On June 8 and 9, SheKara Martin, Ariel Terrell, Jenee Nichols and Justice Reeves will be competing against seven other top relay teams at the 54th annual Golden West Invitational.
Since 1965, the Golden West Invitational has been in the Sacramento area, but this year it will take place at Edwards Stadium on the California-Berkeley campus.
“This will be a good experience, going out to the West coast and seeing other things,” Westlake track and field coach Jason Cage said. “Also run against some great teams.”
Back in March, the entire Westlake track team traveled west to compete in the Texas Southern Relays. The girls’ 4-by-100 relay team finished first at this event with times of 46.05 and 46.27 seconds.
Martin, who has been nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year, also won the 100 and 200-meter dashes in Texas.
Then during the state finals earlier this month, Martin helped the 4-by-100 team post the fastest time in the nation of 45.74 seconds in the preliminaries before capturing first place with a time of 45.92 seconds in the final.
“They were pretty calm,” said Cage of the team’s reaction after the race. “They are used to running fast so it didn’t really surprise them. They know the capabilities of what they can do.”
Martin, who will attend Auburn this fall, also took home gold in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, successfully capping her lone season at Westlake. (Her time of 23.58 seconds in the 200 was a state meet record.)
“SheKara is a great athlete,” Cage said. “She’s real competitive. She motivates the team and puts the team on her back. She just takes the lead.”
Other individual success came from Kayla Stinson, who finished third in the triple jump, and Terrell, who placed fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Cage said Terrell, a rising senior, has caught the attention of Ohio State and Nebraska universities.
The 4-by-400 relay team of Martin, Terrell, Nichols and Aubree Collins finished second, and Westlake totaled 72.5 points for a first-place finish in Class AAAAAA.
“God has really been good to our track program,” Cage said. “This is our third state championship and our coaching staff is already looking forward to winning another state championship next year.”