Irish Ends Season With School Records

pvd 1 copy• Sea King junior makes switch to 800 meters and reaches State finals with series of record times.

“Being able to see all my hard work finally pay off is not only a relief, but it gives me confidence in my future as a runner. Throughout my whole season the goal was to run 1:53 so when I saw 1:52 on the big screen I was as shocked as I was excited.”

Ian Irish shattered many records this year, but his time at State Finals was just the cherry on top.

 Irish isn’t just your  average kid who goes to school and dreads walking down to the track, carrying his running shoes, to go for a run. Irish is anything but ordinary.

 Following in the footsteps of his family,  he managed to accomplish a feat that no one in the school has ever accomplished as a junior.

 Irish started his season off with a bang, edging out fellow State Finals qualifier Caleb Llorin to win the Palos Verdes Distance Invitational and set a new personal best (PR) of 1:56.97. He then carried that momentum into the rest of the season, setting him on a path destined for greatness.
At Bay League Finals, Irish ousted Mira Costa junior Quinn Satow to advance to CIF Prelims and start his postseason journey. At CIF Prelims all Irish had to do was advance. That was no problem for him, finishing fourth.

 Next up, CIF Finals, where the ‘finals’ may send the wrong message because Irish’s season was far from over. He finished second at the meet, losing by .02 of a second,  but Irish didn’t have to wait long to enact his revenge.

Arcadia High School was home to the CIF Masters meet where Irish edged out the whole field, stealing the victory and almost running a new PR.

This race meant that Ian would advance even farther into the track postseason.
 Fresno was the next setting, State Prelims and State Finals, and where Irish didn’t fail to impress, advancing to the Finals and setting another school record.

 At the Finals the next day, Irish medaled, taking sixth place and setting another school record and a new South Bay record of 1:52.81 ending his season with three straight PRs.

 “If you ain’t first you’re last.” This is Ian’s philosophy, and he certainly was first this season, breaking the school record, the South Bay record, winning the CIF Masters meet and dominating the Bay League.

— Frankie Reid