2015 LEADER BOARD
Thursday, April 30
100 Meters - Jonathan Essian - 10.84
4x100 Relay - Saadig Jennings, TJ Noland, Jason Gonzalez, Jonathan Essien - 42.42
1600 Meters - Tyler Janes - 4:10.71
110 High Hurdles - Nick Abboud - 14.23
Pole Vault - Marcos Zavaleta - 14' 03"
Pole Vault - Hannah Chang - 12' 00"
Distance Medley Relay - Carlos Ramirez, Jacob Norys, Andrew Boebinger, Tyler Janes 10:19.64
Tuesday, July 21
BOTH SQUADS FINISHED FOURTH IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY FINAL RANKINGS
Both the Boys and the Girls 2015 track teams finished ranked 4th in Riverside County
Boys 1)Vista Murrieta 2) Great Oak 3) Roosevelt 4) King
Girls- 1) Great Oak 2)Vista Murrieta 3) Roosevelt 4) King
Monday, June 8
A PURPOSEFUL DRIVE ENDS IN CLOVIS AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The California State Championships is a true championship. There are no divisions. No one cares if you came from a little school or a big school. It doesn't matter if your team had 200 or 20. If you're good enough to pass through the rounds of your CIF Section (there are 12 of them across the state) you're deemed good enough to run, jump or throw on the impeccable and impressive stage at Buchanan High School in Clovis. It is a meet for the best and of the best.
Of course the athletes must have talent, but beyond that there must be a drive and a purpose imbedded inside the hearts and minds of those who would make Clovis the final stop on their spring tour. For Hannah Chang and Tyler Janes, two of King's elites of Field and Track who made the trek north this past weekend, it was the culmination of five months of training, pushing and competing with the purpose of having a shot at Clovis in June.
The meet requires all athletes (save the 3200) to qualify for Saturday's finals during preliminary rounds on Friday night. For both Tyler and Hannah, that endeavor alone would require a mettle and a determination to not allow the temptation of "being at State" be enough of a prize to keep them from the Finals.
Tyler was the first to go in the 1600 and despite some butterflies, he managed the pressure well and ran negative splits on all four laps. He deftly moved with the leaders and finished third, inside the top four auto qualifiers, despite having to run the final 300 meters with one shoe missing. At the bell, he had been "flat-tired" by someone and after trying to navigate the penultimate turn with his heel hanging out, he ended up flipping the shoe off and kicking it in with sock and shoe sharing the work.
Hannah had been here before and while she didn't have to vault without a shoe, she did have to remember that in 2014, she wasn't able to move past the preliminaries. The competition here in 2015 was solid and she cleared the first two opening heights of 11-3 and 11-9 on her first attempt before fouling out at 12-3. Some anxious moments ensued following, as the judges determined the cut for Saturday based on attempts and when a big smile creased her face it was clear she had been passed through.
Saturday's finals were quite a show, with the very best of the entire state assembled in one location. A new national record was set and there were five National Best marks recorded on the evening! Tyler Janes' 1600 meters race was the third event of the night and while it started somewhat tactically with a large group clumped together for the first 600 meters, when the break happened after the 800, Tyler was unable to respond to the charge but would hang on admirably for an 8th place finish and a mark of 4:13. It concluded a breakout season for the Junior, as he left his sophomore season with a 4:24 1600 personal best and would by April of this year drop that down to 4:10.71, setting the school record and moving himself into the State's elite milers.
Hannah would struggle in her final, never seeming to really click and after clearing the opening height would foul out on the second increment at 11-9. Her efforts placed her 11th. She will advance onward however to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she'll continue to reach for new heights in the vault. In her two quick years at King, she set a new school record at 12-0 and helped to continue the legacy of fine vaulting that Coach Roll has established in our school's 16 seasons.
The night ended with fireworks shot up into the darkened night sky over Clovis. Given the accomplishments of the King kids -- not just on this day but thoughout the season, it seemed a fitting way to conclude the season of 2015
Tuesday, June 2
A COUPLE HITS, A COUPLE MISSES AT THE MASTERS MEET
The TRUE Southern Section Championship is the CIF Masters meet, held one week after the four divisional finals are held. The meet puts the top combined finishers of the Divisions against one-another, head to head. The top finishers are therefore truly, the best of the best in the best and most competitive CIF Section in the state. The Masters meet also serves as a qualifying meet for the State Championships. Needless to say, there's a lot on the line at the meet.
King sent its largest ever squad to the meet, with Ryan Laudermilk in the high jump, Tyler Janes in the 1600 meters, Nick Abboud in the 110 hurdles and Hannah Chang in the pole vault. Only Hannah had prior experience on this stage, having earned a Masters Meet berth in 2014.
Hannah would make the most of her second opportunity at the meet and after passing on the first height, cleared the State-meet qualifying mark of 11-7 on her first attempt. She wouldn't clear the next height at 12-1, but the earlier clearance was enough to punch her ticket for State. Tyler Janes was the next King athlete to compete and he ran a brilliant race, matching the tactical pace and making a definitive move in the last 400 -- which he covered in 60 seconds flat -- to finish third and also move on to the State meet.
Nick Abboud and Ryan Laudermilk had less fortunate outcomes. Nick had a start of his 110 hurdle race that left him in catch up mode from the first hurdle on, and though he made a valient effort, he ended up one place and 2-10ths of a second off the qualifying. Ryan Laudermilk cleared 6-3 quickly, but had difficulty at 6-6 and fouled out, one inch below the cut off.
Nick will be headed to UCR to continue his track and field accomplishments, following his successful older sister, Noelle. Ryan is only a junior and is likely headed to even greater heights in his senior year, now that he's gained invaluable experience. Tyler and Hannah will add one more week to their season, as they'll travel to Clovis in the coming weekend to compete Friday night in the State preliminaries with the goal of competing on the biggest stage of them all, the California State Finals to be held Saturday night.
Sunday, May 24
CIF FINALS BRINGS END OF THE ROAD FOR SOME, NOT FOR OTHERS
With several thousand spectators in the stands at Cerritos College and all four divisions of the powerhouse CIF Southern Section competing on the track and field, the CIF Southern Section Finals is one of the biggest and most competitive meets in the entire country. Earning the right to compete in the meet is a very high accomplishment ... to do well once there is even more so.
For many, the Finals is exactly that, their final race of the season. But for a select few, the Finals isn't the end of the road but rather becomes a stepping stone to even greater heights ... a spot at the Masters meet in one week and from there, a potential spot in the State Finals two weeks hence.
King sent its largest squad in our history to the CIF Finals, with 16 athletes under the King uniform on the day. By the end of the afternoon, the Wolves had earned four All-CIF honors, set two new school records and earned four spots in next weekend's even more prestigious CIF Masters meet. While 12 of the 16 would see their season completed, it wasn't without great effort and competitive spirit.
Hannah Chang was the last of the competitors for King to finish on the day and she did so in such a way that it seemed we saved the best for last. The pole vault runner up in 2014 at 11-9, she needed to pull out an even bigger performance this year to finish in the same spot, which she did. She was the first in Division 1 to clear 11-6, but her nearest rival, Clair Kao, matched the leap. Both then moved to 12-0, which Kao cleared on her first attempt. Hannah would take two tries to make the height which put her in second place, CIF Runner-up for the second straight year. But she improved her own school record and punched her ticket to Masters.
