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SCHOOL RECORDS SET IN 2013

Boys 1500 Meters ~ 3:59.45 Nathan Torres
Boys 800 ~ 1:52.63 ~ Nathan Torres

Girls 100 Hurdles ~ 14.31 Tayler Fleming (breaks 11 year old SR)
Girls 300 Hurdles ~ 42.84 Tayler Fleming
Boys 200 ~ 22.24 ~ Jamal Orme
Girls 800 ~ 2:16.85 ~ Ruth Wiggins
Girls 4x100 Relay ~ 47.86 ~ Jordan Lofton, Tia Parrish, Courtnee Davis, Tayler Fleming
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Boys 4x1600 - 17:33.53 ~ Nathan Torres, Perry Elerts, Joe Casco, Brandon Berz
Boys 4x800 -  8:07.36 ~ Brandon Berz, Dalton Seckinger, Jacob Norys, Nathan Torres
Girls 4x1600 - 21:32.36 ~ Ruthie Wiggins, Lauren Boydd, Emma Jaramillo, Raelyn Werley

Girls Shuttle Hurdles - 1:07.73 ~ Tayler Fleming, Leighana Weaver, Kathy Domenici, Cissy Underwood 

 

2013 KING TRACK AND FIELD LEADER BOARD

 
   

BOYS

   

GIRLS

 

     

 

100

Jamal Orme 

11.09 

 

Tia Parrish 

12.60 

 
 

200

Jamal Orme

     22.24      

 

Courtney Davis 

25.49

 
 

400

Travis Thomas  

49.58

 

 Hannah Blache 

 57.81

 
 

800

Nathan Torres

1:52.63

 

Ruthie Wiggins 

 2:16.85 

 
 

1600

 Brandon Berz   

4:25.35

 

      RuthieWiggins     

5:10.83

 
 

3200

Joe Casco  

9:29.91

 

Raelyn Werley

11:07.81 

 
 

110/100 H

Nicholas Abboud

15.68

 

Tayler Fleming

14.31

 
 

300H

Blake Bergstrom

39.54

 

Tayler Fleming

   42.84   

 
 

LJ

Blake Bergstrom

21-10

 

Sissy Underwood 

16-2.75 

 
 

HJ

 Maurice Jones

 5-10

 

Kiarra Ginwright

 5-04

 
 

TJ

Blake Bergstrom

44-02

 

 Nairobi Watson

35.08

 
 

SP

 Montiel Johnson

 43-2.5

 

 Anissa Claiborne  

37-0

 
 

DISC

 Sterling Hampton

   133-09   

 

Rayo Seyemmi 

 112-0 

 
 

PV

Cameron Brock 

 13-6

 

 Hannah Olibri,
Alyxis Boonkukuo 

9-0

 
               


Monday, June 3
KING'S QUEEN OF THE HURDLES PLACES AT STATE
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Photo courtesy of PE.com by Terry Pierson

A year ago, Tayler Fleming made the trip to the California State Track and Field Finals at Buchanan High in Clovis full of enthusiasm and hope. That 2012 trip ended in frustration and heartbreak as she finished 10th overall in her speciality, the 300 Hurdles, missing the Finals by one place.  It was this disappointment that drove Tayler through her senior season in 2013. Getting back to state, despite how tough it might be, was the goal. Getting back;  redeeming herself (as if she had to ) and maybe earning a medal was the mission. 

With a senior year full of accomplishments that could very well have allowed her to settle short of her goal,  Tayler kept "her eye on the prize." Despite a shaky two weeks in the early post-season rounds at CIF Prelims and Finals, she found her stride at the Master's Meet, smashing two school records and qualifying in both hurdle events to State. The first King female athlete to go to back to back state meets.Goal accomplished. 

In Clovis, among the very best California had to offer, she  preformed brilliantly in the preliminary heats. She finished 10th in the the 100 hurdles despite running her second best time ever at 14.34, missing the Finals by a single place. Rather than see this as a sign from last year or give in to panic, Tayler came out in the 300 Hurdles running tough and finished 7th overall with a time of 43.08 giving her that much coveted spot in the Finals; the first King female athlete to make it to finals since 2004. Half of The Mission accomplished.  The next Saturday, under the lights and with electricity in the air, Tayler settled into the blocks of the 300 Hurdles for her final race in a King uniform. The familiar  cry "Let's go Flem!!" came from Hurdle Coach Ken Bracy.  Go, she did. Out fast and finishing strong, Tayler grabbed 6th place in 43.14 and a CIF medal-only the second King female to ever earn hardware.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. 

Up to this final race, to this final race, Tayler had a career full of accomplishments; awards; league titles; invitational titles; and CIF appearances. She has had the admiraton; respect and love of her teamates. As she prepared to run Saturday night, a sign, crafted by the UCR coaches who will  be overseeing her progress next season, appeared in the stands. It said-"Tayler Fleming-Queen of the Hurdles at King."  That CIF medal was the final jewel in the crown.



Monday, June 3
ONE FINAL RACE AND RECORD FOR TORRES
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"I've got one more race in me!" Nathan Torres declared after he finished his CIF rounds at Masters.  There, he missed qualifying for State by one place and a quarter of a second.  His hunger unsatisfied,  Nathan wanted one more chance to prove his mettle. to put out one more great effort. So, while his 800 meters compatriots were duking it out in Clovis at the State meet, Nathan entered himself into the Jim Bush invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Saturday to find out what he could muster up over 1500 meters.

Consider the quest for one more great race accomplished.  In a heat that fielded other high school runners plus a sizable sampling of current collegiate athletes, Nathan raced to an impressive performance. While the meet may not have had the intensity of a State championship, it certainly proved worthy with quality competitors and Nathan used the field to race to a school record for the distance.  While the event has never been contested before by any King runner, making whatever the outcome of his race a SR, more importantly for Nathan was that his mark of 3:59.45 for 1500 meters  -- with a conversion to factor to1600 meters --  would have been a personal best for him.  Exactly what he wanted.

The race went out fast, and Nathan went by the 400 split at 63.7.  The next two laps were even better as he split them at 63.9 and 63.8 and was able to close with a time of 3:59.45.  He finished in 4th in his heat and 20th out of the two heats of a combined 40 runners, most of whom were college runners.  After catching his breath, he proclaimed, "I'm ready for college running."

We agree. It will be fun watching as this talented senior takes on that collegiate goal next year at UC Santa Barbara.  If he races and trains there with the same mentality that took him to UCLA last weekend, it should turn out pretty good for him.

Results



Saturday, May 25
FLYIN' FLEMING IS ON TO FRESNO
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The CIF Southern Section Masters Meet serves as a qualifying meet for the State Championships to be held one week hence in Fresno. It's a stage upon which the best 9 athletes from all four Southern Section Divisions (which includes over 500 schools) compete for one of the coveted spots to State.  Earning a spot at the Masters Meet is a huge accomplishment in its own right ... to perform well in that talented arena is even more so.

Both of King's athletes, Tayler Fleming and Nathan Torres, competed well on the big stage.

Tayler Fleming put together a masterful performance in both hurdle events and will travel to Fresno to represent King High in the 2013 State Championships.

Of the two events, one could make the argument that the 100's are her "lesser" event, as she's been a pretty dominant force for a couple years in the 300's.  In the shorter race, she was the last one into the Masters meet and was relegated to lane 9.  There, out on the fringe and away from the "action" reserved for the fastest seeds in lanes 4 and 5, Tayler quietly rocketed along the path and straight into the record books.  She finished third overall, but more significantly to King's history, she broke the 11 year old record in the event held by the very talented Gayle Hunter.  Her time of 14.31 was significantly faster than the 14.44 that Gayle had held since May 10, 2002.

Tayler then came back in the 300's perhaps a bit lighter knowing her trip to State was already secured.  In lane 8, she got out well, and coming off the turn was in 5th.  She finished even better than she started and by the time she'd crossed the line, she had set yet another SR (42.84 - this time breaking her own at 43.03) and finished third again for the chance to race the twice next weekend in Fresno.

Nathan Torres was also competing in the 800 and after a scintilating 1:52.63 which he put down last weekend at CIF Finals, he was hard-pressed to match it here at Masters.  The top six finishers (or those who surpassed the auto-qualifying time of 1:52.90) would qualify for State.  As it turned out, though Nathan was in fine position with 200 go, the kickers found their big gears and a pack of nine guys went four-wide down the straight.  Places 2-6 all finished within 3/10s of a second of each other and Nathan was nipped at the line, missing 6th place by .28 seconds!  It was a bit of a heartbreak but doesn't diminish the incredible season Nathan has achieved.

So Tayler Fleming will return to Fresno. In 2012, she missed making it out of the Friday night 300 prelim rounds by one place and had to sit in the stands Saturday watching and wondering what it must be like to race in the State Finals.

Perhaps this year, she'll find out. She's not only faster than she was last year, but thanks to that incredible 100 meters, she's got twice the chances here in 2012.

Womens 100 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                  Year School                Finals Wind
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  1 Crear, Ebony           11 Poly (Long Beach)       14.10  1.1
  2 Miller, Jade           12 Great Oak               14.24  1.1
  3 Fleming, Tayler        12 King, M.L.              14.31  1.1
  4 Dargel, Kim            12 Murrieta Mesa           14.32  1.1
  5 Harbin, Skylin         11 Alemany                 14.43  1.1
  6 Mosley, Sidney         10 Monrovia                14.50  1.1
  7 Sutton, April          10 Roosevelt, E            14.76  1.1
  8 George, Megan          12 Serra                   15.93  1.1
  9 Graham, Jasmyne        10 Roosevelt, E            17.22  1.1

Mens 800 Meter Run
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    Name                      Year School                 Finals
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  1 Bias, Jeremiah              10 Vista del Lago        1:53.59    
  2 Lewis, Josh                 12 Loyola                1:54.47    
  3 Solis, Omar                 12 Vista Murrieta        1:54.49    
  4 Thompson, Isaiah            12 Sherman Indian        1:54.59    
  5 Orozco, Jacob               12 Lakewood              1:54.74    
  6 Rameriz, Michael            12 Rancho Cucamonga      1:54.76    
  7 Torres, Nathan              12 King, M.L.            1:55.04    
  8 Miyoshi, Robert             12 Oxford Academy        1:55.34    
  9 Medina, Kyle                12 Ventura               1:55.60    
10 Smythe, Eamon               11 Edison                1:55.73    
11 Miller, Pierce              12 West Ranch            1:56.52    

Womens 300 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                      Year School                 Finals
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  1 Miller, Jade                12 Great Oak               41.34    
  2 Payne, Kymber               11 Poly (Long Beach)       42.33    
  3 Fleming, Tayler             12 King, M.L.              42.84    
  4 Harbin, Skylin              11 Alemany                 43.27    
  5 Munford, Jordie             12 Rancho Cucamonga        43.28    
  6 Crear, Ebony                11 Poly (Long Beach)       43.61    
  7 King, Michaela              11 Dana Hills              43.71    
  8 Webster, Juanita            10 Redlands                43.86    
  9 Cusworth, Angelica          10 Atascadero              44.23 

FULL RESULTS   PHOTOS



Saturday, May 18
FUN TIMES AS KING EARNS THREE ALL-CIF HONORS AT D1 FINALS
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There isn't anything easy about the CIF Southern Section D1 Track Finals.  Everyone in the meet is among the best in the state at their event.  King sent four athletes, Niarobi Watson, Tayler Fleming, Blake Bergstrom and Nathan Torres.  Of those four, three came home with All-CIF honors (and fancy medals to commemorate it) and two, Fleming and Torres, punched their tickets to compete next week in the CIF Masters meet.

Nathan Torres spent much of the winter mired in a persistent and serious fight with bronchitus and it would have been understandable had he dismissed thoughts of racing at CIF Finals in May.  But he didn't, and despite losing valuable time in preparation, he has timed his ascent just perfectly and raced his best race of the season to finish as the D1 Runner-up!  It was a brilliant race, so well executed.  He split at 400 in 56.0 and closed with a 56.6.  Even splits, yes, but he had his fans with their hearts in their throats as he was in sixth place with 200 to go and a good 5-7 meters off the lead.  The last 70 meters saw him weaving through traffic and across the line in second place.  His 1:52.63. lowered his own SR by more than a second. It's the sixth-fastest time run in California this season and #11 in Riverside County All Time! Given that after that lengthy illness, his first race this season was a modest 2:10, this was a crowning moment for the likable senior. "That was fun!" he beamed at the end as family, friends, teammates and coaches were high-fiving and hugging.

Indeed it was.

Tayler Fleming has been down this road before, as she competed at the State Championships in 2012.  Racing in both hurdle events, she took lane two in the 100's and parlayed it into a fifth place finish and 9th overall when all four divisions were combined. (Top 9 finishers in the combined four divisional races qualify for CIF Masters).  Later, she moved to her specialty, the 300's.  There she finished fifth again (43.21) for her second All CIF honor on the day and another event to contest next Friday at Masters.

Blake Bergstrom's season has been nothing short of spectacular and he finished it in fine form with a sixth place finish (and the last All-CIF honor in the race) in the 300 hurdles.  His time equalled his best this season.  Nairobi Watson has shown great improvement over the last month of the season, and that improvement would have been on display today except for a fraction of a foul on two of her attempts.  Both of those disputable fouls, which Coach Corona eyeballed at less than a half-inch beyond the board, took her out well past 36 feet.  Those leaps, had they been measured, would have had her finish one place higher than the 9th place legal finish she went home with.

So it was a very good day for the Wolves.  Among many of the state's best, King's kids put their names amidst the elites and competed with poise and purpose.  Two will represent King High School next Friday night in Cerritos at the most elite meet in the state short of the actual State Championships. It will be that meet that both Nathan and Tayler will gunning for.

Should be fun.

State Rankings (thru May 11)    Photos    Full Results



Monday, May 13
CLOSE CALLS AND ALMOSTS BECOME THE NAME OF THE GAME AT PRELIMS

There is an old saying in coaching that says that "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." The meaning behind that cliche is that despite the fact you may come close to victory, close doesn't necessarily mean success.  After the results were made on Saturday at the CIF prelinaries,  for the King Track and Field Wolves, "close" didn't count for the CIF Division 1 Finals either.

With  the top nine times and performances of the day moving on to Divisional Finals May 18 at Mt. SAC, the day became almost a litany of close calls and "almosts" for the Wolves under a blazing sun and the blazing competition the division annually provides.

This didn't come from the lack of effort however. The Girls 4x100 team recorded a second place in their heat and their second best time of the year (48.28) only to finish 10th overall. TravisThomas also recorded a second place in his heat and got his second fastest time of the year in the 400 at 49.86.  But, he finished 13th.   Bayleigh Porter had the same overall finish in the 800 as Thomas did in the 400. The Girls 4x400 finished 11th overall and the boys 4x400 finished 13th. Both teams recorded their second fastest times of the season. Blake Bergstrom missed qualifying in the long jump by three inches finishing 15th and in the triple jump by 4 inches getting 13th. Frosh Ruthie Wiggins went 5:14 in the 1600. All of them close, but no cigar.

The good news though was that there were a few who got over the top and into CIF Finals. Tayler Fleming qualified in both the 100 Hurdles (14.74) and the 300 Hurdles (44.15). Bergstrom also got into the final spot for the 300 Hurdles at 39.54. Nathan Torres ran a great race breaking his own school record in the 800 at 1:54.55.   For both Nate and Tayler, it will be their second straight trip to the Finals. The last King  qualifer was senior  Niarobi Watson, who surprised everybody with a 9th place finish in the triple jump. Niarobi had come into the meet with a middle of  the pack mark of 34-5  and on her first jump went 35-8-a 15 inch PR!!! She would win her flight and hang on to get a trip to Mt.SAC Saturday.

Other impressive efforts included the boys 4x100 team of Dylann Hosley; Brandon Hubley; Jahai Scott and Jamal Orme who posted their second best time of the year at 43.34.  Anissa Claiborne improved her league finals shot put mark 6 inches out to 37-0-cementing her spot as the number two King shot putter of all time.

Division One Southern Section is no cake walk, that's for sure, and it requires talent and good fortune to snag one of the coveted 9 advancing spots.  King is excited to send four kids in five events, but sadly for many others, close wasn't close enough. It almost never is.

RESULTS



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Friday, May 3
REDEMPTION FOUND AT BIG 8 FINALS

After a rocky beginning to the 2013 Big 8 League season, in which both varsity teams lost to Roosevelt and Corona, the King squads found themselves in a deep, competitive hole and looking at a long climb out. On thursday night, the Big 8 League Championships were held at Santiago HS in Corona, and given the stirring performances by so many of King's best on the track and in the field, one could well assert that the teams had found redemption of sorts for a season that appeared to be all but over just five weeks ago.

There were numerous standouts throughout the afternoon and evening, as King crowned itself with six individual titles, four for the girls, two for the boys.  There were numerous medal finishers and CIF qualifiers as well.  For good measure, the all-time lists were altered greatly and three new school records were minted. It was quiet a competition.

Blake Bergstrom emerged from the competition having qualified for CIF (top three finishes) in four different events. He helped to win the night's final event, the 4x400 relay. Along with Travis Thomas, Nathan Torres and Romalio Cosey, Bergstrom's carry helped them to the #2 time in school history and take a little of the sting out of the loss to Roosevelt back in March. He finished second in the triple jump with a two-foot improvement over his previous best and the #4 mark in school history. He literally jumped out of his shoe as his gear ripped in mid-flight from the force of his plant. He also took second  in the long jump but won his specialty, the 300 hurdles.  Consider the lad tired after a night like that!

Tayler Fleming, who signed with UCR the day before, finished third in the 100 hurdles, but ran a superb last 110 meters in the 300's to win her second-straight title in that event, matching to the hundreth, the SR she set at the State meet in 2012. (43.03). She anchored the 2nd place 4x400 team and helped to set a new SR in the 4x100 relay, where Jordan Lofton, Tia Parrish and Courtnee Davis combined to finish second and go 47.86.  In the 300 hurdles, the most competitive event in the night, teammate Leighana Weaver ran her first ever sub :45-second split but finished fourth.  She qualified for CIF nonetheless by meeting the very rigorous qualifying time for finishers outside the top 3.

In the distance events, King's kids really shined, and not just on Thursday but in Tuesday's preliminaries as well. Alyssa Haring won the JV 3200 in a lifetime best and also won the JV 1600.  Ruthie Wiggins finished third in the varsity 1600 to qualify for CIF in this her freshman season.  Bayleigh Porter, after a very frustrating season in which she struggled to find her stride, showed that tenacity and never giving up has its merits as she ran a lifetime best, the #2 time in school history and qualified for CIF in third place. It was a great performance for the senior.  Perry Elerts ran a very gutty race in the 1600 and held off hard charging competitors after a scintilating 4th lap to finish second in 4:30.50  In that race was Tyler Janes who qualified for the final in just his freshman season. Joe Casco qualified for CIF in the 3200, finishing third in a negative-split race. Raelyn Werley won the 3200 as well, leading all the way, but was almost upstaged by Lauren Boydd who ran a gigantic PR and snagged 2nd place with a terrific kick.  Very impressive and gutsy race by the relative newcomer to the event!  In the 800 meters, Nathan Torres finished second (behind the current state leader) with a fine race. Jacob Norys and AJ Boebinger were 6th and 7th respectively, AJ finished the season with the #3 All Time freshman mark in school history for the 800 at 2:02.52.

In the field events, Kiarra Ginwright won a huge contest with Roosevelt's best high jumper as the two matched misses and makes over several pole placements and jump off, until the Kiarra finally pulled out the victory at 5-04.  Niarobi Watson was the other league champion in the field with a fine leap and PR of 34-05 in the triple jump.

Travis Thomas was all over the place on the day, competing in the relays but also in the 400, where he finished 2nd in a photo finish! His PR and #2 AT mark of 49.58 took some of the pain out of the picture. Hannah Blache was third in the 400 with her own quality race, running a PR as well at 57.81. In the 200 on Tuesday during the prelims, Jamal Orme scorched the track for a SR in the event at 22.24.  His 11.09 in the 100 was the #5 time in school history, so it was quite a haul for the speedster. Tia Parrish finished 4th in the 100, and she's just a freshman! Cournee Davis was a split second behind her in fifth, and Courtnee is a sophomore so there is a bright future in store for King!  Kiazha Ginwright was third in the triple.  In the vault, favored place-finisher Cameron Brock pulled a hamstring during competition, and had to bow out.  TC Wilson won the JV vault at 11-06, but King wasn't able to place any vaulters in the top five of the varsity contest. Finally, Anissa Claiborne threw the shot to a PR distance of 36-5.5 to finish second in that event.

The lesson of 2013 then, could perhaps be the one that say "it's not over 'till it's over."  It seemed like it was over back when the squads were 0-2 and showing the life of something slightly warmer than a corpse.  But the last three league meets went to King and the championship rounds showed a couple of groups with more passion and competitive fire than we've seen all season long.  It was therefore a very rewarding night and not for only those mentioned here. It was, in the end, an indicator that no matter how dark the valley, redemption is still available.

You just gotta keep going till its over.

 

Results (includes prelims)



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Monday, April 29
CORONA FS SHOWDOWN TURNS INTO LAST CHANCE PR PARADE
The Corona S/F Showdown is billed as a "last chance" for Soph/Frosh athletes to earn a PR or get a medal or just get a tune up for the coming week's League Prelims and Finals. On all three counts, the Showdown would fit that bill for a great number of King Track athletes, especially in the PR department.

The Boys team, which finished third in the 17 team competition. was paced by 110 Hurdle winner Nick Abboud, who got his PR at 15.88 as well as a 6th place in the 300 Hurdles. He was joined in the winners circle by Marcos Zavaleta who won the pole vault at 12-0. Zavaleta was followed in the pole vault by Daniel Mukasa who got second with his PR of 12-0 and Noah Poole (4th at 10-6) Ryan Moussad got his PR in the in the straight hurdles finishing 4th at 17.12. The duo of Daniel J. Gonzalez  (4:43) and Mark Werley (4:49) also joined the PR parade in the1600.  Brett Wolff and Tristan Fortier recorded their best marks of the year in the throws and Ronnie Rhodes IV recorded his best marks of the year in the 100 (11.8) and in the 200 (24.03) Though PR's were not in the offering, Andrew Boebinger raced to a 3rd in the 800 (2:06) and Rolando Phalen (2:08) finished 6th. The 4 X 400 team of Seth Tyler, Moshin Sabrin, Jacob Norys and Boebinger recorded a 3:43 for 4th place.

The King girls finished sixth in the final point tally but were also enjoying the PR parade.Alexys Boonkukua  skied to second place in the vault with her 9-0 jump and Hannah Larsen tie her best jump of the year at 8-0 for 4th. Rachel Hales improved significantly in the long and triple jump recording a 3rd and 4th place respectively. Both Mary Jane Smith (13.58) and  Leah Bantum (13.88) dashed to their PR's in the 100 as did Jaylai Jacobs in the 300 Hurdles at 51.6. Jacobs got 6th place overall  as did Emily Sanchez  in the 1600. The 4 X 400 Relay of Hannah Davidson, Danielle Abboud; Destiny Gardner and Smith nabbed third place.


Thursday, April 25
KING WINS IN FINAL BIG 8 MEET OF THE YEAR
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With some of King's "A-teamers" training through or resting, the last Big 8 contest of 2013 against Norco HS allowed for different faces to see time at the front of races and winning points in lopsided victories at all four levels agains the Cougars of Norco.

The JV teams rounded out undefeated league schedules, while the varsity teams ended the season 3-2 in the league.

For the boys, Cameron Brock had the highlight of the day out in the pole vault.  Brock set a lifetime PR of 13-7 to put him in a tie for #2 all time in King's history. He tried three attempts at 14-1 and the school record, but came up short.  Hopefully next time it will happen.  Vault-mates Vallejo and Zavaleta helped King sweep the event, helping the overall team to win by a 77-59 margin. 

The 400 relay team got it rolling with a victory by a full second. Then in the 1600 meters, Carlos Ramirez continued his fine racing of late, with a wire-to-wire win and a solid 4:33 mark despite gusting winds. Tyler Janes was 2nd and Daniel G. Gonzalez was third for the sweep. Nick Abboud continued to show strong growth in the hurdles, winning the 110 highs over the second-place Norco athlete. Blake Bergstrom won the 300's as he has so often. Norco had its main points come in the 400, 100, 200, shot and high jump.  In the 3200, King swept as Jacob Enriquez, Tyler Janes and Matt Cleland combined to take the top three spots.  There was a King sweep of the 800 as well, with Jacob Norys, Romalio Cosey (normally a 400 runner) and Tyler Janes doing the honors.  Janes used the day to score three times.

On the girls side King's team won very easily, amassing over 100 points. The day could have been dubbed, "The Sister Act" as siblings took the stage and earned points.   In the 800, the Sanchez sisters, Ashley and Emily, were first and third respectively, while the Haring sisters, Alyssa and Amanda were first and third in the 3200. The Ginwright sisters, Kiazha and Kiara took first and second in the high jump.  (Kiazha also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 14' 8".

