Friday, May 4
SCHOOL RECORDS SET THIS SEASON
300 Meter Hurdles - Reyte Rash - 37.17
ROCKET MAN! RASH WINS MASTERS TITLE AND ADVANCES TO STATE
TORRANCE: The CIF Southern Section Masters meet is what its title implies. It’s the best of the best from the CIF Southern Section, a regional grouping that contains over 500 schools. One must be a “master” of his or her event to make it. Luck or strength of program has no bearing. Past titles or performances count for nothing. You either go big at Finals or go home. Getting a spot on the line in this meet is no small feat.
Prior to the Masters meet, CIF-SS holds four Divisional Finals, with all competitors facing only athletes in their division. But from the Division Finals, the best nine of all four combined move on to Masters with the hopes of qualifying for the one-division California State Meet, held in Clovis.
So to do well on this stage is quite the thing.
Reyte Rash, fresh off his All CIF and Division 1 titles in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles one week ago, rocketed himself through both events to new personal best marks in both while lowering his own school record in the 300’s. It was in that 300 meter race that he not only reset King’s school record at 37.50, but bested the other 8 competitors to win the Masters title, the
first in King’s history to do so. ,p. Racing the 110’s in lane eight, King’s heralded hurdler would get his chance at a ticket to State. At the gun, Reyte made a dramatic push through each advancing hurdle. Gaining momentum from months of continued training from his coaches, Ken Bracey and Tayler Fleming, the gazelle like Rash burst through the finish line in a slight head wind in 14:69 for 5thplace. Fresno bound, with his “better” event still to come!
Less than 90 minutes later, Rash found himself lined up for the 300 hurdles with the best Southern California had to offer. The rising Rash, still only 16 years old, launched himself over a course of ten flights of hurdles to find himself battling two other competitors with just one flight left. It was there that he made his mark as a champion.
“It was guts what Reyte did there” said Coach Keith Janes of the final 30 meters of effort. Rash won the race in 37:50 distancing himself over the Upland’s Caleb Roberson by a couple steps despite being side-by-side over the last hurdle.
Rash becomes only the second King athlete to qualify for the State Championship in two events after Tyler Janes pulled off the feat in the 1600 and 3200 in 2016.
This weekend Reyte will travel to Clovis California to compete in the State Championships. In both events, he’ll need to run Friday night in qualifying heats to earn the right to compete in the Finals on Saturday night.
Monday, May 21
REY-TINGS GOLD - RASH WINS CIF TITLE, FRANK FINISHES ALL CIF
One of the major “givens” of high school Track and Field is that nothing is for certain. Nothing. Where one places; how you and your opponent compete on a given day; past accomplishments; who the favorite might be, what everyone may think is a lock..or not.. means very little when the time comes to toe the mark and see what it is you have that day. At the 2018 CIF Finals held Saturday at El Camino College in Torrance, it was just such a day for the two lone King High qualifiers, Sarah Ann Frank and Reyte Rash. The “givens”went out the window and for their efforts, their focus and their willingness to compete, these two King kids “got” a lot and forged a historic day for themselves and King Track and Field.
Sarah Ann, disappointed after not qualifying in the 300 hurdles final a week ago at CIF Prelims, mustered her second best effort ever in her 4 year career in the 100 hurdles and nabbed 6th place in 14.80. She would record an All-CIF honor in the process and beat a number of girls who had recorded faster times during the season than she had. Her mark would have her finish 11th in the entire CIF(SS) which is made up of some 550 schools. She won’t be moving onto the Master’s Meet for state qualifying but what a way to end her career.
“We had a good feeling about what Sarah could do today, ” said Coach John Corona, ” but you never know what’s going to happen. I was anxious for her because she was kinda on the bubble, but she left no doubt. She did not blink in the face of the strongest hurdle competition in the state. It was as strong and as complete a race as she’s ever had.”
And then he smiled, ” I don’t have many words for what Reyte did today. The word “Incredible” comes to mind.”
Junior Reyte Rash was the final qualifier in the 110 hurdles out of Prelims. Not much was expected. ” Honestly, we were hoping for a PR,” said Corona.
The Wolves got more than that. After one athlete false started out and then overcoming a slow start, Rash powered over the final 5 hurdles to nab third place in a new PR of 14.75. From ninth to third, just like that! His mark placed him 6th overall out of all the CIF Divisions and that means a trip to the Master’s Meet in an event that was supposed to be an afterthought. In the 300 Hurdles, Reyte was sort of at the opposite end of things. He had the best time coming in from the preliminary rounds BUT he certainly wasn’t the favorite. It was an extremely strong field featuring Caleb Lutalo-Roberson of Upland and Collin Hurd of Trabuco Hills, both at the top of the state list for this event and both of whom had faster times during the season.
Once again, Reyte got out slow…. so slow, in fact, that his team mate Sarah Ann blurted out excitedly “What’s he doing??” Reyte made up for that start into the top of the turn and then as he hit the final 100 meters, sitting around fourth, he hit overdrive and made his move. As the competitors hit the second to last hurdle, he took a slight lead and it was at that point, the small King crowd rose up knowing he had a chance to win. Rash crossed the line in a new PR and new school record of 37.65. Lutalo-Roberson finished second in 37.94.With that performance, Reyte Rash become a CIF Champion. It is the third straight year a King track athlete has been so honored (Lauren Puerifoy in 2017 and Tyler Janes in 2016). His mark was third best on the day and Rash is headed for this week’s Master’s Meet in two events. “We knew he would probably place and get a shot at going to Master’s in the 300’s” said the long time head coach of the Wolves. “But CIF D-1 Champion? Nobody, and I mean, nobody, saw this coming. What a great surprise and what a tribute to him and his event coaches, Ken Bracy, Tayler Fleming and Keith Janes“.
Two athletes is the least amount of CIF Final participants that King has had in awhile but the Wolves got bang for their buck! Three CIF medals; 3 All-CIF honors; an individual CIF Championship and behind Reyte’s efforts, the King boys team finished 13th in CIF D-1. “It just shows the beauty of competition,” smiled Corona. “Nothing is guaranteed and the odds don’t much matter. You just need to go out and compete as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may. Thankfully, for the efforts of Sarah and Reyte, they fell our way today.”
Monday, May 14
ALL HAIL THE HURDLERS! RASH AND FRANK QUALIFY FOR FINALS
One of the more consistent event groups of King Track and Field over the program's history has been the hurdlers. Under Coach Ken Bracey's tutelage, the hurdlers have demonstrated improvement and success for most of King's 19 year history.
That continued on Saturday as Sarah Ann Frank and Reyte Rash both qualified to advance to CIF Finals to be held May 19 at El Camino College in Torrance.
One thing that has also been consistent is the level of competition in D1 of the CIF Southern Section, making qualifying out of the preliminaries especially difficult.
"Every time we get to CIF we are reminded of how deep and talented the Section is" said Coach Matt Vasal who was deputized for the day in the absence of Coach Corona who was facing his own hurdle in the form of severe bronchitis and didn't make the meet. In fact, there were many of the 21 King athletes present who had lifetime or near-lifetime bests but were still denied a chance to move on.
