanship,” stated Pamela Cyrus, BYMS math teacher and track coach.

Ms. Defriese, BYMS language arts teacher, felt that BYMS had an overall benefit by participating in the track meet. “The bond among our community and fellow stakeholders was encouraging to witness. I worked closely with those students running the 1600 meters event (the mile) – all of our participants PR’d (Personal Record).”

“It’s all about sportsmanship and teamwork.  I liked seeing how everybody pulled together and it didn’t seem that any one person was acting more important than another,” stated Mr. Kish, BYMS language arts teacher.