SCHOOL RECORDS SET THIS SEASON
300 Hurdles ~ 38.16 ~ Dillon Lay
400 Meters ~ 48.81 ~ Phil Griggs
Mile ~ 4:58.92 ~ Lauren Peurifoy
1600 Meters ~ 4:57.16 ~ Lauren Peurifoy
3200 Meters ~ 10:23.14 ~ Lauren Peurifoy
4x400 Relay ~ 3:20.42 ~ Jeremy Young, Blake Gelinas, Dillon Lay, Phil Griggs
Shuttle Hurdles ~ 1:05.57 ~ Sarah Al-Khalili, Jasmine Jimenez, Larissa Cesena and Sarah Ann Frank
4x1600 Relay ~ 21:08.85 ~ Amanda Sosa, Kathryn Hammar, Allison Janes and Lauren Peurifoy
Distance Medley Relay ~ 12:05.90 ~ Kathryn Hammar, Breanna Fatton, Amanda Sosa, Lauren Peurifoy
Tuesday, May 2
2017 PROGRESS CHART
Click the link to see the progression of your season. How did 2017 go for you?
Monday, June 5
FIREWORKS, FRESNO AND A FAIRY TALE YEAR
The 99th running of the California State Track and Field Championships was a spectacular event, just as it always is. The stage is reserved for just the best of the best in the state of California. There are no divisions of talent or school size. There are no categories other than “competitive”. The meet is very hard to qualify for and after the final race is run, it ends with the boom and glitter of fireworks punctuating in brilliant fashion the close of an incredible track and field season.
Lauren Peurifoy was the lone King competitor at the meet, competing in the 3200 meters. Once again she put forth a ferocious race that capped off what was a fairy tale season and year for the young runner.
Lauren ended up doing the pace work for the field of 28, as Claudia Lane, (Malibu HS) the pre-race favorite and reigning national champion in cross country, scampered out at the gun to an insurmountable lead against a very impressive field of distance runners. The group tucked in behind her as Lauren led them through the mile at 5:15, some 30 meters behind Lane. She kept a consistent rhythm of 80 seconds a lap through the fifth circuit, then dropped it slightly through seven and closed with a 75 second final lap to finish in 8th place at 10:31.16.
The race capped off an incredible, even unbelievable, year of improvement for Lauren that catapulted her from a decent varsity runner as a freshman to one of the best in the state one year later. Last Fall in cross country, she finished within one second of the State title in D1, was runner up in the Southern Section and finished 25th in the country at the Nike Cross Country Nationals.
This season, Lauren set three school records and contributed to two more relay records. She earned a CIF championship in the 3200. She is ranked in the top 20 nationally for 3200 meters and her 10:23.14 PR for 3200 meters is the 7th fastest time for the distance in California this season.
Had you told her one year ago that this, an 8th place at the State Finals would be where she’d close out her sophomore year, Lauren may have laughed at it’s improbability.
But make no mistake. While getting to the State Championship in 2018 will be just as hard as it was this year, for this tenacious teenager, that goal has already been set.
2017 may be done, but bring on the next challenge.
Thursday, June 1
BOYS' TEAM EARNS RIVERSIDE COUNTY ACADEMIC HONORS
Each year the Riverside County Department of Education honors high school teams across the county who have earned top GPA averages in the classroom for their season of sport.
The giving of such recognition is entirely fitting the King High School Athletic Department “PEAK” philosophy as well as the CIF motto of “Character Counts”.
The name of the award is the RIVERSIDE COUNTY ACADEMIC-ATHLETIC TEAM AWARD, and the athletes and coaches of the softball team and the boys track and field team were presented with the distinguished honor at a special session of the RUSD Board Meeting on Tuesday night. The programs are admirably led by Lucinda Brewer and John Corona respectively.
The softball team carried a cumulative GPA of 3.64. This is the fourth year in a row for the softball team and seventh time in school history. They were also honored in 2003, 2004, and 2005. The track and field team held a 3.44 cumulative GPA among the large team at the season’s end.
Monday, May 22
KATHRYN HAMMAR SELECTED AS KING HIGH'S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Since the school opened in 1999, the Athletic Directors have chosen the "King High Athlete of the Year" and honored the recipients at the end of the school year.
It's an honor given to those who have achieved well on the "playing field" as well as exemplified the qualities of high character that all student-athletes are expected to maintain.
The 2016-17 student-athletes were Bradley Kleven who played football and volleyball and Kathryn who ran track and cross country.
Kathryn is one of a long line of track and field athletes who have been selected for the honor. Here is the list of all boys and girls who have competed in track that have earned the top honor from the athletic department.
2016 - Tyler Janes (Cross Country and Track)
2011 - Lane Werley (Cross Country and Track)
2010 - Justin DeCoud (Football, Track)
2008 - Marques Lea (Football, Basketball, Track)
2005 - Ian Peebles (Football, Soccer and Track)
2004 - Michael Myers (Football and Track)
2002 - Marvin Lea (Basketball and Track)
2017 - Kathryn Hammar (Cross Country and Track)
2013 - Tayler Fleming (Soccer and Track)
2012 - Cydnie Jones (Basketball and Track)
2011 - Hanna Peterson (Cross Country and Track)
2010 - Kelsi Tippets (Cross Country and Track)
2009 - Kelsi Tippets (Cross Country and Track)
2008 - Lotolelei Franklin (Basketball and Track)
2005 - Stephanie Erdodi (Basketball and Track)
2004 - Megan Fairley (Cross Country and Track)
2003 - Markisha Lea (Volleyball, Basketball, Track)
2001 - Markisha Lea (Basketball and Track)
Saturday, May 27
LANE ONE LEADS TO FRESNO FOR LAUREN
For sprinters, lane one on the track is the least desirable spot to draw for a race. The tight turn at full speed is a disadvantage, and it’s reserved for the slowest seed in the race. For distance runners, lane one is the preferred choice, as it’s the shortest distance around the track.On Friday night at the CIF Masters’ meet, King’s sole contestant, Lauren Peurifoy took lane one for 8 laps of the track and found that if done just right, it leads all the way to Fresno.
The Masters meet is an event held to qualify athletes from the CIF Southern Section on to the California State Championships held in Fresno the first weekend of June. For Lauren to advance, she’d have to finish in the top six spots (of the field of 12) or run faster than 10:36. She did both.
National H.S: # 9:48.59 5/24/1996 Kim Mortensen (Thousand Oaks)
Name, Year, School Seed Finals
1 393 Claudia Lane 10 Malibu 10:19.97 10:10.25S
Monday, May 22
PEURIFOY WINS CIF TITLE, BOYS TEAM FINISHES WELL AT FINALS
Time, and a lot of hard work, has a way of changing things.
Since that race, the young runner has staged one of the biggest and measurable improvements in the state, not just in track but also last Fall in cross country were she was the CIF D1 Runner up in the Southern Section, at the State Championships, and 25th at the Nike Nationals.