One of those was sophomore Kela Mavhera who ran the 1600 and 3200 and ran personal records (PR) in both but found her season end in a moment that was bittersweet. Her 5:06.81 1600 meter time was a 4-second improvement and the fifth-best in school history but only 14th best on the day. She ran 11:21.79 in the 3200 to notch another PR. The girls 4x400 team of Kayla Seldon, Ashley Churszcz, Brooklyn Black and Frank, ran the 4th-best time in school history at 3:59 but missed qualifying by one second, finishing 10th overall and one place from CIF Finals.
Trey Anderson was another that was left just on the doorstep of Finals but not allowed in. His 21' 4" long jump was very good, but not enough and he finished 10th as well. He would finish 24th in the triple jump. The boys 4x100 relay team of Nick Beam, Isac Mesa, Kai Sana and Rash were also left just out of qualifying with an 11th place finish.But the day belonged to the hurdlers. In the 300 hurdles, Reyte Rash raced to a time of 38.05 that was just .02 off his lifetime best and school record, but more significantly, was over a full second better than the second-best racer in the five heats of qualifiers. It positions himself for a run at the CIF individual championship. Not bad for a guy that didn't even qualify for CIF prelims in 2017! (He placed 4th in the Big 8 Finals last year) For added goodness, he was the 9th and final qualifier in the 110 high hurdles earlier in the day running 15.13.
Sarah Ann Frank had a bit of a surprise path into the CIF Finals, as her better event -- the 300's -- didn't give her the result she assumed, after a less-than-perfect performance left her in 10th. But in the 100 hurdles, she scorched the track and won her heat with the 6th-fastest mark of all runners and so will join Rash in Torrance on Saturday, making the CIF SS D1 Finals, for King at least, a singular focus.
"Over the years we have been lucky to have our athletes peak at the right moments at the end of the year, and that was no different today" Vasal said.
For the hurdlers, the "end of the year" just got at least another week away.
Friday, May 4
KING HAS A DAY OF DAYS AT BIG 8 FINALS
EASTVALE: "League Finals is always our day" says head track and field coach John Corona. And he's right. Despite being unable to win more than one team league title in the last decade (Roosevelt is the owner of most of the titles in a decade), King has always found the individual and collective drive to make the League Finals a night to shine.
2018 was no different as the King recorded 59 personal or seasonal records at the meet.
"The kids performed and competed at a very high level which is really gratifying in light of how we started the season. We are a very young and inexperienced group and it showed all season. Tonight, we showed how much we have grown up. I am really proud of our kids" said Corona.
Reyte Rash had, arguably, the best day of all as he "put on a clinic" in the 300 hurdles, gapping second place by a full flight of hurdles on his way to a new school record in the event. His 38.03 was better than the school record that Dillon Lay set in the same event last year. After finishing 2nd in the 110 hurdles earlier, Rash exploded across the track in his "better" event and put himself atop an All Time list that has included some very fine hurdlers over two decades under Coach Ken Bracey's guidance at King. It is the only school record set this season, also a first in King's history in which records have been rewritten on a yearly basis.
While Rash could make a claim to have had the day of days, sophomore Kela Mavhera might make an argument of her own. In the two distance events, she nabbed not one, but nearly two league titles of her own. In the 3200 meters she ran away from her nearest rival over the final two laps to run a PR of 11:22.43, but her 1600 at the front end of the meet was full of excitement as she drove down the final 50 meters to nearly overtake Miranda Camargo at the line. A photo finish would indicate that .02 seconds is all that separated the two runners. Still, Mavhera's 5:10 was a lifetime best over the distance.
But wait! Treyjon Anderson could also lay claim to the best of days, as his TWO league titles were spread over two days. The long jump was contested on Tuesday and he won handily at that event. But he outdid second place in the Triple Jump on Thursday by nearly 2 feet to take home the crown in two events, the only King athlete to do so.
"Hold on!" could be the words of the guys who took home the title in the 4x100 relay. With Nick Beam on anchor to carry the stick across the line a mere 1/100th of a second ahead of Roosevelt, the squad of Rash, Isac Meza and Kai Sana took the title, but perhaps did it for the third year in a row. "To earn a 'three-peat' in this league, with a team like Roosevelt in the league is really something" said sprint coach Edwin Jones. In fact, could well enter the conversation on “who had the best day” with a 100 meter second place finish at 10.89, the third-fastest time in school history. Beam would also finish 5th in the 200, concluding a very busy day.
Sheredyn Pfeiffer had a wrapping on a hamstring that needed some support, but that didn't keep her from leaping onto the victory stand in the long jump, also contested on Tuesday. Her 17-0 wasn't her best leap ever, and it actually was identical to the second place leap of Roosevelt's Chaselyn Amos' 17-0 mark. The tiebreaker went to each athlete's second-best leap where Pfeiffer's earned her the first title of her young career. She was
busy on Thursday, helping the third place squad of Anna Berry, Sarah Ann Frank and Kayla Seldon run on to CIF Qualification.
Frank had her typically good day as well. The Biola University bound hurdler ran not only in the relay, but she improved her 100 hurdle PR to 14.63, the third-best in school history. She finished second there as well as in the 300 hurdles, but it was her 58-second split in the 4x400 relay that helped Ashley Chruszcz, Brooklyn Black and Seldon run the fourth fastest time in school history at 4:00.15 to place third and move on to CIF.
Cameron McCracken-Payo, who's had his fair share of adversity this season in the pole vault, put all of that behind him and launched to 13-7, and a tie for the fifth-best vault in school history. The Big 8 is stacked in the vault, including the top mark this season in all of CIF Southern Section D1, so his fourth-place finish has some context to it. Tresure Rucker closed out her career with a PR in the triple jump to finish second. Garrett Vasta matched his lifetime best in the 1600, crossing the line in 3rd place, and punching a ticket to CIF for the first time. Amanda Sosa ran a season best in the 800 to finish in 4th. In the boys 3200 meters, it looked like a cross country race in that King had nine guys in the race, six of which finished with season or personal records. In Tuesday's preliminary races, freshman Edgar Ortega broke the 9th grade 1600 school record, going 4:29.83 to eclipse Tyler Janes' 4:31 set back in 2013.
John Corona is right, the Big 8 League Championships has always proven to be a special night of achievement for the King kids. "We’ve had a strong history of being at our best for League Finals and our kids certainly lived up to that expectation tonight" said Corona.
Indeed, this week's edition of the annual rite of passage was no different, though with 59 personal and season best marks, perhaps it could make an argument that it was better than all other years.
Sunday, April 29
STELLAR PERFORMANCE BY FROSH SOPH ATHLETES AT CORONA
For the past 7 years, the King High Track team has participated in the Corona Frosh Soph Showdown as their last invitational of the season. Most of the youngsters entered will, in all likelihood, not make it to the Big VIII Finals and so this is their last opportunity for a PR or simply a good effort with which to end the season. Others will compete to see where they are prior to going into finals or a final "workout" if you will, before stepping to the league final line next Tuesday and Thursday. Whatever, their reason was for being there, the Wolves preformed in stellar fashion on the day.