The Masters meet is a truly "masters-level" event, and athletes must finish at the Finals in the top 9 (12 for the distance events) of all four Divisions combined, a tough feat in that the divisions do not compete head-to-head. Athletes can therefore be excused of doing a little "scoreboard watching" as they plot their chances. Tyler Janes was masterful in the 1600. In an absolutely loaded field and against other divisional races that were equally talented, a "go for broke" strategy was in order to not only finish high in his race, but defend against the fast guys in the other three races. Opening with a 62 second first lap and followed up with a couple of 63's, the race was on in the final lap which he closed at 62 to finish 6th in 4:10.71. His own school record dropped by a full second and the effort proved necessary as the results showed that 4:12 was "too slow" to make the Masters meet here in 2015!
Ryan Laudermilk soared into the next round with a high-flying act in the high jump. He cleared 6-5 on his first attempt which sealed the deal but couldn't get over 6-7. Still, he finished third in the division and will leap again next weekend. The final "Master" for King was Nick Abboud who has been masterful all year in the 110 high hurdles. A slow start put him behind by the first flight, but his powerful form gained him precious ground and he wound up in 3rd with a near SR of 14.24; just 1/1000th off his best ever.
The rest of the King contingent performed well at Finals, and the name of the meet became the descriptor of their season despite strong efforts. The 4x100 team of Tia Parrish, Sydney Reid, Larissa Cessena and Khaysa Cunningham ran the #3 time in school history and finished 8th. Freshman Sydney Reid, inspired by the moment, told Tia, "We'll be back next year!" The boys team of Jason Gonzalez, Jonathan Essien, TJ Noland and Saadig Jennings had a bobble in one of the exchanges and finished 9th, a second off their best time. Madison McPeak cleared 10-0 in the vault -- a good performance. Freshman Sarah Ann Frank who has improved mightily this season also finished 9th in her race but threw down a PR of 15.58, the #3 time in school history!
So the 2015 season came to a close, sort of. Well it did for many of the best of King's 2015 squad, and though that comes with some disappointment, the fact they made it to this "Final" is nothing to hang one's head low over. For four others, their "final" is still somewhere out there in the next two weeks. Should they master the nerves and competition one more time, they can be assured their final day will come in Fresno.
Monday, May 18
A BIG DAY FOR KING AT D-1 PRELIMS
Division 1 of the Southern Section is packed with big schools full of big talent. Just getting into the preliminary round is an accomplishment in and of itself. Punching one's ticket to the Final, well, that's a big deal.
King had a big day getting athletes into that "big deal" and it happened seemingly in a flourish as the both 4x100 relay team -- the first running event of the day -- got through the five heats of teams with a top-9 clocking. On the third exchange of the boys race, the outcome looked doubtful as Jonathan Essien took the stick in fifth place. He powered down the straight and overtook all the others and leaned for a heat win by 1/1000th of a second over Great Oak. They set a school record in the event, breaking the old mark from six seasons ago at 42.42.
Tyler Janes was the next to get through, racing the 1600 superbly in 4:13 and cruising to a third place finish in his, the fastest of the 3 heats on the day. Andrew Boebinger raced well in the 800, matching his lifetime best at 1:55, but will have to await a spot on the line next Saturday in Cerritos, as he goes into Finals as an official alternate.
Nick Abboud sits as one of the top-ranked 110 hurdlers in the whole state, and it showed as he seemed to glide over the hurdles and won his event to take an automatic spot. Sarah Ann Frank, who as a freshman has yet to scale the heights of state rankings, didn't allow that to keep her from racing as a seasoned veteran and qualified in the 100 hurdles as well. While she didn't qualify for Finals, the freshman Ashley Chruszcz ran 59.60 for a PR and the KAT#5 mark.
King had a field day in the vault. Hannah Chang took the top spot out of prelims and seeming cruised into the Finals. It was teammate Madison McPeak who had to sweat a bit, as she entered a jump off with an opponent for the last ticket. They both missed on the first attempt, but after one more miss the spot was hers and King will send two vaulters to Finals for the first time in our history.
Ryan Laudermilk concluded the contingent of qualifiers for King as he again cleared his personal best in the high jump at 6-6. He's set up to be a potential scorer and medalist in the Finals if he can clear that height again.
Among the biggest schools in Southern California, the biggest school in Riverside had a big day. Time will tell if they will take that same big spirit of possibilty onto the even bigger stage of the CIF Finals.
Friday, May 8
BIG 8 GIVES KING A BIG NIGHT TO CELEBRATE
With a raspy voice that masked his enthusiasm, Coach Corona stood before the athletes assembled in the stands at the end of the Big 8 League champioships and said, "Coach Peters, myself, and Coach Jones have been here for 16 years and I can't remember having a better night than we did tonight. I asked you to remember who you are, who came before you, and you did just that."
The deep sense of satisfaction that comes from a season of hard work and pushing toward class, character and courage was as much on display throughout the meet as it was in the voices of those athletes at the end of the meet as they basked in the glow of what had just transpired.
It was indeed, a big night for King.
There were two new school records set on the night, both by young men who already owned the mark but nudged them a bit with outstanding efforts. Marcos Zavaleta took his 14-01 vault up to 14-3, to win the individual title by 9 inches! Jonathan Essien, who blasted out of the blocks in the 100 in Tuesday's preliminaries, got off to a shaky start in the Final, but came roaring back over the last 50 to move four places and steal the victory while dropping his own SR to 10.84, down from 10.95 set just 48 hours earlier.
There were many, many personal records (PR) on the night and some outstanding performances.
In the field, Hannah Chang won two events, the high jump and the pole vault. In the vault she led a King sweep as Alexis Boonkukoa and Madison McPeak took 2nd and 3rd. Ryan Laudermilk cleared 6-6 in the high jump to win and also notch his name as the #2 all time leaper at King, only Michael Albrecht has gone higher at 6-8. Destinee Underwood had a sweet PR in the long jump landing 17 feet from the board (KAT #3), but unfortunately finished 4th overall and missed a CIF bid. (CIF berths go to the top 3 in each event). She'd triple jump 34' 8.75" as well, finishing 5th.
The distance runners performed exceptionally well, led by Jessica Ferguson's huge PR in the 800 and spot on the CIF squad. Last season, Jessica was third in the JV 800, but reversed that story by not only placing third in the VARSITY race, but dropping her season PR from 2:25 down to 2:21.15, the #7 time in school history. Her PR in 2014 was 2:35! This girl is figuring it out! Tyler Janes and Andrew Boebinger both punched their tickets to CIF in the 1600 and 800 respectively, finishing second place to Corona senior, Josh Silva who out-kicked both of them in the two races. Emily Sanchez ran a strong tactical race in the 1600 and took 3rd in 5:11.98, while Kathryn Hammar who finished 5th ran the race of her life to finish in 5:21.42, a big lifetime best. In the boys 3200, while the top three spots separated themselves from King runners by lap six, a pack of Wolves ran very well. Daniel Gonzalez finished 4th, while Michael Robinson dropped a 12 second PR to finish at 9:47, one second behind Rolando Phalen who finished with a PR at 9:46. Seth Villanueva finished his career also dipping under 10:00. In the girls' race, Alyssa Haring took 2nd and Emily Sanchez doubled back to finish in 4th.