She entered the CIF SS D1 Finals on Saturday at Cerritos College as the top seed and for 8 laps of the track she dared all contenders to chase her. She lead from the gun and never relinquished it to win her first CIF title. Her time for the two mile race was 10:43. Her accomplishment also qualified her to compete at the CIF Masters meet to be held on Friday, a meet that combines the top 12 finishers from four CIF Divisions into one race as a means to qualify for the State Championship.
Alec Jones closed out his high school career in the discus with his best throw ever, landing the disc 159′ 5″ from the ring. It was good for All CIF honors in fifth place. It stands the number-two throw in King history!
Phil Griggs competed in the 4×100 relay, the 400 and the 1600 relay and had another outstanding day, fitting for a kid who’s had an outstanding season. In the 400, he finished seventh but raced to an improvement on his own school record in the event.
In both relays, he helped the squads to fine finishes. The 400 relay of Griggs, Jaylen Moore, Nick Beam and Kyle Sana were 6th overall, just off their season-best time, but in that position, earned All CIF distinction.
The 4×400 team of Griggs, Jeremy Young, Blake Gelinas and Dillon Lay were seventh, and at 3:20.63, were just a fraction of a second off the school record they had just set one week ago in the CIF Prelims.
Lay competed in the 110 high hurdles, running 15.00 and finishing seventh to close out his career. While disappointed in that outcome, given that he was the second alternate in 2016, the growth Dillon demonstrated this year rivals the growth of Lauren’s.
While the boys’ season now comes to an end, Lauren will continue on, looking for an opportunity to take that lane one distance runners use all the way to Fresno.
Monday, May 15
TICKETS PUNCHED TO THE BIG DANCE AT PRELIMS
On Saturday at Trabuco Hills High School in Lake Forest, King track and field athletes were competing to qualify for a Big Dance of their own, the CIF D1 Finals, to be held one week hence at Cerritos College. The challenge was made a bit tougher for some, as the meet happened to coincide with another big dance known as Prom, that would pull, distract or flat out interrupt the quest of some to move on to the coveted competition in the sport of track and field.
Amid that “competition” with Prom, King faced real, human competition in the form of hundreds of other like-minded athletes who wanted one of only nine qualifying positions in each event for themselves. Many of them are among the best athletes not only in Division One of CIF-SS, but in the whole state! A few more are counted among the best in the nation.
Those were the stakes and King ultimately punched their tickets to the CIF Finals in six events.
King had male athletes in 10 different events and six of them would earn the right to move on, starting with the boys 4×100 team of Kyle Sana, Nick Beam, Phil Griggs and Jaylen Moore. They ran a stirring effort that placed fifth overall. Dillon Lay was next to go after running an outstanding race in the 110 meter high hurdles, to finish sixth. Phil Griggs was 8th in the 400 meters, and while Blake Gelinas would not qualify in the 200, he still managed to run (in lane two!) a PR of 22.41 that earns him the fifth best mark in King’s 18 season history!
Another PR and list-maker was Josiah Molascon who became only the second pole vaulter in King’s history to clear 14 feet! His mark, while exceptional, was not good enough to qualify for Finals, but he ends his career at King with the second-best vault in school history. Josiah is moving to Colorado this summer.
Alec Jones had an outstanding outing in both throwing events, with PR’s in both. It was in the discus however, where his toss of 155′ 5″ – the second-best throw in school history – was fifth overall and a spot into next week’s Big Dance. It is the first time in school history that King will put a thrower in the ring at CIF D1 Finals.
The meet was capped off with a second amazing effort by the boys 4×400 team of Lay, Griggs, Gelinas and Jeremy Young. Needing another outstanding race in two weeks to finish in the top nine, they did just that and set another school record after the one they had inked at the Big 8 League Finals. They lowered their SR to 3:20.42 which was the 8th fastest time on the day and will run again next week in Cerritos.
On the girls’ side, Lauren Peurifoy, the top seed of all contenders in the 3200, ran a solid effort to qualify relatively easily for the Big Dance. She would be the only girl to do so for King.
Sarah Ann Frank missed qualifying by just two places in the 100 hurdles, running 15.53. In the 1600 meters Kathryn Hammar and Kela Mavhera had outstanding races despite not qualifying for Finals. Kathryn – who is headed to UCR in the Fall – ran a lifetime best in her final 1600 meter race of high school, finishing in 5:08.18, the sixth-best time in school history! Kela, only a freshman, dropped her personal record to 5:12.26, and ended her outstanding 9th grade year with the second fastest 1600 for a freshman in school history, just two seconds behind Ruth Wiggins’ 5:10 set back in 2013.
For some the Prom was still waiting for them in Long Beach after their events and a needed shower were completed.
But for nine of King’s finest, another Big Dance is on the horizon. This one will be at Cerritos, and it’s dance floor will be made of track and field.
Friday, May 5
TEAMS PLAY THE KING OF HEART, KIDS WIN
King track and field has long had a reputation for finishing big at league finals. It’s history is littered with exemplary performances on the “final night” of league competition and the 2017 edition of the Championships was no different.
They might have actually taken it up a notch.
Thursday night at Norco High School against the entire Big 8 League, what coaches, teammates and spectators witnessed may have just outdone what’s been done before. It was a spectacular display of grit, talent, desire and, maybe most importantly, sportsmanship. Coaches were choking back tears as they watched their athletes dig deeper than ever before. Across every event group, the King kids found themselves out-doing what seemed previously impossible.
It really was a special night.
Which happened more than once. Dillon Lay, whose last name might be appropriate given how many times you’ll see him sprawled out on the track just past the finish line, once again laid it all out in both hurdle races, pushing Roosevelt’s Anthony Easter – one of the best hurdlers in the US – in both of the difficult and exhausting races.
Lay would take second in the 110 high’s but in the 300’s, the two crashed the finish line, collapsing to the ground. The meet announcer gave a verbal win to Easter as that’s what the score board initially reported. But after the computer sorted things out, it was reversed as Lay and Easter were separated out by two-thousandth’s of a second, 38.156 to 38.158!
The crowd erupted as the call was corrected while Lay and Easter tried to extricate themselves from the ground and then congratulated the other on an all out effort that gave the crowd a thrill and Dillon Lay a new school record.
It was that kind of incredible sportsmanship that seemed to mark much of the night. Gregg Sjoerdsma, who was the judge of the high jump event and watched the meet was stunned.
“I heard tonight described (by someone) as ‘soul filling.’ I completely agree!! The effort, attitude and sportsmanship demonstrated by many athletes from many schools, but especially by King athletes, frequently brought me near tears” “The hand-shakes before and after races, the hugs of consolation, and the helping hand for the fallen competitor of any team truly demonstrated what many of (us) believe athletes can and should be, and it’s what is worn on the sleeves of our athletes and called PEAK.” he said.