Things started out well as the girls 4 X 100 team of Julianne Malolos; Jullan Harb, Kennedy Hackbarth and Jade Roberts finished second to league rival Roosevelt in 51.98. Roberts overtook three competitors on the anchor leg to secure the finish. The boys team of Ryan Hernandez; Alonso Morris; Isaiah Donhauser and Matt Victorino got a 5th place running a very creditable 46.53. Hernandez (11.88), Donahuser (12.01) and Victorino (12.14) would all record PR's later in the 100 meters. Not to be outdone, Jullan Harb; Haeli Carola and Ysabella Alfaro also recorded PR's in the 100.
In the hurdles, Eden Yost nabbed a 3rd place in the 100 hurdles and Kathy Drake got 5th. The freshman duo almost repeated that feat in the 300 Hurdles as Eden got 4th in a PR 52.5 and Kathy was 6th in 54.7. Eamon Power got his PR in the 100 hurdles.
In the 200 Donhuaser got another PR at 24.34 while on the girls side, Harb (28.05) and Priscilla Cheng (29.45) got their season's best as well.
In the girl's 1600, Shelby Grossi almost won her heat and just let it slip away at the very end but she still came away with a huge PR. She came back later and was within a second of her 800 PR. Emily Richmond was the lone Wolf in the second heat and was just a second off her PR, but she raced very smart and moved up the second half. Emily would double back and PR in the 800 by just about 3 seconds. In Snows White's first 1600 of the year, she made it through in a very solid time that bested her PR from her freshman year. Chloe Urquizu also ran her first mile of the year, and of her career, and clearly had a lot more in the tank as she closed the last 200 very well and then came back in the 800 and just missed out on her PR.
For the boy's, Malachi Cabanilla was content letting others do the pacing for him, which was a smart move. He managed to get 4th overall with a 4 second PR in the 1600. He was upset with himself afterwards because he had more in the tank, but but learned a valuable lesson in tactics. Nikko Guzman was able to get under the elusive 5:00 barrier with a well raced 4:57. This sophomore shows some real potential. After a tough last couple weeks of practice and races for Bohdin Rush, he was able to show some of that talent that he was showing earlier in the year running a 5:04. After dealing with injuries lately, Tommy Lu managed to somehow get a PR in a very fast race from the start! Luckily he was able to not get too ahead of himself and was fine being near the back of the race and picking people off. In that same heat was Raymundo Ortega, who was just as fine sitting in the back of the race and letting everyone else fall back to him, as he came across with an 11 second PR! Tommy and Ray were the sole boys in the 800 for King. Ray had a tougher time with this one, tired legs got the better of him. Tommy, however, was within a second of his season best after starting out slow because of his own tired legs!
The distance contingent ran really well, earning either PRs or very close to one, and showed a lot of class, character, and courage both on the track and off.
In the field events, the highlight was the effort of Myles Taylor, who got third in the triple jump and was the first place winner n the pole vault right at his PR of 11-9. Corey Thomas finished third in the vault at 10-3
Friday, April 27
FIELD EVENTS SAVE THE RUNNER UP
King concluded it’s 2018 dual meet season on their home track with a healthy audience and a dozen-or-so alums who came “back home” to witness the final go-around of the year. But it was the events that don’t go around the track, namely the field events, that saved the day for the boys and they pulled out a final win over Centennial. The girls won easily.
“Centennial’s boys really took it to us on the track outscoring us 41-27″ head coach John Corona said following the meet. “We knew that was going to happen as they have some awfully good sprinters and distance kids. We were going to have to win this one in the field events and those kids in those events really came through for us. Today, you got to see the value of having a well-rounded team.”
Robert Kells and Aaron Costa were 1-2 in the shot, scoring 8 points of the 9 available. Luke Melton and Costa would minimize the Centennial attack in the discus by finishing 2-3 respectively. Carson Walder won the triple and long jump, scoring 10 points all by himself. King swept the pole vault, with Cameron Payo-McCracken, Ryan Bavier and Matt Perez doing the honors there.
On the track, Brian Green had a great outing, with a PR in the 800 and also in the 3200, scoring twice. Reyte Rash won both hurdle events. Thanks in large part to the “field day” the Wolves had, the boys won by a score 80-55.
The girls won without much of a struggle, as they outdistanced the Huskies on both the track and field. sweeping up all points in many of the 16 events. Kela Mavhera ran a season-best time in the 800 to win the event. Allison Janes also notched a season-best time in the event. Tresure Rucker took to the air and won both the long and triple jumps. The girls would go on to win 101-35. Sarah Ann Frank continued her amazing senior season in winning both hurdles.
The victories left both squads at 4-1 in the Big 8 league and Runners-up in the league behind the champions at Roosevelt. In a surprise move by several athletes, Coach Corona was doused with an ice bucket at the end of the meet. “That was a shock to the system” he said with a smile.
While ice buckets are usually the baptism of champions, the gesture could well have been a celebration of the system that King Track and Field, under Corona’s leadership enjoys. It's a program marked by excellence that had the aforementioned alumni coming back to watch and 200-plus uniformed teens proud of their accomplishments at the top of the league again. To the point, the girls have lost only 17 dual meets in the 19 seasons of King's history. The boys record since 2000 is 112-39 while the girls' stands at an amazing 134-17.
“Finishing second in the Big VIII with such an inexperienced group is a tribute to the effort
and work of our kids and of our coaching staff. To have been able to maintain our program standards and expectations through this season has been most gratifying. It wasn’t always easy and I don’t remember having to have ever been this patient” he laughed “but I think as far as the dual meet part of the season, we accomplished what we set out to do.”
The team now heads into the post season with the League Finals next week and then, for some who will qualify out of league, the CIF Rounds.
To what extent those post-season warriors are from the field or the track, well, only time and distance will tell.
Monday, April 23
KING HOSTS THE CITY IN ANNUAL RAINCROSS TRADITION
King High played host to the city on Saturday, as the town came to Orangecrest to compete in the Raincross Tradition Track and Field Meet, otherwise known as the “The City Championships”. For the “home team,” it was a very good day.
Kela Mavhera had perhaps the best day of all, as she went home with two new City titles, in the 1600 and 3200. She was the only King athlete to have to make room on a Letter-Jacket for two new City Champ patches! Fellow sophomore Sheredyn Pfeiffer came close to matching Mavhera’s exploits with a first place finish in the 100 meter sprint and second in the long jump. But throw in the leg she ran in the 4×100 relay along with Kayla Seldon, Anna Berry and Grace Roberts which took home the victory, perhaps she can make a claim for it. Either way, the two sophomores were at the top of their game on a hot Saturday.
They were not alone. Both of the 4×400 relays teams finished off the meet with a two-fer, both gaining the victories over their cross-town rivals. Naomi Benson and Nawal Dandachi were 2nd and 3rd in 100 hurdles. Nick Beam won the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.30 while Jon Moncada finished in the runner-up spot of the 3200.