Led by Jonathan Essien's electrifying win in the 100, the sprinters and hurdlers had quite a night. Freshman Sydney Reid didn't allow her inexperience keep her from dancing on the big stage as she won the 200 meters in 25.16, the King AT #4 mark. She was the 5th seed in the race! This came after the dasher finished 3rd in the 100 with the King AT#3 mark of 12.16! Astounding performances.
Khasya Cunningham had a huge half-lap effort to take third in 25.38, matching her lifetime PR and passing through to CIF Nick Abboud did his usually powerful hurdling act in the 110 highs, winning in a near SR of 14.26. For good measure he doubled back in the 300's and took second. Sarah Ann Frank continued her amazing freshman campaign taking 3rd in the 100 hurdles with mark at 15.77, good for KAT#3. She finished 5th in the 300's behind senior teammate Leighana Weaver who crossed the line in 4th. Mohsin Sabrin closed nicely in the 400 meters to take third in a lifetime PR of 50.36 (KAT #3).Ashley Chruszcz (pronounced "crush") and MaryJane Smith took 2-3 in their 400 race and also got into the CIF rounds.
At the end of the afternoon as darkness descended, the mile relays saw great efforts. Both JV squads won, and then the varsities put on a show for the crowd and teammates alike. With Roosevelt's boys and girls squads well in command of both races, the battle was for second and King and Corona did some great back-and-forth dueling before it was finally decided. Chruszcz took the stick as anchor and paced her attack on 2nd place, perfectly timing the pass in the closing 30 meters of the race. Sabrin did likewise, while making his move a bit earlier and taking it home in 3:23.70, the season's #2 time.
16 years hold the history of a lot of track meets, many of them under the banner of King High have been storied and excellent. But there was something about this one that made it stand out and had athletes, coaches and fans of the team buzzing with excitement. The Big 8 has a way of doing that, and once again offered King Track and Field a big night to celebrate.
Thursday, April 30
ZAVALETA FLIES, TEAMS CRUISE THROUGH LAST DUAL
After the fireworks against Roosevelt one week ago, the last Big 8 dual meet of the season against Corona High was anti-climactic at best. Both squads, seemed resigned to let the meet unwind with a predictable finish and get on to the League Finals next week in which "team competition" is sidelined in favor of "individual efforts" for the sake of event titles and CIF qualification.
If only Marcos Zavaleta had been informed, for on a day in which the vast majority of athletes for both the Panthers and the Wolves put out "just enough", Zavaleta unleashed his best pole vault ever ... in fact the best vault ever in King history.
The record had been at 14-0, held by Will Foody and was in it's third year atop the list. Marcos, who has been hovering around the 13-6 mark for most of the year, cleared the bar which had been set at 14-1 to put himself atop the all-time list of King vaulters, which has had impressive results for our entire history. Perhaps just as significantly, of the hundreds of vaulters that have landed jumps at the King stadium, NONE has gone higher. Zavaleta is King of the King vault.
Jacob Norys was the other lone King athlete who had a seasonal best on the day, running 51.1 in the 400 and helping to lead King to a victory that once again gapped their opponents by some 70 points.
The girls had an equally easy time of it, winning almost every event except for Corona's top sprinter who snagged some points in the dashes. The final score saw the King girls win 107-29. The boys won 103-33.
Next week the teams head to Centennial HS for the Big 8 League Prelims and Finals. There, doing "just enough" will not be enough. If anyone needs a refresher course on how to go big, they might want to talk to Marcos Zavaleta.
Monday, April 27
FROSH-SOPH TEAMS FINISH SECOND AT IE CHAMPIONSHIPS
With many of the upper classmen at the 2015 Prom, the IE Championships gave the frosh-soph squads a chance to shine -- this despite the cold, overcast and raining weather. Both the boys and the girls came away with second place finishes against many of the best programs in the Inland Empire.
The conditions were decidely not conducive to fast sprinting as it was cold and blustery all day. That didn't stop Sydney Reid from exelling in the dashes, as she finished second in the 100 and helped the 4x100 relay squad to a victory. Sarah Ann Frank had two very solid races in the hurdles finishing 3rd in both. The girls 4x400 team was also victorious. Kathryn Hammar PR'd in the 1600 at 5:28 to finish in 6th, scoring on the day.
On the boys' side, Carson Walder ran well in the 100 and 200, finishing in 6th place overall in both events. Dillon Lay and Josh Fisher went 1-2 in the 110 high hurdles, and then came back in the 300's to run 1-4 respectively. Both relays scored in the points with the shorter coming in second overall. Andrew Wilde was the winner of the pole vault at 10-06. Both teams came up just short of the host, Vista Murrieta in the scoring.
The fewer varsity-level athletes that were there did well. Nick Abboud lowered his school record in the 110 high hurdles, winning at 14.23. Michael Robinson was a heat-winner with a very solid 4:31 in the 1600, right at his lifetime best. Marcos Zavaleta and Daniel Mukasa were flying high in the pole vault; Zavaleta for the win and Mukasa in third. Hannah Chang won the vault as well, making that event a clean sweep for King. Alyssa Haring was sixth overall in the 3200 with a nice PR at 11:28.
Thursday, April 23
BEST MEET OF THE YEAR SEES KING COME UP SHORT
There are times when winning leaves a sour taste in ones mouth. Perhaps its a result of poor performances over poor opponents; perhaps it's that the attitude in winning wasn't right. Either way, at times, winning isn't always accompanied by great joy.
While no one likes losing, defeat can sometimes elicit praise and commendation; and against the very strong Roosevelt Mustangs yesterday, King's two losses left the coaches with nothing but praise for how well the King kids competed, battled and never gave up. After a season of lop-sided victories in King's favor, this meet was anything but that and saw the Wolves do great work against a great team, making the final scores seem insignificant in light of the terrific competition that was waged.
For the boys varsity, the meet literally came down to the last event, the 4x400 meter relay. Roosevelt, who boasts one of the fastest foursomes in the state was pushed for all four laps by four King guys that refused to budge. Nick Abboud moved up from his hurdle races to get some skin in the game. He handed to Andrew Boebinger who gave to Jacob Norys who unleashed a furious third leg and actually pulled the team even with 500 meters to go. With Mosin Sabrin on anchor, the team ran within 100th of a second of the school record, finishing at 3:21.94!
The Roosevelt win gave them a 73-63 victory. But they had to earn it. In the penultimate track race, the 3200 meters, prognosticators had King going 1 to Roosevelt's 2nd and 3rd. Daniel Gonzalez didn't get the memo. Trailing in fourth place by some 20 meters at the bell, Daniel unleashed a kick that had the crowd on their feet. It took him :60 flat to circle the 8th lap and in so doing he moved not only into third, but ultimately to 2nd behind teammate Tyler Janes. Janes clocked 9:21.07 which set a stadium record, while Daniel dropped 10 seconds on his PR to finish in 9:25. The two guys now hold the 2nd and 3rd fastest marks in school history! King had four guys break 10:00 in the race, with Rolando Phalen and Kyle Johnson both dipping below the barrier.