What Sjoerdsma witnessed was not lost on anyone who was paying attention. In the 100 meter dash, Jaylen Moore at 80 meters in, literally bobbled a few steps to stay in his lane but still managed to win over the last ten meters of effort. In the 200, King’s boys swept all five of the top places, a feat that’s never been done in the nine years of the Big 8 League finals. Phil Griggs, Moore, Gelinas, Jeremy Young and Eric Roman looked like the Four (or five) Horsemen of the Apocalypse coming off the turn in tandem and storming down the straight for a sight few have ever seen outside of a dual meet. Griggs won the 400 as well to take both of the longer sprint championships.
Kathryn Hammar was beside herself with exhausted excitement after she crossed the line in the 800 in third place, earning a ticket to advance to CIF. Her tears were not so much for the 3 second PR in the event but the recognition that a long return to fitness and CIF was complete. Last November, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her foot and missed competing in King High’s cross country team’s journey to a sixth place finish in the Division One State Championship. It was a long rehab and an exercise in patience for the senior. The tears fell liberally, bent in their path only by cheeks turned by shock and joy.
Lauren Peurifoy won a league title twice, scampering out ahead of all contenders in the 1600 and the 3200. Her 4:59.56 1600 meter time was just one second off the league record. Freshman Kela Mavhera ran another great race to take third in the 1600 and punch her ticket to CIF. Rebekah Pendleton ran a lifetime PR in the 3200 to finish third and also qualify for CIF.
Sarah Ann Frank raced well again in the hurdles, something she’s been doing for three years now. She finished second in the 100’s and third in the 300’s, behind Breanna Bernard-Joseph of Roosevelt and Shae Anderson of Norco, who have posted times that are nationally ranked this season. Sheredyn Pfeiffer ran a lifetime best in the 200 to finish sixth, an effort that was required of her as all but one of the five finishers ahead also ran their lifetime PR’s!
Andrew Wilde and Josiah Molascon qualified for CIF in the vault with 13-6 clearances. Alec Jones who earlier this season established himself as the fourth best shot putter in King’s history finished second in the discus with a toss of 144′ and was the runner up in the shot as well.
Monday, May 1
LAST CHANCE FOR A BEST EFFORT
A good number of Wolves hit their PR's (Personal Records) in what for many was their final competition of 2017. Sarah Stecher laid down a 10 second improvement in the 1600 while Jose Cervantes hit a 5:11.17 in the same event making that his best 1600 of the year. Alexis Fisher-Davis hit her best mark in the 100 hurdles coming in at 19.9 and earning a medal for her efforts. The triple jump quartet of Akemi Scott, Mia Brawley, Jalene Rodriquez and Kaylee Song hit PR marks and Scott also got her best jump of the season at 12-11 in the long jump. Tristan Knearl doubled PRed in the pole vault and Ashley Emerson also got her best ever in the discus. Yvette Ordanez also out-shined herself in the pole vault. Luke Melton got the discus out to his personal best at 110-1 inch which earned him a 4th place overall.
For those not hitting those best-ever marks, there was plenty of medal-earning going on. Grace Roberts dropped down from the varsity for a day to earn three medals in the 100, 200 and the 4 x 100 relay. Teammates Julianne Malolos, Naomi Bensen, and Brooklyn Black helped carry the baton in the relay to a second place finish at 51.5 Malolos and Bensen also picked up medals in the 100. Myles Taylor got two medals in the triple jump and the pole vault. Haley Marts tossed the discus out for a 5th place finish. Reagan Alley notched a 4th place finish in the high jump and Jakeem Walker earned a medal for his efforts in the same event.
The King hurdling crew picked up hardware as well with Cameron Jones and Roman Bohanek placing in the 110 hurdles and Roman doubling back to a medal winning effort in the 300's.
The best effort of the day and the most courage shown through the day though, probably came from Jada Ginwright. She was leading her heat in the 300 hurdles handily when she went down on the 6th hurdle, entering the home stretch. She got up and STILL won her heat. No medal and no PR to show for her efforts but a true exhibition of the 3 C's!!!!
Class, Courage and Character are the three pillars upon which King Track and Field has stood for almost twenty years. They uphold competition with integrity and the grit and perseverance to aim for one's best, even if ... or especially if ... it's the last competition of the season.
Thursday, April 27
TEAMS SECURE SECOND PLACE AT CENTENNIAL
The last dual meet of the Big 8 season took place at Centennial High in Corona. While King won easily, the margin of victory was less than its historically been over the Huskies, indicative of a Centennial program that is starting to improve.
Still, for King, both the boys and the girls won and in so doing concluded the team portion of the Big 8 season with “runner up” status behind Roosevelt, to whom the Wolves lost two weeks ago.
Individually, the King kids performed well, collectively contributing to the victories. 9th grader, Kayla Seldon had a PR in the 200, finishing in second place and was exuberant in excitement after the clock revealed her time. “I got a PR!” she exclaimed with glee to coach Edwin Jones. In the 1600, Kela Mavhera, Kathryn Hammar and Amanda Sosa swept the race and notched lifetime best times in the process. Joelle Ramos PR’d in the 3200, finishing in third. Lanie Bavier and Rachel Norys both vaulted to PR’s, finishing in third and fourth respectively. The long jumpers had a tremendous day, with Gabriela Sanabria, Jenai Thompson and Tresure Rucker all PR’ing in the long jump to sweep.
Cardell Walder did the same in his long jump, landing at 20′ 9″, a PR and second place in the event. Markell Wells took third in the high jump with a best ever 5-4. Dillon Lay was once again amazing in the 110 hurdles, nearly tying his best ever race at that distance. Reyte Rash continued to show fine improvement in the event. Phil Griggs won the 200, while Jaylen Moore won an exciting 100 meter dash with a photo finish. Josiah Molascon, Ryan Bavier and Andrew Wilde swept the pole vault.
Next week the sport turns to “individual” as qualifying athletes will compete in the Big 8 League Finals, where, while no team scores will be kept, the stage will be set to crown individual titles for every event and in turn, give athletes the chance to move on to CIF.
Thursday, April 20
FINAL HOME MEET GIVES KING TWO VICTORIES
With the names of all the 2017 seniors on large posters hanging along the fence lining the finish stretch of the track, King Track and Field concluded their home schedule for this season, and for its seniors, their final competition on their home track and field. Appropriately for a final farewell, both the boys and girls defeated Corona handily.
One of those seniors, Alec Joneshad the best day, perhaps, of them all, out in the discus. In an event in which King’s top five all time list has remained unchanged for six years, Jones cracked the code with a tremendous toss of 153′ 6″ to land at the third all-time best throw in school history. He won the event, leading PR-throwing Jacob Melton and Nathaniel Punla who ended up in second and third respectively. Jones also won the shot put, leading the way for a King sweep of that event. He was followed in second and third by Brett Shiflett and Marcos Gonzalez. The team would go on to a commanding, 101-35 victory.