The field events had a field day. In the girls long jump, following behind Pfeiffer’s leap were Tresure Rucker and Taylyn Henry, both of whom placed. Rucker would follow that up with a victory in the triple jump. Aylissa Williams was third in the high jump. It was almost a clean sweep in the vault, with Lanie Bavier, Skye Hutchinson, Rachel Norys and Mia Beam all taking the 2-5 spots on the podium. Corey Thomas, Ryan Bavier, and Myles Taylor all placed in the boys vault.
King’s thrower did extremely well, with 2-5 places in the shot. Danita Young, Arizma Ranson, Kimberly Garza, and Keina Turner all took home hardware. Robert Kells was third for the boys shot put. Kimberly Garza would win King’s final City Champ title on the day in the discus, while Turner followed her in second place.
The meet has a long history, despite a hiatus from the mid 1980’s until 2010 when Coach John Corona brought the tradition back to life. Under a bright (and warm) Riverside sun, it was another good day to showcase the best track and field athletes in town.
Just so happened many of them wear a King uniform.
Monday, April 23
MT.SAC BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN A FEW
The 60th Annual Mt.SAC Relays was held at El Camino College in Torrance and King sent a few of it's top athletes to the three-day meet.
On Friday night, the boys and girls distance crew sent 4x1600 relays squads. The girls suffered from a bit of an off-night, as only Amanda Sosa in the third-leg would go home happy with her time. KaryLee Taylor, Allison Janes and Lauren Peurifoy were just off their best races.
Saturday saw hurdlers Reyte Rash and Sarah Ann Frank going in their two specialty events. Rash finished 2nd in the 300 hurdles, running a PR of 38.26 in the process. Sarah Ann also had a noteworthy day going 44.88 in the 300's for her best time ever.
Friday, April 20
RIVALRY NO MORE, KING GETS WHAT IT NEEDS AT CORONA
In the second to last Big 8 meet of the season and one week after the Wolves lost to Roosevelt – the only loss on the season thus far – King Track and Field traveled to Corona to try and get back to their winning ways and secure the “runner-up” spot in the league behind the presumptive champions Roosevelt.
The match up between the King and Corona was once a pretty good rivalry, but on Thursday, King was unchallenged except in a few events. “We got done what we needed to do” head coach John Corona said, following the victory both his boys and girls teams victories over the Panthers.
“ We were able to rest some kids” Coach Corona continued, “and give others a chance to be on the varsity stage and we got the win.”
Two of those kids that moved up to varsity were Dathan Chann and Malachi Cabanilla who ran two very good distance doubles nearly matching or bettering their personal bests in the 1600 and 3200. Cabanilla would snag is first victory at the varsity level with a solid 10:31 effort in the the 3200. Robert Barraza had a PR in the 400 meters at 52.45. Reyte Rash rarely runs the 200, opting for the hurdles instead, but used a lighter fare of competition to dash along for half a lap and nearly ran himself into King’s all time list with a 22.80. Isac Meza, Brandon Avila and Elisha Hall all PR’d in the long jump.
On the girls’ side it was an equally good day despite the absent of pressure that usually produces results. Sheredyn Pfeiffer continued her strong sophomore campaign with a PR in the 100, and Sarah Ann Frank followed Rash’s cue and ran the 100 which is usually littered with hurdles. Unencumbered, Frank ran to a 12.91 clocking. She did the same in the 200 and finished behind Kayla Seldon who ran a lifetime best of 25.94 for the half-lap race. All told in that 200 meter race, over JV and Varsity heats, the King dashers notched 8 lifetime best times! Ashley Chruszcz, Grace and Jade Roberts, Brooklyn Black, Kennedy Hackbarth, Morgan Sjoerdsma and Jullian Harb all went home faster than ever. Kela Mavhera had a season best time in the 800 to win, while Joan Green ran a lifetime PR of 2:36. Talyn Henry PR’d in the long jump.
"Rivalry" may not be the best term to use when describing the competition between Corona and King anymore. But that's ok. With the final dual of 2018 on the near horizon, getting the win over Corona, -- especially after dropping a big one to Roosevelt -- was just what King needed. Rivalry or not, they'll take the W.
Monday, April 16
STRONG SHOWING END STRONG WEEK OF COMPETITION
Because of overall team fatigue-especially after a dual meet with Roosevelt that demanded a full-on effort from the entire team-and the need to heal up injuries and aches and pains, it was decided by the King coaching staff to back off of major team participation in the Inland Empire Championships for 2018 on Saturday. This annual event which has become a showcase for entirety of the San Bernadino-Riverside area was reserved this year for King student-athletes who needed work on certain things or who needed a bit of a further gauge as to where they were at this point in the season. Though it was a very small group that participated, they certainly got the most of their efforts.
Things started out with a bang as the girls soph/frosh 4 x 100 team came away with Inland Empire Championship, clocking a 50.09. Julianne Malolos; Kayla Seldon; Jade Roberts and Sheredyn Pfieffer got the stick around in a time that was second only to their King Classic time of 49.7. Sheredyn Pfieffer got another S/F championship for the Wolves as she soared out 17-3 in the long jump to win by a foot over her nearest competitor. Sheredyn’s jump would have landed her in second place in the varsity competition. Not to be outdone, Reyte Rash won the IE Boys Varsity 300 Meter championship in a PR time of 38.68.
Sarah Ann Frank raced against some of the best hurdlers in the state of California in the 100 Hurdles finishing 5th and again in the 300 hurdles claiming fourth place. Kayla Seldon moved her PR in the 200 to 26.18 for a 6th place medal in the S/F division. The boys 4 X 100 relay of Nick Beam; Kai Sana; Isaac Meza and Rash put together their most consistent effort of the year running a 44.3. Taylen Henry was able to get her PR in the triple jump. Keiarra Turner and Danita Young hit solid marks in the discus and shot respectively. The very last performers on the day were soph/frosh pole vaulters Myles Taylor and Corey Thomas. The two sophomores have been improving by leaps and bounds ( so to speak) in recent weeks and this day was no different. They both PR’ed at 11-3 and tied for 6th place though Myles would win that medal on less misses. For Corey, he has now made almost a 3 foot improvement since the day he picked up a pole for the very first time after wrestling season.
Friday, April 13
KING GETS BLOWN AWAY BY ROOSEVELT TALENT AND DEPTH
The wind was blowing on Thursday, a hard wind that cut through Eastvale and blew away any hope that King track and field had that they might catch a break and beat the talented and deep squads of Roosevelt High. Despite the best efforts of the Wolves, it was just wasn’t enough to compete against the perennial Big 8 League power in Roosevelt.
“Sometimes your opponent is just flat better than you are.” said head coach, John Corona.
But the wind and the talent didn’t keep the King kids from giving their best effort which brought some solace to the day. In fact, all told on both the boys’ and girls’ side of the competition, King went home with 86 season or personal best marks.
