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Friday, May 9

Girls 4x100 Relay - Davis, Lofton, Cunningham, Parrish 47.72
Girls Pole Vault - Hannah Chang  11' 9"
Girls Shot Put - Anissa Claiborne  38' 7.5"
Girls 800 Meters - Ruth Wiggins  2:13.51
Girls 100 Meters - Courtne Davis  11.86 
Girls 4x400 Relay - Weaver, Fatten, Cunningham, Davis 3:54.52

Boys 100 Meters - Jamal Orme 10.975
Boys 200 Meters - Jamal Orme 22.00

Saturday, June 7

Tuesday, April 15

Saturday, June 7
In the preliminary rounds of the California State Track and Field championships, Hannah Chang finished tied for 12th place in the pole vault yesterday at Buchanan High in Clovis. Hannah made a first height clearance of 11-3 and then missed three times at 11-9 her PR. Subsequent makes and misses by the other competitors placed her only one spot from moving onto the Saturday finals. The meet management took the 11 girls who cleared 11-9

Her 12th place ends a long post season run where Hannah answered the call every week. From her league championships at Big VIII finals to her second place finishes at the Div. 1 Finals and the Master's Meet. She has left her mark on this 2014 season.

And she has a a tradition now to follow as far as King athletes at the state meet. In 2010 Lane Werley finished out of the money in 9th and in 2011 finished second in the State. In 2012 Tayler Fleming finished out of the money in 10th and in 2013 finished sixth Now in 2104 Hannah finishes 12th and in 2015????

Sunday, June 1

Hannah Chang earned the CIF Runner Up award in the vault against a league rival, and by doing so earned a spot in the coveted Masters Meet.  The CIF Championships is made up of three rounds; a preliminary which sees athletes competing in heats by division, with the hopes of becoming one of the top 9 in their respective division.  With four divisions, the Finals has four separate flights and races of all events, as each Division competes against itself.

The Masters meet takes the top marks from all four divisions combined and gives those elites a chance to go head-to-head and qualify for the State meet.  Being in the Masters meet is a feat inandofitself.  To be the among the best 10 or so of 550 schools is tremendously heady stuff.  To qualify for State even more so.  

On Friday night, Hannah Chang did all of that wearing the King uniform and will represent herself, her team and school this coming weekend in Clovis, CA.

The vault had 14 athletes from the four divisions with Hannah's PR sitting her near the top of the group.  Though she missed on her first attempt at the opening height, she quickly made it and cleared the next two raises as opponents fell out.  By the end, she had cleared 11-07, the required achievement to qualify for State, but after missing at 12-01, she and the last remaining vaulter entered into a "jump off" to determine the winner. There, she was outdone and settled for the runner-up spot, this time not just of the Division, but indeed, of all 550 schools in the Southern Section.  A "Master of the vault" indeed.

She'll travel this weekend to Clovis, where she'll be entered in the preliminary rounds on Friday night, with the hopes of moving into the finals on Saturday.   

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Sunday, June 1

Monday, May 26
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The "Queens of King" arrived in Cerritos with intent and a seriousness befitting the grand stage that is CIF Southern Section Finals.  With a few thousand spectators filling the stadium and the 9 best of Division One entered in each event, the setting spoke loudly of excellence, competition and spirit.  

For the seven King girls who toed the line and ran the runway, they rose to the occasion and then some.

For Hannah Chang, it was a coming out party of sorts.  "Hidden" for half the season due to rules forbidding competition for 30 days after her transfer from Nortre Dame she made a splash right away in her first contest in early April. Then, it was off ot setting school records and winning the Big 8 League Title a few weeks ago against Corona's Devin Stetson, winning that crown on misses.  Saturday, in the Divisional finals, the two found themselves atop the heap again and battled it out to the end.  In a reversal of their League showdown, Stetson took the title in this one, winning at 11' 9" over Hannah's 11' 9" but with fewer misses.  Hannah's vault was in the top-9 of all four divisions combined, giving her a berth in Friday night's Masters' Meet, which determines who goes on to the state meet.

Hannah was the final event for King on the day, but she was preceded with three other events and six teammate, all of whom went home with All-CIF honors by medaling (top 6) in their event.

The girls 4x100 team of Jordon Lofton, Tia Parrish, Kaysha Cunningham and Courtne Davis were seeded the 8th seed, but ran really well with fine exchanges to close in 6th place.  Ruth Wiggins was the next to go in the 800 and ran very near her lifetime best at 2:14.03 and finished 5th overall.  Unfortunatley, of the 12 Masters qualifiers the CIF takes from the four heats of the 800, her's was the 13th fastest, just 4/100th's off of the final spot.  She'll go to Masters as an alternate.

Leighana Weaver capped off her progressive season with a fine 6th place effort in the 300 hurdles, also running very near her seasonal best.