The girls contest was a bit closer than that in the score, but King prevailed 82-54. An outstanding result came in the girls 800 meters where Kela Mavhera and Amanda Sosa went 1-2, but all five Lady Wolves in that event, including Kela and Amanda ran lifetime personal records. Carissa Avila, Skylar Smith and Joelle Ramos were the other three who went home faster than they’ve ever been over a half-mile.
With one league meet remaining – Centennial next week on the road – both of King’s teams are sitting in second place in the league, behind Roosevelt.
Monday, April 24
HOT DAY, HOT PERFORMANCES TURNED IN AT IE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Inland Empire Championships, held yearly at Vista Murrieta High School and featuring many of the best track teams and athletes in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties is a setting that naturally will produce outstanding results, and 2017 was no exception.
Given that the temperatures rose on Saturday to the mid-90's, "hot times" had more than one meaning on the day in which many King athletes produced their best times and marks of the season. The boys team finished 7th of the 37 teams that scored at least one point on the day.
Heat is actually a blessing for sprinters as it allows for greater mobility and speed, and that showed. Among the 23 personal records (PR) King athletes recorded on the day, a sizable number of those came in races shorter than 800 meters.
“The theme of the day was PR, PR, PR” Coach Corona said after the number of quality performances was counted.
Phil Griggs, Jeremy Young and Eric Roman all ran PR’s in the 200 meters. Griggs ran near his best ever in the 400 while Blake Gelinas had his season best time in that event. Jericka Roshell and Kayla Seldon had best times in the 200 as well for the ladies.
The hurdlers were on fire, as Dillon Lay, Josh Fisher and Jacob Knerl all posted fast times for their season and career. Karla Lemus and Jasmine Jimenez did likewise in their heats of the 100 hurdles.
In the longer races, the heat played a factor in the times, but Rebekah Pendleton was able to snag a PR in the 3200 in the relatively cool temperature of the early morning. Garrett Vasta ran a really fine race in the 1600, finishing in second in the Frosh Soph race. Kela Mavhera did the same, finishing second in her 1600 FS race with a 5:19.93 race.
Andrew Wilde was also the second place finisher in the pole vault, but at 13-09, now owns the third best vault in King High’s history. Gabby Sanabria was third in the triple jump, followed in sixth Tresure Rucker.
Last, but certainly not least, Trey Anderson was the Frosh Soph champion in the triple jump with a leap of 41′ 6″, his best ever. It’s also the second longest triple jump by a sophomore in King’s history, just one inch by standout Blake Bergstrom, set back in 2012.
Monday, April 17
EIGHT CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS EARNED IN RAINCROSS TRADITION
Behind the vision of King head coach John Corona, the meet was brought back to life in 2010 and re-named “The Raincross Tradition.” In the seven years since that re-inaugural, the event has grown in popularity. Here in 2017, all but one of the schools “in town” attended. Included were Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Rubidoux, while not officially members of the “city” of Riverside, all were participants during the early years of the meet and therefore invited to the party.
For host school, Martin Luther King High, (and, ironically, the newest school in Riverside) it turned out to be a very good day, especially after the tough and disappointing defeat they suffered to Roosevelt High just days earlier.
In all, King athletes earned 8 “City Champion” titles for winning their respective events.
Freshman Kela Mavhera who is having a very fine year contributing at the varsity level won TWO titles, coming in the mile and the 3200 meters. Her 3200 time of 11:48 is now the fourth fastest ninth grade time in school history. Rebekah Pendelton was the runner up in that event at 12:10.
Alec Jones had a monster day in the throws, winning in the shot with a personal record (PR) of 49′ 4.5″. He would be the runner up in the discus with Jacob Melton right behind him in third.
The girls 4×100 relay of Anna Berry, Sheridyn Pfeiffer, Grace Roberts and Amahari Pewett was the first event of the day and the first championship for King as the four girls carried the baton nicely — and quickly — around one circuit of the track for the win. Sheridyn would later place third in the 100 meter dash.
Soph Garrett Vasta had a very nice performance in the mile, running 4:33 and pulling away at the bell for the victory. In the 3200, Andrew Simpson would run his best-ever time of 10:03, while Austin Dai and Jonathan Moncada earned medals for top-five finishes.
Liz Curtis was the winner in her specialty, the shot put, placing the ball at 34′ 10.5″. Kimberly Garza PR’d in that event to finish in third, then came back to place second in the discus as well. Ashley Chruszcz (pronounced “crush”) had her best race of the season in the 400, running a season record of 1:00.46 for second place. Carissa Avila, while finishing fifth in the mile was smiling broadly with the PR that the effort brought her. Same was Sky Smith who was fifth in the 800, also with a lifetime best.
Last, but certainly not least, were the championships earned by Josiah Molascon in the pole vault, and Gabriela Sanabria in the triple jump. Josiah soared to a height of 13-6 to win in a lifetime PR, while Gabriela also leaped out to her lifetime PR of 34′ 8.5″. Alyssa Drake and Janai Thompson medaled twice in both of the horizontal jumps. Trey Anderson and Rick Gore were the runners up in the two horizontal jumps as well.
Riverside was once considered a “track town”, amid the shining stars of many talented athletes across the spectrum of sports. From Riverside have come numerous Olympians in the sport. While the title of “track town” no longer applies to the city, the Raincross Tradition is certainly an attempt to breathe life back into that idea.
Monday, April 17
RECORD ASSAULT AT MT.SAC RELAYS
Due to construction of a brand new track and field facility at it’s home in Walnut, the Mt.SAC Relays, long one of the most prestigious invitationals in the land, was moved to the stadium at El Camino College in Torrance.
From King, that's a much farther commute, but it proved to be worth the effort as the select group of King standouts used the opportunity to launch an assault on the record books. By the time they made the long drive home, significant changes were in order to King's all time lists.
Phil Griggs, who has been painstakingly chipping away at the 400 meter school record which has stood since Phil was three years old, finally came to pass. Finishing second in his best event wasn’t of much concern, as the coveted title of “School Record Holder” was finally earned with a 49.12 circuit of the track.
The Distance Medley Relay is a unique race that sees four runners exchange between 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters. King’s record in the event was a very good 12:19, dating back to 2010. For Kathryn Hammar, Breanna Fatten, Amanda Sosa and Lauren Peurifoy, there was only one reason to drive to Torrance and that was to break that record, and they did just that, taking it down by 14 seconds!
The girls shuttle relay team (4×100 meters of ten hurdle flights) of Sarah Al-Khalili, Jasmine Jimenez, Sarah Ann Frank and Larissa Cesena has used the 2017 season to not only set the school record in the event, but re set it numerous times over, which they did again, taking it down to 1:05.57. Frank was entered in the 100 and 300 hurdles as well, and ran a season best of 46.03 in the longer race.
The boys shuttle relay team did not set a record, but did race to a victory in their heat, taking home some very nice — and very heavy — medals for the win. Reyte Rash, Dillon Lay, Josh Fisher and Jacob Knerl did the work running 1:02.93. Lay would be busy, competing in the open of the 110 high hurdles and the 300’s where he ran solid season times and won the 110’s as a result.
