Osorio, Salcedo Named Murrieta Mesa Athletes of Month

Murrieta Mesa athletic director William Bree congratulates Athletes of the Month Kaelie Osorio and Austen Salcedo. (Murrieta 24/7 photo: ...

Murrieta Mesa athletic director William Bree congratulates Athletes of the Month Kaelie Osorio and Austen Salcedo.
(Murrieta 24/7 photo: Doug Spoon)

Track and field athlete Kaelie Osorio and multi-sport athlete Austen Salcedo of Murrieta Mesa High School have been honored as Murrieta 24/7 April Athletes of the Month, sponsored by SunPro Solar.

Osorio competes in four events for the Rams track team: long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles. The sophomore competed in the hurdles events last year and decided to add both jumping events this season.

She placed second in the 300 hurdles (49.24) at the Southwestern League finals on Wednesday and continues to improve in the jumping events.

"Coaches saw me in warm-ups and thought I would be good in jumps, so I started that this year," Osorio said. "I'm also a dancer, so we do a lot of similar moves."

Osorio is a member of a local dance company and said she would like to become a professional dancer one day.

"My older sister is a professional dancer and I want to be like her," she said. "Originally I wanted to go to college for dance and be on a professional company. Now that I've started track, I want to see how that works out. Maybe I can do both.

"This season's been really fun because all the athletes are really close."

Salcedo is primarily a baseball player. He is hitting .311 for the Rams and has a 2-1 pitching record with a 1.44 ERA. He became even more valuable as an athlete, however, when he joined the track team's 4x100 relay team a few weeks ago.

"One of my friends, Carlos Wedlow, said they needed someone to run the relay because someone else couldn't make it and so they wouldn't get disqualified," said Salcedo.

That meet happened to be the Arcadia Invitational -- one of the most competitive meets in the state. Salcedo established himself as an integral part of the relay team, so he now competes in two sports at once.

"I'm coming back from a broken leg [in football season], so I told Carlos I'm not going to be at my prime but I'll go help the team," recalled Salcedo. "From that meet on, I kept on running.

"I try to balance the two sports. If there's a track meet at home, I run in the relay, which is the first event, and then go to baseball practice. Baseball is my priority."

Osorio and Salcedo each received a certificate from Murrieta 24/7 and two day passes to Rock Fitness gym, courtesy of the award sponsor, SunPro Solar.

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