So it was quite a day for the Queens of King.  Never in our 15 seasons of competing at this level have ALL of the competitors returned home with All-CIF honors.  


Wednesday, May 21

"Welcome to D1".  It's a snarky yet partly true remark to those surprised by the talent and depth of the Southern Section's largest and most powerful division.  Marks and times that garner one acclaim and attention at the league level or local invites find themselves looking UP at a list that makes what used to appear "good" now just seem "average."  That's the high standard of Division 1 CIF.  You measure up with the best, or you go home.

King took almost 30 athletes from the Big 8 Finals to the first round of CIF Championships, and when the meet was done, only three and a relay team made it on to the CIF Finals.  For some who saw their season end, it was due to a bad day ... their best was spent in just getting to CIF and the fumes in the tank weren't enough to fire the engine to another great performance.  For others, they indeed had a good showing, but the quality of the Division gave them an exit despite a strong effort.  Consider Ryan Laudermilk's high jump at 6-0 (not good enough), Brianna Jacklin's near PR in the 3200 (not good enough), Courtne Davis' near PR's in the 100 and 200 (just outside the qualifiers) and Nick Abboud's solid 15.11 in the 110 hurdles (good for 16th!) as evidence. With an exclamation mark on the sentence,  Melissa McPeak PR'd in the vault but also had to bow out. 

It was that kind of day for many.  Good efforts, good marks, but in D1, not good enough to move on to Finals. Those who did had have very good days, and they did.  Ruth Wiggins was the only heat winner of the King bunch, winning the 800 heat one. Leighana Weaver ran really well in the 300 hurdles and finished 8th overall.  Hannah Change soared in the vault to qualify and the girls 4x100 team of Tia Parrish, Jordan Lofton, Courtne Davis and Kahysa Cunningham set the school record in the relay to qualify in 8th and, here it is, sneak into the Final by only 1/10th of a second.  Yes, it took a school record to make 8th!  

Perhaps the silver lining is that for many of those who didn't make it they'll have another chance next year, as a majority of those who toed the line or hit the boards or boxes on Saturday for King are underclassmen. For 7 of King's best girls, they'll get a chance next weekend to compete with the best of the best.  Well earned!  For others, whose seasons ended on Saturday, it's the proverbial "Wait 'till next year."  Given how tough the Division is, the year should best be spent improving. 


Friday, May 9

Since King's arrival in the Big 8 League back in 2009, it was clear right away: When you go to the league final, you better be ready to go big or go home.  The top end of the Big 8 League is as good as they come in the Southern Section and so even then, "big" may not be big enough and some very fine athletes and relay squads find their very fine seasons coming to an end before the CIF rounds. That in some leagues the story would be reversed is of little consolation.  Go big, or go home.

Such was the case for the Wolves on Thursday night at Corona High School.  Consider Jamal Orme's night.  In the 100 meters, 2nd to 5th place was a micro-sliver 7/100ths of separation.  It took a photo to figure it all out and left Jamal in fifth place, despite breaking a five year old school record in the process.  Fifth stays home from CIF however, so the feat was bittersweet. But, in the 200, Jamal would come back to finish second and punch his ticket to CIF, but again, it took a new school record of 22.00 to make it happen.  In the 4x400 relay that concluded the night, Orme, Jacob Norys, AJ Boebinger, and Moshin Sobrin knocked 5 seconds off their season best but could only manage third place and this one by yet another sliver of a second, thanks to a great anchor by Orme.  Corona High, who was the photo's fourth-place team also ran 3:24 and won't advance!  It was that kind of day.  But all through it, the effort and competitive drive displayed by both track and field athletes wearing the King uniform was exemplary and embodied the spirit of the sport.

Tyler Janes was the sole male King athlete to walk away with a title. It came in the 1600 which turned out to be a great race by the entire field which took it out in a competitive pace.  Tyler hung back in the middle of the pack until he made a big move with 300 to go and had to work a 61-second final lap to earn his first-ever league title.  His 4:24 time is #3 on King's all-time list!  The race saw Carlos Ramirez run really well and Mark Werley ran a lifetime best at 4:38.

The girls had seven athletes leave with titles. Courtne Davis was simply spectacular in both relays and in her specialties of 100 and 200 meters.  Combining with Kaysa Cunningham, Leighana Weaver and Brianna Fatton, she anchored the 4x400 relay to a second place finish but more importantly, the group took down the school record from 2012 by two seconds!  In the 100, she was behind at 85 meters but closed with a flurry to win with a school record of 11.86!  In the 200, she was the winner with a wind-legal 24.63.  Quite a day for the quiet warrior who should go deep into the CIF rounds.