Lisa Garside took the victory in the 1600 with a very nice 5:25 effort.In the sprints, Tayler Fleming ran a 15-second 100, all while hurdling ten flights of barriers. Pretty impressive. Jordan Loften did the same distance without the barriers, going 13.05 for the win. Sacha Bowen won the 200 meters, and Leighana Weaver took first in the 300 hurdles. 

So after losing the first two meets of the Big 8 season, the teams took home victories in the remaining three and are now set to enter the championship season.



Monday, April 22
THE CITY MEET CREATES A MAGICAL NIGHT OF TRACK AND FIELD
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The fourth "re-running" or "re-annual" of the Riverside City Championships was held at King High School on Saturday and turned out to be a great event that brought the track community from across the greater Riverside area.  Almost every school was in attendance and the meet ran smoothly and with great competition and fanfare.

For the host school, King, it was a very special night of track and field.  In almost every event, the King runners, jumpers, vaulters and throwers were present and more than accounted for, with a sizeable contingent finding themselves on the victory stand at the end of their event; earning "City Champion" titles or attractive medals for their accomplishments.

Senior Travis Thomas and freshman Ruth Wiggins had performances that were especially noteworthy and will no-doubt create indelible memories in their lifetimes.  For the hard working and likable Thomas, he found himself climbing the victory stand numerous times and subsequently climbing King's all time charts as well. It started in the 4x100 relay race in which he teamed up with Dylan Holsey, Brandon Hubley and Jahai Scott to win the event title while clocking a very impressive 43.20, good for the second fastest all time mark in school history.  Thomas came back in the 400 with a PR of 50-flat, the second-fastest time in school history and winning again over Galloway of North.  Then at the end of the night, he ran a sterling effort in the 200, clocking at 22.73 (#3 all time) to finish second, then for good measure, anchored the victorious 4x400 team.  What a night for the talented senior and one in which you may give him a pass for finishing it tired!

While one exits, another enters, and so introductions are in order for 9th grader Ruth Wiggins who had a stunning "quadruple crown" in her only event, the 800 meters. Ruth's PR going into the meet had stayed stationary for a few weeks at 2:20.08, and a tantalizingly close half-second off the school record. The SR wast her goal for the evening and did she ever reach it!  Racing with aggressiveness and poise, the rookie ran nearly even-splits for the two lap race, crossing the finish line in 2:16.85.  It was the school record that she wanted, but the mark was also a King High 9th grade record, the King Stadium Record and the Riverside City Championships Meet Record!  A race with consequence!

Wiggins and Thomas may have captured the biggest spotlight, but there were numerous King stars that shined brightly.  The boys pole vault swept their event with Cody Vallejo winning at a PR of 13-0. Cameron Brock was second, Maros Zavaleta and TC Wilson medaled in third and fourth. Blake Bergstrom, who won the 300 hurdles, was third in the long jump but won the triple in a fine 41' 11.75". Steling Hampton was the lone Wolf to medal in the throws, taking third in the discus. Dylan Hosley, while aiding in the 400 relay victory, was third in the 100 meter dash. Brandon Berz, a night after running his lifetime PR in the 1600 meters with a relay split of 4:18.7 at Mt.SAC ran the 800 here in Riverside.   He took on the field and led from the gun to notch a 1:57.57, the #3 time in school history. Jacob Norys, just a sophomore, was third in 2:00.33, a lifetime PR and good for the #7 time in school history. Joe Casco won the 1600 and Perry Elerts won the 3200, bringing a clean sweep of the distances for King High.  In the 1600, Carlos Ramirez had a lifetime, breakout performance, dropping his PR in the race a full ten seconds to 4:30!  Tyler Janes improved on his own SR for 9th graders, running 4:31.

The girls 1600 saw a very big broom being used by King, as the Lady Wolves took all five medal places. Raelyn Werley, Lisa Garside, Lauren Boydd, Emma Jaramillo and Rachel Rosales did the duties in that one. King's ladies had five of the top seven places in the 3200, led by Boydd's PR of 11:48.16.

Hannah Blache was the winner in the open 400, with a PR of 58.64, but it was Courtnee Davis who was sparkling in the sprints. She ran 12.83 for third in the 100 (followed by Jordan Lofton in 4th and Tia Parrish in 6th). In the deuce, she threw down King's #4 all time mark of 25.49 winning the race by less than 2-10ths. Katy Fatten took fifth in the 800. In the hurdles, King's Queen was over at Mt.SAC taking on some of the state's best, so the event was open for Leighanna Weaver to take on Riverside's best. Weaver took 4th in the 100 meter hurdles, followed closely by Katherine Domenici and Sabrina Suarez. Weaver's 300 saw the talented sophomore winning easily. Domenici and Suarez were fourth and sixth respectively.

Becky Collier of Woodcrest Christian set a new stadium record in the high jump, with a State-level leap of 5-8. She doubled her pleasure by winning the long jum at 1604, leading all "big school" opponenets. Nairobi Watson was third in the long jump with a mark of 15-01.  Hannah Olobri was third in the pole vault with a season-best of 9-0. Jaymei McCray, Watson and CAitlin Smith were all medalists in the triple jump. Anissa Claiborne shot put to 35-0, good for second in the event. Breanna Collins and Rayo Soyemi both medaled in the event, with Rayo taking third in the discus.

The 4x400 relays proved to be a fun and electric way to end the night. The girls kicked it off with a great victory, setting the meet record in the process at 3:59.55.  Leighana Weaver, Blache, Davis and Jordan Lofton were the stick-carriers who made history. The boys' squad won as well, capping off a great night of competition.

The City Meet will be renamed in 2014 as "The Raincross Tradition"  but on this night it was pretty clear that no matter what you call it, the stage and the event brings out the best in town.

Full Results



Sunday, April 21
MT.SAC RELAYS BRINGS OUT THE BEST FROM KING'S BEST
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One of the most prestigious meets on the yearly calendar is the famous Mt.SAC Relays which draws high school, college and professional track athletes from across the country to race upon its storied track.  King entered on Friday night, four of its best distance runners, all seniors, to circle that track as a team one final time in the 4x1600 meter relay.  To a man, Nathan Torres, Perry Elerts, Joe Casco and Brandon Berz raced with ease, poise and competitive fire and the result was simply amazing.

The result was a shattering of the school record for the event, taking down the old mark by 31 seconds!  Their mark stands as the third-fastest ever in Riverside County history!

Torres took it out first and ran a season-best 4:23.9 and gave the stick to Elerts in 5th place.  Perry ran a terrific leg, notching his fastest 1600 split ever at 4:26 and gave the stick to Joe Casco in 7th of a very fine field.  Casco, who's been nicknamed the "Flyin' Fillipino" put down another terrific performance, moving up two places and splitting at 4:24, also a personal best.  Berz had a breakthrough race in his own right, dropping his PR by 8 seconds and closing the race in 4:18.7 and moving the team into fourth place to medal and secure the school record of 17.33.53. The old mark, set by the very same guys last year was 18:04.68 ... dramatic improvement!

Nathan Torres and Tayler Fleming returned to Mt.SAC for the Saturday session, seeking competition that the city of Riverside could not, perhaps, match. They were not disappointed. 

In the 800, Torres ran just 3-10ths off his lifetime PR in the 800, matching to the second his CIF Finals time from last year at 1:55.62.  He finished fourth in his heat.  Fleming threw down another superb effort in her specialty, the 300 hurdles, and finished third in the invitational heat that included competitors that will likely be next to her in the CIF rounds and, hopefully, the CA State Finals. Her time of 43.25 was, like Nathan's mark, just a fraction off her lifetime best in the event and currently sits as the third-best mark in all of the Southern Section of CIF!

So, while their teammates were lighting up the city of Riverside, these select few were making the most of their moment under the stars and the sun of one of the nation's premier relay meets. 



Thursday, April 18
KING NOT TROUBLED BY SHARKS
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After getting tossed around by Roosevelt and Corona in the two opening meets of the 2013 season, King was stumbling a bit and looking for traction or some sign of hope that the season would not be a complete misstep.  The Beaumont Invitational, the Azusa Meet of Champions and the the IE Championships all breathed life in the team and gave a sense that the train was still rolling.  An expected and easy win over weak Centennial one week ago, while satisfying, was so expected that one could forgive the Wolves if they had had their sights set on the Sharks of Santiago.

Surprisingly, what most assumed was going to be a strong contest, the meet yesterday turned into something of a route.  The Santiago Sharks - usually a solid opponent, who's girls pushed Corona to the final event last week before losing - could barely nibble on the Wolves and King won handily and easily at all four levels.

King's varsity boys won by a margin of 86-50, this while resting out some key scoring athletes. The majority of Santiago's points came in the field events where they were scoring twice in seemingly every event.  While King's throwers scored 10 of their 18 available points, the big damage was done on the track where a number of sweeps were in orer. Joe Casco, Nathan Torres and Perry Elerts did the brooming in the 1600, while Bergstrom, Abboud and Carlson swept the 110 high hurdles. Berz, Jacob Norys and Tyler Janes swept the 800.  Near-sweeps came in the 300 hurdles where Bergstomr and Carlson wen 1-3 and the 200 where Jamal Orme and Travis Thomas went 1-2. 

For the King girls, their mastery over Santiago was unchallenged, winning by a score of 102-34.  Santiago took first in only four events, and King's ladies swept three events and won both relays. Raelyn Werley, Ruth Wiggins and Lauren Boydd took the 1600 to kick off the meet and the girls never looked back from tehher. Tayler Fleming closed out her stellar career on King's home track with her final two hurdle events ever to be run at home. She won both, winning the 100's in 15.74 and the 300's in a modest 45.36.  When told she didn't need to run the 300's near the end of the meet and the King victory already secured, she responded, "I have to, it's my last 300 on our track!" 

Hanna Olibri, Courtney Blanck and Justine Petty swept the pole vault while Katy Fatten had the fastest time of the day while running the JV 800, a quirk of being misplaced in level. She ran 2:31, while newcomer Ashley Sanchez, in just her 2nd 800 ever, won the varsity race in 2;32.  Lauren Boydd came back from the 1600 to win the 3200 in a really solid time of 12:02 - just seconds off her PR -- despite pretty significant winds. Courntee Davis won the 100 dash and took second in the 200. 



Sunday, April 14
A HAPPY DAY LEADS A GOOD NIGHT AT IE CHAMPIONSHIPS
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The Inland Empire Championships is broken into two sections, "Day" and "Night" and in both sections frosh soph and varsity athletes from across Riverside and San Bernardino go head-to-head.  The Day Meet isn't quite as competitive as the Night Meet is, but both provide stages for kids to shine.  For King, it was a day for happy athletes which led to a very good night ... in fact, Coach Corona remarked that this may well qualify as King's best ever overall showing at the annual affair.

At the Frosh Soph level, King's girls took second and the boys took 3rd. The boys varsity finished 4th and the girls varsity 5th -- this against over 30 scoring squads. Indeed, it was quite a day.

In the pole vault, King's FS boys stacked the upper scoring ranks, with Marcos Zavaleta winning the title. Daniel Mukasa and Noah Poole finished 3rd anf 4th.  Zavaleta was only one of a handful of "IE Champions"; a siginficant accomplishment in the face of the region's solid track culture and talent.  Lauren Carr was the winner in the day heat of the varsity 3200, with a lifetime PR of 12:06.  In fact, the 3200 crew was in fine form at both ends of the long day, as Raelyn Werley and Brandon Berz won the nighttime meet in the same event, some 7 hours after Lauren took home her title. Both seniors ran quality performances.  Hannah Blache ran a lifetime PR in the night FS 400, improving her #3 all time school mark to the low-58's. Leighana Weaver had a championship run in the FS300 hurdles at night, running a lifetime PR of 45.61, the #2 time in school history.

Blake Bergrstrom ran a terrific 300 hurdles that had to be decided by a photo to determine his second-place finish after a hard-charging last flight brought him to the line a sliver into silver. It was a great display of his drive and talent and capped a great week of competition;  he won four events on Wednesday against Centennial. 

Jamie McCray was fourth in the day portion of the long jump, with a leap of 14-4, but Lexi Opuko was 2nd overall in the Day FS long jump with a leap of 15 feet.  Rachel Hales was second in the FS Day triple jump. In the night-time FS long jump, Sissy Underwood was 4th with a fine leap 15-2.75. Grant Higgins was 5th in the day FS long jump.

Lauren Boydd ran the 1600 in the morning hours, and just as she didn in 2012 at the IE Championships, she used the track at Vista Murrieta to deliver another breakthrough PR, this time going 5:24. She and Brianna Jacklin would come back at night and run excellent 3200 meter races, with both girls dropping below 12:00 for the first time ever and becoming King's second and third runners this year to eclipse the significant barrier.  (Werley is the other).  While out of the medals, Bayleigh Porter had her fastest time of the year in the night-meet 800, going 2:22.  Similarly, Ruthie Wiggins missed out on a medal, but still threw down King's #6 all  time 1600 mark in 5:10.89 - a mere 4-tenths off the #5 spot!  Tyler Janes dropped 5 seconds off his best-ever in the 800, going 2:05 in the day meet for third. He came back later and made a huge move over the final 100 meters of the 1600 to finish second in 4:38. In the 3200 that Berz won, his teammate Joe Casco was right on his heels and finished in third with another gritty performance.

Tayler Fleming, who's having another very special year while entertaining numerous college scholarship offers for her talent, was the runner-up in the 100 hurdles with a seasonal best at 14.71.  She was a bit off her game in the 300's going 44-plus and finishing third behind two Roosevelt rivals. Tia Parrish had a very fine outing in the FS100 dash under the lights, going 12.60 for King's #5 all time best mark. She finished third. Courtnee Davis was the runner-up in the FS200.

The meet finished with a sterling effort in the 4x400 meter relay by Fleming, Blache, Porter and Weaver ran the #2 time in school history and for only the second time dipped under 4:00 for the race (3:59.42). What made it a bit more exciting was the side-by-side dual Fleming had with a JW North runner on the anchor leg; a battle that was reminiscent of six years ago when North and King track meets were fraught with epic clashes. Tayler pulled away strongly in the last 100 to secure the championship for the foursome.  

Given the lack-luster perfomances King has put forth in recent weeks, the meet was a day and night of competitive spirit for King that has been sorely missed. Whether it was the grand stage layed out Vista Murrieta or the thousand-plus fellow competitors that brought it out, one can only guess at the cause. Whatever it was, the day's competition brought smiling faces and the night duplicated the day. 

Full Results 



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Great photo by Dan Bergstrom

Friday, April 12
EASY WINS AND FIELD EVENT HELP STAVE OFF EARLY SEASON LOSSES

Preparing to compete the week after Spring vacation is never easy. The awareness that the end of the school year is upon us and the weariness of day-to-day work sometimes takes away from the team competing at peak form. Sending less than a full squad to the starting line against Centennial, the Wolves proved they are ready to finish off the season with success, defeating the Huskies convincingly winning  104-32 for the girls and 94-42 for the boys.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Wolves walked away with 12 victories and swept in seven events.  For the distance squad, Lisa Garside and Hannah Johnson ran away with personal bests for this season in the 1600 in a closely contested race. Alyssa Haring, Brianna Jacklin went 1-2 in the 3200 easily defeating  all Centennial runners who toed the line. The hurdle squad swept in both the 100 and 300 contests with Tayler Fleming and Leighana Weaver winning handily in both of their races respectively.

Off the track, the jumps and throws were equally as successful, sweeping both long and triple jumps with Nairobi Watson scoring in both.  Breanna Collins, Anissa Claiborne and Rayo Soyemi had equal success on the field, flipping places and sweeping in both the shot put and discus.

For the boys, the team had more competition against the Huskies, but was able to find the same success as their female counterparts.  Blake Bergstrom earned victories in the four events he contested, earning victories in both hurdles and the long and triple jump. Bergstrom led the way for the Wolves in his events, with sweeps in the 100 and long and triple jumps, including an all-time top 5 mark in the long.  

The throwers outscored Centennial 15-3, with Anthony Calvillo scoring in both. Although the meet could have proven to lack the intensity and atmosphere of a highly contested battle, several King Wolves chose to compete with something to prove, setting a goal to finish out their season with class and commitment.

With the dust of vacation fading, the team can look forward to renewing its goals and individuals can set their minds to competing with intensity to finish on top.   



Thursday, March 14
WILD HORSES PROVE TOO MUCH TO TAME
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When the girls 4x400 team took the line to close out the meet against Roosevelt HS yesterday, all they were thinking about was perhaps, get the stick around and get it there first.  If they did, then victory would be theirs and their teammates who battled valiently throughout the warm afternoon to bring the meet to its dramatic closing.

They may well have been thinking they were on the same line with one of California's fastest mile-relay teams and the challenge would be daunting. But, as the Lady Wolves had done all day, this group of four put out a great effort, running 4:01 (the fourth-fastest mark in school history).  Sadly it wasn't quite enough to surpass the talented Roosevelt crew and the meet would close with King 8 points from the victory and a potential league title.

Roosevelt's girls were the defending champions of the Big 8 which made for an exciting meet from start to finish. In the 4x100 relay that launched things, the King girls ran the 2nd fastest mark in school history after three great exchanges but it was still not enough to take the win.  Ruthie Wiggins and Raelyn Werley were 2nd and 3rd in the 1600 - again, great efforts and times ... but still short by just enough for it to matter. In the hurdles, Tayler Fleming and Leighana Weaver made up 8 points by going 1-2, but Roosevelt stormed back by winning the 400 and the 100 despite great efforst by Hannah Blache and Tia Parrish respectively.  Ruthie Wiggins went wire-to-wire to win the 800 in a PR and the third-fastest mark in school history, while Raelyn Werley and Aimee Martinez went 1-3 in the 3200 to lead up to the exciting 4x400 that closed the tightly contested meet. 

In the field events, Kiarra Ginwright had another fine outing in the high jump, winning at 5-0. Anissa Claiborne had a sweet sweep of the throws, scoring 10 points in the process. In fact, the discus was swept by King as Claiborne, Vanessa McCullough and Rayo Soyemi all cleared the 73 feet Roosevelt's best was able to muster out there. In the Triple Jump, Kiazha Ginwright went 34-2 for the win and the leading mark for King on the season.

On the boys' side, it was never really close as the Mustangs ran away with it early and never looked back.  Even a raucous celebration by the King kids over the win the team took in the 4x400 relay that ended the affair couldn't muffle the fact that the Wolves were outdone by over 30 points. Kyle Warrick did a lot of damage with two wins for Roosevelt in the 1600 and 800 despite great races by Joe Casco and Nathan Torres who gave chase. Perry Elerts was third for King in the 1600 with his best time of the year at 4:31.49.  Blake Bergstrom and Kyle Carson combined for four placings in the two hurdle races; Blake won the 300's. Cameron Brock, who has been vaulting so well this year, cleared 13-0 again, but was outdone by two competitors in the blue and orange of Roosevelt. Sterling Hampton was the only King thrower to score points (2nd in the discus) as Roosevelt held the fort out in the field.

In the end it turned out to be - despite the losses - a series of events that saw strong efforts by the King kids. Unfortunately, it was not enough to tame the Mustangs who ultimately rode out of town victorious and in the saddle for the 2013 league crowns.

Results  



Sunday, April 7
TAYLER FLEMING LEADS KING KIDS AT NATION'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS MEET
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Nobody said that for the King High Track program, in trying to bounce back from the disappointments of mid-March, the road would be seamless; that there still wouldn't be obstacles to overcome. After encouraging and positive movement forward at the Meet of Champions; the Beaumont Invitational and the King Soph/Frosh Classic, the Arcadia Invitational proved to be a roller coaster ride of elation to frustration and back again. 

Arcadia - the nation's most prestigious and competitive high school meet - boasts athletes from across the country (some 25+ states were represented) and foreign countries. Entry is highly selective and to get a lane or a spot on the line is an achievement in its own right.  The meet will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of those who take the place there over two nights and a day. 

The distance crew  for King ran a combined total of 13 miles in six different races and kicked off that half-marathon on Friday night with a sweet school record in the boys 4x800. They went 8:07, eclipsing the old mark by 4 seconds and did it with only seven shoes.  On the second leg, Jacob Norys was spiked at the end of the first turn but gutted out nonetheless a 2:05 with only one shoe.  Brandon Berz, Dalton Seckinger and Nathan Torres rounded out the SR-setting crew with both Berz and Torres dipping under 2:00!   Not to be left off the all-time lists, the girls 4x1600 team of Ruthie Wiggins, Lauren Boydd, Emma Jaramillo and Raelyn Werley cut off 28 seconds from the old mark in that event set back in 2008.  

While Friday night featured those school records and some outstanding racing, the Saturday day portion was one of uneven performances. Though running hard, the 4 X 100 relay teams; the 4 X 400 teams and the girls DMR had results that disappointted. The day, perhaps, can be capsulized in the running of the boys and girls 300 hurdles.  First, sophomore Leighana Weaver went down midway through her heat having hit a hurdle on the turn.  Then Blake Bergstrom, one of King's most competitive athletes, charged hard through his best event and was in second place of his heat until the final hurdle when he clipped it too and crashed.  Before he could right himself, the field had passed him to the line. But later, in the same event, King's most decorated athlete - 2012 State Qualifier Tayler Fleming - pranced around the track in the elite night meet and finished third overall and dropped her season-best mark by 1.5 seconds. It demonstrated her "re-arrival" at the level she finished her amazing 2012 season.  Falling and rising, the 300 hurdle event seemed to be emblematic of King's two days in Arcadia.

On Saturday, Nathan Torres proved he's pretty-much back to 2012 form after battling illness all winter. He ran in the "day meet" portion of the Arcadia Invitational in the 800 and went 1:57, just a couple seconds off from his season-best 1:55 he  ran in last year's CIF rounds.  The Distance Medley Relay on Saturday night was crazy, as 33 teams left kids with blood on their legs and exchange zones that looked like NASCAR pileups - bodies and baton bouncing off each other in mad exchange zones.  The boys' team of Perry Elerts, Travis Thomas, Berz and Torres were placed in the heavily talented "invitational" heat during the elite night section of the meet and held their own against many of the best in the state. Though they were about 10 seconds off the school record set last year, they battled gamely with some pushing, shoving, bleeding and wild baton exchanges that made for an exciting conclusion to the meet for the Wolves.  

A rollercoaster of 16 hours is perhaps the best way then to describe the King experience in the nation's finest and most competitive high school meet. There were some really exciting highs, but some lows too that seemed to indicate there is still more to grow on as the season enters its final month.

 

Full Results    Some photos  



Monday, April 1
HERITAGE BOYS WIN THEIR FIRST, KING'S GIRLS WIN AGAIN AT 9TH ANNUAL CLASSIC
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The purpose of King's annual Frosh Soph Classic is to stage an event that mimics everything a varsity meet would, just keep the upperclassmen(and women) at home. Let the young ones have their moment in the spotlight.

In the 9th running of the "Classic", the kids didn't disappoint.  Glendora, a staple of the meet and the defending champions on both sides, was pushed in a mighty battle by Heritage and King in the boys contest and the three teams finished just a handful of points apart. 

In 2012, Glendora seemed to have an answer for every threat any opponent threw at them, but here in 2013, it was a battle at every turn.  Heritage saw big points come their way via sophomore Jarett Carter, who scored 18 points in the 200 and 400, winning the 400 in a solid 51.55. Teammate Torrey Atkins took home 20 points by winning both hurdle races, so between the two of them, Heritage's young stars collected just about half of the team's haul. Axel Aveakovi won the shot and finished third in the discus, behind Hemet's CJ Hicks who set a meet record to win at 138' 7".

For their part, the host team King kept chipping away at smaller point totals here and there, including a big push in the 3200 at the end of the day to snag 3rd, 4th, and 5th places and 12 points. Tyler Janes was third in the 1600, notching a King High freshman record for the distance in the process at 4:35.66. The relay team finished second in the 4x400 to earn another 8  points. In the pole vault, the Wolves took in a haul, winning 1, 2 and 6 - 19 points!  Marcos Zavaleta and Daniel Mucasa were the winner and runner-up respectively, with Noah Poole taking the final point in sixth. Grant Higgins scored in the long jump, finishing 4th, while Montiel Johnson went 46' 6" in the shot to finish second behind the aforementioned Uveokovi.  Jacob Norys was the runner-up in the 800 at 2:04, taking 8 points and earned a point in the 1600 finishing sixth overall.

Glendora was persistent and tenaciously fought for a repeat win but came up just short.  Jeff Kirwin was masterful in the distances, grinding out a sub-10:00 3200 (and meet record) along with a well-timed attack in the 1600 to score 20. James Reyes was second in the 400, Daniel Castro won the 800 with teammate Parker Seale in 5th.  Seale would "seal" 18 points for Glendora in the 1600, taking 2nd behind Kirwin. Glendora also won the 1600 relay as mentioned earlier, but also scored twice in the long jump and once in the triple. While one could point to their multi-lappers as their MVP's on the day, it took concerted effort by many that got them within 2 points of Heritage's 75.  King had 70 to make it a close battle for the victory. It was quite a meet.