It was that kind of effort that King showed the entire meet, allowing the final decision to come down to the relay. The first relay, the 4x100 saw a King "loss" but the boys raced to the King #2 mark all time. Jonathan Essien was part of that relay squad and it was an omen of good things to come for the sprinter as he'd "upset" the highly touted sprint corp of Roosevelt by winning the 100 meter dash with a PR of 11.18! Norys and Sabrin snagged a 2nd and 3rd in the 400 (again, an unexpected "victory") and then the next event saw Boebinger win the 800 while Rolando Phalen ran the race of his life to steal a third place in that event, timed at 2:01. Suddenly those three "upsets" had King in the game and required a redoubling of effort by the 'Stangs to regain their superiority.
"Superior" was the word to describe Roosevelt's David Potts who rulled the rings, and set a stadium record in the discus, tossing it 169' 01". King managed to take 2nd and 3rd in the shot and discus respectively, with Montiel Johnson throwing a PR in the shot put. Deylland Holland triple jumped a lifetime best of 43' 6.25", #5 all time for King. Ryan Laudermilk cleared 6-4 in the high jump, tying the stadium record while earning the win.
The girls lost by 30 points, but like the boys, it wasn't for lack of effort. Sadly many of those marks were shadowed by the strength of Roosevelt. King had two girls dip under 60 seconds in the 400, but it wasn't good enough to even score and were eclipsed by the stadium record setting run of 55.83 by Taylor Smith. Kahysa Cunningham ran within 100th's of a new PR in the 200, but was out of the scoring. Sarah Ann Frank ran a HUGE 100 meters to finish second and at 16.27, she now owns the #5 mark in school history; no small feat for the 9th grade considering the long history of fine hurdling at King. Jackae Yarbrough was a double-winner in the throws.
While the scores reveal the first losses of the season for the King teams and with it a chance at taking league titles, the meet was, without question, the most exciting and well-contested effort of the year. By that measure, the day ended with a win.
Sunday, April 19
MT.SAC GIVES A FEW A BIG MEET EXPERIENCE, JANES RUNS SCHOOL RECORD
A smattering of King's top athletes were entered in the Mt.SAC Relays with the intent of pursuing and gaining some high quality competition. They found what they were looking for and excelled in their events.
On Friday afternoon, the 4x800 squad of Dalton Seckinger, Jacob Norys, Rolando Phalen and Andrew Boebinger raced really well and came with .06 seconds of setting a new school record, one in which Seckinger and Norys are already part of. 30 minutes later, Tyler Janes took to the track in the invitational mile and ran another gutty performance, finishing 4th overall and nudging his own PR down a few hundreths, and like the relay team before him, Tyler just missed the school record in the event by .1 second! The oddity, but nice treat as well, was the meet management had a camera at the 1600 meters (the mile is 1609 meters) and as he crossed that line, he stopped the clock at 4:11.80 which is the school record for that distance!) Daniel Mukasa and Madison McPeak competed in the pole vault and missed setting PR's but still got big-meet experience.
Saturday saw two leapers compete well. Ryan Laudermilk finished second in the high jump, matching his personal best at 6-4. Later, vaulter Hannah Chang cleared 11-6 to finish fourth. Andrew Boebinger was placed in a very crowded 800 meter race where 19 athletes took the line. The traffic and tight pack did it's thing, at 380 meters in the race, AJ almost hit the track and had to recover to run 2:00.
Under the lights, King's boys put together two squads of milers for the 4x1600 meter relay. The A team of Rolando Phalen, Carlos Ramirez, Daniel Gonzalez and Michael Robinson finished third, with a very solid 17:59 performance. Though relay splits don't "count" as official records, Phalen still ran well under his best-ever at 4:26, while the other three were very close to their all-time open marks. The B team of Mark Werley, Seth Villanueva, Isaiah Quiambao and Kyle Johnson were entered in the "open" heat of the race and eam guy performed well, closing out a nice day of King efforts at Mt.SAC.
Sunday, April 19
FIRE ON AND OFF THE TRACK MARK THE 2015 RAINCROSS TRADITION
The Raincross Tradition is a celebration to the rich track history of Riverside and the event itself which began in 1970. There were the 5 timers/coaches from the original event that where present to time The Earl Marshall Mile named after the meet's founder.
There was the naming of the various events after Riverside Olympians and international competitors. the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame was present with Riverside athletic royalty like Poly great Art Gilmore handing out medals to the athletes and then, of course, 1964 Olympic hurdler Rosie Bonds and sister of major leaguer Bobbie Bonds, was present not just to hand out medals but to offer her advice, her encouragement and her opinions.
That history can now include the fact that the 2015 edition of the meet was cut short by a fire in the Corona area that deposited its smoke and ash unto the King High stadium as the meet entered into the early evening. In deference to the health of the athletes and spectators, meet management decided to suspend the remaining three events, the 200; 3200 and the 4 X 400 relays and send everybody home.
Before that occurred however, the track and the field were afire with great performances; solid efforts and competitive greatness, led by the King High Wolves. King dominated several events while numerous other school's claimed their share of city championships in this, the sixth re-running of an event which had disappeared for some 18 yearsl; Leading the way for the Wolves was the boys and girls hurdle groups. The boys swept the first four places of the boys 110 hurdles (Nick Abboud-Ryan Moussad, Dillion Lay, Josh Fisher) while the girl's had Leighanna Weaver win the 100 hurdles followed by Sarah Ann Frank in second and Karla Lemus in fourth. The same group did virtually the same in the 300 hurdles except senior Jennifer Gutierrez nabbed third place. Both the boys and girls 4 X 100 teams defended thier championships from a year ago. Tia Parrish won the girls 100 in a wind aided 12.23 followed by Khaysa Cunningham in second at 12.5. PR's for both . Jonathan Essien won the boys 100 in 11.28 followed by Jason Gonzales in second and Saadig Jennings in third. Emily Sanchez won the top spot in the girls Mile and also picked up a third in he 800. Jesscia Ferguson finsihed 4th in the 800 with a solid- 2:25. Sissy Underwood won the long jump in her second best jump of the season at 16-0 and the aforementioned Leighana Weaver won the triple jump in a PR 34-5, giving her three championships for the evening. Devin Moeller on the long jump at 20-6 edging out teamate Deylnn Holland by an inch.
Alexys Boonkukoa in the vault and Jackae Yarbrough i the discus also were city champs. Other schools in the meet had their share of city champions Poly dominated the field events as both high jumpers-Abigail Burke won at 5-0 and Ricky Adams took top honors at 6-2. Dakoata Ramsey improved almost 3 feet from his entry mark to win the boys shot put by two feet over King's Montel Johnson at 47-5. Jeff Robbins soared to 13-6 defeating Marcos Zavalata of King in a spirited battle at 14-3. The Bear's Kalea Ibarra and Christina Winn went 1-2 in the 800. Michael Conant of Woodcrest Christian and teamate Justin Reynolds "ran with the big boys" and aquitted themsevles well runnng 4:31.6 and 4:34 respectively. Conant won the city championship with this effort. Sandwiched in between those two was Erick Jaurez of Norter Vista and he came back to win the 800 in 1:59.89. Farrah Bassey of Hillcrest ran an impressive 59.58 in the 400, holding off the late charges of King's Maryjane Smith (59.93) and Ashley Chruszcz (1:00.25). Tevin Bennett of Moreno Valley won the boys 400 in 50.76. Daniel Rodriguez was the winner in the discus at 131-1
Small Schools champions included the CSDR boys 4 X 100; Woodcrest;s Lindsey Schwartz i the 800 and the mile. Her teamate Owen Milligan got the victory in the mile at 5:10. Jason Pena was a double winner for Sherman Indian in both hurdles. Jayda Gainer of Woodcrest was the girls SS 100 winner and later added the long jump title to her resume. Vicente Perez of Notre Dame won the boys 800. Double winner in the throws for CSDR was Revelin Young
Saturday, April 11
ARCADIA INVITATIONAL PULLS KING KIDS TO HIGHER LEVELS
With 28 states and four nations represented at the annual Arcadia Invitational, it goes without saying that the stage upon which the competition was waged was a big one. High quality entry standards filter in only those who have earned the right to compete. For King, we had one of our largest groups over both field and track compete and almost to a person, they allowed the big platform and national-quality athletes pull them to higher levels.