The journey to El Camino College may have been a long one for the kids of Riverside, but that’s an illustration of what it takes to get to the top.
Just ask the nine who came back with a new school record. The journey may have been long, but the reward was well worth it.
Thursday, April 13
MUSTANGS RUN AWAY WITH IT IN LEAGUE SHOWDOWN
The Roosevelt Mustangs have been the dominant power in the Big 8 league for most of the last decade, and the early returns here in 2017 indicate they haven’t lost their stride. Though the King girls would beat Roosevelt by a point in the 2016 contest, gaining the league title in the process, this year’s edition saw the Mustangs at full gallop and distance King’s girls and boys teams by over twenty points on both sides.
“I have no problem at all with the effort many of you showed today” Coach Corona told his teams after the scores were announced. “Especially against a team that has a chance at winning the CIF D1 championship this year.”
Indeed, the outcome did not necessarily mean that King let the Mustangs get away without a fight. There was a sense of determination and King was able to find gaps in the Roosevelt armor that could be breached and that focus led to King setting 89 new personal records on the day in all events, JV and varsity combined!
One area of success was in the throws, where Alec Jones and Jacob Melton went 1-3 in the discus; Jones throwing a personal best of 147-03. Kimberly Garza and Liz Curtis were second and third respectively for the girls in the shot put.
The King girls distance runners did well, sweeping the 1600 meters behind Lauren Peurifoy’s win at 5:11. Kela Mavhera ran King’s second-fastest all time Freshman time at 5:15.19 and Kathryn Hammar ran a personal best of 5:17.48. The jumpers had a good day as well, sweeping the triple jump with Gabriella Sanabria, Alyssa Drake, and Janai Thompson taking the spots and all 9 available points. Drake and Thompson would go 2-3 in the long jump, Thompson leaping a personal best of 15-8.25.
Sarah Ann Frank and Larissa Cesena were 2nd and 3rd in the hurdles, but they were racing alongside Roosevelt’s talented Bernard-Joseph who ranks 19th in the country in the 100 hurdles.
Phil Griggs won the 200 meters and the 400 meters, with a time in the 400 that is 3-thousandths of a second behind the school record. In the 1600, though King would be shut out of the top four spots behind the Mustangs who boast one of the best distance teams in the state, the drive and mettle of Mario Machuca and Austin Dai was on display. Both seniors ran well, dropping PR’s in the process of 4:32 and 4:35 respectively. In 7th place was Jon Moncada who also ran a PR of 4:39.
Dillon Lay had two second-place runs in the hurdles, but won the long jump with a personal best of 20-11.5. Andrew Wilde was the runner-up in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-6.
Only time will tell if Roosevelt can indeed go on to a CIF title in May. Here in April they proved to be too talented and balanced for the Wolves to keep pace, and in the victories, likely locked up another league championship.
Sunday, April 9
ARCADIA'S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY GLITTERS
The 50th running of the Arcadia Invitational ended its second day with what any meet organizer would have wanted on such an anniversary. 600 schools, from 31 states in the nation, thousands of talented track and field athletes, national records set and the participation of a US Olympian, well, you couldn’t have asked for much more.
That’s what the best meet in the country draws, and Arcadia didn’t disappoint.In the 300 hurdles, Rio Olympic Games alum and senior in high school, Sydney McLaughlin from New Jersey, made her season debut and proceeded to take down the national record in the event, eclipsing the previous national best, set back in 2001, by over a second. In her post race remarks, she reflected a maturity that would do well for an athlete of any level by saying, “I take it one meet at a time, one practice at a time. I don’t look to the future.” Click here for the LA Times story.
Yea, it’s not a normal high school meet when an Olympian decides to take part.
Tara Davis of Agoura, who has her own Olympic-sized talent set a state record in the 100 hurdles at 13.01 and won the long and triple jumps for good measure. In the boys 3200, where breaking 9:00 for the race is considered a feat of excellence, a full 25 boys dipped under that magic barrier behind Cooper Teare’s meet record of 8:41.
The girls 3200, in which King’s sophomore Lauren Peurifoy was competing, was just as exciting, as the 2016 Nike Cross National champion Brie Oakley of Colorado and the Footlocker National Champ Claudia Lane of Malibu met for the first time and raced side-by-side for all eight laps, only 3-thousands of a second at the line gave Lane the win. Lauren was busy doing her own version of amazing at the lead of the chase pack. Running the event for only the second time this season, she latched onto a field that was loaded with talent and took it for the ride it could offer. In fifth place for most of the race, she relinquished four spots in the final lap but ran an outstanding 10:23.14, a 21 second improvement off the school record she set back in early March.
Dillon Lay took to his specialty, the 300 hurdles, and in the day portion of the meet raced incredibly well. He was quick to the lead over the first flight but in the final 100 meters was caught, then passed as he clipped the final hurdle. But 10 meters remained and with a gutsy, competitive dive at the finish line he earned the heat win and at 38.76, dropped the third-fastest time in King’s history … just 3/10ths off the school record. He would double in the 110 high hurdles and run his season-best time of 14.86.
Phil Griggs had another good weekend of racing in the 400 after improving his best-ever in the distance one week earlier at the Trabuco Hills invite. Here at Arcadia he ran one lap of the track in 49.62, just off his personal best.
King also had a few relay races through the morning and early afternoon. The boys 4×100 group of Griggs, Nick Beam, Carson Walder and Jaylen Moore ran a 44.23 time and the distance medley team of Austin Dai, Blake Gelinas, Mazin Awad and Garrett Vasta raced to an 11:08.91 time, while the girls distance medley crew of Allison Janes, Ashley Chruszcz, Amanda Sosa and Kathryn Hammar raced to a 21:08.85 clocking.
There under a bright sun that eventually gave way and was replaced by the stadium lights, the 50th Annual Arcadia Invitational glittered. “We had a smaller crew than usual” head coach John Corona said, “but we had some really solid performances.”
Fitting for a golden anniversary celebration.
TWO FOR ONE AT ARCADIA - DAY ONE STORY
With over 600 schools from across the nation represented at the 50th annual Arcadia Invitational, it takes two full days of action to pull off the most competitive and arguably the most prestigious high school invitational in the country.
Qualifying for one of the coveted entries is difficult and each of those hundreds of schools that arrived in the city just east of Pasadena sent only their best.
On “Day One” of the meet, King’s best did what the best often do … they set two school records. The first came in the 100 meter shuttle relay race in which four athletes race the hurdles alternating back and forth, one at a time. The team of Sarah Al-Khalili, Jasmine Jimenez, Larissa Cesena and Sarah Ann Frank had already set the school mark back in mid-March at the Chino Relays, but they used the electric and competitive atmosphere that is the Arcadia Invitational to lower their own school record by almost another second. They finished third in the “seeded” heat at 1:06.74.