Nick Beam enjoyed the wind at his back in both dashes with the 6th-fastest 100 time in school history and the 4th fastest 200 time in school history. Reyte Rash benefited as well from a gracious gust in the 110 high hurdles, dropping a 14.98 PR for the event. Treyjon Anderson leaped 21-9 in the long jump, missing the 5th best jump in school history by a mere 1.5 inches! Brandon Avila PR’d in the triple jump at 39-3. Senior Mazin Awad inspired many with a gutsy 800 meter race against a talented group of Mustangs. With 200 to go he punctured the wind and took the lead, charging down the home stretch until literally his body locked up in anaerobic fatigue and settled for second. Garrett Vasta placed 2nd in a very tactical 1600 that was impacted mightily by the wind, but would come back to win the 3200 in a lifetime PR. Freshman Francisco Zavaleta came close to a setting the 9th grade record in the event and placed 2nd.
The win over the Wolves puts the Roosevelt boys in line for their 9th title in the 10 years of the Big VIII and their girls their 7th.
The scores of both saw Roosevelt well in the lead, ultimately by some 40 points. King’s girls were finding themselves at best in 2nd place in almost every event, and in others, less than that. Sheredyn Pfeiffer looked good riding the winds in the 100 and 200. Kayla Seldon ran a PR in the 400 at 62.18. Danita Young PR’d in the shot put at 33-5, and Kimberly Garza landed the discus 112-6 for her best-ever throw.
“We went after them with everything we had” Corona said, “but it was a formidable challenge and you can’t get around the fact that they (Roosevelt) are not just a talented group but a well coached group as well. We walked into a buzz saw. We’ve been talking all year that we aren’t quite as good as our record might show. That’s not to say we didn’t show up yesterday. Our marks show that we competed but we also found out how far we have to go.”
If the winds ever turn in King’s favor within this annual rivalry with Roosevelt, well, only time will tell.
Tuesday, April 10
SMALL SQUAD ON THE BIGGEST STAGE
It was perhaps one of the deepest and most competitive meets in the 51 year history of the Arcadia Invitational. Arcadia is a Big Stage, if not the biggest, in all of the land for high school track and field. Though it is always a residence of top national and state marks, it just seemed like everywhere you turned last weekend, great marks were being meted out by the student-athletes from the 600 schools from all over the United States. In the midst of that flurry of great marks were the kids of King High School. Though, there wasn’t their usual big number of participants, the Wolves acquitted themselves well in a meet that was historically competitive.
The Boys and Girls 4 X 1600’s went off on Friday night. The Girls team of Kela Mavhera, Allison Janes, Karylee Taylor and Lauren Puerifoy clocked a 21:49 for 16th place in the Invitational division while the boys team of Austin Fortenberry, Edgar Ortega, Garrett Vasta and Francisco Zavaleta put down an 18:36.27. On Saturday, the distance medley teams came away with solid performances. Mavhera, Ashley Chruscuz, Amanda Sosa and Puerifoy finished 21stin the girls race. The boys DMR was in the hunt for at least half the race until the team of Ortega, Mazin Awad, Eric Roman and Vasta finished in 12th place at 10:53.6. Individually, Vasta ran the mile in what was for him a disappointing 4:31. He would come back in that DMR, however, with a blistering 3:14 1200 to led off the DMR.
Also on the individual stage were hurdlers Reyte Rash and Sarah Ann Frank. Despite being out with strep throat for most of Spring Break, Rash raced to a respectable 15.29 in the 110 Hurdles and to a first place finish in his open heat of the 300 hurdles in 39.27. Frank, ever the perfectionist, ran a 15.4 in the 100 hurdles but came back with a PR time of 45.34 in the 300 hurdles for a third place finish.
Only five of the members of the small group of King athletes who qualified for this national-level meet, a meet held on the biggest of stages, are seniors. Which bodes well for King and for these young athletes going forward. Big stages are hard to get onto, but once there, most want to return
Sunday, April 8
SERRANO AND KING TAKE TITLES IN 14th FROSH-SOPH CLASSIC
There were 3 Meet records broken on the day. One of those came in the very first event of the day when the King girls 4 X 100 relay of Julianne Malolos; Kayla Sheldon, Jade Roberts and Sheredyn Pfeifer blazed to a 49.57 finish eclipsing the old record set by King in 2013. La Sierra's Donavan Nelson blazed to a 50.25 in the Boys 400 edging Serrano's Jaret Schmidt at 50.96. Kaelyn McCann, the lone representive from Linfield Christian, cleared 10-6 in beating the old meet record of 10 feet. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Sam Medure of Riverside Poly in the 800 registering a time of 2:03.52; Lorenzo McMillan of San Gorgonino who was a double winner in the 100 (11..1) and 200 (23.12); Jhordyn Holston was also a double winner in the girls 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles; Rancho Verde's Glen Mckenize ran an extremely creditable 41.47 in the 300 Hurdles while his team mates in the 4 X 100 blazed to a 45.28 victory. Ethan Sanders from Orange Vista tossed the shot 48-5 inches (10 pound shot) for the win there. Riley Corcoran of Santiago ran an impressive 1:01.04 in winning the girls 400.
It seemed that in the distance races that King and Serrano were just going toe to toe. Kela Mavhera of King would win the "I have a Dream Mile" over the Diamondbacks Madison Elliott by half a second and then would repeat the feat in the 800 (over Elliott again) 2:25.77 to 2:25.83. In the Boys version of the mile Serrano's Ian Crocker returned the favor winning in 4:38.29 to Edgar Ortega's 4:38.66. Austin Fortenberry finished 4th in 4:42. While Fortenberry went and won the boys 3200 as previously mentioned it was Maribel Agulair of Serrano winning the girls 3200 in 11:50.
For King overall; it was a day of great performances in heading toward their high team finishes. Sheredyn Pfiefer would follow her contributions to the 4 X 100 victory with a championship effort n the long jump (16-3) and a second place n the 100. Naomi Bensen got two second place finishes in the hurdles and Danielle Cabrera got second in the high jump. Skye Hutchinson pulled a fourth place in the pole vault and Chandler Sjoerdsma also got 4th in the discus. Kayla Seldon got third in the 200 with a PR mark of 26.24 and then electrified the crowd with a sub 60 anchor leg on the 4 X 400 relay pulling her team from about 40 meters back to the victory and a season best time of 4:10.
Myles Taylor was "King" of the field for the Wolves with a first place in the pole vault; a second in the long jump and a third the triple jump. Luke Melton tossed his PR of 120-10 feet to win the discus. Corey Thomas jumped to a PR 10-0 in the vault.
"I was very glad with the way the meet ran," said Coach John Corona. "We have a reputation for having well run and organized meets and we did nothing today to change that reputation. We got a lot of compliments today for which I am grateful. Our non-particpants today (juniors and seniors) did a TREMENDOUS job in helping us run this thing and of course, a lot of credit goes to our parent volunteers as well. Corona continued, "And as to our kids performances today.....what a great job they did. They had every excuse to just kind of go through the motions after 4 meets in a week but they didn't do that at all. What spirit they showed!!! What we did today helps put us in good stead headed into Spring Break and beyond."