On the girls' side, it was not close as the King girls ran away with the victory, winning by 28 points over Rancho Verde and 58 points over Yorba Linda and Glendora who tied.  (Their 95 points combined with the boys' 70 made King HS the Sweepstakes winner).

Courtnee Davis led the way for King's ladies with a very busy and productive day. She scored in both short sprints and the 4x100 relay in which she helped the Wolves go to victory.  In the 200, she finished in 3rd during the preliminary rounds, then came back to win the event in the late afternoon. Ruthie Wiggins scored 18 points by taking 2nd in the 800 and winning the 1600. Alyssa Haring won the 3200, after sprinting out to a big lead in the opening lap and never relinquishing it. Leighana Weaver scored twice in the two hurdle races, finishing in the middle of the medals in the shorter version but winning nicely in the 300's. Justine Petty and Courtney Blanck scored 12 points in the vault., Sissy Underwood scored in the long jump.  King would close the day with a 4x400 victory as well.

In the throws, King was shut out, but Corona's Kayla Zempoalteca won both tosses, setting TWO new meet records.  First, in the shot, she heaved it 35' 02" and then in the discus, her 116' 00" was 19 feet beyond her strongest oponent. Aliyah Crawford of Citrus Hill set a new meet record in the 400, going 58.01 and distinguishing herself as the only sub-60 second quarter miler on the day.

For almost a decade now, King High Track and Field has been throwing out the welcome mat for schools near and far to show up with their "young-ins" and treat them to a first class, "varsity" meet.  Given how well so many of the competed this year, that welcome mat could very well be seen as red carpet. 

Photo gallery      Full Results (Scroll to end to see team scores)



Sunday, March 24
DISTANCE RUNNERS ROMP IN P.R. PLAYGROUND
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We are hard-pressed to remember an Azusa Pacific (APU) Meet of Champions that went as well as the 2013 edition did for the King distance runners. While the meet is always a place to run fast, there seemed to be something even more magical about the track this time around as the PR’s (personal records) started early and just kept coming throughout the long, 14 hour track meet. By the end, with King well represented in the elite “invitational” sections under the lights, there was a sense that no one wanted the parade of personal improvements to end.

After running dozens of heats of the 800, 1600 and 3200 throughout the day, the meet reserves the fastest two heats of those distances to be run under the lights at night. It’s an electric setting as many of the elite distance runners in So Cal are present. King was well represented in each of those. AJ Boebinger and Rolando Phalen kicked it off in the 800 with both dropping big PR’s and medaling. They ran 2:07 each, AJ’s was the 5th fastest freshman time in school history! Jacob Norys was next and ran incredible 2:02.63 lifetime best. Ruthie Wiggins equaled her all time best in the 800 at 2:20, despite getting shoved by an opponent with 150 to go. Katy Fatten was also under the lights but her smile was illumination enough after running a huge PR of 2:21.55, the #6 time in school history!

In the 1600’s Tyler Janes moved to #2 on the Frosh all time list at 4:38 while Carlos Ramirez raced well for the first time in a loaded and hyped race! Dalton Seckinger had a very special 1600 in the same race, and put himself at #5 on the all time list with a 4:28 gem. It was the 3200’s that seemed to scream that the best was saved for last, as the long-lappers finished off the night in tremendous fashion. David G. Gonzalez and Mark Werley were the first up and ran text-book 32’s moving steadily through the field to finish in the top 6 overall. More significantly, the crushed the 13 year old freshman school record of 10:23, as Gonzalez ran 10:04 and Werley 10:09! Sophomore Kyle Johnson was next and cooly laid down a lifetime best of 10:04 – 56 seconds faster than he was last year!

Then came Raelyn Werley who dropped her lifetime best of 11:34 to 11:07.51. It’s the 5th fastest mark in school history and was without doubt, the best race the senior has ever run. Joe Casco finished the PR’s for King with another stud-like effort, racing to the second-fastest 3200 in school history and running 9:29 – 15 seconds faster than his all time PR.

But there were PR’s in the daylight as well, and a few of them stood out in attention grabbing ways. Brenton Havsgaard won his heat in 5:01.62, earning a coaster-sized medal for his efforts. Michael Robinson lowered his 6th-fastest freshman 1600 mark by 3 seconds. Daniel Gonzalez put down the 7th-fastest freshman time in the 1600 some 8 hours before breaking that 3200 record. What a day for the freshman! Wyatt Smith, Daniel J. Gonzalez, Garrett Koontz Joe Quiambao and Isaiah Curtner all took home PR’s in the 800. Emily Fajardo and Hannah Huscher did as well. Brandon and Parker Gutzmann, twins, ran twin times at 4:50, both were lifetime PRs in the 1600. Emma Jaramillo – who’s not a twin – ran a PR in the 1600 as well, at 5:26. Rachel Rosales had a nice drop of time in the 1600, going 5:36.66 to snag fourth place and a medal in her heat.

Maybe the biggest race though came from Bayleigh Porter who ran superbly to a 5:21 clocking, her best ever. Lauren Boydd equaled her best time at 5:28.35, while Lauren Soholt dropped another 5 seconds from her fastest to go 5:34.57 with Brianna Jacklin coming across also with a PR at 5:38.77. David Huff and Jacob Enriquez became the newest members of the sub-5:00 1600 club with 4:53 and 4:59.46 marks respectively. Nathan Torres won his heat at 4:26.65, a great time in his come back from a lengthy illness. Brittany Saucedo missed getting under 6:00 in the 1600 by a half second – heart breaking a bit, but still another PR.

So there was a lot to smile about and a lot to cheer for as the King kids had a romp in what we were calling a “PR Playground”. It was fun. Now comes the challenge of maintaining that level of expectation in races and meets that may not be as magical as the oval in Azusa.

Full Results    King Results    A few photos      Updated All time lists



Monday, March 25
FIRST STEP TOWARD PROGRESS TAKEN AT BEAUMONT
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Photo Credit: Dan Bergstrom

On Thursday of this past week, Coach Corona told his team that "this might be the lowest point ever in King Track and Field history." It wasn't so much losing back to back meets ( a first on the girls side) to tough league rivals Roosevelt and Corona that put the Wolves in this position but the way in which these losses had come. The tenacity; the togetherness and the preparation which have been hallmarks of the Wolves program for years were noticeably absent in those two losses. Corona also said to his charges that once you get to the lowest point, then one has to find their way back to what they know-back to who they really are. " It will not be an overnight process", he said, "but a step by step process".

Saturday, with the distance kids at Azusa Pacific and the rest of the team at the Beaumont Invitational, the Wolves took the first step. With the distance group flying around their PR Playground" the other parts of the team acquitted themselves well at the Beaumont Cougar Classic. The boys and girls varsity and soph/frosh teams all finished in the top three in the team standings carried by some top flight performances. On the boys side, Travis Thomas was the meet winner in the 400 with 51.23 and was a runner-up in the 200 at 22.97-3/100's from the gold. Team mate Jamal Orme was right behind in the 200 for third. Cameron Brock also won an invitational title with a leap of 13-0 in the pole vault. Cody Vallejo got his PR in that event at 12-6 for fourth. Blake Bergstrom won the 300 Hurdles in 40.11. Sterling Hampton continues his discus prowess with a third place finish at a near PR of 131-03. David Gardner jumped a PR 39-9 in the triple jump.

The girls varsity was once again led by senior Tayler Fleming. Tayler won both hurdle races without really being pushed and anchored the 4 x 100 relay to a meet record 48.8. She also anchored a cobbled together 4 X 400 to a second place finsh. Aiding in the scoring was Hannah Blache in the 400 at third place in the 400 and Courtne Davis in the 100/200 as well as Hannah Olobri and Alyxs Boonkukoa in the pole vault. Sissy Underwood and Jennifer Gutierrez stepped up in the girls Soph/Frosh division for the Wolves. Sissy would win the 100 Hurdles in 18.48 while Jennifer finished third in 18.98. Gutierrez would come back and be the meet winner in the 300 hurdles finishing at 50.62. Underwood also got a meet title with a PR long jump of 16-1. Courtney Blanc got a third place in the pole vault. The Soph/Frosh boys were led by meet champion Montiel Johnson in the shot put winning the event by some three feet with a 40-8 toss. Montiel also finished third in the discus with his second best throw ever at 99-7. Not bad for a guy who has just picked up the implements this year!! Another meet champion was Marcos Zavaleta who cleared his PR of 11-6. He was followed by jump-mates Daniel Mukasa in second at 11 feet and Noah Poole in 4th with a PR 10-0. Saddiq Jennings, Grant Higgins, Kris Ewens and Elijah Jackson raced to thrid place in the 4 X 100 and Delynn Holland collared third place in the long jump.

So from Azusa to Beaumont, Saturday was the day the Wolves took their first step on their journey back. There are still many steps to go.

Full Results 



Friday, March 22
DETERMINED CORONA DROPS KING SQUADS TO THIRD
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Photo Credit: Brad Peters

Though the varsity scores were relatively close (the boys lost by only six points) against Corona on Wednesday, the outcomes could have (should have?) been a reverse of what they were and King could have been looking at the remaining part of the season in control of 2nd place in the league.  That didn’t happen, for many reasons, and when the day ended the highlights fell to the JV boys who took home the only victory on the day.

The distance teams of both Corona and King have enjoyed friendly and equal rivalries in both XC and Track  for some time, and today’s distance races were no exception to that pattern.  Carlos Ramirez and Tyler Janes went 1-2 in the 1600 and led a field that saw 6 King runners eclipse 5:00 in the event.  Tyler’s 4:40.31 was the #4 frosh time in school history, while 6th place Michael Robinson’s 4:45.18 was #6. Corona handled well the 800 taking the victory from Rolando Phalen who PR’d at 2:10. In the 3200, the boys from King did exceptionally well, taking places 1-4, led by Daniel G Gonzalez’s #2 frosh time in school history (2-tenths off the record!) at 10:23.49! 

Seth Tyler , Mohsin Sabrin and Jay Roddie swept the 400, Sam Lumpkin, Saadiq Jennings and Matthew Tarrt swept the 100 while Ryan Moussad won the 300 hurdles.  Lumpkin would double back to win the 200 as well, pulling Tarrt and Kendell Moore with him to add another King sweep to the ledger.  In fact, sweeping was the Special of the Day, it seemed, as King brought the broom to the Triple Jump as well, while coming close to it in both of the throws.  Sueung Lee and Marshall Levine took the 1-3 spots in the discus.

While the JV boys dominated, there were too many lack-luster elements of the varsity contests – both boys and girls – to overcome a motivated Corona program. The Panthers’ girls were upheld by the tenacity of distance runner Alicia Williams and sprinter Cydney Powell who combined for 30 of the whole team’s point totals!  Williams swept all three distance races despite quality challenges by Raelyn Werley in the 1600 and Ruthie Wiggins in the 800.  Powell was strong enough hold off Courtnee Davis in the 200, despite Davis’s #4 time in school history at 25.78. Powell bested her hard-charging opponent in the 100 as well while also took “gold” in the 400, winning with ease. 

On the boys’ varsity level, the efforts for King were a bit more consistent but it still brought them up short by six points. Joe Casco’s brilliant 9:43.25 3200 at the end of the meet – made dramatic as Corona’s David Aguilar went side-by-side with him for all but the last 50 meters of the race – embodied what the coaching staff wished King had displayed throughout the meet.  The high points were few, however, allowing the Panthers to move into second place in the Big 8.  Brandon Berz won both the 1600 and the 800, running the 1600 in King’s #3 best mark ever. Travis Thomas earned the win in the 400 meters, and Blake Bergstrom took a first and a second in the two hurdle races. Thomas came back to win the 200 as well in a solid sub-23 second effort.  To close the meet, the 4x400 squad ran an inspired effort with the fifth-best mark in school history at 3:42.80.  The field events turned out to be a dismal affair for King as they couldn’t take a victory in either of the horizontal jumps, both throws and no-heighted as a group in the high jump.  Cameron Brock’s 13-3 victory in the vault was the only field event that King could win.

Results   some photos



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Photo Credit: Dan Bergstrom

Sunday, March 10
PAST AND PRESENT OF KING TRACK MEET IN FULLERTON

King Track alums - doning different uniforms than they once did - took to Cal State Fullerton's track Saturday night in the Ben Brown Invitational. Alongside them were three members of the current team, all of whom will be wearing a different uniform in the coming seasons for their prospective colleges. It was quite a reunion.

Earlier in the day, Casey Candelaria (Class of '09) and currently running for Fullerton, competed well in both the 800 and 1500.  Also in the 1500 was Morgan Sjogren-Gonzalez (Class of '05) who ran for Cal State San Marcos while in college and is now competing semi-professionally also had a fine outing in the 1500, running a lifetime best. Katrina Graham ('10) is running for the Master's College and raced well in the 5000 meters. Tyler Parrish and Chris Miller - along with a host of other King grads - wore RCC's colors and competed well.

On the track for King this evening were seniors Joe Casco, Perry Elerts and Raelyn Werley, all of whom were aiming for quality marks in the 5000 meters, a distance rarely contested at the high school level. For Raelyn it was first try at the distance and she did remarkably well, crossing the line in 18:18 -- all while coming by the 3200 meter mark just three seconds off eher lifetime best at that distance with still another mile to go.  Joe Casco and Perry Elerts both ran in the same race a year ago and on this evening they were both able to slice significant seconds off their previous bests and ran 15:29 and 15:32 respectively.



Thursday, March 7
HEMET GOES COLD, KING HEATS UP, PUMAS GIVE CHASE.
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King's annual meeting with the Pumas of Chaparral HS (Temecula) along with a reunion with the Bulldogs of Hemet provided some really good competition and at the end of the long, triangular meet, the Wolves came home with victories at all four levels. The day was very cold and with three large teams on the field, it made for an endurance contest that lasted almost five hours. The host Bulldogs of Hemet were never really in the hunt at any of the four levels, but the Pumas of Chaparral made the varsity boys of King sweat with a great contest that went closely untill the final two events.

The girls meet had highlights at several corners of the track and field. Kiarra Ginwright launched herself to the 5th best school mark in our 13 year history, going 5-4 in the high jump.  It was quite an effort. In the 1600, freshman Ruthie Wiggins would put down a school record for 9th graders, winning in 5:22. She doubled back to lead a King sweep in the 800 that netted her the #2 fastest 9th grade mark in King's history for that particular race. Right on her heels were Bayleigh Porter and Raelyn Werley who both ran very solid efforts as well. Tia Parrish and Courtney Davis went 1-2 in the 100 while Davis doubled back to snag another 5 points for King by winning the 200 later in the evening.  Tayler Fleming did her "usual" victory lap, winning the 100 and 300 hurdles.  Perhaps the brightest spot for King were two encouraging marks set in the shot, as Anissa Claiborne and Brianna Collins threw the shot beyond 30' and finished first and second. The girls varsity was never really challenged in the meet and won by a wide margin of 95-40 over Hemet.

For the boys, it was much closer and it took throwing in two "backups" at the end to seal the deal. Joe Casco and Perry Elerts were penciled in for the 3200 as "if needed", and with the gap between King and Chaparral a mere 4 points with two events to go, the two talented seniors were called on. Did they ever "fill in!"  Both guys took charge of the race despite the Puma's pesky top 2-miler and with a negative split race, finishing with a 64-second last lap, Perry took home the victory with Joe Casco right on his heals!  Brandon Berz took two victories in the shorter distance races on the day and led the distance crew to some really remarkable early-season times.  Berz's 800 time of 2:00.48 sits as the #6 time in school history. Dalton Seckinger and Jacob Norys - both sophomores - went 2-3 making a King sweep of both the 1600 and the 800 a reality ... not to mention some serious points.

The sprinter contingent did well on a very cold afternoon and evening. Indeed, they performed as if the temperatures were 30 degrees warmer than the high-forties the mercury was reading. They won the 1600 meter relay and Jamal Orme took first in the 100. Blake Bergstrom won the 300 hurdles while taking second in the 110's. He also took second in the long jump. Cameron Brock had another very fine outing in the pole vault, upping his season best vault to 13-06. R.Cosey and Derrick Johnson were 3rd and 4th respectively in the 400.  Sterling Hampton and Anthony Calvillo were the only throwers for King to score on the afternoon, heaving the discus 132' for third and fourth place. In the end, the boys were pushed by Chaparral, but came away with a 12 point margin of victory, 71-59.  Hemet was third with 40 points.

So it was, on the whole, a very good day. With the first Big 8 League meet coming next week with the favored Mustangs of Roosevelt, it could be just the kind of momentum building King will need.

Results (Warning - there are numerous known errors due to timing malfunctions)



Monday, March 4
DOWNEY RELAYS BRINGS INVITE TITLE TO GIRLS TEAM
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Photo Credit: Dan Bergstrom

The King Track program made its way out to the 605 freeway and Downey High School this past Saturday for its first invitational action of the season. The Downey Relays are in thier 13th year and attracts numerous teams from Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Along with Valley View out of Moreno Valley, the Wolves were the only Inland Empire entrant in the meet. The Wolf tracksters have traditionally shown well in relay events such as this and despite the breakdown of electronic timing and the fact tha tthe meet was two hours behind schedule, Saturday would be no exception.King fielded teams at the Boys Soph/Frosh; girls varsity and Boys varsity level and did extremely well in the team standings at the end of the day. In the 38 toal events that had King athletes, King medaled in 29 .

In the boys Soph/Frosh, Peninsula High finished with 92 points; Downey had 62 and King finished with 50. Daniel Mukasa highlighted the day with a first place finish in the pole vault at 10-6 and led the young Wolves to vicxtory in that event. Other fine efforst came from Grant Higgins; Delynn Holand and Ryan Moussad who pulled a second in the Triple jump relay with a total of 107-3 and a second place finish by the 4 X 1200 team of Mark Werley; Mikie Robinson. Daniel G. Gonzalez and Carlos Ramierz who ran 14:20.56. The boys 4 X 100 team of Shadig Jennings; Kris Ewens; Elijah Jackson and T. J. Noland ran to a second in the 4 X 100 despite Noland getting getting run into by a opposing anchor leg who ran out unto the track at the last minute.

The Boys varsity scored in bits and pieces all day and garnered enough points to finish third behind Downey (88) and Valley View (52). Their highest finishers were third place finshes by the Distance Medley team of Dalton Seckinger; Maurice Jones in his first ever 400; Jacob Norys and Joe Casco. Also, Cameron Brock, Cody Vallejo and TC Wilson combined thier jumps in the vault for a 33-6 total and a third place finish. Race of the day for the boys varsity was the 4 X 400 where the Santa Fe anchor leg barely edged out Travis Thomas at the finish. The team of Blake Bergstrom; Thomas, Romailo Cosey and Derek Johnson had to settle for second place.

The day, though belonged to the King Girls varsity who won the invitational championship outdistancing Downey (54) and Long Beach Poly's B team (52) with 96 points. The Lady Wolves were led by meet record breaking performances from the 4 X 800 team of Ruthie Wiggins; Kaitlyn Fatten; Lauren Soholt and Bailey Porter and the Shuttlle Hurdle team of Tayler Fleming; Leighana Weaver; Kathi Domenici and Cissy Underwood. The 1:07.8 recorded n the shuttle hurdles was also a new school record by some 5 seconds. The high jump relay of Kiara Ginwright, Lexi Opuku and Kiaza Ginwright also finished first with a 13-6 total. The girls would also record 4 second place finishes and two third places in their race to the title.



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Photo Credit: Brad Peters

Thursday, February 28
CLOSE SCORES HERALD START FOR HOPEFUL SEASON
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The Rams of Murrieta Mesa HS came with an army of athletes and matched well with the Wolves of King in a spirited and well contested first meet of the 2013 season. In the end, the two large programs (there were over 400 combined athletes in competition) came away with a split of the varsity teams, while King won the two JV contests.

The girls of King, who have lost only 11 dual meets since the program’s inception in 2000, won for the 93rd time. The victory came by a comfortable, yet competitive margin, 77-59. In many respects, the “stars” of the meet for King were frosh/soph kids making the jump to the varsity level and having an immediate impact. Ninth grader, Ruthie Wiggins scored 6 points, taking 2nd in both the 1600 and the 800. Her times placed her among the top 7 freshmen King runners all time! Sophomore Hannah Blache also shined with relay legs and a victory in the 400. With Tayler Fleming out sick, sophomore Leighana Weaver took two seconds in both hurdle events. Courtney Davis and Tia Parrish – again, 10th and 9th grade respectively – went 1-2 in the 200, Tia took second in the 100. Kiara Ginwright (10th) took second in the high jump and freshman Destinee Underwood won the long jump. In the 3200 at the end of the night, Raelyn Werley, Iveth Gutierrez and Lauren Soholt led a King sweep, with Lauren running a lifetime PR!

Mesa’s men were able to edge King in a tightly contested (65-77) match that saw the track athletes for King doing what they could to stay close. Brandon Berz scored 10 points in the 1600 and 3200, Perry Elerts scored 8 himself winning the 800 and taking second 100th of a second behind Berz in the 3200. (Both guys closed the 8 lap race in a sweet 61 seconds). Derrick Johnson carried the stick in the relay but came back later to finish second in the 200 meters at 23.87. Blake Bergstrom, just three days removed from the soccer season, broke off some rust in the hurdles and nearly matched his 2012 PR in the 300’s where he won. He was third in the 110’s behind two Mesa hurdlers. Perhaps the highlight of the day came in the pole vault where Cameron Brock inaugurated his third season with a very impressive early season vault of 13-0. A nice way to start the season indeed and it bodes well for the remaining 10 weeks of the season. Delynn Holland scored for King in the triple jump with a leap beyond 38 feet.

In the end, under the lights and cold temperatures, the two large teams came to halt in their kickoff contest for 2013. Close scores and spirited competition marked the day and illuminated much on what is a season all hope ends well. .

Full Results



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Tuesday, February 7
RESULTS FOR 2012

Sunday, March 4

School Records Set in 2012

100 Meters - 12.04 - Cydnie Jones
200 Meters - 24.50 - Cydnie Jones
400 Meters - 57.45 - Noelle Abboud
800 Meters - 1:55.37- Nathan Torres
300 Hurdles - 38.48 - Josh Jeter 
300 Hurdles - 43.03- Tayler Fleming
Pole Vault - 11' 4" - Meghan Melton
4x100 Relay - 48.00 - Cydnie Jones, Jordan Loften, Noelle Abboud, Tayler Fleming
4x400 Relay - 3:56.43 - Cydnie Jones, Tayler Fleming, Hannah Blache, Noelle Abboud
4x400 Relay - 3:21.83 - Nathan Torres, Travis Thomas, Blake Bergstrom, Josh Jeter 

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Boys Distance Medley Relay - 10:26.95 Berz (3:11), Thomas (51.8), Elerts (2:02.8), Torres (4:20)
Boys 4x1600 - 18:04.68 - Nathan Torres (4:24), Brandon Berz (4:31), Perry Elerts (4:35) Joe Casco (4:32) 
Girls Long Jump Relay - 48' 1" - Asia Johnson 16-6, Lexi Opoku 16-2, McKenzie Phillips 15-5 

 

2012 KING TRACK AND FIELD LEADER BOARD

 
   

BOYS

   

GIRLS

 

     

 

100

Jamal Orme

11.50

 

Cydnie Jones

12.04

 
 

200

Travis Thomas 

22.84

 

Cydnie Jones

24.50

 
 

400

Travis Thomas

51.09 

 

 Noelle Abboud

  57.45

 
 

800

Nathan Torres

1:55.37

 

Bayleigh Porter 

2:20.46

 
 

1600

Nathan Torres

4:17.83

 

Lisa Garside

5:18.78

 
 

3200

Brandon Berz

9:31.62

 

Iveth Gutierrez

11:58.93 

 
 

110/100 H

Josh Jeter

14.95 

 

Tayler Fleming

14.46

 
 

300H

Josh Jeter

38.48 

 

Tayler Fleming

 43.03

 
 

LJ

Blake Bergstrom

20-11

 

Asia Johnson

16-6

 
 

HJ

 Jesse Cazares

 6-0

 

 Asia Johnson

 5-2

 
 

TJ

 Blake Bergstrom

 42-8.5

 

 Asia Johnson

 36-4.25

 
 

SP

 Lucas Demarcus

 40-5

 

   Tierra Edwards  

32-7

 
 

DISC

 Anthony Calvillo

128-0

 

 Marissa Levine 

 104 ' 10" 

 
 

PV

Will Foody 

 14-0

 

 Megan Melton

11-4

 
               


Saturday, June 2
TAYLER FLEMING FINISHES TOP TEN, ONE SPOT FROM STATE FINALS

Track and Field is a sport where absolutely nothing is guaranteed. A mis-step there; a 100th of a second here; an inch give or take often spells the difference between victory and defeat. The past does not dictate the future.  In this sport, there is a fine line whether you reach your goals or not.