The girls distance team, which is enjoying a banner year after finishing 6th in D1 at the cross country State Championships last November, brought that momentum to their event Friday night, the 4×1600 meter relay. Amanda Sosa, Kathryn Hammar, Allison Janes and Lauren Peurifoy each ran an outstanding carry to finish 12th in the “Invitational” heat, the fastest of the two heats the meet contested. Their time of 21:08.85 dropped a record that had stood since 2013 by 15 seconds.
While the group of Dillon Lay, Josh Fisher, Reyte Rash and Jacob Knerl didn’t set a school record in their heat of the 110 Meter Shuttle Hurdles, they did compete well and finished second behind Los Altos High.
More of King’s best will be on the line throughout Saturday.
Monday, April 3
SUPERSTITIONS ASIDE, FUTURE STARS GET THE STAGE
Fortunately, such things are silliness, useful only for humorous pranks and interesting speculation, and 16 schools came to compete, spurning numerology and mythology. Each school was limited to freshmen and sophomores, kids that due to the constraints of most high school invitationals would not get the chance normally to compete.
This was their stage and they did well on it. Murrieta Mesa got things rolling with a victory in the day's first event, the 4x100 relay, winning on the girls' side. Rancho Verde, a school that has one of the better sprint corps in the CIF Southern Section won the boys relay in a time of 44.84.
In honor of Martin Luther King, the school's namesake, the 1600 was bumped up nine meters to the full mile and dubbed the "I Have a Dream Mile" as the iconic distance slowly works back into popularity from its historic beginnings. Lauren Peurifoy of King, one of the best in the state this season in the distances was unchallenged from the gun and ran alone to a meet record of 5:03.77, which would have eclipsed the old 1600 meet record set by Claire Graves two seasons back. On the boys side, it was a much closer contest with Jacob Moran of Serrano High, Lorenzo Orozco of Rancho Verde and Garret Vasta of King all racing together until the separation at the end in that order. They were all at 4:35 or better. Later, in the 800 distance, Santiago's Cayla Ethridge and teammate Samantha Velazquez ran very strong, going 1-2 with only the camera separating out the finish in a photo split. Santiago's Riley Corcoran was third, giving the Sharks a clean sweep of the event. Trever Nguru of Rancho Verde won the boys 800 in 2:01 and then in the 3200, Moran would double back to take that event while Serrano's Maribel Aguilar would taste the victory in the girls' 3200.
King’s Reyte Rash was a double winner in the hurdles, but his 39.34 mark in the 300 hurdles not only set a new meet record, but ranks the 2nd fastest sophomore time in California this season! It is also King’s fifth fastest time for any ange in school history. Skye Lattimore of Rancho Verde placed twice in the barrier races, winning the 100’s in a time 17.30 then coming back with a 51.24 to place second in the 300’s behind her teammate, Gabrielle Samuel who won in a time of 50.55.
Three young sprinters from King swept the 100, with Sheridyn Pfieffer, Anna Barry, and Grace Roberts taking the top three spots in the shorter of the two dashes. In the 200 Murrieta Mesa's Chioma Okonkwo won in a fine 25.47 with no wind. Rancho Verde's Stanum Rudley had a head wind in his face in the 200, but he won in 23.22. The 100 also had head winds, but the Rancho Verde squad of sprinters took control of that event as well, with Jamar Simpson winning, Rudley in third. King's Nicholas Beam split the two in second.
Santiago's girls set a new meet record in the 4x400 relay with 4:06.33 effort. Rancho Verde and King would go 1-2 in the boys' relay.
In the field, the pole vault saw King's Lanie Bavier win with a personal best of 9-0, without a miss on clearance until she fouled out at 9-6. Tory SanAntonio of Rancho Verde won the boys high jump while Brittany Livermore of Santiago won the girls high jump. Kim Garza of King was the winner in the shot and discus. Malia Benson of Poly-Riverside won the girls triple jump. Robert Kells was the winner in the boys shot, while Sultana's Ethan Perez took home the victory in the discus.
A well run meet, full of hard-competing kids, gave notice to superstition that reality is a far better realm to operate in. The day proved to be another fine setting for "Future stars to shine today." No fooling.
Monday, March 27
AZUSA'S PROMISE HOLDS FAST
Maybe the track is magic. Or maybe it’s the medals each kid can earn no matter what heat they are placed in … even down to the 50th heat of the 1600 – no exaggeration. Maybe it’s the top-notch competition the meet draws every year.
Whatever it is, it works, and 2017 was no exception. Of the 45 races the King distance runners contested, 40 of them saw a King kid match or exceed their personal records (PR) for the season or their career. Yes that’s right, it was a 90% success rate for the day. And, to solidify the point, the last race of the night for King produced a school record.
It really was that kind of day, just as it’s been for almost two decades.
The PR marks – from Ashley Haring and Allison Janes’ early morning efforts in the 3200 that set the table for King’s amazing day, to the breakthrough performances of a host of freshmen like Matt Somody, Chloe Urquizu, Snow White and Sydney Magno all of whom put down significant PR’s was a fulfillment of Azusa’s promise. The meet somehow just always produces incredible results. Snow and Jesus Martinez both won their heats, the first time they’ve ever done that!
Mario Machuca had a great performance in both the 3200 and the 1600, running PR’s in both. Jon Moncada and Austin Dai both eclipsed 10:00 in the 3200.
One of the most spectacular races came from Kathryn Hammar in the 1600, who had the race she’s been waiting for. After patiently and faithfully executing a long rehab from a stress fracture last November, she capitalized off of those weeks of waiting to run her first all-out effort and nabbed a 5:19 PR as a reward.
Garrett Vasta was another who had a breakthrough race with a stunning 11-second drop in his PR over 1600 meters, as he finished third in the Rated heat (second fastest heat of the dozens that were run) at 4:28.16, tied for the second-fastest sophomore time and the 10th fastest of any age in King High’s history. His mark was the 10th fastest frosh-soph 1600 time on the entire day, a day that saw literally hundreds of young student-athletes contest the race. Dathan Chann and Daniel Lopez both had solid improvements in the 3200; Lopez came back to PR in the 800 later in the day. Mazin Awad who is late to distance running (he just moved up from the 400 four weeks ago) is making up for lost time quickly and using that great 400 speed, putting down a 2:01 time which leads King runners here in 2017.Jacob Haas and Matthew Castro both had significant drops in their times as well in the 1600.
The last race of the night for King was the Invitational heat of the full mile, in which Lauren Peurifoy was entered along with a dozen of the best high school runners in California. She held her own, finished in 5th and dipped below the 5:00 mark, running 4:58.92 for the mile (1609 meters), and setting her second school record in as many weeks; the first coming at the Bronco Invitational in the 3200 meters on March 11.
Magic track? Doubtful. Perfect setting? Perhaps. Whatever it specifically is, the promise of Azusa seems to come true every year. Work hard, be consistent, grab hold of the opportunities before you and you can achieve something good.