Hannah Chang was also a double winner, taking victories in the vault and the high jump!  Anissa Claiborne won easily in the shot put, Leighana Weaver took home gold in the 300 hurdles, picking up the torch from King's 2013 graduate, Tayler Fleming. In the 800 Meters, Ruth Wiggins made a move at 250 meters into the race and never looked back, winning by a large margin and lowering her own SR in the event to 2:13.51 ... which doubled as a meet record.  Emily Sanchez finished fourth with a lifetime PR in the race. 

Beyond the event winners, there were many highlights to note.  Brandon Gutzmann ran one of the smartest and guttiest races of his life in the 3200, sticking himself on a PR pace early and hanging on to finish third with a 9:41 mark, the 6th fastest time in King history.  Nick Abboud, who two years ago was begging Coach Corona to get on the bus as part of the travel squad, showed that 24 months of hard work and growth can amount to something big, finished second in the 110 highs and ran the #4 time in school history at 14.94.  Cameron Brock got through in the vault with a mark over 13 feet.  AJ Boebinger qualified in the 800 finishing third in 1:59 despite a race that looked a bit like roller derby sans the skates. 

The girls 4x100 squad was second place with a season-best time (and #3 in school history).  Lexi Opuko PR'd by over a foot in the triple jump to upset the field and take third!  Great leap into CIF for the 8th seed in the event! Also taking third and moving into CIF was Brianna Jacklin who ran a lifetime best in the 3200. 

Delynn Holland was third in the long jump and Ryan Laudermilk PR'd in the high jump at 6-2 to take third there and move on into CIF.  Sabrina Suarez closed out her high school career with a PR in the 300 hurdles.  Myles Gardner PR'd in the 100 and got close to it in the 200, while Brody Rickman and Brett Wolff PR'd in the discus.

It was indeed that kind of day ... a lot of athletes "going big in the Big 8".  For some it leads to CIF, for others their season ended in what may seem a premature way.  Either way, to go out or go on,  "big" is what it's all about.

Results   Some Pictures 

Monday, May 5
The Corona Soph/Frosh Showdown has become the local traditional season-ender for those youngsters who are not moving onto league prelims or finals which will take place this coming week. Athletes are looking for a new personal record or perhaps a medal in this last chance try for 2014. The young Wolves were on all cylinders yesterday as the PR's came in waves and the medal count was definitely high.

The female Wolves were led by the sophomore duo of May Jane Smith and Jalaiya Jacob as the girls finished in 5th place out of the 15 team invite. Mary Jane and Jalaiya were key members of the third place finishing 4 x 100 and 4 X 400 teams. They both also placed in the top 6 in the 100 and the 200. They were assited in those relays by Ebony Skinner and Jaricka Roshell in the 4 X 1 and Tayley Holtrop and Marijam Akihalili in the 4 X 400. Areena Zavala was the winner of the shot put at 30 feet 1 inch and finished third in the discus. Teammate Elizabeth Curtis was fourth in the shot while Elena Banda placed 5th in the discus and Clarissa Dalton was 6th in that event. Courtney Blanck nabbed 4th place in the pole vualt and Samantha Pondivida got her PR in the vault at 8-0. Sarah Akihalili got 5th place in the 300 hurdles.

The boys finished second in the invitational scoring behind the Roosevelt Mustangs. Brian Payne led the medal count with a third place finish in the 4 X 100; a third in the 100 meters and a sixth place in the 200. The rest of the 4 X 100 team included Kyle Sana, Cardell Wardell and Jon Essien. Steven Griffiths PR'd big time in the 100 and finished 6th in 11.8. He also Pr'd again in the 200 at 24.27. Tanner Sebastian continued his late season improvement as he placed second in the shot put at 40-7 and boosted a ten foot PR in the discus at 113-0 for third place. Though not placing in the medal count, EJ Soholt,(5:03) Mario Machuca( 5:04) and Evan Tinker (5:06) all improved greatly in almost breaking the magic 5 minute 1600 mark. Jeremy Young got 5th in the 400 with his best time of the season. John Litana, who only six weeks ago became a hurdler, finished second in the 100 Hurdles and third in the 300 Hurdles. Brad Kleven nabbed a third in the HJ at 5-2. Noah Gutierrez soared to a PR in the long jump at 19-9 for 4th place and Jonah Leon also PR'd in the triple jump at 36-3 for fifth place.

So the Corona Showdown provided medals; PR's too numerous to recount here and a very positive glimpse into the future of King Track and Field.


Friday, May 2

The last time the girls of King Track and Field finished a season in first place was 2010.  Since that time, Roosevelt has captured the top spot and has been firmly in the Big 8 drivers seat for the last few seasons.  So, with that backdrop, as 

yesterday's meet against Roosevelt unfurled itself and increasingly indicated that King would come out on top, a sense of redemption and accomplishment could be felt among both coaches and athletes.