Such was the case for King's Tayler Fleming last night in the California State Meet qualifying meet as the gregarious junior raced against 35 other girls in the 300 Hurdles for one of the nine slots in the Finals on Saturday. Tayler would finish 3rd in her heat in 43.56- a mere half of a second off her PR time of 43.03 set last week at the Master's meet but it proved to not be enough. In the last heat, Doria Cook of Vacaville would clock a 43.46 taking the last spot into the Finals knocking Tayler into 10th place and out of the competition.

Despite the frustration and disappointment of the evening, Tayler's season has been nothing short of extraordinary. The Riverside City (4 events) and Inland Empire (2 Events) champion; the Big 8 Champion; her third straight trip to CIF; an All-CIF performer and third place winner at the Master's Meet ; four new school records are all just a part of what she's accomplished. She is the first King female to make it to State since Orlisha Henlon n 2003. AND, let's not forget, 10th place in the state of California is awfully good !!

RESULTS



Saturday, May 26
TAYLER FLEMING IS ON TO STATE, MEGAN MELTON JUST MISSES

The CIF Masters meet doubles as a "Southern Section Championship" along with a qualifying meet for the California State Championships to be held in Clovis, CA next weekend. With 580 schools represented in the CIF Southern Section, being among the 9 best athletes in your event is a distinction few can claim.

Two from King High Track and Field were able to do that very thing, and represented themselves and their school extremely well Friday night in Cerritos.

For Tayler Fleming, queen of the hurdle events, 2012 has been quite a season, as she's shown tremendous growth and improvement. A year ago she made it as the "alternate" for CIF Finals, essentially the 10th best 300 hurdler in Division One of the Southern Section. Here in 2012, thanks to an amazing performance Friday night in the Masters Meet, she's ready to move two rounds past CIF Finals with her first trip to the State Meet.

She ran a smooth, even race over the 300 meter layout, and even closed over the last 100 meters from 5th place to ultimately 3rd. Her time of 43.03 was 3-tenths faster than her previous best, and 2.5 seconds better than she was a year ago. She'll be heading to the State Championships next weekend.

Pole vaulter Megan Melton just missed the 5th-place qualifying mark for State, finishing 6th overall in a very talented group of 14. Like Tayler, Megan had a tremendous season of improvement, and to be counted the 6th-best vaulter in the Southern Section is no small thing!

As Tayler heads north next weekend, her participation in the State meet will mark the 4th time in the last 5 seasons that King has had an athlete in uniform on the State's biggest stage.



Sunday, May 20
CIF FINALS BRINGS OUT CHAMPIONSHIP MENTALITY
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The annual Southern Section CIF Championships is one of the finest and most competitive track meets one can aspire to. There are no entry fees paid for by coaches or administrators. It's not a "come one, come all" invitational.

It's the championship. It's an earned privilege, an honor bestowed only on the talented, the tenacious, the patient and the ones who possess a "championship mentality."

That mind set was present among the King athletes who had earned their place on the Big Stage and it was symbolized the most perhaps, by the boys 4x400 team of Nathan Torres, Blake Bergstrom, Travis Thomas and Josh Jeter. Seeded 9th of the 9 teams, they didn't let what was written on paper determine the outcome. Instead, racing hard to a man, they moved to 7th overall and set a new school record in 3:21.83.  It was a great way to finish the meet.

Along the way, others showed the same outlook. Tayler Fleming was very busy, competing in the 100 and 300 hurdles along with the 4x400 relay. In the shorter hurdle race she was just off her lifetime best and finished 7th overall. In her bread-and-butter event, the 300's, she stormed through the lap and finished 2-hundreths below her lifetime best and SR, set at Arcadia in April. Her 4th place finish punches her ticket for the Masters Meet to be held in Cerritos this Friday night.

Noelle Abboud, was velvet and steel on the day. The terrific competitor put out another amazing performance in the 400, finishing with All CIF honors in 6th place. She came back later in the 4x400 and ran a great leg before switching to the "velvet Noelle" and rushed off the track to make the senior prom in style.

Megan Melton continued her steady vault season with a 4th place finish at 11-0. She's All-CIF and also bound for the Masters' meet. Josh Jeter had a fine day in the 300 hurdles, finishing third overall in D1 with an improvement on his own School Record and his first All-CIF honor. As high as his finish was, unfortunately it wasn't enough to crack the top-9 and move on to Masters, so Josh ends his high school career with a school record and a firm place among King's all-time best hurdlers.  Nathan Torres had another fine perforance in the 800, despite the 8th place finish. He ran mid-1:55 for the third-week straight and ends what has been a great year of growth for the junior.  The girls 4x400 team of Abboud, Fleming, Hanna Blache and Leighana Weaver finished in 7th.

The goal of any athlete, in any sport, is to reach the Championsh game, meet or match. That's the prize. Getting there takes time, skill, determination and maybe a bit of luck along the way. Performing at a "championship level" is a whole other thing though, as it takes a special mentality that embraces the pressure, expectations and the moment. For a handfull of King athletes on Saturday, that championship mentality was clearly on display.

Results    School Records Updated    Photos - CIF prelims and finals



Sunday, May 13
ROUGH START LEADS TO BIG MOVE-ON
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It didn't start well.

A couple of bad exchanges in the girls' 4x100 relay race -- King's first race of the CIF Preliminaries -- and a "sure thing" squad was out of the running for a CIF Finals berth. Another "sure to qualify" athlete on the Trabuco Hills track was Josh Jeter, racing in his specialty, the 110 high hurdles. The talented and motivated senior mis-stepped over the first hurdle, crashed through it and it was game over for Josh in that event.

0-2. Not a good start.

But leave it to Tayler Fleming and Noelle Abboud to change things up. Tayler's a recent arrival to the elite ranks of the 100 hurdles, having thrown down some high 14-second efforts just in the last few weeks. She did that again on Saturday and slipped into the Finals in the 9th qualifying spot. In the 400, only 15 minutes after Josh walked off the field, Noelle put down a super effort to win her heat in a come-from-behind style. She improved on her own school record and will advance as the 6th-seed next week. 

From there, many on the King team took their cue and the qualifiers started coming, more than King has had in many, many years.

In the vault, Megan Melton looked very strong and moved on, adding her name to the long list of Coach Roll's vaulters who've made it to The Big Dance. In the 800, Nathan Torres ran another torrid race, slicing a couple-tenths off his own school record and qualified. In the 300 hurdles, Tayler Fleming came back with another sub-44 second race to qualify in this, her stronger hurdle race. Josh Jeter redeemed himself with a great 300 hurdle race, full of drama. Out well, he led the field over the third flight, but by the sixth flight he had been caught by three and hit the straight-away in 4th, not the best place to be in a heat if qualifying is the plan. But with resolve, Josh made a huge move over the remaining barriers and crossed the line in first - an auto berth - and set the school record in the process. A GREAT race!

The afternoon ended with both 4x400 squads making their way on to the next round. The girls didn't have their best race and had to hold their breath through the announced list of nine squads who ran marks to move on. 9th! by two-hundreths of a second. It was close, but they'll take it.  The boys team ran a school record mark of 3:22, shattering the 2004 school best by two seconds.  Nathan Torres set the table with a 49-split opening leg, leading the field at the hand off. Travis Thomas and Aaron Hickman ran outstanding legs and gave to the big man Josh Jeter who showed very clearly that a disappointing first race of the day doesn't mean the day has to end that way. He stormed his way around the oval with a sub-49 split and brought the team their first trip to Finals in almost a decade. Like the girls' before them, the boys made it close, taking the 9th and last spot to Finals by 3/100ths of a second!

It's not how you start, but how you finish. That may be a cliche, but at the 2012 running of the CIF D1 Southern Section preliminaries, King showed that cliches can also hold a bit of truth.

Results    Photos (coming Monday)



Friday, May 4
THE COMEBACK KIDS OF KING USE BIG 8'S AS REASON TO RISE



Three weeks ago on this very track, Tayler Fleming finished the 300 hurdles a fraction of a second behind Iris Chijoke of Roosevelt and shed tears in frustration and disappointment.

Yesterday, in the annual running of the Big 8 League Finals, there on the same track, Tayler raised her arms in victory and a wide smile of cheer replaced the tears of last month. The rematch was close, but the outcome was reversed and the uber-talented hurdler had a League Title to her name. It was, perhaps, that singular race among the couple-dozen events on the day, that symbolized the nature of sports -- track and field in particular. Rising and falling, falling and rising ...  it’s the ebb and flow of a season, the cardiac line that defines an athlete's life. The story of champions is the tale of their ability to win after defeats, to come back from the dead to dance again. Down, but not counted out.  It's what draws so many to sport. 

Such was the story of the King Track and Field team that competed in the Finals Thursday night at Roosevelt High School. At the end of a league season that had several valleys and defeats, those on the big stage and under the lights Thursday night were resilient enough to fight back and prove in the end that “coming back” just may be part of who they are.

The meet was punctuated by several new school records (SR). The dynamic Cydnie Jones scorched the 100 and 200, winning both with SR’s. The 200 she already owned, the 100 is now hers alone. For good measure, she teamed up with Noelle Abboud, Jordan Lofton and Fleming to lower their own SR in the 4x100 relay, finishing second. Will Foody matched his own SR in the pole vault at 14-0 (set the first time in 2011) and finished third in that event. Perhaps the most dramatic SR on the night came from Nathan Torres in the 800. After finishing a disappointing 4th place in the 1600 at 4:20, he came back in the half and ran an even split effort (58.5, 58.9) to finish second. The drama came in the last 200 meters in which Nathan moved from 7th place to 2nd with a terrific kick that brought him across the line in 1:55.59, two seconds ahead of his prior best.

Tayler Fleming was second in the 100 hurdles, but what was even more impressive was her 14.46 time – a mark that was just 2-hundreths off the school record set in 2002 by one of the most talented athletes to ever wear the uniform. Tayler’s talent is really starting to bloom as she will head into the CIF rounds as one of the State elites in the 300’s and now owning a shot at advancing far in the shorter hurdle race. Noelle Abboud was equally impressive in the 400. The hard working senior won for the second time in her career (hence her nickname, “The First Noelle”) at 58.04, especially gratifying after a year off last season due to a broken foot. Bayleigh Porter qualified for CIF for the first time in the 800, finishing third and even with her lifetime PR.  So too did Leighana Weaver, the freshman hurdler (300’s) who threw down a PR in the shadow of Fleming’s win. The 4x400 team (without Jones) ran the #3 time in school history and took second to qualify as well.

Josh Jeter didn’t set any school records, but he did collect a couple of titles in the hurdles while improving on his own personal bests. The very talented senior will head into CIF with a definite opportunity to advance on to Finals. At the end of the night, the boys 4x400 time of 3:25.16 was near the season-best (#3 all time) and was good for third. Jeter, Torres, Travis Thomas and Aaron Hickman all punched their tickets for the next round.  Hickman medaled (5th place) in the 400, Brandon Berz duplicated that in the 3200. While not placing in the medals, Joseph Casco had a terrific 3200 meter run, putting down a 9:43:24, the #4 time in school history. Adam Schupp was right behind him with a 10:02, his fastest time ever and a fitting way to end his career. Blake Bergstrom also had a good night, slipping into third place in the 300 hurdles to get himself a ride to CIF for the first time in his career. On Tuesday he had a personal best long jump to medal. 

In the high jump, Asia Johnson was the runner up, but in the triple jump she leaped to the victory with a huge personal best improvement at 36-4.25 (#4 all time). Amanda Harrison medaled in 4th in the high jump, leaping 4-10.  Out in the discus, while out of the medal group, Marissa Levine threw a huge personal best and the top throw on the year, reaching out to 110’ 4”. Megan Melton finished second in the vault to earn an all-league patch.  Anissa Claiborne had a big improvement in the shot put on Tuesday, throwing the season-leading mark of 34-9 to finish fourth overall.

The JV athletes also had a time to shine and a number of King Kids took advance of the opportunity. Freshman Dalton Seckinger took home two wins in the distances, and after a killer kick on the 3200, almost took down the 9th grade school record in the 3200, missing it by a second.  Lauren Carr raced well in the same two events, finishing second in both with two PR’s. Kathi Domenici was second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300’s.  It took a photo to prove it, but Brandon Hubley won the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.60. Jacob Norys was second in the 800, earning his first league medal, while Weston Templeton was the runner up to Seckinger in the 1600 with a solid 4:48 time.  In the boys JV hurdles, Kyle Carlson earned two top-five finishes. Finally, Caitlin Smith won the JV title in the triple jump.

Winning, oddly, isn’t always about winning. Sometimes it’s about losing, struggling and falling. But if it is also about those things, then we know this for sure, one can’t stay there. The path forward is the path back. Back from defeat, back from injuries, back from adversity, back from those points in time we’d all just as soon wish to forget.  At the 2012 running of the Big 8 track and field championships, the meet became a perfect illustration of those truths, at least as much as it concerned the kids from King. 

 Results from Thursday    Results from Tuesday (includes some finals)   Photos



Sunday, April 29
GIRLS FROSH-SOPH WIN THE SHOWDOWN AT CORONA

The Corona/Norco Soph/Frosh showdown is billed as the last chance for younger athletes not headed to this week's league final events. It is meant to give kids that one last shot at a PR or  a chance at winning a medal. For about 90 young King Wolves, it was just that. The heat of the day just got hotter with a number of sizzling performances from kids not usually in the spotlight that is reserved for their older team mates.

The girls repeated as Meet Champions as they scored a total of 123 points over second place Corona's 73. Lexi Opoku led the way with two solid first place finishes in the long and triple jumps. She also tied for second in the high jump with team mate Kiara Ginwright. Freshman Courtne Davis continued her late season surge with a varsity like 13.2 for second place in the 100 meters; a 27.09 in the 200 for fourth and she was a member of the winning 4 X 100 relay which also included Jennifer Gutierrez; Celeste Traylor and Erin Webbs. Brianna Jacklin got her PR in the 800 with a solid 2:33 mark and then was called upon to run in her first 4 x 400 relay in which she gave a stellar effort.  Leighana Weaver broke away from her morning soccer games long enough to win the 300 hurdles in a new meet record 48.6 and then anchor the 4 X 400 to victory. Sabrina Suarez pulled two fourth places in each hurdle race while Lauren Carr (3rd) and Hannah Johnson (4th) picked up vital points in the 3200.

The Boys team would finish in 4th place behind meet champion Oak Hills but their accomplishments were  just as impressive as the girls. Jacob Norys, who is still trying to figure this track stuff out, ran an impressive 4:40.24 for second place in the 1600, the second fastest freshman in school history. Equally exciting was Brandon Gutzmann's 4:59.98 PR. By eclipsing the 5:00 mark, he became the 21st King boy this season to run the 1600 under 5:00-flat!  That's a record for our school for sure!   Cameron Brock won the meet Pole Vault title and set a meet record with a PR of 12-7 while teamate Cody Vallejo finished in second at 11-0. Brandon Hubley pulled out second place in the 100 with an 11.8 time. Chris Hooks and Andrew Vanni got thier PR's in the 400 despite not placing in the medal count. The Wolves had to cobble together a boys 4 X 400 as there were some no-shows and injuries. Blake Bergstrom, there for just this one event, peeled off an opening leg of 50.7.!!!! He and his teamates (Hooks, Nick Abboud and Norys) would finish third in that event overall at 3:42.75.

As advertised, it was a day of PR's, medals and final performances for the season and that was accomplished by the majority of King Kids. For those kids, 2012 is over-they began 2013 today.

Results



Friday, April 27
FINISHING THE DUALS IN FINE STYLE
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The last dual meet of the 2012 season took place under cloudy skies and cool temps – similar to the way the season started at Chaparral High back in March. Many athletes took advantage of the nice day and the home track and field to post some really nice marks, despite the lack of close competition from Centennial. As the traditional post-meet party of pizza was being consumed, there was an air of celebration from both teams getting to the century mark in the point totals.

Things got rolling in a very positive way in the girls 3200, the first race of the day. Iveth Gutierrez led most of the way and dropped below 12:00 for the first time ever and dragged with her Lisa Garside who also PR’d as well as Lauren Carr at 12:09, Aimee Martinez at 12:11. Madeline Wrathall also PR’d in the race. From there it was a route, as King would win every event except the long jump. Cydnie Jones won the 100, 200. In the 400, all three scoring places were sub-60, a unique occurrence in dual meets. Noelle Abboud won that event. In the 800, Hannah Johnson was third in 2:31.95, the #6 freshman time in school history for that event.

For the boys, things were just as successful and rosy. Blake Bergstrom had another fine day hurdling and jumping, winning four events with solid marks! Nathan Torres dropped from his usual 800/1600 double to test himself in the 400. He proceeded to win it in the #2 time this season for the Wolves. Jesse Cazares nearly PR’d in the high jump, but settled for a win at 6-0. Will Foody won the vault with a crowd-pleasing 13 foot clearance, as that event was the last to close before the pizza was served. The last event on the track saw a very fine performance by Joe Casco and Nathan Meier who decided to push the pace even though the meet had long been decided. Nathan had a huge PR by 18 seconds and dropped below 10:00 for the first time in his life, making him the fourth King runner this season to break the barrier; the first time in school history that has been done. With 800 runner Adam Schupp waiting in the wings with a 10:08 best and scheduled to compete the event at League Finals, 2012 could be the year of the 3200 meters for the Wolves! So the dual meet season closes with a healthy, if not mixed record for both squads. Both varsity teams finished 6-2 overall, 5-2 in league.

Next up lies the “individual” contests of the league championships.

some pictures



Sunday, April 22
IE CHAMPS CLOSES A WEEK OF VALLEYS AND SUMMITS
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An athletic season doesn't run on a plane, it's topography reads more like a mountain range, full of stunning heights and dark valleys.

A week can be the same way and  in the span of three days this week, the life of the 2012 King Track season illustrated that point perfectly.  The teams muddled through uninspiring victories on thursday at North. The wins tasted more like defeats.  But then Saturday, they regrouped and rebounded in majestic fashion at the Inland Empire (IE) Championships.  It was as different a display of athleticism as one can imagine and could well have left observors of both days with a touch of whip lash.

The IE Champs are divided into two portions, "Day" and "Night" -- with the night heats being the more elite athletes entered. Either way, athletes had to qualify to enter the meet and so thereby, the meet can brag of bringing the "good" and the "best" of the 50 teams entered.  In both portions of the meet - separated by the opposites of sun and moon and heat and cold - the King kids performed wonderfully.  The girls varsity finished 2nd behind state-powerhouse Vista Murrieta and the girls frosh soph squad was fourth overall. Both boys squads were in the middle of the pack.

During the day, temps reached into the mid-90's, conditions distance runners loath. Surprisingly, many of the multi-lap runners achieved as if the temps were thirty degrees cooler. Jacob Norys, who has been running distances for all of a month, looked like he'd started last July with the rest of the distance team as he ran 4:45 in the 1600, the 4th fastest freshman time in school history! He doubled back with a 2:04 800 and moved himself to #2 on that list, all time! Amazing. Rookie Sophomore Lauren Boydd dropped a huge PR in the 1600, going 5:28 to post the second-fastest mile time for King all season. Robert Sanchez, Adam Schupp, Tyler Parrish all ran at or actual PR's in the 1600. Nathan Meier ran at his PR time in the 3200, while Dalton Seckinger and Seth Villanueva were very close to their seasonal bests as well. Tough conditions and the tough guys showed up!

Tayler Fleming is rocketing up the state charts in the 300 hurdles and showed again in the 300 hurdles why she may be moving toward a podium finish at the State meet in June. Essentially unpressed, she won going away, dropped her own SR in the event another 2-tenths (43.33) and set the meet record in the process while notching the fifth fastest mark in the state this season. She'd come back later in the 4x400 and anchored that team (Hannah Blache, Noelle Abboud and Cydnie Jones), pulling away from a closing Erika Reddish of Vista Murrieta in the last 100 meters to the IE title. Her carry propelled the group to lower their own SR in that event another two seconds to 3:56, announced as "in the top 5 of CIF Southern Section this season."

Jones was doing her own record-breaking stuff as well, running a wind-legal 24.70 for 200 meters. Drop the asterisk on her old SR of 24.91 set at Corona with a hurricane-like tail wind. This baby was legit! It's the #5 mark in the state this season and the #31 time NATIONALLY!  Noelle Abboud continued her fine 400 efforts with a season-best 58.61, followed by Hannah Blache who also PR'd at 59.08. In the pole vault, Megan Melton erraced "thursday" with an improvement on her own SR, going 11-4.  Asis Johnson cleared 5-1 in the high jump, a significant improvement off thursday.  For good measure she improved in the triple as well, going 34-6.  Blake Bergstrom won his own IE title in the 300 hurdles.

Others who climbed out of Thursday's valley were Perry Elerts and Joe Casco who became sub-10:00 3200 meter runners for the first time and placed their names in the top-seven for King all time. Bayleigh Porter had a huge PR in the 800 moving to 2:20:46 and the #3 time in school history. McKenzie Phillips was 2nd in her heat in the 100 with a seasonal PR and Courtney Davis won her heat in the 200. Anthony Calvillo PR'd in the discus.

So it was that kind of day, a reversal of epic proportions from Thursday's valley of despair. Such is the journey that comes with athletics, a traverse through both lows and highs. While one can't escape it, without doubt, the view from Vista Murrieta was much prettier looking the opposite way from North.

Results   ESPN Stats and Rankings 



Friday, April 20
GIRLS RUN AWAY WITH IT, BOYS TAKE IT TO THE VERY END

The dual with North created two entirely different story lines. For the girls, their win came easily and without much drama. The boys were pushed to the last event - the triple jump - before King could secure the win.

Blake Bergstrom and Jess Cazares came through with two big, clutch performances in the triple, the last event to close and record points. Blake went 41' 1" to win with Cazares passing 40' to take 8 points and seal the deal for the Wolves, who eaked out the victory 71, 65. The points were needed as North made a last ditch run for the win with a victory in the 3200 and taking the 4x400 relay. An expected 9 points for King in that distance race evaporated to four, and with a patch-work relay squad, a hoped-for 5 points there disappeared with the absence of the a-listers. The meet didn't start that way though, as King swept the vault and the 1600.  Josh Jeter ran a close race in the 110 hurdles, but the 2-3 scoring by the Huskies began to close the gap. With a sweep of the 100, North was back in the hunt and chipped away at the lead with points in literally every event. Bergstrom had a big hand in the ultimate win. Beside the triple jump, he took second in the long and third in the 300 hurdles.

The story for the ladies was the exact opposite of the boys, winning by 70 points. Megan Melton went back over 11' in the vault for the third time this season. Tayler Fleming, Leighana Weaver and Reina Hutton swept the hurdles, while Noelle Abboud ran a terrific 400, pulling from third to first in the last 100 meters. Bayleigh Porter won again in the 800, and Tiarra Edwards took the victory in the shot and discus.

With one meet left on the Big 8 calendar, the teams will look to close out the league season with two back to back wins. Time will only tell what kind of story line will be written.



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Sunday, April 15
HISTORY MEETS MODERNITY IN 3RD RE-ANNUAL CITY MEET
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The third "Re-Annual" Riverside City Championships had a little bit of everything.  Moreno Valley High School was invited to join the party, as the city and the school, back in 1970, was a part of Riverside and a part of the original meet.  Most of the current crop of city schools showed up, as did cold and cloudy weather. The Press Enterprise sent out a reporter and photographer, and for good measure, four of the timers, officials and coaches who were there when the meet started some 43 years ago, were honorary timers for the "Marshall Mile", named such after the meet's founder.

If there was a bit of a nostalgic trip down memory lane, it would have been understandable.

But times do have a way of changing things. The dirt track of old has been covered by a modern synthetic. Heavy leather spikes have been done in by light weight, brightly colored, high tech marvels. Hand held stopwatches have gone away, replaced by computerized, photographic results accurate to the hundreth of a second. Those times the machines record are significantly faster today than they were in yesteryear.

And so the meet began and the spectators were treated to another chapter of the City Tradition. For the host school, King, it was a wonderful day that left Coach Corona saying, "well, we're improving" after the meet was concluded.

Watching, you could not avoid seeing three of King's finest over, and over again. Noelle Abboud, Cydnie Jones and Tayler Fleming were all over the place, not least of which was atop the mid-field victory stand. All told, the three girls amassed 12 titles between them. For the record, Jones won the 100, 200 and played a part in both relay wins. Tayler took both relays as well and threw in City titles in the hurdle races. Noelle Abboud was there as well in the relays, and concluded her night with a victory in the 400. Quite a haul for the good natured and talented trio!

Their teammates were working their own events for medals and PR's as well.  Iveth Gutierez, a sophomore who is finding a home in the 3200 meters, ran another terrific race, leading for much of it before settling for second but with a 12:00.28 mark; a time almost a minute faster than where she started the season at! Lisa Garside was second in the 1600 and Bayleigh Porter was the runner up in the 800, with Katy Fatten in tow at 6th. Leighana Weaver was the runner up behind Fleming in the 300 hurdles with a fine 48.68 time.  In the field, Asia Johnson placed in the high and long and triple jumps, Lexi Opuku was second in the long.  Kiarra Ginwright medaled in the high as well and Megan Melton won the vault.