Friday, March 30
WOLVES STEP UP AND OVER NORCO
For the third time in the last 5 days, the King track and field teams competed, and this time it was against Norco, a team that King has never lost to. That win streak extended as the Wolves won easily, even while resting out some of the normal varsity scorers.
Across the board, King athletes stepped up nicely into the limelight and handled their business well. Lanie Bavier and Rachel Norys both scored in the pole vault, while King swept both the long and triple jumps, along with the 1600, the 800 and the 3200.
Keiana Turner PR’d in Shot put at 33-00, Treasure Rucker improved her season best of almost 2 feet at 35-5 in Triple Jump-Kayla Sheldon jetted to a 26.5 in 200 and Karylee Taylor was a double winner.
The boys also had a strong outing despite “resting” some of their usual point-scorers. Mazin Awad was a double winner with an impressive 1600; Jacob Knerl had two big PR’s in 110 hurdles-16.1 and 300 Hurdles-41.55; Trey Anderson won twice in Long Jump and triple jump. Brian Green had an outstanding triple, scoring in the 1600, 800 and 3200; he was called upon at the last minute to fill in the vacant 3200 meters to assure King’s points, which he did with a smile. King swept the 300 hurdles, with Jacob Knerl, Cameron Jones and Ibraheim Al-Khahili earning the points there.
For King, the spate of meets is not quite over as they will go again tomorrow, as they host the annual Frosh Soph Classic on campus , an event that will bring nearly 20 teams here to compete at the frosh soph level.
Coach Corona spoke of what is and what will come next when he said, “It’s been a bit of a journey but we are where we want to be at this juncture in the season. Now that Spring Break is here that gives us a chance to rest-up a bit and take care of some of our injuries. We still have work to do and still have numerous challenges in front of us but at least for now take a bit of a breath.”
Wednesday, March 28
RASH FRANK AND PFEIFFER WRITE HISTORY AT SANTIAGO
The track and field teams traveled to take on the Santiago Sharks in the first Big 8 league contest of the 2018 season. After mixed results on Saturday at two different invitationals the Wolves competed in, coupled with a potentially good program at Santiago, there was some heightened anticipation over what the Sharks might do in head-to-head competition.
It turned out well for the visiting team however, as King was able to earn a victory on all four levels (JV and Varsity combined). The boys bested Santiago by a large margin, but the girls’ contest was a closer one, with King winning by just 13 points. (Click here for the breakdown of the scores)
The highlight of the day came in the hurdle races as both Sarah Ann Frank (100’s) and Reyte Rash (300’s) moved their names onto the King All Time lists for those events. Frank notched King’s third-fastest time in the 100 hurdles. The only two hurdlers faster than her are Gayle Hunter and record holder Tayler Fleming. She was visibly excited about the 14.99 clocking with a wind-legal reading of .7! Rash came later in the 300’s and put down a 38.75 mark, good for the 4th fastest mark in school history.
But the list making wasn’t done. Sheredyn Pfeiffer had a lifetime best in the 100 meters at 12.60 but put her name in the all time list in the long jump, going 17-7 for the #3 mark in school history!
Kayla Seldon finished second in the 200 and 400, with a PR of 62 seconds in the 400. Kela Mavhera ran her season-best time of 5:14 in the 1600 to finish second as well. Lauren Peurifoy scored twice, winning the 3200.
The boys were in control of the meet early. Garrett Vasta had two strong races in the 1600 and 800, scoring both times. Mitchell Machuca and Francisco Zavaleta went 2-3 in the 3200. Robert Kells and Aaron Costa went 1-2 in the shot while Luke Melton threw a PR in the discus to place second with Costa placing third.
With nearly 19 seasons under it’s belt, the all time lists for the track and field program at King High are no slouch, they record marks and times that outshine most schools in the Inland Empire with histories much longer than King’s.
After a good day at Santiago High, a few of those lists just got better.
Monday, March 26
DISTANCE RUNNERS ENJOY A PR-ETTY GOOD DAY
Azusa Pacific University is nestled at the foott of the San Gabriel Mountains and hosts the annual New Balance Meet of Champions distance carnival for track and field. Saturday was a beautiful spring day with clouds and sunshine creating a beautiful canopy above the green mountains rising, literally, from the edge of the track where 2600 distance runners contested dozens of heats in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races over the span of the day.
Many of those kids came intending on running Personal Records (PR) in their event, and for the King High distance runners, they went home with 29 newly minted PR’s on what was a very pretty day both on and above the track. Each new achievement earned a flag hanging from the team’s canopy and by the time the sun went down the flags fluttered across the tent’s hem nearly from end to end.
It was highlighted, perhaps ironically, after nightfall, when King’s youngest runners set off in the meet’s fastest heats in all three distances. Freshmen Edgar Ortega and Francisco Zavaleta chiseled their names near the top of the King all time 9th grader lists in the 1600 and the 3200. Ortega notched a 4:33 1600 meter, moving within 2 seconds of the school record, while Zavaleta ran a 4:40 (4th all time) then came back just 50 minutes later to nearly topple the 9th grade best in the 3200 meters, running a stunning 10:05 on tired legs.
Sophomores Austin Fortenberry and Brian Green also had great performances. Fortenberry shaved 30 seconds off his 3200 best to go 10:01 while Brian ran sub 4:40 in the 1600. Fortenberry did that crunched double that Zavaleta endured with a PR in the 1600 a short 50 minutes before the 3200 going 4:35 in that race. During the day time, Brian ran a PR in the 800 going under 2:06 for the first time. Mitchell Machuca won his heat of the 3200 meters with a lifetime PR of 10:13
Garrett Vasta dropped a big improvement in the 1600 as well with a 4:21.42 time, the 5th fastest in school history! 9th grader Bohdin Rush, who ran 5:35 in the opening time trial back in early February dropped down to 4:57. Jon Moncada had a good double in the 800 and 3200 with good PR’s, also with the two races painfully close together.
On the girls side, Amanda Sosa ran really well and scored a season-best in the 800 at 2:23, just a second off her PR. Jenna Bernath, Faith Chick, Justine Marshal, Sydney Grossi and Shelby Grossi all PR’d at that distance as well. Mackenzie Peters won her 1600 heat with a time of 6:17, in her first race back after a long injury and rehab.
In the 1600, KaryLee Taylor had the fastest PR of the day for all King runners with a 5:21. Bernath added a second PR to her total on the day, while Emily Richmond, Gracy Lowry and Mariah Ngo all had significant drops in their best ever times. The girls 3200 was full of great improvements, with Taylor, again, dropping a huge PR along with Joan Green who dipped under 12:00 for the two-mile race for the first time. Sydney Magno also had a nice drop to 12:32.
Many of King’s athletes were smiling and happy after hard-earned improvements, which made for a PRetty good day.
Monday, March 26
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SUNSHINE
The weather at the 69th annual Chino Relays was on again-off again almost the entire day. For periods of time, the sun would find itself behind the clouds and there was a sort of darkness to the day. Other times the sun shone brightly across the crystal clear day giving off rays of positive vibes. In many ways the performance of the King track and Field team mirrored the weather. A lot of the performances of the day were on but numerous were off as well.