With a King victory in the opening event, the 4x100 relay, one wondered if the expected battle in the sprints was somehow amiss.  Ruth Wiggins and Brianna Jacklin scored six points in the next event, the 1600, and before you knew it, King was up 11-3.  While the score would remain close throughout the meet, King continued to amass wins, seconds and thirds and by the conclusion of the 4x400 relay, King had a 72-59 win. 

Along the way, there were a number of standouts.  The aforementioned Ruth Wiggins earned 10 points with wins in the 1600 and the 800.  Courtne Davis won the 100 and 200.  Hannah Chang won the vault, increasing her own SR by an inch to 11-7.  Breanna Fatten and Valentina Sanabria earned 2nd and 3rd place points in the 400 to dull the impact of Roosevelt's expected victory of that event. Leighana Weaver scored in both hurdles, preventing Roosevelt sweeps.  Anissa Claiborne and Jackae Yarbrough placed in both throws, helping to crowd out Roosevelt scorers in all but one place of both events combined.  Lexi Opuku was 3rd in the triple jump with a new lifetime best. Jaymei McCray followed her with a lifetime PR as well. 

So it was a collective team effort, with every event seeing at least one King scorer and keeping Roosevelt sweeps, which frankly was somewhat common in some events over the last few seasons. It was not to be today and from the sprints, to the distances to the field, the girls of King made the victory theirs.

It was not the same story on the boys side, as Roosevelt found themselves sweeping a number of events, winning many and ultimately besting King by 30 points.  It gave King a 3-2 season record in the league and left Roosevelt undefeated.  Still, despite the lopsided loss, King's guys could be found giving great effort.  It was symbolized best, perhaps, by Jamal Orme's 100 meter dash, in which he ran 3-100th's off his lifetime PR and finished 5th.   Daniel Mukasa won the vault with a 13-7 effort.  Delyn Holland and Brandon Burton had good days in both horizontal jumps, scoring in both.  Tyler Janes had a find, sub 4:30 effort in the 1600 to win.  Carlos Ramirez was third.

With a newly minted league title in the bag, the King track and field athletes prepare to enter the Big 8 Finals -- a time to focus on individual goals and qualifying for CIF 


Monday, April 28

The Inland Empire Championship (IEC) has been running for near a decade now and while it doesn't rival it's same day Orange County Championships rival, it does produce a bevy of schools from across San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and among them, a host of top-flight talent.  Those fields of very talented athletes brought out the best in most of the King Kids who competed. 

King's best athletes qualified to compete in the "Day Meet" and the more presitgious "Night Meet", a format that mimics the mid-season Arcadia Inviational. In the night meet, hurdler Nick Abboud had a great meet, finishing in the medals for the 110's and running 15.00, good for #5 on King's All Time list.  In the 1600, Ruth Wiggins "verified" her best time in the event.  At Arcadia, she ran a 5:03 split time, which doesn't count for list purposes, but here in the IEC, she ran 5:04.82, the #3 official time in school history. AJ Boebinger was sixth in the 800 and Jacob Norys broke 2:00 for the first time in his career at 1:59.80, #7 AT. Courtne Davis was solid again in the 100 and 200, finishing 2nd in the 200.  Brianna Jacklin ran a huge lifetime PR in the 3200 with a gutsy battle to finish at 11:23.73, just two seconds off the all-time list.  Rayo Soyemi was 4th in the discus with a fine throw of 116' 01". 

In the day-portion of the meet, there were a smattering of varsity results that were solid.  Rolando Phalen had a lifetime best in the 1600 at 4:33 to notch the fastest time of the day meet. Brandon Gutzmann had another solid sub-10:00 race in the 3200 with Kyle Johnson and Parker Gutzmann in tow ... Parker ran his lifetime PR at 10:07.  Emily Sanchez had a good double in the 800 and 1600 with times near her lifetime bests in both. Sabrina Suarez was 6th in the 300 hurdles, Jennifer Gutierrez was 7th. Sabrina finished 4th in the 100's.  Aimee Martinez and Amanda Haring both had lifetime PR's in the 3200! 

The frosh-soph athletes got into the action as well and like their varsity teammates competed in either the Day or Night meet. Sissy Underwood had a truly fine day to remember, winning the long jump with a mark of 16' 00".   Jonathon Essian was 4th in the 100 meters.  Seth Tyler was the runner-up in the 400 meter dash at 52.97 his PR for the year. Mark Werley ran his lifetime PR in the 1600 at 4:44.  Danielle Abboud, Nick's sister, was 2nd in the 400 and also ran a lifetime PR.  With school record holder and current UCR standout Noelle in the stands watching, it was quite a day for the Abboud clan!  Jalaiya Jacob was 6th in the 100 meters at 13.32. Courtney Blank was 2nd in the vault at 8' 03".    Jessica Fergusen had a nice double in the 800 and 1600, running lifetime PR's in both.