On the Friday portion of the meet, Ryan Laudermilk and the boys shuttle hurdle teams came home with victories! Laudermilk tied his personal best in the high jump at 6-4, and in so doing earned an invitation to return on Saturday to compete in the elite "night meet" in which the very best athletes are entered in all events. Quite a leap ... from a win on Friday right on into the highest ranks of Saturday!
For the third time in our history, a boys shuttle hurdle team captured an Arcadia victory. Coach Bracey's boys were the dominant team in the "invitational heat" of the event in which four athletes go back and forth over 110 meters and 10 flights of hurdles. Their time of 1:01.64 was just two-tenths off the school record!
The girls 4x800 team was made up of four girls -- from ninth grader Allison Janes, to juniors Hannah Johnson and Jessica Ferguson, to Senior Emily Sanchez -- who were all "rookies" to the Arcadia stage. They raced with poise and performed well. The boys 4x1600 team finished off the night with individually mixed results, but was highlighted by Andrew Boebinger's opening leg in which he moved his personal best over the distance from 4:35 down to a very sweet 4:22!
On Saturday, the competition continued to do it's trick. Tia Parrish, racing in the 100 meter dash, improved on her best-ever, running 12.31, still the #4 time in school history. Andrew Boebinger came back for more after his Friday night heroics and ran a super 800 meter open, dropping his PR by over 1 second to finish at 1:55.55 and pull that school record he desires a bit closer to ownership. Nick Abboud improved in the 110 high hurdles, finishing 4th in the "seeded" heat. Leighana Weaver had a season-best mark in the 300 meter version of the event. The boys 4x100 squad of Saadiq Jennings, TJ Noland, Jason Gonzalez and Jonathon Essian ran the school's second-fastest mark in our 16 year histor, finishing at 42.99.
The final highlight fittingly came at the end of the two long days that make the meet special, putting an exclamation mark on the Arcadia sentence. In the Invitational Distance Medley, (1200 meters, 400, 800, and 1600) the boys team firmly had the existing school record (10:26.95 set in 2012) in their sights and were going to use the big stage and loaded field of teams to pull them to that goal. Carlos Ramirez opened it with a bit of redemption to prove after a sub-par leg in the 4x1600 the night before and got the stick to Jacob Norys with a very good 3:13.52 for three laps. (each split was auto-timed by episports.com, a nice feature of Arcadia!) Norys circled the oval in 50.95 and gave it to Boebinger who was 8 hours removed from his stellar 800 and ran 2:01.37. Tyler Janes was the anchor and is enjoying a breakout season and showed why as he picked up four places and finished the team in 8th place with a remarkable 4:13.85 carry! It was the second fastest anchor of the 28 teams in the race, second only to the 4:10 put down by the event winner Dana Hills. Wow! The time read 10:19.64, dropping the record by seven seconds and into a lofty realm ... it was announced that the mark was the 9th fastest mark in the country this season. With fellow Big 8 school Corona HS just in front of them at 10:13, King's mark is now the 11th fastest time in Riverside County history!
What a couple of days it was! In a meet where half the nation shows up to compete, King represented itself well and almost to a person, went home at a higher level than the one they arrived with.
Sunday, April 12
SOUTHLAND INVITE PROVES TO BE JUST AS SUCCESSFUL AS ARCADIA
While part of the King track team was showing well at the Arcadia Invite--another group of Wolves headed off to Hemet High School for the 44th running of the Southland Invitatonal. Under beautiful blue skies and mild temperatures, it made for a good day to compete. King was one of 20 teams to take part and thier mixture of varisty veterans and youngsters from the JV team did an admirable job. When the dust settled, the girls had finished 6th behind meet champions Chaparral while the boys team managed a 3rd place finish behind Hemet and Tahquitz .
The boys were led in the distances and that effort was headlined by Dalton Seckinger's first place in the 800. Dalton ran one of his best tactical races in a long time and finished in his usual hard sprint to win at 2.00.77. ...just missing a sub two minute effort. The 1600 finsihed a third palce finish from Rolando Phalen (4:36), Mike Robinson in fourth (4:36.3) and Kyle Johnson in fifth (4:40). In the 3200, Daniel Gonzalez finished third in 9:46 and Seth Villanueva, in only his seocnd race came across in fourth in 10:01. Other performances of note were the 4 X 100 relay which clocked a 45.07 for second place with Steve Griffiths; Elijah Jackson; Cardell Walder and Jalyn Moore doing the honors. Speaking of that bunch, Moore (100) and Walder (200) both clocked PR's in their individual events. Noah Poole got third place in the pole vualt with a 12-0 effort and Bryant Jones snared a 4th place in the shot put.
For the girls, sophomore Charizma Guzman put forth two PR's in the 100 (13.03) for fifth place and the 200 for sxith (26.88). She was also part of the 5th place effort of the girls 4 X 100 which was clocked in 52.02. Other team members for that relay included Janai Thompson, Angelina Cervantes and Jericka Roshell-Carson. Alyssa Haring and Rebekah Pendleton finished second and third respectively in the 3200. Kathryn Hammar got her PR in the 800 at 2:28.32 good for fifth. Karla Lemus PR'd by .5 seconds in the 110 Hurdles while Sissy Underwood nabbed a third in the 300 Hurdles and Jennifer Gutierrez picked off a fifth place in that same event. Haley Grove picked up a medal finishing third in the pole vault. The girls 4 X 400 of Roshell-Carson; Taylee Holtrop; Alyssa Drake and Breanna Fatten nabbed a third place with a time of 4:19. Clarrisa Dalton also managed her PR in the discus with a 80-2 toss.
Southland proved to be a good proving ground for many of the King athletes with a number of PR's and/or medals garnered during the day and the meet was over at about 1:30 pm. Add the weather and it was almost a perfect day!!!!
Thursday, April 9
AVOIDING SHARK BITES MAY NOT BE ALL GOOD
The first half of the 2015 season has shown King that scoring 100 points in a dual meet isn't that "hard" To point, every meet thus far has seen the King boys and girls run away from their opponents scoring in excess of 100 points when only 69 is needed to secure a victory. It wasn't predicted to another lopsided day yesterday against the Santiago Sharks, but it did. The danger now lies in thinking this could be the norm for 2015, that swimming with sharks is, in fact, easy and safe. It's not, and while the teams emerged unscathed yesterday, the risk of thinking the rest of the season will go as the first half has is palpable. No promises.