The results of the day was made up of some darkness which included missed relay exchanges; no heights and scratches in the jumps or just plain poor performances. “I am worried about the lack of consistency in some of our kids,” said Head Coach John Corona. ” Just when it seems like we taken a step forward, we take a step back. We can only use the excuse of being young and inexperienced for so long. We are getting to the point where we need to grow up–fast!”
A good part of the day may have been “off” but the day also had its “sunny” bright spots which included a 3rd place finish by the Girls team out of a field of 20. ” No question we saw some good things as well,” said Corona. ” The way our girls made a push through the final few events to climb into third place was extremely positive and what we saw from our girl long and triple jumpers was a big push forward in their improvement.” Soph Shereydn Pfiefer climbed into the 5th All-time spot in the girls long jump with a leap of 16-11. Seniors Treasure Rucker and Taylen Henry both made season best jumps in the long jump and in the triple jump where Treasure finished 5th in her flight at 33-2 and Taylen second in her flight at 31-10. Another King athlete who is improving with great strides is Cameron Payo-McCracken who got 2nd overall in the boys pole vault and very nearly cleared 13 feet.
Medal winning performances were put in by both the Boys and Girls Shuttle Hurdle teams. The boys team featured Jacob Knearl; Ibrahim Al-Khalili; Xavier Magana-Devries and Cameron Powers. The girls team members were Micah Mekbib; Amyee Stewert; Naomi Benson and Nawal Dandachi. Both 4 X 200 teams were medalists-Sarah Ann Frank-Anna Barry-Brooklyn Black and Ashley Chruczc doing the honors for the girls and Eric Roman, Robert Barraza, Kai Sana and Nick Beam making a successful run for the boys. Both the 4 X 400 teams made the podium as well.
Individually, Kim Garza got a fifth place in the girls discus and Keiana Turner got 4th in the shot put. Ryan Bavier pulled in a 5th place in the pole vault.
At the mid-way point in the season, the team has a few clouds hanging over it, but if the “Three C’s” of King Track and Field produce anything, give it some time, rays of sunshine will undoubtedly peak through.
Wednesday, March 14
LOTS OF GOOD DESPITE LITTLE COMPETITION AND A LITTLE RAIN
Chino High School came to King High for the first-ever track meet between the two schools. The Cowboys’ small squads didn’t pose much of a challenge to the “army” that King Track and Field can put into competition at home meets and Chino had to acknowledge early on that they were over matched. King found little competition in almost every event and with a little rain dropping down through part of the meet, it was the setting for what could have been a complete wash-out in terms of performances. But resolve and drive kicked in for the Wolves, and the King kids kept apathy at bay and got a lot of good from the afternoon.
“Despite the lack of overall competition and the weather conditions, I thought our kids performed well” said head coach John Corona.
Amanda Sosa had a good double, winning both the 1600 and 800. Garrett Vasta had a lifetime best mark of 2:01.58 in the 800, putting him just outside the top 5 list at King, all time. This despite the fact that the rain poured in its heaviest form specifically during that race and he distanced his nearest rival by over 20 meters.
Reyte Rash, normally runs over hurdles, but instead took to the open track in the 400 and 200, going 51.66 in the full lap and 23.13 in the deuce. Luke Melton threw a PR in the discuss at 113-7.
In the 1600 and again in the 3200, the “Kiddie Corps” as Coach Corona refers to them as, a host of 9th and 10th graders running varsity swept the events. Freshman Edgar Ortega won it, but was followed by fellow underclassmen Austin Fortenberry, Francisco Zavaleta, Brian Green and Malachi Cabanilla to go 1-5. Zavaleta would come back to win the varsity 3200 in 10:32.50, the #7 freshman time in King’s history. “I love how they are developing and improving” Corona said after the meet of the band of frosh-soph distance runners that make up the bulk of this year’s varsity squad.
The girls throws had a great day, with Kimberly Garza dropping a 2 foot improvement in the shot at 34-8. Keiana Turner won the discus throw with a mark of 102-3. Newcomer to the event, Danita Young also got a big PR of over two feet from her previous best at 32-2 and a 20-foot improvement in the discus.
With the conclusion of the meet, the King concluded its preseason competition as well. The Big 8 league will open next week for the Wolves against a good set of teams at Santiago.
“Santiago is always a scary opponent and I anticipate a great competition next week.”
If that proves to be the case, one might predict even better performances than the ones delivered against Chino and a rain storm.
King Boys Varsity-93-Chino-29
King Girls Varsity-113-Chino-14
King Boys JV-101-Chino-3
King Girls JV-116-Chino-13
Monday, March 12
RAIN DOESN'T DAMPEN GREAT EFFORTS IN SAN DIEGO
The track teams competed at the Bronco Invitational on Saturday hosted by Rancho Bernardo High School in northern San Diego County. King was the only Southern Section team in attendance at the popular and competitive meet.
A light drizzle of rain didn’t seem to dampen the efforts of the Wolves’ squad of mainly varsity-level athletes.
“This met always give us a bit of a gauge for our team” remarked coach John Corona. “If we can do well at the Bronco Invite, because of it’s level of competition, it bodes well for the season, and I felt we did well today” he said after the meet’s conclusion.
In the hurdles, Sarah Ann Frank and Reyte Rash both had outstanding performances. Frank, returning from a week off due to a shoulder separation suffered in practice, ran a PR in the 100 hurdles then came back and ran her second-best time of her career in the 300 hurdles. Rash did as well at 15.15 in the 110 highs, finishing second, and then came back later to win the 300’s in 39.39 over highly touted Josh Farmer of Rancho Bernardo. Sheredyn Pfeiffer won the “open division” of the long jump with an 8-inch personal best at 16′ 2.5″. With that leap, she’s closing in on the top-5 jumpers at King all time (KAT).
Shaelyn Johnson who starred in King’s women’s basketball program in the Winter is showing what great athletes do by crossing over into a second sport and was 2nd in the high jump with a clearance of 5-0. Kimberly Garza and Keiana Turner were 4th and 5th respectively in the discus and Lauren Peurifoy medaled in the 3200.
A handful of relay races are staged and in those King did well. The girls 4×100 squad of Anna Barry, Kayla Seldon, Grace Roberts and Pheiffer were third overall. The 4×800 team of Dathan Chann, Mazin Awad, Jon Moncada and Brian Green crossed the line in fifth, but it was the Distance Medley team (1200 meters, 400, 800 1600) of Joan Green, Skye Hutchinson, Carissa Avila and Kela Mavhera gradually moved from 7th, to 5th, to 3rd to first to earn the win after 2 1/2 miles of racing!
