Losses: Saul Salinas(53rd @ varsity meet), Joshua Ruiz(85th @ varsity), Jose Reyes(110th @ varsity meet)
Key Returnees:Richard Lucio(so- 44th at last years CPS soph meet), Luis Reyes(sr- 64th @ varsity meet), Adrian Barrientos(so- 71st @ varsity), Ricardo Robles(sr- 77th @varsity), Felix Vasquez(sr-78th @varsity), Manuel Lule(sr, 49th @ JV)
Last year: 12th place @ cps soph meet, 10th place @ cps varsity meet, 7th place @ cps JV meet
For a school like Hubbard, it's not about winning the city championship but making improvements in the program. They definitely showed some progress on the distance side in track. Just graduated Saul Salinas ran a 10:35 in the 3200 and a 4:44 in the 1600 at the CPS meets. Those are some pretty good times and in past years, they would have been good enough to score at the city meet. As it turned out the 10:35 placed 11th at city and the 4:44 just missed making the 1600 meter finals. The 4x800 meter did manage to score as they ran a 9:07.10 to place 8th at the city meet. Hubbard beat teams from Kenwood and Kennedy.
All 4 legs of the 9:07 4x800 team ran cross country last fall for Hubbard and all 4 are going to be seniors this year. The 4 are Luis Reyes(sr- 64th @ varsity meet), Ricardo Robles(sr- 77th @varsity), Felix Vasquez(sr-78th @varsity), and Manuel Lule(sr, 49th @ JV). I got a chance to see this group of 4 run and warm up at the city meet. I'll tell you what, I had to do a double take. I thought they were from Curie. This group looked lean, fit, and in shape. They seemed like a group of serious distance runners which at Hubbard until recently has been lacking.
Add rapidly develop sophomore distance runner Adrian Barrientos(so- 71st @ varsity) to the above 4 and you got the makings of a more than decent top 5 for Hubbard. Barrientos showed some promise last year as a freshman. He broke into Hubbard's top 5 and ran a good time of 18:28 at the city meet running at the varsity level for Hubbard.
There is talk that Hubbard wants to get 5 runners running 17 minutes. Based on how I have seen their program progress the last year, why not!