When the lights went on there were some great performances by the FS group. Daniel Gonzalez had another stirring effort in the 3200, finishing 2nd despite a great last-lap kick. He led Mark Werley across the line in 5th.  Mark ran his second lifetime PR of the day at 9:59.  His time is the 6th King runner to eclipse 10:00 in the 3200 meters, a depth the team has never produced in school history. Tia Parrish won the 100 meters in 12.44, an improvement on her #5 time in school history!  She came back in the 200 and placed 2nd there in 26.25.  Tayelee Holtrop ran a lifetime PR in the 800 at 2:30.02.  Alyssa Drake ran 63 seconds for the 400 and Alyssa Haring  ran a PR in the 3200 at 11:33.  The night was capped off with a FS boys 4x400 relay team that finished in 2nd.

Results    A few photos 


Tuesday, April 22
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The pack during the boys' Mile

The final three weeks of the season can aptly be described as the "championship season" as each week brings a high level, championship competition.  Kicking off on Saturday with the 5th "re-running" of the City Championships, followed this week by the Inland Empire Championship and then the Big 8 Championship the next week, there was and will be ample opportunity to raise one's performance to the highest level.

The 2014 version of the City Championship, dubbed "The Raincross Tradition" saw almost every school in Riverside and a few from outside the city proper -- but were part of the original meet back in the day -- descend upon King High to battle it out for event bragging rights. The event led to many athletes responding to the upward call and perform at higher levels. For the host school, there were many highlights, first, second and third place finishes and a few new meet and stadium records thrown in for no extra charge.  It was a great night of track and field.

Oft-mentioned Courtne Davis, who's having a stellar 2014 campaign was shining once again in two relays and both sprint events.  Multiple trips to the top of the awards platform situated at mid-field made for a busy night for the talented and hard-working junior. She won the 100 and 200 by large margins, while helping the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads to commanding wins.  Her teammates in the 4x400 were Valentina Sanabria, Breanna Fatten and Leighana Weaver and their mark of 3:56.61 now stands as the #2 time in school history, and not too far off the SR! Weaver and Sabrina Suarez were 2nd and 3rd in the 100 hurdles.  Both would double in the 300 and along with Sissy Underwood the three would take half of the medals in that event.  Sissy won the long jump, Lexi Opuku was the City Champ in the triple, while Hannah Chang not only won the vault but set a meet record at 10-09 in the process. For good measure, Hannah showed she doesn't need a pole to go high, as she entered the high jump for the first time at King and quickly established herself as the season leader in the event and finished second with a leap of 5 feet!  Very impressive, and equally so was the loud ovation the Notre Dame team gave her, their former teammate, when she received her award for winning the vault. Out in the rings, Anissa Claiborne and Jackae Yarbrough had good afternoons with two medals a piece.  They went 1-2 respectively in the discuss and 2-3 in the shot.  

A rarely contested event, the full mile, was held in honor of the long tradition of the meet, one that dates back to when tracks were measured in yards, not meters.  So, there was a bit of a "throwback" nature to the event when the athletes lined up 9 yards-or-so behind the finish line.  Clarissa Chagolla of North bolted right away to set the pace and never looked back, setting the stadium record at 5:23.43.  Alyssa Haring was 4th with a season-best (even for the 1600) at 5:34.49.  Haring came back to run a lifetime PR in the 3200, finishing second at 11:38.95.  

The boys' mile was a much different story than that of the girls, as a large pack moved in unison for the first two laps before Parker Gutzmann broke it open in the 3rd lap and dared anyone to go with him. Tyler Janes was the first to respond, and would skirt on around the last 800 to win and set a stadium record at 4:34.06, also #2 all time on the King list for the rarely-contested distance.  Dalton Seckinger closed well also and ran 4:37.06 for second.  Rolando Phalen and Mark Werley were the next across the line with marks that put them on the all-time list.  It was a great race for all involved.

Nick Abboud had a couple of very fine races, getting to the podium twice in both hurdle events.  He won the 110 highs by a very narrow margin and took third in the 300's. Jamal Orme has been tearing up the track along with his teammate TJ Noland, and the two of them layed waste to the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relays.  In the relay, they helped carry the stick to the #3 AT mark for King at 48.82 to win. Orme took second in the 200 and the 100, with Noland taking third in that event. AJ Boebinger and Jacob Norys went 1-2 in the 800; AJ's 1:58.87 mark makes him only the fourth King runner in our history to dip below 1:58:00 for two laps. 