Maybe even something you’ve never done before.
Wednesday, March 22
RAIN DOESN'T DAMPEN KING'S REIGN
King High has never lost to Norco at any level in either boys or girls track through the entire history of the two schools' membership in the Big 8 League, and despite rain that shortened the meet by a few events at the end, it wasn't enough to interrupt the win streak.
King had a good day and the victories came with some competition, but where it was lacking, the Wolves still had some solid performances.
In the sprints, Jeremy Young raced well in the 200 with a PR at 23.36 He doubled in the 400 and PR'd there too at 52.78. Nick Beam and Rick Gore went 1-2 in the 100 and both PR'd at 11.44 and 11.47. Garrett Vasta finished second in the 800 with a PR at 2:06.58, just two-tenths behind Mazin Awad who took the win. Vasta would also PR in the 1600 along with Austin Dai and Mario Machuca who ran best times of the 2017 season.
Skyler Jenson PR'd in the shot put with a heave of 42' 8.5" and Marcos Gonzalez finished third with a season best 41' 7.5" Jacob Melton won the discus.
The girls ran away with it. Kela Mavhera ran a studly double in the 1600 and 800, running well away from field to win both races with very good season times. Lanie Bavier, Nicole Skaggs and Skye Hutchinson swept the vault, while Alyssa Drake, Janai Thompson and Tresure Rucker swept the triple jump.
Anna Berry was very good in the relay and the 100 and 200 dashes. Her 27.62 in the 200 was her best mark this season. In the 3200, Joelle Ramos, Mackenzie Peters and Sydney Magno had a spirited battle over 8 laps with one Norco runner. Though they'd relinquish the lead and win ultimately to her, still they dragged each other all to PR's.
The last race of the day and a few more jumps in the vault and the horizontal jumps were cancelled as the rain fell, but it wasn't enough to wash away another victorious day for King Track and Field.
Tuesday, March 21
SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY EARNED AT CHINO RELAYS
The Lady Wolves would medal in 11 of the 13 events in which they competed and as did the King boys. Of those 11 medals, 9 were first place winners for the girls and the boys posted 5 first place marks. All in all, a great effort, especially when one considers that the distance team stayed home. With their combined scores the King boys and girls teams won the Meet Sweepstakes Trophy.
The meet got off to a great start with both the boys and girls shuttle hurdle teams winning victories in near record time. Both the boys and girls throws team won both the shot and the discus. On the female side of things Elizabeth Curtis; Areena Zavala and Kim Garza won three of the top four spots in the discus. Alec Jones had the number one shot put of the day (44-8) and the second best discus toss (138-8). Jones also ran a leg on the third place boys 8 x 100 relay. The Girls horizontal jumpers also won both the long jump and triple jump, highlighted by Treasure Rucker’s PR jump of 34-9.5. Lanie Bavier, Rebecca Early and Rachel Norys won the pole vault while the boys team behind PR jumps by Ryan Bavier (12-6)and Josiah Molascon (13-0) won second place in the vault.
On the track, the 4 x 200 of Anna Barry, Ashley Chruscz; Sheredyn Pfieiffer and Amarhi Pewett won as did the Sprint Medley team of Barry, Grace Roberts; Tayelee Holtrop and Kela Maherva. The boys 4 x 200 of Phil Griggs, Jaylen Moore, frosh Micah Brown and Jeremy Young also did the winning honors. In the final event of the day both the boys 4 x 400 team, Dillion Lay; Griggs, Young and Eric Roman ran a 3:29 for first place and the girls team of Larissa Cesena; Breanna Fatten, Chruscuz and Sarah Ann Frank put down a 4:13, outdistancing any rival by some 60 meters. An outstanding effort was put forth by the boys triple jump team of Josh Fisher; Ricky Gore and Markell Wells as each one recorded an over 40 foot jump for second place.
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Thursday, March 16
SHARKS ARE SWEPT IN BIG 8 OPENER
King opened the Big 8 season against an opponent in Santiago that always proves to be a challenge. While King has never lost to the Sharks, the dual meets have always been spirited as both schools aim to take the sport and competition seriously and give respect to the process and results of competition.
This season's rendition was as it's always been, with King winning at all four levels, but pushed and tested by Santiago along the journey through 16 events.
"I wanted our kids to get out fighting and keep fighting through every event, and that's what they did" Head Coach John Corona said after the meet was done.
On the boys side, King opened with a 4x100 relay win then followed with Austin Dai and Jon Moncada going 2-3 in the 1600. Dillon Lay, Josh Fisher and Jarrod Favors swept the 110 meter hurdles, while Phil Griggs, Eric Roman and Cardell Walder did broom-duty in the 400. Jaylen Moore won the 100, followed by Nick Beam and Walder. Mazin Awad ran his fastest 800 of the year to take third in the 800.
In the field events, Ricky Gore won the long jump, while Markell Wells took second in the triple. Andrew Wilde was the winner in the vault at 13-06, with Josiah Molascon and Cameron Payo helping sweep the event.
The girls were equally successful. Allison Janes ran a superb season-best 1600 to move from third to second behind event winner Lauren Peurifoy to get the ball rolling for the Wolves. Sarah Ann Frank continued her great season in the 100 hurdles, winning that event with Jasmine Jimenez taking third. Anna Barry was the runner up in the 100 meter dash, while Peurifoy and Amanda Sosa went 1-3 in the 800. Rebekah Pendleton won the 3200.
Alyssa Drake was victorious in the long jump with a 15-4.5 leap. Gabriela Sanabria, Tresure Rucker and Drake swept the triple jump at a time in which the score of the contest was close, helping to put King in the driver's seat the rest of the way out. Rachel Norys was the winner of the pole vault with an 8 foot clearance.
Liz Curtis, Kimberly Garza and Arreena Zavala swept the shot put while Keiana Turner teamed up with Zavala and Garza to sweep the discus.
So the Big 8 season got underway in a victorious fashion for the Wolves. Though the scores showed a Wolves program in control, the meet was as it's always been with Santiago, a good, solid track meet of honorable competition. The way it should be.
The Wolves compete next, this Saturday at the Chino Relays.
Thursday, March 16
A HOMECOMING FOR COACH CORONA GIVES KING THE WIN
Last week, King track and field competed against Alta Loma High School and it was more than just the regular dual meet that comes week in and week out. Head Coach John Corona led his Wolves into the Braves’ new stadium and in so doing a homecoming of sorts was on. A graduate of 1973 from Alta Loma High, John Corona led his teams onto his old haunts with one goal: Represent.
Needless to say, he wanted to win and that is exactly what the Wolves set out to do. They wanted to do it for the team but even more so for Coach Corona.
The boys Varsity broke away with an early lead, with a nail biting 4×100 relay team of Nick Beam, Carson Walder, Phil Griggs and Jaylen Moore. The boys came out and took care of business showing the depth King has in nearly every event. Dylan Lay finished first in both the 100 and 300 Hurdles, Moore in the 100 and 200 and Austin Dai in the 1600 and 3200 were also double winners.
