El Camino’s Gerardo Castro was still trying to catch his breath after a standout performance in the boys’ 3,200 meter in Saturday’s Peninsula Athletic League Track and Field Championship finals.
Amid congratulations from teammates and competitors alike, El Camino head coach Pat Holmes walked nonchalantly over to his star senior distance runner and handed him a surprise — a numbered badge for the upcoming 4x400 meter boys relay.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Castro said smiling through deep heaving breaths.
Holmes was not kidding. So, Castro reciprocated by running a serious anchor leg to lead the Colts’ boys to a decisive win in the 4x400 meter. It was the fourth win of the meet for Castro, who also topped the podium in the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200. Because of his exceptional showing at the PAL Championship, Castro has been named the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.
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