For the boys, their 4x400 team of  Thomas, Porter, Hickman and Jeter ran the school's 3rd fastest mark in school history, a fitting way of capping the day of competition. Vince Fowler, Maurice Jones and and James Steel all took home hardware from the high jump. Three placers were present in the vault, despite less than normal clearances. Will Foody was the champion. 

The 1600 was full of fireworks, with Brandon Berz running the 3rd fastest mark in school history and placing second. Perry Elerts was third and Joe Casco medaled in 5th.  Nathan Torres had a terrific kick going in the 800 and almost snagged the title from one of the State's fastest half-milers, Edgar Cobian. He did run a lifetime PR in the process at 1:57.38.   

Jacob Porter, Josh Jeter, and Blake Bergstrom crowded the victory stand in the 300 hurdles, going 2-3-4.  Jeter was the runner up in the 110 highs. Early in the afternoon, the frosh-soph 4x800 team of Gabe Penate, Carlos Ramirez, Parker Gutzmann and Jacob Norys ran a come-from-behind race to win over La Sierra.  Ramirez doubled back later on with a fine effort in the 3200 meters, winning the second heat with a 10:41.00, the sixth-fastest freshman time in school history.

So it was that kind of day, full of good marks, happy athletes and spirited competition from the kids of Riverside City. There was also a bit of nostalgia thrown in for no extra charge; fitting for a meet that sought to touch history while firmly grounded in the modern day. 

Results    Photo Album (in process)



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Sunday, April 15

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Friday, April 13
IT WAS CLOSE, BUT KING COMES UP SHORT AGAIN



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Noelle Abboud in the closing meters of the 1600 relay

In the end, it came down to the relay.  Well, that and a late, point scoring long jump, but for what it mattered, the relay was the difference.  Separated by one point, the girls from King and Roosevelt took the line for the final running event of the day, with the winner of the race conceivably (at that moment anyway) winning not only the meet, but perhaps the league title as well.

With King having lost to Corona several week ago, and Corona then having lost to Roosevelt, a King victory on this day would have made a three-way tie for the crown with just two contests remaining in the 2012 season. To make the moment even more thrilling, the newly minted sub-4:00 relay squad of Fleming, Jones, Blache and Abboud had the guns to make it happen. Come to find out, so too did Roosevelt.  The two teams see-sawed for four laps and despite a heroic 59-second anchor by the ever-tough Noelle Abboud, Roosevelt's anchor matched it with a 57-point circuit of her own and the victory was hers, and theirs. The cold afternoon, temporarily heated with the emotion of a close athletic contest, quickly returned to cold.

The loss did not come without an effort though. The aforementioned Noelle Abboud, one of King's finest athletes in the last 12 years, showed her mettle throughout the day. She battled for a third place point in the 200, an event she rarely runs. She played a part in the school record setting 4x100 relay (48.55) and also won the 400 in 60-flat. Iveth Gutierrez ran the best race of her young career with a hard-fought 2nd place in the 3200, running a PR and leading for much of the 8 laps. Cydnie Jones took her talents to four events and won the 200 and the 100 for 10 points. Out in the shot put, the girls swept, taking all 9 points. Tiara Edwards won at 31-3, with Anisse Claibourne and Sarah Griegiro going 2nd and 3rd. Marissa Levine, the smiling four year thrower took second in the discus with a toss over 100' for the first time ever. Megan Melton continued her good vaulting with another jump over 11 feet, finishing 2nd. Asia Johnson and Ginwright were first and third in the triple jump; Asia won the high jump as well.  Another highlight that showed the fight that was present in some of the members of the team came in Tayler Fleming's 300 hurdles.  Roosevelt's Iris Chijoke has long been the queen of the event, but Tayler closed that gap on Saturday at Arcadia and set up the one-on-one challenge for the league race. True to form the two went side by side all the way to the line with sub 44-second efforts, and while Iris got the win, it didn't come easy for her thanks to Tayler's all-out effort.

If there was a victory for the girls on this less than victorious day, it was that they indeed made Roosevelt earn their victory, one that was a lot closer than the final 10 point spread would indicate.

For the boys, the gap was much wider, and while there were moments when the score book showed a close meet, the reality was not as tight. Still, the out-gunned Wolves gave chase and were able to notch some fine performances despite the lopsided score. Blake Bergstrom and Vincent Fowler both PR'd in the triple jump, finishing 2nd and 3rd.  Blake went 42-8.5 while Fowler cleared 41' 3" of rubber and sand.  Omary and DeMarcus won and took second in the shot with heaves over 38'. Anthony Calvillo PR'd in the discus with a fine throw of 128'.  Travis Thomas was second in the 400.  The hurdlers again reaped big points with a sweep of the 300's and 6 points in the 110's. Josh Jeter won the shorter race with a 15.08 mark, his fastest time in two years and the #4 mark all time.  Jacob Porter and Blake Bergstrom sandwiched him for the sweep of the 300's.

With now just Centennial and North remaining on the league schedule, the two teams from King find themselves with two losses each, something that has never happened in King High track history. And while the girls can comfort themselves in the thought that both losses were extremely close, their task now is to focus on what lies ahead and endeavor to finish well.

 



Sunday, April 8
BIG STAGE IN ARCADIA BRINGS OUT FOUR NEW SCHOOL RECORDS
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The Arcadia Invitational draws athletes from across the nation. With more than half of the states represented, it's a stage on which elite track and field athletes perform at their highest level. The meet program boasts two pages of "Arcadia Invitational alums" who "graduated" to the Olympic games in their post-high school years. National records are set and the "national leader board" for multiple events are rewritten after the meet closes around 9:30 PM on Saturday night.

So it was onto that stage that a dozen or so King track and field athletes who met the rigorous qualifying standards stepped. For the Wolves, the meet started and ended with a school record with a third and fourth SR thrown in mid-way just for good measure. Why not? On the platform that Arcadia provides, the very best is required.

It was pole vaulter Megan Melton who got things rolling with a new school record in her event on Friday afternoon. Entered in the "open" section of the meet she finished third in the heat at 11-1 which broke Caroline Stark's mark of 11-0 set back in 2005.  Megan nearly cleared 11-7 in further attempts, but was happy to settle for the record and a medal; a medal sweetly handed to her by 2000 Olympian Stacy Dragilla. Over 24 hours later the boys Distance Medley team of Brandon Berz, Travis Thomas, Perry Elerts and Nathan Torres took to the track and in a loaded field competed with poise and purpose and broke the SR set just last year on the same track, running 10:26.95. 

During the day on Saturday, the girls 4x400 team ran superbly, leading for almost the entire four laps before settling for second. More significant was that each of the four girls - Noelle Abboud, Cydnie Jones, Tayler Fleming and Hannah Blache - split their leg at 59-point and the team broke 4:00 minutes for the race for the first time in school history (3:58.89). Notch another school record!

As part of that record-breaking relay team, Cydnie Jones earned her fourth medal on a day that brought meaning to the phrase, "keeping up with the Jones'". In the 4x100, the talented senior teamed up with Noelle Abboud, Taylar Fleming and Jordan Lofton to win at 48.84.  She took second in her heat of the 100 and second in the 200. The cling and clang of the custom medals hanging from her neck at the end of the day could be heard from a distance.

Equally talented junior hurdler, Tayler Fleming had a tremendous day. The fourth school record for King came in her 300 hurdles. That she already owned the record (set in 2011) was made somewhat irrelevant considering she dropped it by 1.5 seconds and set the meet record ("Open" section) by 1/100th of a second. For a meet that draws the very best and has for 45 years, to put your name at the top of any one of their event all time lists is beyond amazing. (While Tayler's qualifying mark had not qualified her for the prestigious "invitational" portion of the meet on Saturday night, her mark during the day would have medaled in the elite section!  Further, after she finished, the announcer of the meet proclaimed her time "In the top 12 nationally this season.")

Fellow hurdler Josh Jeter added to his collection of Arcadia medals by finishing third in his heat of the 300's and improving his PR to 39.61, #4 all time and less than a tenth behind his big brother Sam's 39.52. Jacob Porter ran 39.04 in the same event and finished sixth in his heat.

Every year, the Arcadia Invitational draws out the best from across the country and the meet did the same from the ranks of King Track and Field. On a stage as big as they get, a couple handfuls of King kids held their own and came away with the marks to prove they not only belong on that stage, but can hold their own while there. 

Full Results



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Sunday, April 1
GLENDORA SWEEPS 8TH FROSH-SOPH CLASSIC
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Glendora has been a consistant participant in the 8 years of the King High Frosh Soph Classic, and this year they finally came out on top. Their well-balanced and deep squad was able to score often and across both the track and the field to work commanding wins.

There was nary an event in which Glendora didn't have someone in the top places, scoring points. Veronica Smelser and Sarah Hughes both scored in the 100 meter hurdles, while Briton Noskoff won the 200 meters. Both of their boys and girls teams took third in the 400 meter relay, then finished the day by winning the 1600 meter relays.  Their girls distance program really shined as they went 1, 2 and 5 in the girls 1600 meters, while Mike Duke and Jeff Kirwin went 1-2 in the boys' race; both boys went sub 4:40, certainly strong marks for underclassmen! Noskoff was a double winner with a victory in the 400 meters, setting a new Meet Record with a good time of 51:43. Emily Hoey was second in the girls 800 and Duke and teammate Daniel Castro scored 2nd and 3rd in their two-lap race.  Their girls 3200 squad took 3 of the 6 scoring places in the 3200 meters, and Jeff Kirwin won the boys' race with a meet record of 10:05.99, breaking the 4 year-old mark set by La Sierra's standout Edgar Cobian, now one of the state's top seniors in the 800 meters.

The Glendora girls won easily with 112 points over King's 68, while the Glendora boys won with 81 over Murrieta Mesa's 69.

For the host team, King, it was a good day with plaque finishes for both the boys and the girls. Blake Bergstrom had a stellar day, as he so often does. He shattered the meet record in the 300 meter hurdles, dropping it over a second to 40.08. He also won the long jump, took second in the 110 high hurdles and took third in the triple. Quite a point haul for the talented sophomore. On the girls' side, Leighana Weaver was second in the 100 hurdles and won the 300 hurdles, freshman Hannah Blache took second in the 400 and dipped under 60 seconds for the first time, putting her in the top-five all time list for King High! She'd anchor the second-place finish of the 4x400 relay team at the end of the day. Jacob Norys continued to impress in the 800 meters, running King's 3rd fastest freshman mark ever at 2:07.11. Lauren Carr broke 13:00 in the 3200 meters, and Carlos Ramirez ran 5:02 in the 1600, an impressive mark considering his lengthy absence from training due to injury.

Lexi Opuku scored in the long jump, finishing 4th, then finished in the runner-up spot in the high jump to event-winner Kiara Ginwright, who won at 4-10.  Maurice Jones was third in his high jump, clearing 5-4. Over in the pole vault, Cameron Brock had to settle for second in a "jump off" to break the tie at 12-0. Both boys made an attempt at the meet record which stands at 12-6.

Despite the abnormally cool and overcast conditions that lingered throughout the meet, the competition was heated on almost every event and provided the fans and coaches with another exciting showing of not only what is, but given the competitors' ages, what may be.

Results   Photo gallery



Friday, March 30
BOYS BEAR DOWN, BEAT POLY
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As the Poly Bears continue to build a solid program, their boys have made significant strides to close what was once a large gap between the Bears and Wolves. That gap narrowed on Thursday in the two schools' dual meet at King High, but with a resolved set of track runners that countered Poly's dominant field events, King was able to pull away and secure the victory.

Poly had a field day, winning all but ten of the points off the track, including sweeps of both throws (M.O'Hara set a stadium record in the shot with a heave of 55' 6.5") as well as sweeping the triple and long jumps. The only field events that King was able to earn points in were the vault (Foody and Brock, 1-3) and the high jump where Jesse Casares won at 5-8. 

It was the long and short runners from King however, that were busy running circles around the Bears and in so doing, securing the win. Brandon Berz, Perry Elerts and Joe Casco swept the mile in a competitive race and the 4x100 relay team took their own win. King would sweep the 400, 100, and 300 hurdles with Orme, Thomas and Jeter doing the duties of leading the way.  Nathan Torres would play a part in three wins, snagging a victory in the 800 which turned out to be a very competitive event, as well as points in the 3200 and the 4x400. That relay, in which he teamed up with Jeter, Jacob Porter and Travis Thomas ran wire-to-wire for the win and at 3:28.62, the 5th fastest time in school history! It punctuated what was a very good day for King on the track, and sealed the 77-59 win.

The girls did not have the same challenge and won with ease 89-37. Lisa Garside got things rolling with a win in the 3200 at a season-leading time of 12:06. The relay won as well with a very solid time of 48.31 (HT). King would sweep six events. Some of the top performances came from the talented Miss Cydnie Jones who had a role to play in the 100, 200 and the relay victories. Megan Melton won the vault at 10-6 and Tayler Fleming won both hurdle events, as she does so often.

Despite the abnormally cool and overcast conditions that lingered throughout the meet, the competition was heated on almost every event and provided the fans and coaches with another exciting showing of not only what is, but given the competitors' ages, what may be.

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Teamwork - 5 guys share the win in the 3200 meters

Sunday, March 25
PREPARATION AND PRACTICE PRESENT PR OPPORTUNITIES IN AZUSA



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There's just something about the Azusa Pacific Distance Carnival that brings out the best in athletes. Maybe it's the mid-season moment when the training and preparation is beginning to gel with the biochemistry and physiology of distance running. Maybe it's the usually good weather or the annually good competiton. 

Whatever it is, King makes the yearly trek to the foothills of the San Gabriels and comes home with a slew of personal records (PR's) and performances that require a major readjustment of the all time lists.  This year's version of the popular meet was no different.

There were a host of great breakthroughs. For those who moved onto the "all time lists", their accomplishments will be born not just in memory but in pixels as well. Dalton Seckinger, the ferocious freshman, moved his 1600 PR a bit closer to the #2 all time mark with a 4:41 time.  He's now less than six seconds off the freshman all time record set by Nathan Torres three years ago. Nathan has left that time behind, and made it look even more distant on Saturday with another tremendous race in the "rated" mile, the second-fastest heat of the day. His 4:19.52 for the full mile translates into a 4:18.02 for 1600 meters, solidly now the #2 time in school history. Lisa Garside, who has rarely run the 1600 meters in the past, decided to enter herself in a faster heat despite her 5:40 PR.  Good thing she did as the electric pace caused her to light up the track with a stunning 22 second improvement over four laps! Her 5:20 for the full mile makes her the 8th fastest miler in King's history of fast girls fast milers!

Brandon Berz put a head cold on the back shelf for eight laps, as he stormed through a brilliantly paced effort in the rated race of that event.  With aggression born from a consistent year of training, he dropped 27 seconds off his best-ever (!) and finished at 9:31.62, the second-fastest time in school history.  Fellow junior Perry Elerts had an amazing double for the day. He torched a 4:28 1600 (#5 in school history), then came back a few hours later to run a PR in the 800 at 2:02.37. Also running well in the 800 was Bayleigh Porter who PR'd at 2:23, the #6 time on the list.

There were wonderful performance across the entire 14 hour day.  All told, King had 12 boys break 5:00 in the 1600 meters, a feat we don't think has ever been done. Besides those already mentioned, Parker Gutzmann and Jacob Enriquez slipped beneath the barrier for the first times in their career. Joe Casco, Robert Sanchez, Trevor Berney, Ethan McAbee, Nathan Meier and Jordan Goldie all went sub-5:00. So too did Adam Schupp, the hard-working senior who finally capure the family crown. Jason Schupp, his older brother who graduated from King back in 2009, ran a PR of 4:37.  Come to find out, Andy Schupp - Jason and Adam's dad - was still holding the bragging rights as the fastest man in the house at1600 meters with a high school PR of 4:36, run back in the early 1980's. The crown has now been passed and Adam gets to wear it for at least another 20 years or more! Cool story. The Schupp family simply dominates the 4:30's! 

The girls were getting in on their own PR-formances in the 1600 as well. Freshman Hanna Johnson dropped 20 seconds off her best with a 5:44 mark. Aimee Martinez, despite being sick, ran a very respectable 5:42. Lauren Soholt finally broke 6:00 for the first time, going 5:49. She was all smiles.  

So too was Krista Zwart, who not only PR'd in the 800 by going under 3:00 for the first time, but was able to run wire-to-wire for the win! It was her first race win ever. Lindsey Berney was close to winning her heat but still ran a huge personal record at 2:46. Amanda Haring also took her best down a few notches to 2:52. Lauren Boydd and Priscilla Carrasco had good races as well. Katelyn Fatten, running in the second-fastest 800 heat on the day, had a terrific effort at 2:24, finishing just off Porter and in the middle of the talented field. Weston Templeton and Tyler Parrish had great races in the 800, and Nathan Meier, Mitch Cleland and Ethan McAbee all had PR's in the 3200 meters!

The life of the distance runner is a consistent effort over a long period of time to prepare for performances that are, at times, in the distant future. But when those days come, as it did on Saturday in Azusa, the outcome is full of rewards for those who paid the price.

On this day, consider the King kids happy customers.  

Results    Full Results    All Time List   Photos 



Friday, March 23
BACK TO WINNING WAYS AGAINST NORCO



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The teams got back to winning on Thursday after disappointing losses against Corona a week ago. Their opponent for the first home meet of the season was Norco High School and as Norco works through a building phase of their program, the Wolves were able to run (and throw and jump) away easily with four wins.

In the girls' contest, Norco would take victories in just four events, and handled both throwing events with strong margins. But on the track, the Lady Wolves took every event. Bayleigh Porter was victorious in the 800 meters with a "solo" effort of sorts at 2:28.91. Cydnie Jones took wins in the 100 and 200 meters. Lisa Garside had a fine day, earning 8 points by winning the 3200 and taking second in the 800.  Freshman Hanna Blache went 62 seconds to win the 400 meters. In the high jump, Coach Brown continues to weave his magic with two girls clearing 5 feet, including freshman Kiara Ginwright.  In the vault, Megan Melton's winning 9-6 mark was a bit decieving, as the veteran, once the event win was secured,  attempted to clear 11-2 for a school record, and according to Coach Roll, just narrowly missed the record on her second try. Another highlight was Tayler Fleming's lifetime PR in the 100 hurdles, a now faster third best time in school history.  There were some solid JV marks as well, highlighted by Lauren Boydd's efforts in the 1600 and 800. Two wins with marks that would have placed her close to the scoring at the varsity level! The girls ultimately won with over 100 points.

For the boys', it was just as easy to gain the team victory, in fact, there were numerous varsity-level athletes who rested or trained through the meet in deference to long term goals as well as to provide opportunities for JV athletes to compete at the varsity level. Given this, the 122-14 final score was truly impressive. The King boys swept 13 of the 16 events. Gerron Graham won the long jump and the triple jump for the first time this season. Jesse Cazares cleared 6-0 in the high jump, a nice leap. Freshman Dalton Seckinger won the 1600 with a PR and the third-fastest 9th grade time (4:45.97) in school history. He pulled Robert Sanchez to a PR of 4:46 as well. Josh Jeter swept both hurdle events, adding to his already-impressive point-haul this season and Will Foody collected another vault victory clearing 13-0. 

While the meet wouldn't provide the intensity that some meets do, getting back to the winning ways that preceded the Corona dual was welcomed and fun.

Full Results    Photos



Sunday, March 18
A HIGH JUMP JUST NOT ENOUGH TO CLEAR CORONA
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With the track events completed Thursday night, both teams gathered around the high jump pit, turning an event that often goes unnoticed into the main attraction and the Final Act a play that had gone down to the wire. The outcome would have high significance, as the remaining jumpers from both King and Corona  would determine the final score of the meet for the girls.  With less than a handful of points separating the schools, the placement of the jumpers would be the final judge of which squad went home victorious.

Asia Johnson ultimately prevailed for King with the fifth-best leap in school history at 5-2, but a needed second place by King (for the win) or a third (for a tie) didn't manifest itself and the 2-3 finish by the Corona Panthers gave the host school a two-point margin of victory on the hard-fought and spirited meet.

In fact, it was a consistent group of 2nd's and 3rd's across the afternoon that put Corona in a position to win. Despite heroic efforts by many King girls across the track and field, the pesky "runners up" that Corona continued to amass in the score book made the day.

King would win both relays, with the 4x400 squad of Noelle Aboudd, Tayler Fleming, Cydnie Jones and Hanna Blache screamed through the four laps in the #3 mark in school history. Jones backed up that effort with a school record in the 200 (24.91 auto), but the record was diminished slightly as Corona went 2-3.  Lisa Garside moved from 5th to second in the 1600, but Corona went 1-3. Megan Melton won the vault, but, you guessed it, Corona dulled the five point victory with four points of their own. Bayleigh Porter charged through the final lap of the 800 as if slicing through warm butter, but it wasn't enough as Corona's top two nipped her by a step at the line.  Abboud and Blache ran solid 400's but it was good enough for only 2nd and 3rd.  Tiarra Edwards had a big, five-foot improvement to finish second in the shot.

It was that kind of day for the ladies, working hard, competing with courage and ambition, but countered seemingly at every event by an equally tenacious Corona team that ultimately took home the win by the score of 67-65.

It was a totally different story for the guys who were handled easily by Corona who won by 30 points.  Corona was up by 14 points after just two events, leaving King to try and play catchup the whole meet.  Though the effort proved to be futile by the end, it didn't keep the King Wolves from showing some mettle and competing well.  Jesse Cazares and Blake Bergstrom had a fine day in the long jump, going 1-2, with Blake securing a victory in the triple. Anthony Calvillo was third in the discus with a 30-foot improvement on his seasonal best! Josh Jeter won both hurdle races, his 300 mark broke through the 40-second barrier and improved his already 5th best mark in school history. Adam Schupp had a terrific battle in the 3200 meters, long after Corona had already "sealed the victory" and raced for 8 full laps to a photo-finish tie for second place, with a lifetime PR for good measure.  It illustrated great drive and determination, regardless of the ultimate outcome!

The JV teams won, so it balanced the day to a small degree, as did the great efforts by many of those on the varsity squads who exemplified the class, character and courage that King High track and field wishes to embody.



Sunday, March 11
FIVE HANG A HIGH FIVE IN 5K AT BEN BROWN



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Casco, Torres and Berz.

Five of King's top distance runners traveled to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night with the express purpose of putting themselves into a college-level meet, compete at the 5K distance (3.1 miles, 12 1/2 laps) and test their training, resolve and racing skills.

Consider the test passed.

In the fourth of five heats of the race, Brandon Berz, Nathan Torres, Joe Casco and Perry Elerts took hold of the race -- the first time ever for any of them at this distance on the track -- as if they were seasoned veterans.  In fact, Elerts, Torres and Casco all slipped by the 3200 meter mark in times that were personal bests for that distance, forget the fact they had another 1.1 miles to go!

The extra distance didn't kill the killer pacing they were doing however, and the "four horsemen" as some have begun to refer to them as, continued to chip away at the laps and the pack, positioning themselves for some fantastic finishes.  Nathan Torres dueled Corona's Garret Williams over the last 200 meters with a scintilating kick that took him across the line in a second place.  In the following heat, Trevor Berney gutted out his own great performance, and the five guys went home packing some new personal bests.

Torres went 15:28, Berz 15:32, Casco 15:41 and Elerts 15:49, while Berney came across at 16:39.  It was an exciting couple of races that provided each racer a glimpse of what consistent hard work through the winter can provide as well as a peek into the future of what is possible.

All Time List



Friday, March 9
BIG 8 SERVES UP TASTY SHARK MEET



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The Santiago Sharks hosted the first meet of the 2012 Big 8 Season and were unable to put a bite in the Wolves as King was able to win all four contests with relative ease.  It was a fun and encouraging way to start the league season, in this last year of the current configuration of the Big 8.

The boys varsity has some visible holes in its lineup but they were filled more than adequately on this pleasant Thursday afternoon by solid depth and some fine performances in the events in which King is strong. The pole vault has historically been one of those strong suits for King and Will Foody collected another victory for the vault crew with a seasonal PR.  In the distances, the multi-lappers were fighting for spots with tenacity when they weren’t running away with the event. Nathan Torres, Brandon Berz and Perry Elerts ran away with the 1600 while Joe Casco, Adam Schupp and Tyler Parrish all PR’d in the 3200 to sweep there. Parrish won the 800 with a hard fought last lap.

The hurdles have been the domain of the Jeter family for a half decade now, and Josh Jeter continued to add to the family photo album with a first and second place finish in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Blake Bergstrom won the 300 hurdles, and both horizontal jumps for good measure. Jesse Cazares, Vince Fowler and Maurice Jones swept the high jump and with it, King won the varsity contest 101-35.