The relative lack of competition left some of the King marks less than they could have been. That said, there were still some quality performances. Ashley Chruszcz continued her fine improvement in the 400 meters, dropping a whole second off of her personal best and sneeking under 60 seconds for the first time. She's now just a couple-tenths off the number 5 time in school history. That 400 race saw a bevy of PRs on the season besides Ashley's, as Mary Jane Smith, Breanna Fatten and Ashley Drake all set seasonal bests! Frank won the 100 hurdles, while Leighana Weaver had a season best time in the 300 hurdles to take second place in that event. Daniel Gonzalez ran a lifetime PR in the 1600, running in the lead right from the start and finishing in 4:29! Michael Robinson and Seth Villanueva also PR'd in 2nd and 3rd. Rolando Phalen and Dalton Seckinger had terrific efforts in the 800, dueling with Santiago's lone shark in the distance events with Phalen pulling away in the closing 20 meters to take the win with a PR of 2:03!
Jackea Yarbrough had a fine shot put throw of 32 feet-plus to finish second, while Courtney Klosinski and Areena Zavaala combined to take the sweep of the event for the Wolves. Hannah Chang jumped well, both off her feet and with a pole, winning the high jump and the pole vault! Nick Abboud had his usual double wins in the hurdles, and Bryant Jones and Montiel Johnson went 1-2 in the discus
So while there were some quality performances, there was also a perception of nonchalance that was exhibited by the King squads, a character trait that often manifests itself in the absence of opposition. That lack of competition will likely NOT be the story of almost all of the meets that await the teams. Enjoy the easy victories while they last, but don't let your gaurd down, for they won't last forever.
Tuesday, March 31
AZUSA DOES IT'S ANNUAL "MAGIC" FOR THE DISTANCE CREW
Every season since 2000, the King distance runners have been competing at the Meet of Champions, hosted at Azusa Pacific University. We've long contended that it's track is "Magic" as the number of PRs and all-time list performances run on that surface every season is astounding. The 2015 version was no different and almost every one of the juniors and seniors who raced came home with a PR.
The accomplishments were headlined by Tyler Janes and he came within less than a half-second of the school record in the 1600 meters, notching 4:12.09 for the four lap race. It was 12 seconds faster than he'd ever run before for the distance, but it also won him the "rated" heat -- the night's second-fastest race. By the time the "Dream Mile" was finished - it being the fastest heat of the day -- Tyler's mark would settle in at the 8th fastest this season in the State and the #12 mark in the nation!
His good friend Andrew Boebinger moved himself up King's all-time list in the 800 with a lifetime PR of 1:56 -- the second fastest mark in the school history. It was the fourth fastest time of the entire day and he handled the studded field quite well. Just outside the top five was Dalton Seckinger's 2:00, also a career best for the senior. The 800 was good for fellow senior Emily Sanchez who ran 2:20, her best ever, while Jessica Ferguson and Hannah Johnson both raced to 2:26 and 2:27 marks respectively. EJ Soholt matched his season goal at 2:08! Good stuff!
The mile was the place to be it seemed for fast times. Carlos Ramirez ran the #4 time in school history at 4:22, truly remarkable effort that puts his name among the list of King greats, all time. Kyle Johnson who has improved so much in four years ran his best ever at 4:37 as did Isaiah Quiambao and Rolando Phalen at 4:35! Isaiah Curtner put down a stellar 5:03 to make his improvement in three seasons almost exactly one minute over the distance! Emily Sanchez took a page out of Tyler Janes' playbook with a huge drop in her lifetime best, finishing at 5:10, the #6 time in school history.
In the 3200, Alyssa Haring ran her best race of the season, leading through part of it and agressively taking herself across the line in 11:29. Michael Robinson went 9:59, and Daniel Gonzalez ran well under the lights, going 9:38.
Whether the track is actually possessed of some kind of magic is probably nothing more than the imagination of fools. What we know for sure is that year afte year, the King kids come home from Azusa Pacific with a new understanding of how fast they can actually run.
Wednesday, April 1
RANCHO VERDE, KING SPLIT TOP BILLING AT 11th ANNUAL FROSH SOPH CLASSIC
Rancho Verde's boys and King's girls dominated the day in the 11th running of the King Frosh Soph Classic. With 16 schools competing, the two teams' dominant performances made the victories a bit of a runaway on both sides.
Rancho's boys sprint crew was just outstanding. Rasam House, Tyler Kennedy and Carson Walder went 1,3, 5 in the 100 and House doubled back to win the 200. In the 4x100 relay, they won that event as well over Heritage and King squads. Rancho Verde's 4x400 relay group came within a second of taking the meet record with a very impressive 3:32.69 victory. Their talented 400 meter runner, Isaiah Robertson did set the meet record in the 400 running 50.81. Cameron Samuel won the 300 hurdles in 40.81, with his teammate Henry Banks coming in third.
A second meet record was set by Rancho Verde's Bryan Thompson who skied in the long jump, landing at 21-04, 8 inches past the old mark set back in 2010! Alijah Holguin was fifth in that event to score as well.
King's boys finished second in the race, but with the dominance of Rancho Verde, the scores were not close. Solid performances were turned in for the Wolves in a number of events. Carson Walder finished fourth in the 100 meters, going 11.91. Dillon Lay and Josh Fisher ran really well in the 110 high hurdles, finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively, and they came back to match that in the 300's, finishing 2nd and 4h. Blake Gelinas couldn't match the record-setting mark in the 400, but did run 53 seconds to take second place. Jeremy Young scored a point in that event coming in 6th place. Austin Dai ran one of his grittiest performances ever in the 3200, finishing 4th in 10:34. Noah Gutierrez finished fourth in the high jump while Andrew Wilde won the pole vault at 11 feet.
Where the boys of Rancho Verde ran away with it, the girls of King returned the favor and ran away from Rancho Verde, finishing with 156.5 points, to Rancho's 89. The Lady Wolves seemed to have mastery over almost every event. Rebekah Pendleton won the 3200 in a hard-fought battle, while Allison Janes and Kathryn Hammar went 1-2 in the 1600 meters. Sarah Anne Frank did really well in the hurdle races, winning the 100's and placing third in the 300's. Sydney Reid dashed her way to second in the 100 meter dash and first in the 200. She was followed in the point scoring by Larisa Cesena and Charizma Guzman, both of whom scored in the 200 meter final. The Wolves 4x100 team was victorious. Freshman Ashley Chruszcz was second in the 400 meters.
In the 800 meters, Tayelee Holtrop and Hammar finished 4th and 5th with solid performances, but they were outshined by the freshman phenom from Riverside Poly, Kalea Ybarra who went wire-to-wire unchallenged and still managed to set the meet record at 2:16.98. King's Areena Zavala won the shot put with a heave over 30' while Keiana Turner scored in 4th place. Turner would double back to win the discus, however, with a toss out over 88'.
So it was a day for sharing the top 2 spots of the day, as Rancho Verde and King went 1-2 and 2-1 in the team scores.