The 3200 meter race was perhaps the best ever collective effort the King boys have ever contested in the school's history.  Up against the well-coached Rubidoux Falcons, a squad that was at the State meet last Fall in cross country, King was pulled and pushed to an astounding result that saw four guys run under 10:00 for the distance, something King has never done before.  With a lone Rubidoux runner out front by 10 meters for most of the first mile, Carlos Ramirez, Brandon Gutzmann and Daniel Gonzalez hung back in the chase pack until the final 800 when the gap began to close.  At the bell, Gonzalez unleashed a furious kick that had him drop all chasers and take him to victory.  Carlos Ramirez finished third and Guztmann was fifth.  All top five finishers surpassed the previous meet record set in 1979!  Gonzalez now stands at #4 AT on King's list, Ramirez #5 and Gutzmann #7.  Finishing n 8th was Kyle Johnson who also broke 10:00 for the first time ever, celebrated with a fist-pump to the sky as he crossed the line. 

Vince Anderson and Delynn Holland jumped well in the long, finishing 3-4, while Delynn came back in the triple to win there with a leap over 42'. Brandon Burton and Anderson both medaled in that event.  Ryan Laudermilk continues to show great promise in the high jump as he cleared 6'0" in competition for the second time in this, his rookie year.  Over in the vault, King piled on the podium four of the top six placers, with Daniel Mukasa taking the victory over Cameron Brock, Cody Vallejo and Marcos Zalata, all of whom cleared 12-0 while Daniel toppped out at 13-0.

By the time the meet ended, it could aptly be said it was a "night out on the town" for many of the King athletes who went head-to-head with their cross-town rivals.  Given the successful outcomes of so many and the subsequent smiles, high fives and leaps of glee that followed, the 5th re-annual running of the City Meet was and experience for many akin to painting the town red.

Results   Meet Records

Friday, April 18
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The Santiago Sharks have improved on their boys' side in recent seasons and in the third Big 8 meet of the year, King's boys were able to outlast the Sharks in a close meet that ended in King's favor, 71-65.  

Santiago's strengths were in the field as they took the majority of points in the long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot and discus. It was signficant to the outcome however that King scrapped for at least 1 point in all of the aforementioned field battles, and collectively, King amassed 10 points over that spread which would make the difference in the final score, despite the supremacy of the Sharks throughout.

The distance runners for King aided in the King victory by counter balancing the field events with a sweep of all three distance races, racing against little opposition except in the 800 where Dalton Seckinger and Tyler Janes had to battle over the last 200 meters to secure the 2-3 spots there.  Kyle Johnson won the 3200, his first-ever win and one second off his lifetime best at 10:04. Jamal Orme won both of the sprints, while Nick Abboud took first in both hurdle races, signficantly in the 110's as he had to battle hard to the line for the win. Brandon Gutzman took home his first varsity win in the 1600.

For the girls, they swam in "The Black Sea" (the name Santiago has given to their stadium) and were untouched, winning by over 60 points. Leighana Weaver won twice in the hurdles, Ruth Wiggins twice in the 1600 and 800, and Courtne Davis twice in the sprints.  Her 100 meter victory was a jaw-dropping 11.94 to become the only girl in King history to cover 100 meters under 12 seconds.  While no wind reading was available, there was negligible breeze and the time was auto-recorded. Anissa Claiborne continued her fine season with a 37-5 shot put win.  Hannah Chang won the vault with a mark of 11-0.   In total, the King girls swept seven events.  

With just Norco and Roosevelt left to go in the Big 8 season, the girls sit undefeated while the boys have lost only once. 

Monday, April 14
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The Arcadia Invitational has risen over the last 20 years to become the premier in-season high school track invitational.  It's got entry standards that automatically eliminate most kids from even considering entering.  Then this year, there were the reported 3000 entrants who did make the standard for their events but were denied entry by virture there were that many better athletes already entered.

Yea, Arcadia is the premier venue for the best and brightest across the land.  Into that arena strode a handful of relay teams for King and a few individual standouts.

Courtne Davis has established herself as King's top sprinter in a season that is becoming her breakout campaign.  It was no surprise then, that she would claim a spot in the prestigious "night meet" at Arcadia, which is an even better group of athletes than those who compete in the "day meet" on Saturday.  There, under the lights, she held her own in the 200, running 25.16 and medaling in 6th place.  Earlier in the day, she was in the 100 meters and won her heat!  Not a bad day for the talented Junior.  Her sophomore teammate Ruth Wiggins had three distance races over 18 hours.  On Friday night in the distance relays, she anchored the 4x1600 meter relay with a stunning 5:03.6 split time.  While unofficial, it was a full 11 seconds ahead of her fastest time ever and would be the second-fastest 1600 time ever run by a girl at King.  Her race helped put her squad of Aimee Martinez, Emily Sanchez and Brianna Jacklin to a fine 14th place finish.  But on Saturday afternoon, she came back and dropped 2 seconds off her own school record in the 800, finishing 3rd in her heat in 2:14.16!  Anissa Claiborne, the new school record holder in the shot put this year, competed Friday afternoon and while she didn't have her best day in terms of distance, she was able to finish in the upper half of her flight.   