Raelyn Werley, Iveth Gutierrez and Taylar Amiot swept the 3200 to start the girls meet, which was a pleasant surprise as the distance crew from Santiago earned the cross country league title just last November by a sizable gap over the Lady Wolves.  Of the nine scoring places in the distance events, the Sharks took only a second and a third, creating a wild swing among the runners who raced each other often last Fall. Bayleigh Porter and Katy Fatten went 1-2 in the 800 with seasonal bests. Hanna Blache won the 400 with a time just a sliver off top-five all time. Tayler Fleming did her winning thing in both hurdle races, while King swept the discus, the high jump and triple jump. Those kinds of dominating scores secured a 100-36 victory.

Next week the team heads back to Corona to meet up with the Corona Panthers, a team that should offer up a meatier challenge on both sides.



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Monday, March 5
SCHOOL RECORDS AND FIRST STEPS TAKEN AT MONROVIA RELAYS

As the bus carrying the King Track team pulled up to Monrovia High School near Pasadena, one could not help but be struck by the Spanish architecture of the old school  snuggled up against the green San Gabriel Mountains. An old bell tower oversaw the entire campus, including the track and stadium that was only a few years old. The entire community around the school had the feel and look of Riverside's Wood Streets. All this combined with the beautiful blue sky and cool morning air. One could feel an air of contentment..even a bit of serenity.

And then the 5th annual Monrovia Wildcat Relays began. The day would get a lot hotter as did the competition.

 In it's first ever trip to the Wildcat Relays, the King Track team found itself locked up in a battle all day with San Gabriel Valley powers Monrovia and South Pasadena;  Huntington Beach Edison High from Orange County ( coached in the distances by King grad, Brian Brierley-' 03) and Loyola High out of Los Angeles.The Wolves acquitted themselves well however, placing for medals in almost every event but boy, did they earn it. Every race, jump and throw was challenged throughout the meet by the competitors from each of the above mentioned schools and if one was looking for a breather, it didn't really come until the meet was over.

First place winners on the girls side included the girls 4 X 200 team of  Jordon Lofton, Mckenize Phillips, Noelle Abboud and Cydnie Jones who churned out a 1:47.59 in nabbing the gold. The girls shot put team of Tiara Edwards, Brianna Collins and Anissa Claiborne each went over 30 feet and broke the school record in that relay.  Also, Asia Johnson, Lexi Opoku and Phillips teamed up to win the long jump relay at 48 feet-1 inch. All three jumped to personal records in edging out South Pasadena.

The highlight of the day (among many highlights) came early in the meet when the boys 4 x 1600 team battled perennial power Loyola's A and B teams for 16 laps. The Loyola A team would break away and win in a fine 17:49 but buoyed by Nate Torres 4:24 leg and his vicious kick at the end, the Wolves finished second in a school record 18:04.68. Brandon Berz (4:31); Perry Elerts (4:35); Joe Casco (4:32) and Torres combined to break the old record by some 12 seconds.  The Distance Medley Relay also finished second in 10:45 as Justin Johnson and Trevor Berney joined up with Berz and Torres. Josh Jeter showed that preseason conditioning was worth it as he turned in a 51.2 anchor leg of the 4 x 400 pulling the Wolves to a fourth place finish. Blake Bergstrom; Jesse Cazares and David Reynolds copied thier long jump sisters and registered PR's in finshing second in the long jump relay.

After Thursday's meet at Chaparral, Coach Corona had said to his team, "We've got to get better. We've got to keep improving." Hopefully, because of the competition afforded at Monrovia, the Wolves have taken thier first step in that direction.

Full  Results



Sunday, March 4
A COLD DAY NOT ENOUGH TO COOL A HOT START
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The King Wolves first meet of the season started off similar to the past few years when they have toed the line against the Pumas of Chaparral: cold, long, competitive and...did we mention cold?

Despite the frigid weather and the dirt track that resulted in slower times, King came out victorious at all four levels, with the closest final score decided hours after the meet ended when a judge's decision was written down incorrectly in the varsity boys' high jump. The team left the meet thinking the boys had lost by a mere two points, but with Coach Corona pouring over the results later in the evening, he realized the boys had indeed won with a score of 70-66.

The boys proved that every point counts with such a narrow victory. The 4x100 relay team opened up the meet with a win. JoshJeter and Jacob Porter led the hurdle team to a sweep in both the 110 and 300 meterhurdles. The boys were also victorious in the 1600 meters, finishing 1,2 while NathanTorres, Adam Schupp and Tyler Parrish swept the 800.

The Lady Wolves showed their strengths by finishing 1,2,3 in all of the jumps events and the pole vault. The throwers continued to help out on the field with Tiera Edwards and Anissa Claiborne going 1,2 in the shot put, throwing just over 30'. Junior Tayler Fleming opened up her season with victories in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. Other wins for the Wolves came from Cydnie Jones in the 200 and Katelyn Fatten in the 800. Senior Noelle Abboud made her comeback from last year's season-ending injuries a little bit sweeter with a win in the 400. With the field events so successful and the runners finishing among the top three in most events, King won by a sizable margin, 97-38. Both JV teams came away from Chaparral as winners with the boys seeing wins from Ahkeel Leach in the triple and long jumps and teammate Nic Williams finishing 2,3 in the same events respectively.

For the distance crew, Weston Templeton ran times worthy of varsity status, finishing first in both in the 800 and 3200. Freshman Dalton Seckinger ran a gritty 1600, holding his own throughout the race and winning in a 4:57.26 and capped off his successful first meet with a second in the 800. Dustin Means came away with victory in the 110 hurdles and Josh Barnes and freshman Jacob Norys went 1,2 in the 400.

The JV girls kept it close throughout, but ultimately won with a score of 67-59. One of the most impressive wins of the day came from Breanna Collins whose throw of 30'05” would have placed her in the top three of the varsity shot put. Rookie Lauren Boyd led the Wolves to a 1,2,3 finish in the 800. Another sweep in the long jump was led by Rachel Hales and Caitlin Smith at 13'2”. Winning both relays, the triple jump and finishing 1,2 in both the 400 and the high jump rounded out a balanced victory for the Lady Wolves.

Although the cold temperatures and the long day was wearing on some of the competitors in Thursday’s dual against Chaparral, the outcome was most desirable andcreated a hunger for the next meet as the Wolves take on Corona Santiago in the first league meet of the season.



Saturday, December 18
RESULTS FROM 2011

Sunday, June 12
2011 SCHOOL RECORDS

SCHOOL RECORDS SET THIS SEASON

300 Meter Hurdles - Tayler Fleming 45.19
300 Meter Hurdles - Jacob Porter 38.74
800 Meters - Hanna Peterson 2:19.77
1600 Meters - Lane Werley, 4:11.90
Mile - Lane Werley, 4:13.40
1600 Meters - Hanna Peterson - 4:57.93
Mile - Hanna Peterson - 4:59.63
3200 Meters - Hanna Peterson 10:49.18
3200 Meters - Lane Werley 8:53.21 (Riverside County Record)
5000 Meters - Lane Werley, 14:31.57 (Riverside County Record)
4x400 Relay - Creel, Jones, Soholt, Fleming 4:00.41 

Pole Vault - Will Foody, 14' 0"
Discus - Jessica Weise, 129' 9.5" 

Shot Put - Jessica Weise, 37' 6"
Discus - Brandon Alcanter 162' 4"
 

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Boys Distance Medley Relay -  Brandon Berz, Mat Vasal, Nathan Torres, Lane Werley 10:31.71
Boys 4x1600 relay - Nathan Torres, Nick Rini, Brandon Berz, Lane Werley 18:16.76
Boys 4x800 - Tyler Parrish, Chris Miller, Nathan Torres, Lane Werley 8:11.61
Girls Shuttle Hurdles - Fleming, Suarez, Hutton, Ginwright  1:12.51
Boys Pole Vault Relay - Barnes, Minini, Foody 36-6
Girls Shot Put Relay - Weise, Claiborne, Edwards 91-10.75

 

2011 KING TRACK AND FIELD LEADER BOARD

 
   

BOYS

   

GIRLS

 

     

 

100

Mat Vasal 

11.15

 

Cydnie Jones 

12.50 

 
 

200

Mat Vasal

22.49 

 

Cydnie Jones 

26.58 

 
 

400

Mat Vasal 

50.58 

 

Abigail Creel

    59.56

 
 

800

Nathan Torres

1:58.10 

 

Hanna Peterson

2:19.77

 
 

1600

Lane Werley

4:11.90

 

Hanna Peterson

4:57.93

 
 

3200

 Lane Werley 

 8:53.21 

 

Hanna Peterson 

 10:49.18

 
 

110/100 H

Keston Roach 

14.82

 

Tayler Fleming

16.19 

 
 

300H

Jacob Porter

 38.74 

 

Tayler Fleming

45.19

 
 

LJ

Blake Bergstrom

20-6.5

 

Asia Johnson 

15-4 

 
 

HJ

Donald Bernard 

6-4 

 

Kelli Boyd

5-6

 
 

TJ

Blake Bergstrom

42-05 

 

Kelli Boyd

36-6 

 
 

SP

Ahmed Abdul

47-7.5 

 

Jessica Weise

37-6 

 
 

DISC

Brandon Alcanter 

162-4

 

Jessica Weise

129-9.5 

 
 

PV

Will Foody 

14-0 

 

Meagan Melton 

10-4 

 
               


Thursday, February 3
LANE WERLEY SIGNS WITH UCLA
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Lane Werley, an All American in both Track and Cross Country, was widely recruited to compete in the NCAA, and last October he made his choice, UCLA.  On February 2, he officially signed his letter of intent.

Congratulations, Lane!

More college signing photos of King Track athletes to come in the next week!



Friday, February 11
CARRIE SOHOLT SIGNS TO COMPETE AT BIOLA IN THE DISTANCE EVENTS
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Carrie Soholt, class of 2011, "inked" her intentions yesterday to compete at Biola University in La Mirada, CA.  She will reunite with current Biola athletes and King alums Rebecca Asplund ('10) and Carrisa Bowman ('08) on the highly ranked NAIA squad of Eagles.

Congratulations Carrie!



Monday, February 14
HANNA PETERSON SIGNS WITH UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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Hanna Peterson is one of the most improved athletes in King High history ... going from a mid-pack frosh soph runner as a freshman to a highly recruited senior ... and now on to the University of Arizona in Tucson!

Congratulations, Hanna!



Sunday, February 20
KELLI BOYD SIGNS WITH FRESNO STATE IN THE JUMPS!
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Kelli Boyd, one of the best high jumpers to come out of King High, is headed to Fresno State next year. 

Congratulations, Kelli!



Saturday, February 26
ALUMNI REUNION AND TRACK DEDICATION A GREAT SUCCESS
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It was a great day, a wonderful turnout from alumni dating back to members of the original team (2000) and first graduation class!

Photo Gallery of the day



Thursday, March 3
TWO FIRSTS TO START '11 SEASON

A decade of season-openers against Temecula Chaparral has produced many good track meets.  The Pumas have come away with some wins, as have the Wolves, and a number of the contests have ended in very close scores.  Not so this time around, as King was able to christen the new track with a couple of victories by relatively large margins.

The girls would win 89-43, taking almost every event. Kelli Boyd had two victories in the high jump and triple jump. Megan Melton won the vault, Jessica Weise took a victory in the shot at 36'-3.75" and also won in the discus at 105'. Rachel Johnson was the winner in the long jump. But it was on the new rubber track that most eyes were focused, and there the Lady Wolves did not disappoint the rather large dual-meet crowd.

Carrie Soholt and Raelyn Werley ran solid efforts in the 3200 to go 2-3. Taylor Fleming won both hurdle races, picking up nicely where she left off last year as one of King's more electric freshmen performers. Hanna Peterson won going wire-to-wire in the 800 with a fine 2:21 mark for the young season, then came back with a reserved 2nd place finish in the 1600, with Soholt in tow. It was in the 800 that freshman Iveth Gutierrez made a strong move in the last 100 to snag a third place point, her first ever in her first ever race!

On the boys' side, it was equally an overwhelming victory, winning 84-47. Lane Werley and Nathan Torres led a spirited 1600, with Torres opening up with a 4:39 mark, matching his lifetime best!  Torres would come back later to win the 800 in 2:03, a fine day for the talented sophomore! Jaime Moses finished well to seal the win in the 400, while Matt Vasal had inspiring victories in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Keston Roach won the 110 high hurdles, and Jacob Porter came back to win in the 300 edition of the event. In the field, things went well for Donald Bernard who returned after a two-year absence to win in the high jump, Brandon Alcanter was the winner in the discus at 146' 6.5".

The meet wasn't as close as some of the past matches between the two programs, but for the inaugural spin around the new all-weather surface, it was a fine way to open the season.  If any are tempted to think the rest of the season will go as swimmingly, they need to look only to next week as the deep and talented Big VIII season opens in a scant 7 days.

A small photo album.



Thursday, March 10
WEISE TOSSES ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD AGAINST NORCO
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The "field" in "track and field" is often lost amid the circus that takes place on the track. The field events are tucked away on the margins, and for throwers, they are usually relegated beyond margins; found out in distant fields they throw in relative anonymity. So its unfortunate when good things go down "out there" as the deserving accolades are rarely heard. 

In a dual meet against the Norco Cougars who are squarely in a building phase under new coaches, it was in the field events that King's predicted large wins would sparkle. Jessica Weise, who has reigned supreme in the shot and discus now for a couple years, threw a great toss in the shot to extend her own school record by over a foot.  The event which was held in a distant field, meant few were there to witness the record heave. She went on to win the discus as well, going 112 feet. In an event that toils in similar abscurity, the pole vault caught some good leaps by a group of vaulters that would sweep the points. Jonny Barnes got over 13-0 to match the #5 all time best in school history and made three serious attempts at the school record of 13-8, just narrowly missing. Donald Bernard won the high jump with the #4 mark in school history at 6-2.  Blake Bergstrom -- only a 9th grader -- has gotten his rookie season off to a screaming start with two wins in the triple jump now. His winning leap of 40' 1", while not in King's all time top five, is a very impressive start for the neophyte. Densel Moody was second.

While the field events were having a good day, the track events were humming along in fine fashion as well, improving off the marks set a week ago. Mat Vasal continued to show his mettle with a first and second in the sprints while notching two "Top 5 all time" marks in the events. Rookie sophomore Brandon Berz notched his first two varsity victories in the 800 and 1600, leading a posse of five teammates over the last 100 of the half who raced gamely against one another to the line. Keston Roach and Jacob Porter were winners in the hurdles, while sophomore Tayler Fleming won both hurdle races for the girls, her time in the 100 was the third fastest in school history. Emma Jaramillo was a double winner in the distances.

So toss your hats and give a cheer for the field events, and specifically for Jessica Weise who owns the newest-minted school record. Toss them high, because from her vantage point, she may not be able to see them.

Photo gallery



Sunday, March 13
A DAY AT "THE RANCH" BRINGS RECORD-SETTING RESULTS
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The Rancho Bernardo meet has for a couple years now been one of our favorite stops on the season. Nestled in the scrubby, boulder-strewn hills of Escondido, it's a picturesque spot to hang all day, and of course it's usually beneath San Diego's enviable weather. The meet directors put on a great show, with a public address man that is as educated in track and field as he is articulate and verbose. With such a setting, King has usually come away with some fine performances and this year was no different.

Lane Werley attached his name to two more school records to headline the action. He, along with Chris Miller, Tyler Parrish and Nathan Torres ran the 4x800 and crushed the school record in that event by 15 seconds, a record that coincidentally was set two years ago on the same track. About 35 minutes later Lane would double back in the open 1600 and looked extremely comfortable running for the win and a 4:23 mark that cast that event's record in his name as well. Nathan Torres had the same double on his schedule for the day, and the extremely talented sophomore ran with poise and great speed to lower his own lifetime PR in the event to 4:33, making his mark the fifth fastest in school history.

Brandon Alcantar had a great showing out in the discus. He muscled the disc to an impressive 153-04 mark, the number two heave in school history and just six inches shy of the record. That title is certainly in his brawny arms' reach!  Jacob Porter had another fine showing in the 300 hurdles, finishing third in the fastest heat of the day. Tayler Fleming had the same result in her 300 hurdle race. Kelli Boyd cleared 5-2 in the high jump, while Hanna Peterson, Carrie Soholt and Raelyn Werley all had season-best marks in the 1600.

At the end of the meet, the girls 4x400 team of Kayla Cunningham, Cailyn Brewster, Abby Creel and Tayler Fleming ran a great race to go 4:07, the number 6 time in school history.

All told, it was a fine day at "the ranch."  A couple new school records, fine early-season performances amid solid San Diego competition and weather.

Photo Gallery   Results  



Thursday, March 17
SHARK BITES DO LITTLE DAMAGE AS KING WINS
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In the second of the Big VIII meets this year, the Santiago Sharks swam into town and put up a spirited battle against the Wolves, despite ending up on the losing side. Though King’s marks wouldn’t do much to change any of the all-time lists, the efforts of both the boys and girls teams were strong enough to pull out victories and continue to build momentum for the last half of the season.

The victory on the guys’ side was evenly spread from the track to the field. Donald Bernard snagged a hard-fought 2nd place finish in the high jump at 6-2 while doing battle with two leapers from Santiago who could really fly. All three placers were over 6-2! Brandon Alcantar and Ahmed Abdul had strong throws in both of the throws to go first and second twice. The pole vault crew of Barnes, Minini and Foody swept the points with all three clearing 12-0. The nicest surprise of the Freshman class, Blake Bergstrom had another fine showing in the triple jump finishing third, but he also waded into the hurdles and finished third there as well! 

On the track, things were going well for the Wolves, led by Matt Vasal’s consistent efforts in the 100 and 200 victories. Lane Werley and Nathan Torres went 1-2 in the 1600, but it was the finish of the 800 that got the fireworks as Brett Moulton of Santiago and Werley waged a wicked kick over the last 100 with Moulton getting the win and stadium record at 1:57.

For the ladies, the battle with the Sharks wasn’t nearly as ferocious as they were able to pull away early and swam away with a 50 point margin of victory. Tayler Fleming had another two victories in both hurdle events, Reina Hutton took third in the 300’s. Hanna Peterson was also a double winner in the 3200 and 800, with Carrie Soholt taking 2nd in the 1600 and 800 to her teammate. Kelli Boyd had another solid high jump effort at 5-4 which ties the stadium record.  The pole vaulters swept like their male teammates, with Melton, Lomhein and Logera doing the work in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. The 400 meter dashers also swept their event as Abby Creel led Kayla Cunningham and Caylin Brewster across the line.

After easy wins last week against Norco, this league match wasn’t quite as easy, as Santiago took an honest swipe at the victory, but in the end King prevailed and swam away with the victories.

Photo Gallery



Thursday, March 24
KING WEATHERS THE RIVALRY WITH POLY, WINS EASILY
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They don’t call it an “all weather surface” for nothing. In its first test as a surface designed to endure the ravages of weather, King High’s new track served as an away meet for the Wolves as the hosting Poly High’s dirt surface found itself in mud from a rain storm that swept through 48 hours earlier.  The day of the meet dawned bright and sunny, but by the time the “visiting” Wolves stepped on the track, the clouds had grayed, wind was whipping and the temperatures were dropping. By the end, the rain was falling even faster than the mercury and the final field events were called while King ran for cover with four victories on two levels in a day that presented all kinds of weather for the all weather track.

The meet started exciting enough in an event that usually serves as almost an afterthought, the girls 3200. Poly’s Kenzie Estes locked horns with King’s Hanna Peterson, Carrie Soholt and Raelyn Werley and the four circled the track in tandem for almost the entire distance. Hanna ended up with the victory and a stadium record at 11:14, but Carrie snagged second and a lifetime PR and the #5 time in school history.  Raelyn who finished fourth ran a lifetime best as well! From there, the girls stormed to a resounding victory over their cross-town rival.  Tayler Fleming won twice in the hurdles to score 10 points, Peterson doubled back with another win in the 800, pulling Katelyn Fatten and Bayleigh Porter to lifetime PR’s. Mackenzie Philips, who doubles as a softball player, ran extremely well in the 100 and 200, taking second in the duece.  Kelli Boyd won a rain-shortened high jump with another impressive 5-2 clearance and Jessica Weise won in the discus at 115’ while placing second in the shot. Emma Jaramillo was the runaway winner in the 1600, followed by freshman Iveth Gutierrez; Abby Creel and Cailyn Brewster did the 1-2 duty in the 400.  The girls were not pressed by the Poly Bears and won easily by over 50 points.

With a win in the 4x100 the boys varsity squad started rolling right after that girls 3200.  Nathan Torres and Brandon Berz followed with a 2-3 finish in the 1600, but it was the back-to-back sweeps in the 110 hurdles (Roach, Jeter and Baum) and the 400 (Moses, Gray and Lambert) that broke it wide open before the midway mark of the meet. Chris Miller had a crowd pleasing win in the 800 as he chased down Cisneros of Poly who valiantly dove at the line in a failed attempt at beating Chris. King swept the 300 hurdles as well with Jacob Porter, Blake Bergstrom and Tejada doing the brooming there. In the field events, King was holding its own as well.  The vaulters cleaned up as Barnes, Foody and Minini went 1-2-3.  Donald Bernard tied the school #3 and the stadium record at 6-4 in the high jump. While Poly went 1-2 in the shot, Ahmed Abdul had a fine 45-3 toss for a PR.  To finish off the good but damp and cold day, Mat Vasal gritted his teeth and took home two wins in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. 



Sunday, March 27
"PR"ODUCTIVE DAY ON TWO FRONTS FOR KING TRACK AND FIELD
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The yearly tradition of splitting the squads and heading in two directions once again proved productive for the program. With the distance runners heading to the ever-popular place of personal records  "PR’s" – Azusa Pacific’s Distance Meet of Champions – and the sprinters and field event crews heading to the Chino Relays, both segments of the team came home from long days of competition with newly created school records, personal records and perhaps a new sense of what is possible.Adidas threw their weight and dollars behind the Azusa distance carnival with streaming coverage by www.flotrack.org , an athlete’s lounge complete with 52” plasmas wired to an Xbox, leather sofas and plenty of gear. Former Olympian, Jim Ryan, was on hand to give autographs. The setting was big and big things it produced.

Lane Werley and Hanna Peterson showcased for King what was a day of personal records. Both were entered in the marquee event of the night, the so-called “Dream Mile” in which the winner will be flown expense free to New York City in July to compete in the national “dream mile”, also sponsored by Adidas. While both Lane and Hanna’s strengths are found in races longer than a mile, they didn’t let that keep them from throwing down phenomenal efforts and school records while finishing 5th in truly loaded fields. Hanna worked her way through the field of 13 and dipped below 5:00 minutes, the elite standard for girl milers. She became the first King girl to do so in the 12 years of our history. Lane has been dropping some draw-dropping performances for a couple of years now, and this mile added another chapter to his book. Racing with the front pack, he ran even splits (2:06 and 2:06 for both halves), finishing fifth in 4:13.90 for the full mile (1609 meters). It was announced as the 5th fastest mark in the nation this year.

The two punctuated under the stadium lights what had already taken place over the previous 12 hours of daylight. King runners raced and set for themselves new standards of achievement while some rewrote the all time lists. Nathan Torres went 4:28  to notch the #3 mark in school history for 1600 meters. Nick Rini dropped below 10:00 for 3200 to snag the #7 mark all time, but it lasted just a few hours before Brandon Berz sliced below it by less than a half-second. The rookie sophomore went sub-10:00 for the first time.   Carrie Soholt moved to #4 all time in the 1600, while Adam Schupp ran what was maybe the strongest race of the day in the 1600 to go 4:36 to snag the #7 mark in school history. Perry Elerts, Tyler Parrish and Trevor Berney finished the 16 hovering around 4:45, all PR’s. Rafi Perez slipped beneath 5:00 for the first time in his career, Taylar Amiot under 6:00 for the first time ever, and Ryan Gibeault had a breakthrough day with a sub 10:30 performance in the 3200, a race in which he came by the 1600 split at 5:08, a “pr” all by itself. Mitchell Cleland, Iveth Gutierrez and Ryan Aguirre all had lifetime PR’s as well.  Bayleigh Porter capped off her terrific week with her 4th PR of the week!

In the 800, Chris Miller PR’d at 2:02 as did Schupp, making a fine double for the tall junior. Katelyn Fatten who has been yearning to break through the 2:30 wall finally did at 2:29.

While the King distance team was running to great heights and PR's all over at Azusa Pacific University Saturday night, the rest of the Wolves made their third annual trip to the Chino Relays. This was the 62nd running of this event and for the past two years, King had done battle with Upland High in close competition for team high point honors in the Invites Divison One category. The 2011 edition would supply the Wolves with  the same type of fight but a different opponent.

It was a surprise when the King coaches found they had been lowered into Division 2  this season but they  found themselves in a battle with a worthy and dogged opponent, the Serrano Diamondbacks of the high desert. Throughout the course of the meet, the score went back and forth; neither team giving much ground until the King girls faltered right at the end, outscored 27-10 over the last four events and fell 106-85. The boys were able to hang on to a 97-96 victory.  Serrano won the divisions' sweepstakes award for combined boys and girls score outscoring the wolves 203-183. However, what the Wolves achieved was all the more impressive because all the other teams in the Division had full squads and races such as the 4X1600 led to thier scoring total. King did not participate in the 4 distance relays AND still was extremely competitive throughout the meet.