Garrett Vasta had a breakthrough race in the 1600 as he dropped a lifetime best of 4:26.88 in a soggy, tactical race where he beat several of San Diego’s top talent. In the freshmen-only version of the race, King’s top three 9th graders, Francisco Zavaleta, Edgar Ortega and Malachi Cabanilla gamely took over the race mid-way occupying the top three spots in lap two. At the bell, Cabanilla boldly made the first move going into the back stretch before Ortega would go ahead to finish third. Zavaleta finished with a PR as well. In the open 800 Mavhera and Amanda Sosa both medaled in the top three, while KaryLee Taylor ran a PR in the 1600, going under 5:30.
So it was a good day of racing, jumping and throwing. The weather seemed to have little impact on the meet, nor on the King kids who competed.
“We still have work to do” said Coach Corona of his very young and relatively inexperienced squad. But if the results from Rancho prove anything, it’s that it’s going to take more than a little precipitation to dampen the enthusiasm of the team.
Friday, March 9
AN IMPERFECT VICTORY ON A PERFECT DAY
The track and field teams took to their home track on Wednesday for the first time this season. The meet was conducted under cloudy skies and near “perfect” conditions as the temperatures were cool but not cold and, significantly, there was no hint of the ever present Orangecrest afternoon winds. Winds of any velocity tend to wreck a track meet’s potential and the cool afternoon was uncommonly still.
The Wolves competed against Yorba Linda High School and Alta Loma High School and while the home team won on all four levels, it wasn’t a perfect day.
“We didn’t do the little things well” commented head coach John Corona following the meet. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of the effort we showed and earning the win, but we still have a lot we can improve on.”
King’s ’18 squads are decidedly young and inexperienced and some of that showed throughout the meet. But there were some quality performances in a meet that ultimately showed King pulling away and winning by double digit scores over both opponents. In one of the first events of the meet, the 1600 meters, King’s distance runners swept, with Kela Mavhera, Amanda Sosa and KaryLee Taylor doing the duties; all with quality marks. Mavhera and Taylor would double back later to take 1-3 in the 3200 meters respectively. Ashley Chruszcz was third in the 400 with a season-best time.
All of the sprints had an uncommon occurrence in that the wind-readings were exactly 0.0 meters per second. That “perfect” environment of zero-head wind would aid the athletes who raced around the entire oval and was, obviously, a neutral factor for the sprinter. But those dashers did well, led by Sheridyn Pfeiffer in the 100 who placed second in a season-best mark of 13.01. She was 4th in the 200. Amanda Sosa and Joan Green were 2-3 in the 800 with well run races. Lanie Bavier won the pole vault and Keina Turner threw a personal record in the discus at 110′ 7″. She PR’d in the shot as well, an event King swept with Kimberly Garza for the win.
The boys were challenged early-on by a strong attack by Alta Loma, but the Wolves were able to gain day light between them and their opponents as the meet wore on. Aaron Costa helped make that happen in the shot with a PR of 41′ 4″. Cameron McCracken-Payo won the vault at 12′ 0″. Nick Beam was second in the 100 and Eric Roman was the runner-up in the 400. Reyte Rash had two outstanding races in the hurdles.
Two of the distance races, the 800 and 3200 had exciting and impressive performances. In the 800, Brian Green and Mazin Awad were locked in a 2-lap battle with Max Mccarthy of Yorba Linda. All three entered the last 50 meters of the race essentially side-by-side but Awad and Green pulled away just at the end to finish in a near dead-heat. Awad took the victory but Green notched a lifetime best of 2:07 in the race.
Green would have the double of the day as he came back an hour later in the 3200, the second-to-last event on the docket and along with fellow sophomore Austin Fortenberry and three freshmen – Edgar Ortega, Malachi Cabanilla, and Francisco Zavaleta – the five ran consistent 80-second laps all the way to the bell lap when it was every-man-for-himself. Off they went in full sprint with Cabanilla briefly taking the lead before Fortenberry dug deep and got across the line first, dragging his young teammates with him just seconds in tow. Green finished third with a lifetime best of 10:36.
Cabanilla and Ortega notched the 8th and 9th fastest frosh times in school history; Zavaleta was just off the mark he ran last week at Vista Murrieta. It was a stellar race by all five young runners. Earlier, Ortega dropped the 10th fastest frosh time in school history in the 1600.
The meet had been close to that point, but the sweep by the 3200 runners and a 9-2 advantage in the pole vault that McCracken-Payo led broke it open in King's favor
The youth movement that ended the meet is emblematic of the whole team this year. Which means a couple of things: There will be many highs and lows and we might just have to redefine what is considered “perfect”.
Girls JV: King-98-Yorba Linda-60-Alta Loma-12
Boys JV: King -71-Yorba Linda-36-Alta Loma-65
Girls Var: King-94.5-Yorba Linda-64-Alta Loma-11.5
Boys Var: King-75.5-Yorba Linda-43.5-Alta Loma-51
Thursday, March 1
TWO ARMIES, SET ON ADVANCING
King Track and Field took to the field of competition on Wednesday against state-power Vista Murietta in the opening of the 2018 season. The two programs resembled something like an army, as Coach Coley Candeale of Vista and John Corona of King fielded a combined total of athletes that exceeded 550!
The meet was a scrimmage of sorts, non scoring; a way for both programs to get a feel of the the pulse of their respective teams. Candaele confessed that the flu had “ravaged” his team with a few dozen having missed considerable training time. John Corona, at the helm of King Track for 15 seasons, could sense the lack of team depth and experience. “It is a big concern going into the new season” he said. “Those two concerns were very evident as we went through the meet yesterday.”
Vista, despite their issues, was clearly at the lead of most events. They aren’t an annual State-ranked power for nothing after all. But even in their shadow, it was clear King’s young squad will have to double down on their efforts in practice in order to compete on a bigger stage.
Either way, it was a beginning and both armies, issues and all will undoubtedly move forward with purpose.
“As an entire program, coaches and athletes, we have a lot of work to do. Today gives us a great baseline from which to work. We will be getting better.” Corona said.
Despite being overwhelmed in a few events, the King kids gave their usual full effort which resulted in a number of fine performances on the day. Sarah Ann Frank ran a near PR in the 100 hurdles and an excellent early season time of 47.73 in the 300 hurdles. Naomi Benson was third in the 300’s with a lifetime best.
Reyte Rash has set notice for his junior year with a PR of 15.34 in the 110 hurdles and a sub 40 in the 300 hurdles. He looked very impressive in very cold temperatures and in the first meet of the season.
Keiana Turner tossed a PR in the discus at 101′ 8″ in the discus. Kim Garza had a toss in the shot over 32 feet. Akimi Scott recorded PR’s in the long and triple jump.
Garrett Vasta looked strong and comfortable in the 1600 and the 800, Eric Roman won the 400 meter in a solid time of 52.88. Sheredyn Pfiefer ran 12.88 in the 100 meters. Amanda Sosa who ran well in the 800 and finished third, seemed to reflect Corona’s attitude when she remarked, “It’s just the beginning, it’ll be a great track season.”
The day will go down in history as a cold one, with the wind chill shedding one’s sweats and stepping onto the track in the new light weight uniforms King debuted on Wednesday took a fair amount of bravery.
The same courage it will take to improve by May, when it’s likely going to be much warmer.
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