Along with the girls 4x1600 team that raced Friday night, a boys team of Carlos Ramirez, Tyler Janes, Dalton Seckinger and Daniel Gonzalez raced to a 19th place finish.  Saturday's relay teams ran well, with the girls and guys 4x100 teams running times very, very near their seasonal bests despite some difficulty with the exchanges.  The Distance Medley Relays also had significant outcomes.  One of the more popular relays, it combines speed and endurance, as the legs go 1200 meters, 400, 800 and 1600.  The girls' team of Brianna Jacklin, Breanna Fatten, Emily Sanchez and Wiggins competed ferociously and their splits showed it and brought the team across the finish line 10th of 22 teams.  The boys' squad of Tyler Janes, Jacob Norys, Andrew Boebinger and Carlos Ramirez race exceptionally tough on every turn.  Janes led off and passed the stick in the top 5, with Norys taking it a lap in a seaon best split of  51 seconds and maintaining the spot.  Boebinger moved King into third with a 2:00 leg and Carlos Ramirez anchored with his best race ever.  After falling back to eighth, he rallied over the last 200 and closed his 4:25.5 split finishing 5th.   

Getting into the Arcadia meet either requires a ticket -- and with it you get to be a spectator -- or you have to be one of the nation's best in your event.  For a group of King's elites, the latter proved to be their ticket and they showed those who were spectating that they belonged.

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Sunday, April 13
While part of the King Track team headed over to Arcadia, another group of Wolves headed over to the Southland Invitational, one of the area's longest running Saturday competitions. Among the noteworthy performances for King was Hannah Chang's first place in the pole vault at 10-6. Hannah, in only her second competition of the year, set the meet record for the event. TC Wilson also did well in the pole vault for the boys clearing 12-0 and finishing in second place. 10th grader Ryan Laudermilk continues to grow in the high jump finishing in 4th place at 6'-0". Brandon Gutzmann clocked a 4:36.8 in a hotly contested 1600 fishing in 8th place......just three second out of 3rd place. John Litana was the highest 9th grade finisher in the 110 hurdles coming across the line in a PR 18.2 while Rachel Hales scored a third place in the long jump and a 4th in the triple jump.

Friday, April 11
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Hannah Chang, who transferred to King from Notre Dame HS, had to sit out the CIF-mandated 30 day "wait period" before she could suit up and get back to vaulting as she did at her previous school.  Lets just say the wait was worth it, for in her first day of competing for King, she got off to a good start ... a very good start. The talented vaulter, who has been practicing with the squad all along, put herself in the record books at 11-6.5, taking the school record by 2 inches.  Quite a debut!  

Meanwhile, at the other end of the field in the shot put ring, a girl who has been at King for four seasons now was busy recording her own school record.  Anissa Claiborne -- who seized the title in the shot put about a month ago -- improved on her own record by 4 inches, taking it out to 37' 11".  These two remarkable achievements came amid a dual meet against Corona-Centennial that did not produce a strong competitive environment givng King the victory by over 100 points in both the boys' and girls' contests. 

Chang and Claiborne punctuated a dominant King victory on the girls' side; King winning 115-20.  Leighana Weaver and Sabrina Suarez went 1-2 in the 100 hurdles, and along with Jennifer Gutierrez they swept the 300's. Davis, Cunningham and Parrish swept the 200 and the 100. Alyssa and Amanda Haring went 1-2 in the 3200.  Rachel Hales, Faith Hodges and Jamie McCray swept the long jump, and Rayo Soyemi, Jackie Yarbrough and Anissa Claiborne all swept the discus.  

On the boys side, Centennial was able to score at least once in almost every event.  However, King swept the 800, the vault, discus and the 3200.  In the 8-lapper, Rolando Phalen won again, but great races were turned in by Mark Werley for second and senior Garret Koontz who ran a lifetime PR and is putting the seal on his best season ever!  Jamal Orme had a 100 meter dash victory in the low-11-second range. Cameron Brock, Daniel Mukasa and Cody Vallejo swept the vault.  The "broomers" in the discus were Andrew Cloud, Brody Rickman, and Xavier Flores.  

With the presitgious Arcadia Invitational on tap for Friday and Saturday, along with the Hemet Invitational on Saturday, the meet against Centennial could have been an afterthought.  Leave it to the ladies out in the field events - namely Hannah Chang and Anissa Claiborne to turn a tune up into a record-setting day. 

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Vista Murrieta Boys, King Girls Win 10th Annual FS Classic
Monday, March 31
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Photo Credit: Dan Bergstrom

Ten years ago, the King Frosh Soph Classic began.  It was perhaps a bit permature to call it a "classic" as time and tradition had a way to go yet.  But what the heck, it sounded good and gave the event something to aspire to.  

