In three days, Calexico High School track and field star Nathan Armstrong went from not having faced live competition this season to winning a total of seven events and garnering a most valuable athlete award at a dual meet and at one of the Imperial Valley's most competitive meets.
In Calexico's 90-36 Imperial Valley League win over Palo Verde on Thursday, the 18-year-old senior set a personal record in the long jump at 20 feet, 7 inches surpassing his previous mark by seven inches. He also won the high jump with a bound of 5 feet, 10 inches and the 100-meter sprint — an event he had never competed in previously — in 11.43 seconds.
Armstrong closed things by teaming with Jose Chavez, Ralph Galvan and David Paco to claim the 4x100 meter relay in 46.44.
"I was feeling pretty good going into that meet. Every time I compete I try to achieve higher goals," said Armstrong. "One of the things I really wanted to improve in was the long jump. And I went out and set a P.R. (personal record)."