Tuesday, March 31
11TH ANNUAL, 2015 KING FROSH SOPH CLASSIC RESULTS
Thursday, March 26
BEAR MEET TASTES DIFFERENT THAN EXPECTED
Both head coaches assumed the revival of the Poly-King rivalry would turn out differently than it did. Both looked at the stats in preparation for the meet and told their crews to be prepared for a battle that could ... and perhaps should ... have turned out to be a close contest, fitting for a cross-town rivalry. What actually happened wasn't was expected, as King found themselves in command right from the first gun and never looked back, amassing over 100 points in both the boys and girls divisions. While no one planned to use it, "overwhelming" was the word both teams used to describe the King victories.
For the boys, the onslaught came from all corners of both track and field. Winning the 4x100 relay to get it started, King capped it off with a sweep of the discus, as Montiel Johnson, Bryant Jones and Bret Wolf were the last three King scorers in the score book. Delynn Holland won the long jump with a seasonal PR of 21-06, just four inches short of the #5 spot on the King all time list for the event. Holland, Devin Moeller and Neal Karadoy swept the triple jump. Ryan Laudermilk won the high jump at 6-0.
Rolando Phalen, Carlos Ramirez and Kyle Johnson swept the 3200 meters, while Tyler Janes and AJ Boebinger won the 1600 and 800 respectively. In his first 800 of the season, Jacob Norys ran a fine 2:03 to battle for third in the event. As he usually does, Nick Abboud won both hurdle races. TJ Noland won the 100 in 11.39 into a 3 meters per second headwind and doubled back to win the 200 in an even stiffer head wind. It was that kind of day for the Wolves as the head winds appeared to be a bigger challenge at times than their opponents.
Three seconds separated the girls 400 relay team from Poly's and that large gap would be indicative of the final score by the end of the meet where King would score 104 points to Poly's 32. Emily Sanchez had a HUGE performance in the second event of the day, the 1600 as she stormed back from 4th place in the first lap to win it with a lean, running a PR in the process at 5;19.42. Leighana Weaver was a double-winner in the hurdles, and freshman Ashley Chruszcz took second in the 400 but ran a sweet PR of 1:01.12. Tia Parrish was the winner in the 100 meters. While Sanchez came back in the 800 and snagged a third, it was the 4th place finish of Jessica Ferguson that had those in the know exclaiming, as she raced aggressively and put down a huge PR at 2:26.98. While running JV 200, Charizma Guzman won with a mark that would have placed her second in the varsity heat! Rachel Hales won the long jump with a 15-01 mark, while Lexi Opoku, Gabriela Sanabria and Nataly Vasquez combined to sweep the triple jump. Kiara Ginwright was the victor in the high jump, while pole vaulter Hannah Chang crossed to the other end of the field from her normal hang out to take third. For good measure she also won the vault and lead the sweep with Alexys Boonkokua and Madison McPeak both clearing 10-0 to make it quite a day for the King vaulters! The last track event win for the Wolves came courtesy of Alyssa Haring who amazed all with a uncharacteristic burst of speed to catch her opponent in the last 100 meter in very thrilling fashion.
Indeed, it was quite a day for King track in the renewal of it's rivalry with the Bears of Poly. The wins were sweet tasting and full of flavor, even if it wasn't quite what was expected.
Thursday, March 19
TEAMS PUT UP A CENTURY AGAINST CENTENNIAL
Big 8 action opened up on the road for the Wolves as they traveled to Centennial in Corona for the first of 5 league contests. Centennial lacked the depth to counter the Pack attack and King's boys and girls teams notched victories in excess of 100 points against the Huskies.
Centennial's girls won only three events and two of those were notched by their strong freshman distance runner Rylie Penn who out-kicked Emily Sanchez in the 1600 and 800. The third event win for Centennial was the high jump which had only two competitors entered. King's 800 runners, despite being outdone for the win, had the three fastest marks of the season with Sanchez, Allison Janes and Jessica Ferguson all running 2:30 or under. Ashley Chruszcz won the 400 in 62 seconds, Tia Parrish won both the 100 and 200 and contributed to the 4x100 relay win. Event sweeps happened for King in a host of events.
The boys notched 109 points on the way to the win, and like the girls, "lost" few events. In fact, Centennial's fine sprinter, Michael Cummings, took 10 points all by himself, winning the 200 and 400! Centennial also won the 4x100 relay and the 100, but the rest of the meet belonged to King. Montiel Johnson won the discus at 126', and doubled up in the shot at over 42'. Dalton Seckinger won the 800 and the 3200 for King. Nick Abboud, as per his usual, won gold in both hurdle races.
Cruising to a century is not the norm in track and field, and given that 69 points are necessary to secure a dual meet win, that threshold was achieved by the mid-way mark of both contests. With Poly next week (non league) and the likes of Corona, Santiago and Roosevelt off in the distance, the teams best enjoy the big numbers while they last as the remainders of the Big 8 will put up a stronger challenge.
Monday, March 16
ABBOUD'S BIG WEEK LEADS WAY FOR KING'S FINE DAY
Nick Abboud has had quite a week. At Hemet on Thursday, he broke the 8 year old school record in the 110 high hurdles while winning two events. Then on Saturday at the competitive San Diego area Bronco Invitational (held at Rancho Bernardo HS), he won two more hurdle races against some very fine compeition.
It's been a few years since King competed at the Rancho Bernardo meet but they used the reunion as an opportunity to step their game up and demonstrate a level of proficiency, if not just try to keep pace with their talented senior teammate. The day proved to be a very good one for all involved which bodes well for the future of the 2015 season.
In the distance events, the girls 3200 went first and Emily Sanchez - usually an 800 runner -- stepped up for a nice sub 12:00 PR at 11:37. Alyssa Haring also dipped under 12:00 and Rebekah Pendleton was at 12:03, also a PR. Tyler Janes took second in the 3200 with a fine PR of 9:27, the number-two time in school history!. A bevy of King multi-lap specialists followed him with fine marks despite abnormally warm temps. Janes and AJ Boebinger doubled back in the 800 and both went sub 2:00. The girls 4x800 ran really well with all four girls running season bests. Loveless Ramos, Jessica Ferguson, Hannah Johnson and Allison Janes did the work. The boys 4x800 team of Michael Ramirez, Kyle Johnson, Isaiah Quiambao and Dalton Seckinger finished third. In the freshman 1600, jonathan Moncada ran a big pr of 4:46. At the end of the day, with temps in the 90s the boys DMR finished second behind a stellar anchor mile by Rolando Phalen who picked up three places and split 4:33.
In the 300 hurdles that Abboud won, it was a race that resembled a NASCAR event as two contenders crashed out in the final 100 meters. Sara Ann Frank won the freshman 300 hurdles. The sprint medley teams both medaled; the boys fs group winning in come from behind style. Jacob Norys ran well in the 400 to medal third and helped the 4x400 team to a second place finish. Marcos Zavaleta had a huge PR of 13-01 in the vault to finish second in the open division. Ryan Laudermilk cleared 6-5 in the high jump to medal. The girls 4x400 team finished third with a solid early season mark of 4:08.9. The girls frosh soph sprint medley team (a race that runs 100-100-200-400 meters) also did well, coming in 2nd place; whereas the boys' counterpart squad won their medley race.