The boys continued on to victory in the 400 led by Phil Griggs, in the Shot Put with Alec Jones also placing third in the discus and Andrew Wilde in the pole vault with a leap of 13-0. It was a well-rounded meet for the boys in every event, dominating in the Jumps as well for extra points, ending with a final score of in Kings favor of 93-43.
On the girls side it was more of a chase in the beginning for the Lady Wolves. Second and third place points helped the Lady Wolves chip away at the early lead established by the Braves. Sheredyn Pfeifer along with Anna Berry finished second and third in the 100 to get the Lady Wolves on the score board, along with Amanda Sosa and Kela Mavhera finishing a strong second and third in the 800 after placing 2-4 in the 400.
King’s depth in every event, is what kept them in it and eventually gave them the push past the Lady Braves. The Lady Wolves swept the 200, led by Anna Berry, Kayla Seldon and Sheredyn Pfeifer. With two much needed second place finishes in the 100 and 300 Hurdles was Sarah Ann Frank. The Lady Wolves came away 16 points to 1 in the Horizontal Jumps, led by Alyssa Drake, Gabriella Sanabria and Treasure Rucker. After the Lady Wolves pulled away they ended the meet with an 81-55 Victory.
So it was a homecoming for Coach Corona and a good one at that, as his old home school, along with some old friends and former coaches, saw what his current school is up to.
Monday, March 27
BRONCO INVITE IN SAN DIEGO GIVES KING KIDS CHANCE TO SHINE
Lauren Peurifoy got things rolling with a first place in the Girls 3200, running a 10:44.88, a new school record. Also in the field was team mate Rebekah Pendleton who clocked a PR 11:49.27 for 8th place. They were followed by the boys 4 X 100 squad of sophomore Nick Beam, Carson Walder, Phil Griggs and Jaylen Moore who put in their fastest time of the year at 43.65. After that, it was a parade of medals for the Wolves who seemed to place individuals and relays throughout the day.
The boys 4 X 800 nailed a third place finish while the girls got a 5th place. the soph/frosh boys sprint medley relay naied down a 5th place and both 4 X 400’s finished in the medal count. the boys team of Lay, Jeremy Young, Phil Griggs and Eric Roman carried the baton to a second place. Ashley Chruscuz; Sarah Ann Frank. Larissa Cesena and Breanna Fatten got a solid fourth overall i the same race. The Girls Distance Medley team of Pendleton, Tayelee Holtrip, Amanda Sosa and Puerifoy won their race by some 15 seconds. Sosa also got a 5th place with a PR time of 2:22.63. Phil Griggs finished third in a hotly contested 400
The hurdle group got a lot of attention as Dillion Lay won both the 110 Hurdles and 300 Hurdles. Josh Fisher was 4th in the 110’s and 2nd in the 300’s while sophomore Reyte Rash got a fourth in the 300 hurdles. After a fall in the 100 hurdles Sarah Frank won the 300 Hurdles in 47.28 and Cesena came through for 5th overall. “You guys ALWAYS have hurdlers!!!” exclaimed one RB assistant to Coach Corona. “What do you guys feed them up there?”
In the field, the Wolves held their own as well. Brett Shifflett and Kim Garza medaled in the Open Shot put while Alec Jones nailed a 5th with a PR tying 47-1. In the open discus, Areena Zavala got the victory while Jacob Melton got a 3rd place. Jones finished second in the Invite portion of that event by a foot at 138-10. Shaelyn Johnson, just back fro the basketball team’s run to the CIF semi-finals got a third in the high jump at 4-11 while Gabby Sanabria got a second in the triple jump and Alyssa Drake a 5th. Markell Wells got a PR jump in the triple at 42-3.
All in all-a day of strong performances against strong competition and a day which helped King Track and Field set the base for what faces them down the road in 2017.
Sunday, March 5
HURDLE HIGH SETS ANOTHER RECORD
Ever since Coach Ken Bracy became the hurdle coach, those events have been a mainstay of the King Track Program. The successes of our barrier jumpers has been so great and so consistent that Coach Corona often jokingly says that Bracy's charges are going to "Hurdle High."
This past Saturday at the Paloma Valley Wildcat Relays, another chapter of success was written by the boys and girls shuttle hurdle teams. The King female quartet of Karla Lemus; Jasmine Jimenez; Larissa Cesena and Sarah Ann Frank not only finished in first place but set a new school record with a 1:07.58, edging a talented Rancho Verde team who came in at 1:07.98.
The boys team , though not setting any records, ran well and easily outdistanced the meet competition coming in first place. The team of Jarrod Favors. Reyte Rash, Josh Fisher and Dylan Lay turned in a time of 1:03.19. .
Friday, March 3
WOLVES GET A GLIMPSE OF GREATNESS
“I want to be like them!” he told his athletes before the meet opened, pointing in the direction of Coach Coley Candaele’s famous and well-respected program, gathered at the other end of the stadium.
“They do it right, and I urge you to not only pay attention to your own events, but watch what and how they do this” Corona continued, exhorting the Wolves to use the opportunity to grow and improve in the example of one of the best coached and prepared programs in the country.
There would be no score kept as both schools looked at the meet as a “rust buster” from the off season and a chance to get their athletes a mark. King took five full buses to the meet and over 300 Vista student-athletes walked from their last class to the track.
It was quite a sight.
King had a good day. Sarah Ann Frank picked up where she left off last year in the hurdles, running some nice early season marks in the 100’s and 300’s. Phil Griggs looked outstanding in the 400, running 49 seconds and the 4th fastest mark in school history; marks 2-5 are all at 49 seconds. Lauren Peurifoy who finished cross country last fall as the runner up in the State Division One, put her name on two all-time lists with a 5:07.31 1600 – number four all time for King, and an 11:03:32 3200 victory that puts her tied for second on King’s all time list. Liz Curtis threw her second best shot in her career and Dillon Lay had a very good day of hurdling. In fact, all three of the 300 hurdlers, Lay, Josh Fisher and Reyte Rash ran under 42 seconds which is quite good, especially this early in the season.
Jonathan Moncada placed in two distance events, winning the 3200, while Andrew Wilde topped 13 feet in the vault. Alec Jones was second in the shot with a toss past 46 feet.
The sight to see came at the end when both teams, which numbered over 500 athletes cumulatively, circled the edge of the track while the 4×400 relays were contested. It was a one-side and vocal gauntlet that the relay runners were in and made for quite an ending to the night, punctuated by a come-from-behind win on the anchor by Phil Griggs who made up a 15 meter gap over the last 100 meters.
“Overall I’m quite pleased” said Coach Corona after what was a meet that both sides hoped for.
Whether Vista repeats as State champs here in 2017 is yet to be known. But this much is sure: King is better off having competed against them.
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