In the 11 races/events run by the King girls, they walked away with 7 first places. the Shuttle Hurdle team of Tayler Fleming, Reina Hutton, Giazha Ginwright and Sabrina Suarez got things going with a new school record of 1:12.5.  The Shot Put team of Jessica Weise, Anissa Claiborne and Tierra Edwards also chalked up a record of 91-10. Megan Melton got a new PR in the pole vault (9-6) leading her team to a first place finish and the 4 X 100 team clocked its fastest time of the season at 50.5.

As the girls got overwhelmed at the end of thier meet, the opposite was true for the boys. Two second places in the high jump and the 4 X 400 as well as a first place out of the vault, helped them outscore Serrano 26-0 to eke out the victory. The boys pole vault team set a new school record and highlighted five first places out of the 12 races/events the Wolves took part in.  Jonny Barnes (12-6): Mason Mininni (12-0) and Will Foody (12-0) broke the old record by one and a half feet setting the new standard at 36-6. The King Shuttle Hurdle team picked up where last year's  number one ranked team in the state left off, clocking a 1:04.43. Keston Roach notched a hand held 15-0 on the anchor. Blake Bergstrom, the fablous frosh, continues to improve and won the D-2 long jump at 19-8 and finished third in the triple jump at 41-2 and the Wolves won both those events with ample support from Densel Moody and Vincent Baum.

However, the big highlight on a day of highlights was Brandon Alcanter's massive throw of 157-9 in the discus breaking the school record of Robert Malone set in 2006. He led his teamates, Amed Abdul-Rahman (130-0) and Alex Cappachino( 97-11) to one of the first place finishes.

So on two fronts, the team found remarkably similar battles: Challenges at every turn; from the clock, the opponents and even the weather. But the challenges were met with PR's and SR's, making it a very "pr"-oductive day.

Full Results from Azusa   Full Results from Chino   Photo Gallery from Azusa (by Monday)

Lane's Race  "Sweepstakes Dream Mile"

Watch more video of adidas Meet of Champions on flotrack.org

Hanna's Race "Sweepstakes Dream Mile"

Nathan's Race Sweepstakes Frosh Soph 1600 meters



Thursday, March 31
A MID-SEASON PUNCTUATION MARK OVER CORONA
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After the drubbing the Wolves took at the hands of Corona’s boys last season – losing by 61 points – this year’s matchup was much closer, competitive and exciting. The boys' contest wasn’t decided until the very end when three events closed the door on the vigorous campaign the Panthers unleashed on King’s home track and field.

With the two teams linked by a margin of two points as the meet neared its conclusion, Jonny Barnes lead a pole vault sweep by clearing 13-2, notching the #5 all time mark in the pole vault and giving King all 9 points. At that point on the track, only the 3200 meters and 4x400 relay were left to be run. With King’s premier distance runner Lane Werley not scheduled to compete in the 3200 after earning 10 points and two wins earlier in the 1600 and 800, it would appear that at best King’s 8-lappers would split the points with the talented Corona distance runners. Indeed, the race went off that way, as Brandon Berz and Nick Rini found themselves locked in step with four Panthers for the first mile which they crossed in 4:58. Berz made a bold move to the front on lap 5, splintered the pack and going on to the win, splitting the second mile in 4:57.  Rini whittled away at the second spot and ultimately secured it, giving King an impressive and needed 8 points. The 4x400 team of Jaime Moses, Mat Vasal, Chris Miller and Jacob Porter followed and took the track by storm, racing a very impressive stadium record of 3:28; also the #4 time in school history.  It nailed down the win and finished the meet in King’s favor, 74-62.

Along the way, there were some strong efforts that kept the meet close. Jacob Porter showed his mettle again with super performances in the 300 hurdles and the 400 meters. Porter won the 400, an event he was entered in simply to shore up King’s efforts to earn points.  Josh Jeter picked up a crucial second place in the 110 high hurdles, behind Keston Roach’s great win at 15.6 seconds. In the discus, Brandon Alcantar and Abdul took 1st and 2nd.  

King’s ladies have handled the Panthers well over the years, and this year was no different though for a time the meet was excitingly close until King pulled away with a 29 point margin of victory, 84-55. Like the boys, the girls finished well with a stirring 4x400 meter race that put the team of Abby Creel, Carrie Soholt, Taler Fleming and Kayla Cunningham at the #2 spot all time and holders of a stadium record, breaking a six year old mark. It punctuated a meet that looked like a declaration all along.

It started with a great 3200 that saw Hanna Peterson of King and Alicia Williams of Corona dual for 7 laps then kick for one lap they covered in a scant 70 and 71 seconds.  Peterson’s win and Carrie Soholt’s third place got the meet going. Tayler Fleming grabbed the headlines though, as her performances in the relay and in the hurdle races had coaches from BOTH schools buzzing. In the 300 hurdles, she dropped a full second off her own school record, and set the Stadium record at 46.14. Her anchor leg in the 1600 meter relay sealed the deal … the sophomore is the Real Deal! Cydnie Jones and Mackenzie Philips were impressive in the 100 meters, as Jones won the race over Lambert of Corona by a mere couple-inches, captured only by a photo that showed the one hundredth of a second gap between the two. The finish order was repeated later in the 200 meters. Carrie Soholt and Raelyn Werley gathered in 8 points for the team in the 1600. Kelli Boyd, ever consistent, won the high jump and the triple jump, while placing 2nd in the long jump.

With wins for King at all levels against a very worthy opponent, the victories seemed like a punctuation mark albeit in the middle of a long sentence. Time will tell what the latter half will hold as Roosevelt, Centennial and North remain in the league season.

Photo Gallery



Sunday, April 3
VISTA MURRIETA ROLLS TO DOMINATING WINS IN 7TH-ANNUAL KING CLASSIC
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Over the last several years, Vista Murrieta High School has quickly risen to become one of the premier track and field programs in all of Southern California. Under the leadership of Coley and Karen Candele, they have amassed squads that exceed 300 athletes, and last year won the inaugural Nike National Title in Eugene, Oregon. 

A sizable contingent of that army came to King High in Riverside to defend their 2010 King Frosh Soph Classic titles. If what they showed proves anything, the power and excellence of the Candeles' program should extend into the future. Their younger set carried the standard of excellence well and demonstrated not only a propensity to claim quality marks, but spread the talent across the spectrum of 16 events.

Given the depth of the Mustangs, it is difficult to pick a particular standout on the day, but a likely starting place could be the amazing speed of 9th grader Audriana Holloway, who broke the meet record in the 100 meters , going 12.27.  She came back to win the 200 as well in 25.76. All told, Vista Murrieta had athletes place in the top three spots in 8 of the track events. For good measure, Chelsea Holcomb won the high jump and triple jump, Emily Ayer was second in the vault, Michelle Norman took first in the long jump and Yazmin Torres took second in the discus!  Impressive showing for the ‘Stangs, who ran away with the win and bested the 2nd place host, Martin Luther King by 80 points! 

For Martin Luther King, they were able to amass many of their second-place points off the efforts of Raelyn Werley and Tayler Fleming.  Werley was a two-time winner in the 1600 and 3200, while Fleming took second in the 100 hurdles to Kim Dargel of Mesa Murrieta and won in the 300 hurdles with a fine 47.40 mark. Fleming would work the relays as well, where King took 4th in the 400 and 2nd in the 1600 behind Mesa Murrieta who clocked an impressive 4:12.82 for the frosh-soph crew!Erin Bracy of Glendora had terrific day in the vault, besting her nearest rival by over a foot and setting a new meet record of 10-01.

Summit High’s Destiny Parker also broke the meet-mark in the shot put, heaving the ball 39-02! It was almost 6 feet farther than the previous record, an effort no-doubt pushed by La Sierra’s Sierra Senio who also broke the record with a second-place toss of 37-10. Parker was also the winner in the discus.

On the boys side, it was equally Vista Murrieta’s show, though Glendora put up a good fight to finish second overall in the team scoring. VM was just simply dominant in too many events for Glendora or any challenger to muster enough points. The mustangs won the 400, 800, 1600, both hurdle races (Larry Williams doing the barrier sweep) and the 1600 meter relay. They would take second in the 400 relay to Rancho Verde-Moreno Valley. 

While they dominated the track,  VM found the points harder to get in the field.  Their only win came in the vault as Bryan Yup cleared 13-0 to notch his name on the record-list for the seven-year old Frosh-Soph meet. It their cross town foe, Murrieta Valley that soared. The “Grandfather” school of the burgeoning city in Southern Riverside County, put forth a standout leaper in Daniel Adame who bested all who’ve come before him with a high jump win of 6-4 and a long jump victory of 19-4.5.

The throws saw upstart Yorba Linda HS go 1-2 in the shot with throws by Ryan Borak and Austin Thomas landing nearly 49 feet from the ring. Sosefo Mailangi of Riverside Poly was the winner in the discus with a fine effort of 134-3.5.

For the runner up Glendora squad, their point totals came from a scrappiness that was to be admired. Other than Sean Williams’ double victory campaign in the 100 and 200, their battle for “lesser points” amounted to “big gains” by the time it was all tallied. Mike Duke was second in the 800 and 1600, Cade Lindsay 3rd in the 110 Hurdles and their 4x400 relay group finished 4th. Along the way they peppered their meet total with 4th and 5th place finishes that bested Martin Luther King by 10 points for the Runner Up place behind Vista Murrieta. 

Results from 2011 King Classic  (Scroll to the bottom of the results to see the team scores.)

Photo Gallery of the meet



Sunday, April 10
WEISE AND WERLEY WRITE MORE RECORDS AT ARCADIA
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Jessica Weise is the best thrower King has ever seen. Lane Werley, the best distance runner to wear the King uniform.  On the big stage that is the Arcadia Invitational, both athletes added to their credentials and wrote their names atop three more school records.

On Friday afternoon, Jessica got her weekend of throwing off to a great start with a solid shot put throw that unfortunately landed one inch shy of a medal. But it was on Saturday that she unleashed her best ever discus toss, eclipsing Chantel Hick’s two-year-old SR by over five feet. It landed 126’ 8” from the ring, was a 7 foot PR and secured her the third place finish and the title as King’s Queen of the Ring.  It was quite a 24 hours for the soft-spoken senior!

The distance events couldn’t be more different than the throws, and it’s in the oval not the ring that Lane Werley has been running rampant for three seasons now. With SR’s in four separate events this season alone, he added his name to the 4x1600 and Distance Medley Relay (DMR) just for good measure. On Friday night in the 4x1600, he teamed up with teammates Nick Rini, Nathan Torres and Brandon Berz and the four of them lowered the SR by 13 seconds!  On Saturday night, Lane returned to anchor the Distance Medley and after Brandon Berz (1200 meters) Mat Vasal (400) and Nathan Torres (800) all laid down terrific splits – Nathan’s was a season-best 2:00.7 - Lane anchored the 1600 with a 4:15. Their time of 10:31.71 sliced about a half-second off the old mark.

But the exciting weekend of track, at what is arguably the highest-caliber high school meet in the country each season, wasn’t the domain of Weise and Werley alone. The boys shuttle relay team – which had won it all back in 2010, were appointed a “lesser” heat this time around.  No matter, the team proceeded to win their race and notch the third-fastest time on the day, all heats combined. Kudos to Blake Bergstrom, Josh Jeter, Jacob Porter and Keston Roach!

Hanna Peterson ran another super race in the mile on Saturday night, making her the first individual distance runner from King to qualify for the prestigious “night meet” on Saturday. She clocked 5:02 for the full mile while finishing 5th in the seeded heat. Carrie Soholt had a great weekend of racing, going 11:09 in the 3200 on Friday night, a PR by 7 seconds and then coming back in the DMR on Saturday and splitting a 2:20 800 leg.  Brandon Alcantar had a near-PR in the discus despite fouling in four of his six attempts. He finished 7th overall,  a fine showing for his first time at Arcadia.

From across the country, athletes come to Arcadia from across the country and even from Riverside. They come expecting a great meet, and Arcadia never disappoints. For Jessica Weiss and Lane Werley, their names already etched into King’s history books, they signed their names yet again atop a list, their talent and desire for excellence disappointing not.

Photo gallery   Results



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Thursday, April 14
DOG FIGHT NEVER MATERIALIZES, WOLVES WIN EASILY
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The Huskies of Centennial and the Wolves of King engaged in a dual meet on Wednesday and while the mascots screamed for a headline along the lines of "Dogfight!", the meet actually turned out to be a very casual affair that brought King four more wins without much of a challenge. The boys scored over 100 points while the girls finished just 2 shy of the century mark.

Despite the lack of competition, the boys were able to put together a few strong performances. Mat Vasal had four victories and a PR in the 100 meters. The jumpers were launching themselves as if it were a league final. Blake Bergstrom PR'd at 20-6.5, and came back to win in the triple jump at 40'. Vince Baum was 2nd also at 40' and second in the long jump at 20'1". Jacob Porter had two hurdle wins and the pole vaulters swept.

Cydnie Jones had two wins in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Megan Mealton PR'd in the vault going 10-0. Asia Johnson also had two wins in both of the horizontal jumps while Katelyn Fatten had her first victory in the 800, interestingly one of the few events that Centennial was able to muster up some competition as they went 2-3. Kelli Boyd, Asia Johnson and Amanda Harrison swept the high jump and Raelyn Werley, Iveth Gutierrez and Bayleigh Porter swept the 3200.

 



Saturday, April 16
CITY CHAMPIONSHIP COOKS UP QUALITY MARKS AND GOOD TIMES
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The 2011 running of the Riverside City Championships found itself reborn again under abnormally warm conditions. The setting was at King High school, the newest of the storied city’s institutions, but the hot temperatures did nothing more than heat up the action while “The Best in Town” stared the mercury in the face and threw down impressive marks across both field and track. It was a good show for the “2nd Annual” meet that was reborn in 2010 after a 20 year hibernation.

Though a sparse crowd was in attendance in the stadium, the numbers gathered around the throwing circles were numerous and vocal and they were not disappointed. Deja Watkins of JW North was the class of the field in the shot put as she tossed not only a new meet record of 42-03, but also set a new stadium record. She gave it her best in the discus, but was outdone by King’s Jessica Wiese who bested her cross-town rival by 17 inches to win and set a stadium record of her own in that event. On the boys’ side, Matthew O’Hara of Poly put the shot beyond 50 feet to win easily over JaQuan Scott of La Sierra. Ahmed Abdul-Rahman and Brandon Alcantar of King were the runaway winners in the discus as they were 10 and 16 feet over the nearest competitor.

Running away with victory and records was La Sierra’s Edgar Cobian. The soft spoken and uber-talented junior who last season ran at the State Championships in the 800, showed his credentials by winning both the 800 and 1600 in times that belied the weather. His 1:56.97 and 4:24.78 both set new stadium marks and the 800 was a meet record. Tyler Huntley finished second to Cobian in the 1600 but came storming back in the 3200, out-kicking Mueen Ghoury of Rubidoux over the last 50 meters to set his own stadium record at 9:42.20. In the hurdles, Ramona’s Zach Lewis was second to King’s Keston Roach in the 110’s, but came back for a stirring flight-by-flight dual with Roach’s teammate Jacob Porter in the 300’s. The two separated from the pack by a gap that looked like it belonged in a much longer race and raced hard to the line, with Lewis getting the win. The effort pushed Porter up four spots on King’s all-time list for the event and into the lead, breaking a year-old school record.

Equally impressive in the hurdle events was Woodcrest Christian’s Hanna Seabert who bested all of her “bigger school” opponents in the 100 hurdles. Tayler Fleming of the host school, King, won the 300 version of the event, running 45.40 and edging Arlington’s Laura McDowell for the victory. McDowell’s effort may have been diminished slightly as the 300 hurdles closely follows the 800 meters, an event she won going wire-to-wire and holding off a hard-charging Katelyn Fatten of King who ran a personal best on the season.

Mariel Mendoza of JW North was a double winner taking gold in the 1600 and 3200. Abigail Creel of King became the school’s third runner ever to slip under 60-seconds in the 400, winning the event by a comfortable margin. Taylor Coffelt of Jurupa Valley was a double winner in the sprints, while JW North’s Garrette Biggers won the boys 400 and anchored the victorious 4x400 team over King’s foursome who notched King’s #3 mark All Time. In the pole vault, there were four guys locked into a 13-0 face off as the event began to wind down under a setting sun. Jurupa Valley’s AJ Hop, Poly’s George Goodwin and King’s Will Foody and Jonny Barnes tried to one-up one another, but it was Barnes who bested them all with his lifetime best of 13-6. The lights were on by the time the gun sounded for the final event. The sun had set on a hot day for mid-April, but the heat only seemed to cook up some quality efforts and performances.

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Sunday, April 17
DISTANCE RUNNERS SHINE AT MT.SAC
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On the eve of the City Championship, King sent a few of the team's top distance runners to Mt.SAC in Walnut. Hanna Peterson came home with a newly formed school record in the 3200 meters. She had to earn it the hard way, as the expected field of strong competitors didn't materialize and the Arizona-bound senior had to run the last 1600 essentially on her own. Despite a couple of laps in there that fell off pace, she was still able to close with a 73 on the final lap and lower her own SR down three seconds.

Carrie Soholt competed in the 1600 and continued her solid and exciting year of improvement. She lowered her own PR in the event by two seconds and moved into the #3 mark in school history with a good, solid race. She finished 5th overall.

Lane Werley had what he admitted was an "off day" but still managed to run a 3200 time that most high school two-milers would call a lifetime achievement, going 9:09 for second in his first attempt at his primary race this season.

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Thursday, April 21
A GASP AND A GROAN AS ROOSEVELT WINS

 

It appeared for a moment that the momentum would swing in King's favor. With 100 meters to go and three Roosevelt half milers racing side-by-side in front of him, Nathan Torres found an extra reserve, another gear and more importantly, a sliver of daylight on the inside of lane one. Sprinting ferociously, he found the gap and raced to the line in a stirring come from behind victory in a near-school record time. His win, punctuated with arms raised spontaneously upon crossing the line, had the crowd on their feet and seemed to be just what the underdog Wolves would need to turn the momentum in their favor against the favored Mustangs of Roosevelt. While triumphant and a definite high point on the day, Torres' victory wouldn't be enough to sustain the team and Roosevelt ended up winning by a comfortable margin of 12 points, 74-62.

Their team victory wasn't easy however, as King's efforts across the spectrum proved to be meddlesome to the defending league champions. The pole vault ended in a clean sweep for King, as both Jonny Barnes and Will Foody cleared 13-6, just two inches shy of a school record. Mason Minini followed in third with a solid jump of 12-6. In the discus, Brandon Alcantar extended his own SR and set a stadium record of 161' 2.5" to win, with Abdul Ahmed second at 136' 4.5" The throwers swept the shot with Abdul setting a big PR at 47' 7.5". Newcommer Saleem Omary was second with a personal best at 38'+ and Alcantar finished third.

It was in the sprint-based events and in the distances that King would suffer the most. King was swept in the 400, 100 and 200 and lost the 300 hurdles. The normal distance depth didn't manifest itself either as a trio of improved multi-lappers from Roosevelt softened the blow. While Keston Roach was able to snag a victory with a photo finish in the 110 high hurdles, his hurdling compatriot Jacob Porter was gamely making a stab at some points in the 400. It was for not as he and 200 meter specialist Mat Vasal were shut out in the one-lap sprint. That left Porter a bit jelly-legged in his main event, the 300 hurdles, leaving him in second place there.  Lane Werley added 10 points in the distances winning both the 1600 and 3200 in stadium record times, but the Mustangs were able to grab 2nd and 3rd in both events and thereby dulling the impact of Werley's wins. Blake Bergstrom was able to win the triple jump in a leap of 41', but he was sandwiched into 2nd place in the long. 

So it was that kind of day for the Wolves. Just when they thought they could pull off an upset, the Mustangs came charging back and rejoiced with a 12 point win.

For the girls, it was much closer as the two teams finished a mere 2 points apart when it was all counted up. Theirs was a see-saw contest, with both teams going back and forth the entire meet. It was settled only by the 1600 meter relay at the end, in which a patch-work squad of King runners, cobbled from other events, couldn't pull off the win.

It didn't start that way though, as Raelyn Werley, Hanna Peterson and Kasey Tippets easily swept the 3200 to create a 9 point King advantage right out of the gate. But by the time the 400 relay and the 100 hurdles were done, Roosevelt was right back in it. Tayler Fleming gave chase to the fastest hurdler in the league, Iris Chijioke, who nearly broke the 9-year old stadium record in the 100 hurdles, despite a prevailing head wind. Chijioke did go on later to set the stadium record in the 300 hurdles at 44.99, while Fleming and Reina Hutton finished 2nd and 3rd. Roosevelt dominated the sprints and the long jump, but Kelli Boyd's athleticism prevailed in the triple jump and in the high jump where she PR'd at 5' 6", setting her own stadium record in the process. Hanna Peterson's school record run in the 800 was diminished a bit in the team scoring as Roosevelt snagged a surprise 2nd and 3rd.  A normal strength for King is the pole vault, but a new stadium record was set there as well, with Centanaro of Roosevelt winning at 11-2 while Megan Mealton had to split four points with Roosevelt, tieing for 2nd.

Jessica Weise remained dominant in the throws, shot putting her way to victory there and extending her own school record in the discus at 129' 9.5".  But, symbolic of the day for the Wolves, Roosevelt took some of the sting out of those great throws by finishing 2-3 in the shot and third in the discus.

There were, by day's end, enough strong performances that had spectators, coaches and fellow athletes gasping in amazement.  Eleven stadium records were set.  Individuals runners, throwers and leapers from King showed good form, mettle and desire.  But the groan could be heard as well when it was realized that collectively King had fallen short of the victory and with it, a diluted chance at winning the league title.

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Monday, April 25
SMALLER SQUAD COMPETES WELL ON BIGGER STAGE OF IE CHAMPIONSHIPS
It was a weekend of rest and recovery for most members of the King Track and Field team. After a tough week which included the hosting of the Riverside City Championships and an emotional loss on the varsity level to Roosevelt, the King coaching staff took a comparatively relaxed approach to this weekend's Inland Empire Championships making it optional and cutting back on the number of events kids would compete in. Despite that attitude, over 40 athletes took up the challenge of competing on Riverside County's biggest stage in a meet that brought 64 schools and 2,800 athletes to Vista Murrieta High School

The day was cold and blustery and that weather went well into the night affecting athletes spectators and performances. Despite that, the King kids preformed well recording a number of PR's and solid finishes. An example of the weather affecting marks and fighting through it was Jesscia Weise. Jessica was able to win the IE championship in the discus at 114-10 as her throws were being constantly batted down by the hostile winds. It was a tough day for all the throwers in the competition but Jessica was able to fight her way through the elements for the win. Same can be said for Brandon Alcanter, who set another school record in the discus finishing second overall. After a foul throw, he ripped off throws of 151; 157 and then the one that vaulted him into second place-162-4.

A major highlight came, however, in the girls Invitational 1600 where 10th grader Raelyn Werley stepped into the spotlight with a fourth place finish. Sitting in sixth place some ten yards from the front running pack entering the final 800, Raelyn ripped through the final two laps and finished in 5:12.14-a 7 second PR and good for 6th place on the All-Time list!

Other fine work was turned in by Nathan Torres in the 3200 with a 9:59.6 and Cydnie Jones finished 10th overall with a 12.56 in the 100 meters. Jonny Barnes continues to flirt witht he 14 foot mark in the Pole Vault finishing at 13-6. Tyler Parrish finished 7th in the Day portion of the meet with a 2:05.8 in the 800. Keston Roach swept to a 15.24 time in the Invitational 110 hurdles. Cameron Brock continues his ascendancy in the pole vault as he once again tied the freshman pole vault record at 11-0 and came extremely close to 11-6. Vince Baum got his PR in the triple jump at 41-2.

As the final race ended around 10:30 pm so did the King varsity invitational season. Overall, a good day considering the challenge of the elements and another step in the process as we begin the move toward May and the championship portion of the season.


Thursday, April 28
SEEING THE FINISH LINE, WOLVES END SEASON IN STRIDE
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After the close losses a week ago to Roosevelt and the subsequent relinquishing of any hope of a league title, it could have been understandable had the Wolves succumbed to going through the motions against cross-town rival JW North on Wednesday.

Warm temperatures and the fact that it was the last dual of the season, made lethargy the enemy and a nonchalant attempt at a final victory of the season could well have won the day. Fortunately, that wasn't the case for the boys and girls' teams who both took home commanding victories against the Huskies.

The girls varsity got back to their winning ways after losing for only the 9th time since the school opened last week.  While two of the finest distance runners in the state did battle in the 3200 meters to open it up -- King's Hanna Peterson besting North's Mariel Mendoza in a final lap sprint -- the relay team got an easy victory and the Lady Wolves were ready to start pulling away against a school that has played a part in one-third of King's 9 historic losses. Tayler Fleming, Reina Hutton and Sabrina Suarez swept the 100 hurdles while Abby Creel rebounded to a fine win in the 400 at a near-PR of 60-flat.