Out in the vertical events, King had quite a day. Besides the aforementioned open-division winner Zaveleta, Hannah Chang won the invitational section of the vault. Kiara Ginwright cleared 5-02 in the high jump to finish second. Ryan Laudermilk PR'd with the 3rd best HJ in school history at 6-4, finishing 2nd.
Lexi Opuku was second in the triple jump.
It turned out to be quite a day, not only for Nick Abboud who had quite a week, but for the whole squad. Against a number of San Diego's finest, King held it's own. A nice place to be in mid March.
Friday, March 13
BIG GAPS TELL THE STORY AGAINST HEMET AND CHAPARRAL
Nick Abboud, the talented hurdler who is bound for UCR next Fall, faced a headwind and little competition in the 110 hurdles but he didn't allow those realities to keep him from going big. Really big. Slicing throught the gale, he cleared all ten flights with nary a scratch and crossed the line in 14.48, taking down Sam Jeter's record from back in 2007! That big effort became a symbol for the day for the Wolves who ended up winning big against their annual opponents of Chaparral and Hemet.
King was hardly pressed in most events, save an individual here or there that donned a different uniform. The distance kids had a good showing, with Tyler Janes winning the 1600, AJ Boebinger the 800 and Rolando Phalen running smooth 10:05 to take second in the 3200. Montiel Johnson was the runner up in the shot, Ryan Laudermilk cleared 6-2 in the high jump to finish second. Daniel Mukasa led the vaulters at 12-6 taking first there. Brandon Burton won the long jump at 20-9.
The girls had the biggest margin of victory, amassing 115 points by the time the meet was mercifully over after 5 hours and 30 minutes. Sissy Underwood won the triple with Lexi Opuku right behind her. Tia Parrish ran easily to the win in the 100 and 200 and helped secure the victory in the 4x100 relay. Jackie Yarbrough won the discus with a near PR at 109 feet. Leighana Weaver won both hurdle events and newcomer, 9th grader Ashley Chrusczc took second in the varsity 400, going 62 seconds. Very nice debut so far for the freshman! Emily Sanchez looked very strong in her two distance events, winning the 1600 in a PR of 5:24.99 and taking second in the 800 with a great early-season mark of 2:27.81.
Monday, March 9
WOLVES CAN'T CHASE DOWN BRONCOS AT WILDCAT RELAYS
Invitational Relay meets are often the source of flying batons; flying elbows and show of team depth. All of that was evident in King’s first excursion to the Paloma Valley Wildcat Relays this past Saturday. Situated in Division 1 of three completive divisions, the Wolves found themselves up against traditional track powers like Chaparral High, Rancho Verde; Paloma Valley and the Vista Murrieta Broncos. As far as team depth-go no further than Vista Murrieta High School. The Broncos, winners of 4 of the past 5 Boys CIF Championships proved to be, not just deep (they had an A and B team present at the meet and over 400 athletes o their team); they were extremely difficult to catch . They not only won the overall team championship winning both the boys and girls sides of competition…they were just plain fast. During the day they put together at least two state-leading performances in the sprint relays and easily outdistanced their opponents in most of the other races. It is to the King’s credit that they hung with VM most of the day and finished as the team runner-up trophy for the meet. A huge accomplishment considering the outstanding competition they faced.
As to the flying batons--The boys Shuttle hurdle team got King off to a good start with a near record 62.27 from first place. Nick Abboud, Ryan Moussad, Josh Fisher and Dylan Lay all went sub 16 to make the mark. The boys would continue to fight through the day finishing second the 8 X200: 4th in the 4 X 100; second the Sprint Medley; 4th in the 4 X 200 ; and in the 8 X 100 and a second in the 4X 400, keyed by a vicious third lap by Jacob Norys taking the Wolves from 5th to 2nd before handing off to Seth Tyler. On the girls side; they ran with the Broncos most of the meet but fell short in the end. The girls shuttle hurdles finished 2nd; as did the 4 X100 team the 4 X 200 team and the girls 8 X100. The 8 X 200 made up of Angelia Cervantes, Charisma Guzman, Larisa Cesena; Jericka Roshell; Brianna Fatten; Alyssa Drake; Maryjane Smith and Valentina Sanabria were first place winners as was the Sprint medley team of Sydney Rice; Tia Parrish; Khaysa Cunningham and Ashy Chruszcz . Results came in very slowly from the field events but the Wolves recorded third place finishes in the girls long jump and high jump and a third place finish in boys long jump. Ryan Laudermilk recorded anther 6-0 jump in the boys high jump. Over at the pole vault, which was held at Vista Murrieta High, both the King boys and girls won first place-the girls paced by an 11-6 mark from Hannah Chang.
As to the “flying elbows”—as stated before you’ve got 9 teams running in these relays and in trying to jockey for position sometimes, people get hit. Ask freshman Sarah Ann Frank, who as she took the final exchange for the 8 X 100, took an elbow right to the side of her face. Stunned, she stopped for just a moment; quickly re-grouped, and was able to finish in second place. Such is life in the relay meet.
Monday, March 9
KING RACES PAST MESA MURRIETA IN SEASON OPENER
The 16th edition of the King Track and Field program got off to a flying start this past Wednesday as the teams overwhelmed Mesa Murrieta on all four levels of competition. The Wolves team each scored over 100 points in as impressive an opener than seen in awhile.
“Flying start” is more than a literal term. The Wolves came out hot in the first events of the day- the boys and girls 4 X100 and put down mid-season marks in their victories. The Girls varsity relay of Khaysa Cunningham, Tia Parrish, Leighana Weaver and newcomer Sydney Rice hit 48.98, only 1.2 seconds from the school record and the boys team of Saadiq Jennings; Jason Gonzalez; Jon Essien and TJ Noland hit 43.55—only 7/10’s off the school record!
From those beginnings, the meet became a blur of blue and silver uniforms crossing the line. In the distances Tyler Janes and AJ Boebinger showed well in the 1600 and 800 exchanging 1-2 finishes in each race. Daniel Gonzalez and Rolando Phelan crossed the line in near identical times in the 3200 as well. On the girls side, save the great efforts of state cross country finalist Tayloir Taite of Mesa, Emily Sanchez was the top distance kgirl fo the day for King. Alyssa Haring won the 3200 and newcomer Allison Janes showed well in the 1600 in her first varsity race.
Hurdler Nick Abboud picked up where he left off a year ago, winning both hurdle races while Weaver picked up a win in her 100 hurdle race as well. Freshman Ashley Chruszcz won the JV 400 in 63.08, which was the fastest King time of the day putting a tad bit of pressure on the trio of veterans Valentina Sanabria, Alyssa Drake and Maryjane Smith who swept the varsity 400. Tia Parrish rocketed to a first place finishes in the 100 and 20.
The field events were not to be outdone by their counterparts on the track. . Jackae Yarbrough was a double winner in the throws while Sissy Underwood won the girls long jump. Brandon Burton and Delynn Holland went 1-2 in both the triple and long jump with impressive early season jumps over 20 feet and 40 feet respectively. In the high jump Kiarra Ginwright was the winner as was Ryan Laudermilk on the boys side. The boys had tough sledding in the throws against Mesa but Montel Johnson showed promise with two third place finishes. The boys pole vault swept all three scoring places led by Marcos Zavaleta at 12-6 while the girls did the same led by Hannah Changs 10-6 jump.
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