Sweeping seemed to be the theme of the day.  Kelli Boyd, Amanda Harrison and Elyse Gamo swept the high jump, Carrie Soholt, Bayleigh Porter and Katelyn Fatten the 800.  The 200, long jump and pole vault were all broomed up by King athletes and for good measure, King won both relay races as well. Cydnie Jones ran the #5 all time mark for the 100 meter dash.

While the boys from King don't enjoy the historic dominance of their female counterparts, what they do share is a tradition of getting thumped by North. The 60 points that separated the Wolves from their opponents on this day assuaged the bitter past a bit and the guys' enjoyed a relatively easy victory throughout. Josh Jeter and Jacob Porter dominated the 110 high hurdles, but North came back with a sweep of the 400 meters. Mat Vasal, who has had as fine a season as anyone at King, took the sting from that sweep by winning the 100 dash; he'd later come back and take victory in the 200 as well. Brandon Alcantar won the discus while taking second in a King sweep of the shot put, an event that Ahmed Abdul won with a toss of 44-6. Abdul who finished second in the discus threw it 151' 3" to notch his name at #4 All Time at King. Cisneros, Baum and Fowler swept the high jump while Barnes, Minini and Foody swept the vault, albeit without an opponent. Not in the scoring top three, but certainly significant, was Cameron Brock breaking the freshman record for the vault by soaring 12-0!   

The teams end the dual meet season with identical records of 7-1, 6-1 in league. The JV squads both ran uninterrupted through the league, winning every meet they contested. All in all, a good season and a fine way to go out.

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Sunday, May 1
FROSH SOPH ATHLETES FINISH WELL AT THE SHOWDOWN IN NORCO
The Inaugural Corona-NorcoSoph/Frosh Showdown was billed as an opportunity for athletes to end the 2011 season on a positive note, especially for those who would not be invited to their League Finals next week. Approximately 60 King High Wolves braved the extremely windy conditions and took advantage of the invitation as they ran, jumped and threw their way to numerous PR's; season bests and on the women's side of the bracket, a 1st Place Trophy.

The Lady Wolves far outdistanced their closest opponent, Norco, by some 70 points, scoring 132 in the victory They scored in almost every event in which they participated. Jordan Lofton would pace the Wolves with a 4th place in the 100 and a 3rd place in the 200 with PR times of 13.14 and 26.9 respectively. Jordon also anchored both relays to a second (4 X 400) and a third (4 X 100). Priscilla Carrasco (2 second places) and Savannah Saucedo ( a third and a fifth) scored big points in the 1600 and the 800. Caitlin Smith showed grreat [promise for the future with a PR jump of 14-4 in the long jump and a first place in the triple jump at 29-6. It was only the second time this year Caitlin has competed in the triple. Smith was followed to the victory stand in the triple jump by her team mates, Janelle Cunningham in 2nd-Aliyah mMarshall in 3rd and Hailey Vallejo in 4th-a clean sweep for the Wolves!!! Cheyanne Lewis won her heat of the 400 and finished third overall and Ellise Jeannaquin won the pole vault.Newbie hurdlers Sabrina Suarez and Kathie Domencici also tallied points for the team.

The boys finished in fifth place despite the efforts of Ryan Aiuma and Weston Templeton. Between the two of them, they scored 30 of King's point total.  Ryan won the high hurdles in 16.6 and nabbed a second in the 300 hurdles at 44.03. Templeton got third in both barrier races in PR times of 17.3 and 44.09. Both were also key to the fourth place finish of the 4 X 400. Cameron Brock cleared 11-0 in the vault for second and the 4 X 100 relay of Jahai Scott, Justin Snow, Daniel Davis and Brady Coup-Jackson, picked up fifth place. Yamani Briggs finished 5th in the high jump at 5-2 and got a big PR in the long jump at 17-11. Also picking up PR's were Anthony Calvilo at 108-1 in the discus for second place and Ismael Bartley threw the plate 97-10 for fifth place.

So, as advertised "The Showdown" was the end of the season for some; a warmup for league prelims and finals for others but overall a look into the future and a positive look it was.


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Friday, May 6
GO BIG OR GO HOME, IT'S THE BIG 8 STYLE

The Big 8 isn’t one of the grandfather leagues, it’s birthday was less than a handful of years ago. But in short order, it’s arisen to become one of the more talented and quality leagues in the Southern Section and would rival the Temecula/Murrieta powerhouse Southwestern League if put head to head. All of that quality and talent was on display in dramatic fashion on Thursday night at King High as the 2011 Big 8 League Championships were held. Those competitors  who failed to bring their “A-Game” or who --  at the bare minimum -- missed the prerequisite attitude for the meet of “Go Big or Go Home,” were left in the shadows of those who did.

Perhaps that was most evident in the field events, held at the margins of the stadium and sadly often beyond the gaze of the crowd. Arguably one of the highlights of the meet was Will Foody’s stunning victory in the pole vault. He simply refused to be outdone among a stellar field that sadly was absent Jonny Barnes who broke his ankle in practice on Monday. Foody launched himself to the title by going 14-0! The mark broke the six year old stadium best and broke the school record by 5 inches. It also set a meet record.  At the other end in the throws, six – count them, six! girls in the shot put qualified for CIF!  You read that right, you had to throw it beyond 37 feet just to finish in the top 7! Jessica Weise actually improved on her own school record, going 37-06, but still finished "only" third in that impressive group. The good news is she'll move on to CIF. Brandon Alcantar didn’t have his best throw of the season in the discus but it was enough to win and he was followed in second by Abdul Ahmed Rahmen.

Most of the spectators were focused on the track however, where the performances were frankly dazzling and record-setting and worthy of being noticed.  For the boys, Lane Werley found himself going home with two league titles that were not as easily acquired as they could have been. Beset with a nasty chest cold since early in the week, the talented senior muscled through the 1600 with gritted teeth and scorched lungs racing to a meet-record 4:18. Depleted, the 3200 meters – his specialty that last year took him to the State finals and an All American 5,000 meter title  – turned into a tactical, “do enough to win” affair, which he did well with a negative split race and a 64-second last 400 to pull away from three dogged pursuers.  In the moments that followed, the well respected and admired senior enjoyed the well-wishes and congratulations of both teammates and opponents who recognized he was far short of being physically 100%.  Thankfully Kelli Boyd was healthy, as her season began 2 months ago with some health problems that led to a slow start for the Fresno State bound leaper. She finished extremely well on this night however as she, like Lane, earned two league titles, executing well in the high and triple jumps. The victories are sure to give the talented and soft-spoken senior some much needed momentum as she heads into the rounds of CIF, a tounament she's familiar with as she advanced to the Masters' meet in 2010 in the high jump.

Athletic fireworks were being shot off in the 1600-meter relays that were truly exciting races for both the boys and the girls teams. The girls’ squad of Cydnie Jones, Carrie Soholt, Abby Creel and Tayler Fleming battled Corona and Roosevelt for a third place finish and in the process brought down the 9-year old school record (set way back in 2002!) with a 4:00.41 mark!  It was a stirring display of great handoffs and spirit by the four ladies! The boys matched the same bravado as they gamely took the challenge of a very tough field, ultimately finishing fourth with the #2 time in school history at 3:24.50.  In this instance, "go big" wasn't big enough, leaving squad member Chris Miller to exclaim “You run 3:24 and don’t go to CIF??”  His perspective has merit, the 3:24:08 SR was run at CIF Finals in 2004 and earned that team a second-place finish in all of CIF!

Earlier, there were good marks by many King kids that unfortunately, thanks to the depth of the league, left them off the podium and out of CIF.  One was Chris Miller who saved his best for last and put down a terrific 800, finishing 4th, but dropping below 2:00 for the first time (#4 all time) and executing perfectly the distance. Mat Vasal was a bridesmaid as well in the 400, faltering only over the last 10 meters to miss punching his ticket to CIF. His time of 50.58 was the #3 time in school history however.  Blake Bergstrom improved by over a foot and a half in the triple jump going 42-05 for a 5th place finish. Blake is one of the top freshmen jumpers in the state!  In the 110 high hurdles, Keston Roach raced to a 15.04 second place finish, while Josh Jeter was 4th at 15.59. . He came back in the 300’s and finished 4th again with a time of 40.20 which is King’s #5 all time. Tayler Fleming had a busy day in the relays while nailing down a 2nd place finish in the 300 meter hurdles. 

Mason Minini finished his high school career in the vault with a fine 13-0 clearance for fourth place. Cydnie Jones was the 4th place finisher in the 100 dash, equaling her season’s best mark. She equaled that placing in the 200 later in the meet, underscoring the reality of how tough the young league has gotten in short order.  Carrie Soholt, Katelyn Fatten and Bayleigh Porter were the recipients of the same treatment in the 800 as all three ran marks that would have put them on the podium – if not outright victorious – in most other leagues. Soholt, who had already finished third in the 1600, battled for 4th, but was closely followed by the tandem of sophomores who finished their seasons of improvement with PR’s at 2:24.99 for Fatten and 2:26.08 for Porter. For comparison, they started this campaign in the high 2:30’s! Great growth! 

Hanna Peterson qualified for CIF in the 3200, finishing second to Mariel Mendoza who ran a stadium and meet record of 10:47.91. Megan Melton was the runner up in the vault with an impressive PR of 10-4, the number four mark in school history. Jessica Weise threw the discus beyond the meet record, but playing the tune of the day, it too wasn’t quite good enough as she was beaten for the championship and settled for a solid second place and berth in CIF Prelims.

At the JV level, King saw some good results as well. The boys 800 squad swept with Trevor Berney, Jordan Goldie and Gabriel Penate getting the medals.  Berney had earlier taken 3rd in the 1600. Jordan Lofton won the 200 meters, Jennifer Cuevas was second in the 400 and Priscilla Carrasco and Savanah Saucedo were 2nd and 3rd in the 800 with PR’s. The girls 4x100 relay team of Lofton, Annie McKell, Cheyanne Lewis and Jennifer Cuevas were victorious. Caitlyn Smith won in the triple jump, Vanessa McCullough the discus. Jamal Orme was the runner up in the 100 meters and 3rd in the duece. Nathan Meier was 3rd in the 3200 meters. Ryan Aimua and  Weston Templeton went 1-2 in both of the hurdle races, while Anthony Calvillo harvested two medals in the throws.

So the young league proved to be beyond it’s years in the 2011 edition of it’s league finals. The Big 8 has quickly proven it’s depth and quality and it’s ability to send numerous athletes from more than a couple of schools into the CIF Divisional prelims and ultimately, the finals and beyond.  It’s been quite a transformation from “nothing” to “something” and will no doubt add to it’s reputation in coming seasons: In the Big 8, you better go big, or you’ll be going home.

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Saturday, May 14
D1 PRELIMS TAKES FOUR TO THE FINALS
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In a sport dictated by numbers, track and field can bring the best and worst of it. Athletes are measured by their marks, all of which are written with numerals. Standards of excellence are by the numbers. Qualifying to get into the CIF Preliminaries, runners and jumpers and throwers had to finish in the top 3 places inside their league. 2nd and 3rd had to meet particular marks. Even CIF is divided into four divisions and for King at the Division One preliminaries Saturday, a team that started last February with 250 athletes found their numbers whittled down by the competition and the high standards to a mere four. Indeed, it's all about the numbers! 

Hanna Peterson, Lane Werley, Kelli Boyd each punched their tickets to the CIF Finals for the second time in two seasons, while newcomer Keston Roach will make the trip to Cerritos next week for his first time ever. Everyone on the day coveted the number 9 -- at minimum -- for in all 16 events, the best nine marks were granted the invitation to compete at the Finals. For fifteen King athletes, their season sadly came to an end as their numbers weren't quite good enough against one of the toughest divisions in all of California.

Hanna Peterson's qualifying 3200 was by far her best race of the season as she patiently executed her strategy of sitting off the back end of the lead pack before moving up. She negative split the race, finishing 3rd (5th overall in the two heats) and lowered her own school record in the distance to 10:49.18. Lane's 3200 meters was quite the opposite as he cruised through to a victory, leading the entire 8 laps and ending with a comfortable 9:13. Kelli Boyd's high jump of 5-1 was good enough to put her in the middle of the nine who after the standard was cleared were told to pack it up and wait a week before attempting higher numbers. Keston Roach's numbers were good enough by a much more narrow margin, typical of an event that lasts only 15 seconds. His 110 High Hurdle performance put him in 8th, two-hundreths of a second ahead of 9th, and less than a half-second from not qualifying! The vastly improved senior will enjoy the big stage next week without doubt!

For fellow hurdler Tayler Fleming, the hundreths-of-a-second favor that befell Keston, didn't go her way as her 300 meter time of 45.19 was .04 out of the last qualifying spot!  It's hard to say it could get any closer than that, but again, the numbers are what they are, and the talented sophomore will head to Cerritos next week as the "first alternate" hoping upon hope that one of the nine will drop out by gun time.

Brandon Alcantar had a good throw in the discus, an almost personal best of 160', but finished just outside the money-numbers in 12th. Ahmed Abdul Rhamen also had a near-best day, but finished 20th overall in the same event.

The numbers go both ways of course -- they can be bittersweet. Such was the case with Carrie Soholt, who finished 18th overall in the 1600, an achievement that alone is a quality mark and would leave many milers ecstatic. For the driven and talented senior it wasn't good enough though as qualifying was something she had just missed a year ago (she was 10th in 2010), and had her sights set on that goal this time around. Megan Mealton finished in the pole vault with a 9-09 leap, while Mason Minini finished his career with a PR of 13-03. Jessica Weise didn't have her best day in both throws, but still finished in the top 20 on the day.

So it was that kind of day -- a day in which the numbers told the story. For some,their numbers spelled a conclusion to the 2011 season and they'll have to live with the memories of better numbers etched in earlier weeks. For four, the Final Four, their story was an exciting one that opened up to at least one more chapter.  The conclusion to it all will come, appropriately, seven days from now.

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Sunday, May 22
A HAUL OF HARDWARE AT CIF FINALS
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The Southern Section Track and Field Finals are about as tough a meet to get into this side of the State Championships. The depth, quality and quantity of track athletes in a section that encompasses nearly half the state and over 500 schools makes just qualifying to compete among the top 9 athletes in one's event a truly fine accomplishment. The simple act being included in such a lofty crowd should be enough for most athletes.  Competing well on such a big stage is even finer still.

For three of the four athletes King sent to the Cerritos College stadium for the annual "Big Dance", the day proved to be a moment to shine and they came away with All-CIF honors and medals while two of those three punched their tickets to compete next weekend at the Masters meet.

It has been said that 90% of success is "just showing up."  While a debate could be had regarding the veracity of such a claim, what is true, is that if you don't show up, you will miss out on the opportunity to grab success when it comes. Such was the case in Keston Roach's 110 meter high hurdles race. One week ago, Keston earned one of the last berths into the Finals by the skin of his teeth, had he run just four one hundreths of a second slower in the preliminaries, he would have been watching the Finals rather than racing them.  So, it would have been understandable if as he was thingking as he was taking the blocks as he did out in lane 9, "I just want to run and have some fun."  But as hurdle coach Ken Bracy has said, the hurdles are like a white water boat ride, and "anything can happen." On this day, that "anything" did happen and Roach seized the opportunity. A false start was called after the first gun, and after all five officials huddled for several minutes in discussion, they disqualified the #2 seed in the race for jumping the gun. The field of hurdlers was suddenly thinned. The second start was fair, but the top seed out of Yucaipa High, racing in lane 5 crashed over the 7th barrier, thinning the field some more. Meanwhile, Keston was busy putting down an incredible effort and making the most of his opportunity, capitalizing on every moment and every hurdle. He crossed the line in 6th place, racing to a 14.82 mark, an All-CIF medal and honor, a PR and the #2 time in King's history. Indeed, while the 110-highs can be akin to a white water ride, for those who emerge from the churning rapids, good things can be had!

The 3200 meter races are a bit more placid than the hurdles, but don't be mistaken, at the CIF level, they are far from a lazy drift down a meandering two mile river. Hanna Peterson's race started like a jump from a cliff as the entire field of 18 (D1 and D4 combined) went out in chase of Simi Valley's phenom, Sarah Baxter who would ultimately win the race by almost 20 seconds. Hanna settled in after the fast first lap but found herself at one point in 14th place. Her pace was solid however and after a 5:23 mile split, she started picking off those who mismanaged the early laps and were coming back. Her final 1200 meters were executed perfectly as she moved from mid-field to third place (D1), punctuated with a 73-second closing lap. It's the highest finish ever at CIF Finals for a King female distance runner, and her time of 10:49 matched her own school record. She then had to wait out the next race of D2 and D3 runners to see where her mark would fit among the top 12 overall. Eleven minutes later it was confirmed, Hanna would be moving on to Masters!

Lane Werley took to the track next and as one of the top four two milers in the state, it would be understandable if his race took on a little less urgency than perhaps others in the field. That said, Amar Mousa of Arcadia was also on the line, and the two talented seniors would lock horns again with the drama surrounding one question: of the two, who would win? (Both guys will run in the Pac 12 next year -- Moussa at Colorado, Lane at UCLA -- and no-doubt resume their friendly rivalry which has now spanned 2 years of cross country and track).  They quickly gapped the field and went side by side for six laps before Moussa was able to wedge a five meter advantage over Lane and hold it to the finish. Still, Lane's race was a beauty, as he finished second for the second straight year while clocking the first sub-9:00 race in Riverside County since 1977!  His even-split (4:28 and 4:28 1600's) 8:56.84 is #3 all time in county history, improves off his 9:02.44 school record he set last year at the State Finals and sets the stage for a run in the next week or two at the county record of 8:53.

Unfortunately, the season and high school career of Kelli Boyd came to a premature ending in the high jump as she no-heighted. We're confident that good things await the talented leaper as she heads to Freson State next year.

In the end, the long season will stretch out at least another week for King, fittingly in the longest event on the track, the 3200 meters. Hanna Peterson and Lane Werley will toe the line on Friday night at the Masters meet, their names firmly and deservedly among the best 12 distance runners in all four divisions of the best Section in all of the state.  At stake is an opportunity to advance to the State championship in Fresno on June 4th, and if the two distance runners can gain any insight from a hurdle race, it's best to show up ready to race, for anything can happen

Results      Photo Gallery   Link to video of Lane's race   Link to video of Hanna's race
video of Keston's race shown below.  

 



Saturday, May 28
LANE WERLEY QUALIFIES FOR THE STATE MEET IN THE 3200 METERS

Hanna Peterson and Lane Werley started the week in similar fashion. One week ago, they had qualified for the Masters' Meet in the 3200 meters and by Tuesday night, they had picked up the honor of being chosen the King High Athletes of the Year.

The week ended differently however as Hanna was unable to move on to the State Championship while Lane earned his second consecutive trip to Clovis on June 4.

For Hanna it was simply a matter of bad timing, as she developed strep throat earlier in the week and was beset by fever and fatigue. Despite a strong effort in the race that included coming across the mile split at 5:25, she succumbed to the pace and the week of illness and wasn't able to muster up the race she needed. Her disappointment does not take away however the level of her accomplishment nor the prospects for her future as she'll be competing for the University of Arizona Wildcats next fall.

Lane enjoyed good health all week and used that strength to push through a race that was odd, if it wasn't anything else. With 10 of the best 3200 meter runners in the whole state in the field, the talented group couldn't seem to find or didn't want to run an even pace, so after three laps of fast and slow, Lane asserted himself to the front and did the work alone. After 6 laps he was some 10 meters ahead of the field and looked as if he'd hold that advantage to the line but was caught by two fliers whose kicks outdid his own 61-second last lap and he settled for third in 8:59.14. The tumultous race netted him 1600 splits of 4:34 and 4:25.  His place and time beneath the standard of 9:09 qualified him to compete in the California State Championships to be held in Clovis next weekend.

Results      Video (scroll thru to 1:30:00 or so) 



Sunday, June 5
AMAZING RACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND



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That breaking sound you may have heard coming out of the north on Saturday night was the sound of a 34 year old Riverside County 3200 meters record falling from it's long time perch. Steve Alvarez, now the distance coach at JW North notched an 8:53.3 mark way back in 1977, and save an effort that same year by Hemet's Mark Fricker in 8:56.2 it would not only hold as the County record for three decades, but it would take that long for another prep runner to even break 9:00.

Two weeks ago, Lane Werley became the first sub-9:00 runner from the county since the days of Jimmy Carter, Disco and dollar-a-gallon gasoline, when he edged closer to that persistent record at CIF Finals with an 8:56.88 mark and runner-up prize. But the record would hold for a fortnight. On June 4, in near-perfect conditions at the 93rd running of the California State Championships in Clovis, the talented senior ran an amazing race to snap the record by one-tenth of a second and end his high school career in thrilling fashion. The sounds that followed were of cheers and and "atta-boys" from well-wishers who were on hand to witness the race, as well as from a dozen or so text messages that shouted their praise in the muted digits of LCD screens. In all, it was a sweet moment of celebration.

The race got out well with a large pack clipping off the first quarter mile in 65 seconds, a legitimate start for a field that was heralded as the most talented and deep group in State meet history.  Lane moved to the front after the 800 and led the field through 1200 meters before edging back inside the front of a large group of ten by the 1600 split.

As they crossed the mid-way mark in 4:29, Lane recalled thinking "well, we're going to go negative split I guess." Indeed they did as the field surged on lap 5 dropping from a 69 second 4th lap to a 65 second quarter and splintering the field of 32 in the process. Then, with 700 meters to go, unheralded Trevor Halsted from Davis made a bold move to the front and within seconds had a ten meter lead over the field. Lane countered the move along with Sam Pons of South Pasadena, the 2010 defending champion at the distance.  In the final lap, eventual winner Elias Geydon used his 4:04 mile-speed to move from 4th to first, while Lane closed with a 63 second final lap to take fourth in 8:53.21, a gigantic sliver beneath the record.

It was indeed an amazing race, not only for it's county record breaking merits, but in a closer context for what it symbolized for Lane. It is the ninth-fastest time in the nation this year, the second County Record he's set this season (5K in March), but it also showed great growth. A year ago at the State Finals, Lane finished 9th overall in 9:02.44.  This nine second improvement capped a year of hard work and dedication.  Perhaps more impressive than all that, was the fashion in which he closed his high school career. Under the lights, on the State's biggest stage, amid a field that would produce 13 sub-9:00 marks (that's right, 14th place finished at 9:00.35!), the UCLA-bound senior executed well and established himself as Riverside County's fastest-ever two-miler, while punctuating a truly great high-school career with what could be argued his finest race ever.

Full Results   3200 results   Small Photo Gallery   Video      Official Video scroll to 1:03:00



Sunday, June 12
WERLEY GOES OUT WITH ONE LAST PR



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The Portland Track Festival in Oregon is only four years old but has already attracted a wide array of athletes -- from preteens to the pros and just about everyone inbetween.

You read that right. Nestled in the suburbs of Portland, Lewis and Clark College plays host to a meet that attracts track and field athletes looking for one more chance to PR or gain a qualifying mark for the coming National Championships. Hence an eclectic menu of races is presented and saw everyone from middle school milers looking for further progression to Masters runners (40+ years old) looking to hang on to their speed to pro athletes (and the Portland/Eugene area is teeming with such) who need a tune up before the USA Track and Field Championships.   Into that most unique arena strode Lane Werley who had his own motivation: One last run at a PR before heading off to college.

After a string of three sub-9:00 3200 meter races over the month of May that culminated in his 4th place State finish, one major goal remained for Lane, a strong 5,000 meters (5K). At the prep level, the 3.1 mile race is rarely held, Lane has raced it only three times prior and two of those races were with collegians where he ran his PR of 14:44. To close out his 2010 season, he competed in the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina and finished 6th in an all-high school field at 14:52. So here in 2011, the Portland Track Festival and a talented field of 5K runners would be the perfect place to make one last stab at a big PR.  He couldn't have found a better venue for that goal than the 8-lane oval cut into the forests of the Pacific Northwest. On the line was a pace-setter and a handful of collegians and post-collegian professionals looking for PR's of their own. Lane was the sole high schooler in the start list.

No pressure.

Lane kept his cool and ran aggressively and smartly from the back of the field, trying gamefully to hang onto a goal of 4:35-40 per mile pace. He achieved that through 2 miles which he covered in 9:14, but the third mile slowed a bit before he closed with a 31-second last 200 to run 14:31.57 and finished 10th in the heat of 16. While it wasn't quite the time he was hoping for, Lane was still happy with the effort and the PR, which was the point of making the trip in the first place.

And thus, after most of his teammates had hung up their spikes quite a few weeks ago, Lane's size 13 Nike's will finally find rest as will his stellar high school career. It was a fine way to go out; a 13 second improvement while brushing elbows with some of the sport's elites ... as well as a few middle schoolers just to keep it real.

Results   Video of the race (follows the leaders)   www.portlandtrack.org/festival



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