Vista Murrieta opened its doors some 10 years or so ago, and in that span coaches Coley and Karen Candeale have built a track and field powerhouse that has already won a couple of CIF Title and has helped move the "center" of track and field from LA and Long Beach to the Inland Empire  (IE).  So, when the Broncos showed up at the 10th Annual King High Frosh Soph Classic, their presence was noticed and felt.

Their boys would run away with it, winning by a large margin over the host school, Martin Luther King.  On the girls side though, the Wolves of King would mount a stirring effort in the 4x400 -- the last event to be scored -- and after taking first there to VM's 3rd, the King girls were able to snag a 1.5 point victory and keep Vista Murrieta from sweeping the entire day.  It was an exciting finish!

Vista Murrieta's boys were strong in almost every event they contested, but were especially strong in the sprints.  They set a new meet record in the 4x100 relay, led by Cole Dubots, who tied the meet record of 11.07 in the prelims of the 100 dash and then came back in the finals to win. Teammates Keith Ford and Ricky Adams also advanced to the final and between the three of them, the 'Stangs had 15 points in that one event. Luke Hicks of VM won the 400, but King's Ramces Dufresne and Mohsin Sabrin scored 12 points for the Wolves between their two strong efforts. King's Andrew Boebinger won the 800 comfortably, the event turned out to be one of the few that Vista Murrieta was shut out of. Ricardo Sanchez of Rubidoux was second.  In the 1600, Tyler Janes of King put together a fine tactical race and won in 4:29.98.  He'd double back in the 3200 to win again in 10:06.33 to score 20 points for the Wolves. Teammate Daniel Gonzalez made the same double and finished second in the 3200 and fourth in the 1600. Melvin Esteva of La Sierra ran a season-best 4:34.72 to finish second in the 1600.  Donnie Murray of Murrieta Valley won the 110 hurdles in a fine clocking of 16.90 while Rancho Verdey's Rimes Isaica won the 300 IM's in 43.17.

In the field events, King's Ryan Laudermilk had a breakthrough day and became the first King leaper this season to clear 6-0 in the high jump, regardless of age or class. He won by four inches over Vista Murrieta's Elijah Steward. Poly's Zach Green took home a victory in the vault, winning on misses at 12-6. Vista Murrieta hauled in 18 points in the long jump, going 1-2, with Shane Fitzgerald and Anthony Garcia taking the honors there.  Out in the rings, Romea Rosario of VM won the shot with a put of 48-10, and like in the long jump, he was followed by teammate Brock Wallendar who took second by a half-inch at 48-9.5. Brock would win the Discus by a large margin.

On the girls' side of the contest, Vista Murrieta and King waged another great battle, as noted, not decided until the final event.  Caught perhaps a bit in the shadows of those big spot light team struggles, was an individual standout that had those in the distance running world impressed. Citrus Valley of Redlands sent a fine contingent of athletes, but leading their charge was ninth-grader Claire Graves who ran both the 1600 and 3200 and scored two meet records in the process.  In both cases, she led from gun to tape and wasn't even challenged, making her record-setting runs even more remarkable.  She broke the 1600 meet record by some 8 seconds and by over 10 in the 3200!  Truly impressive.

For King to set up a meet victory in the 4x400 relay, they had to put together an even attack and that's what they did.  Tia Parrish had two victories in the Century and Deuce, two events that Vista Murrieta scored only two points in. King had 3 point scorers in the 400, with Brianna Fatten, Valentian Sanbria and MaryJane Smith all running sub-63 and collected needed points. In the 800, Vista Murrieta wouldn't find a victory as their cross-town rival Mesa saw Alison Ciling cross the line first after Vista's Elise Benner and Alex Wiseman led for most of the two laps.  They would finish 2-3 for 14 points.  In the 1600, after Claire Graves crossed the line in 5:09.07, the aforementioned Alison Ciling kicked off her two events with a second-place run at 5:27.37, a solid Frosh-soph mark in its own right, though obviously diminshed by Graves' astounding 5:09. King was shut out of that event, thought Alyssa Haring's third place 3200 helped set up the necessary points haul the relay team would gain at the end of the day.

Vista Murrieta looked very strong in the 100 hurdles, with Devony Dettman, Alexis Day, Dehjiah Joseph and Dominque Hernandez taking four of the six scoring spots and earning their team 19 points. In fact, that event was almost entirely taken by schools from Murrieta, only one lane was taken by a school outside their city. Jaylah Walker of La Sierra won the 300's. Vista won the 4x100 relay and was third in the 4x400.  Had they finished second in that final running event, the outcome would have been a victory for their girls to match the title their boys' took home. 

Hemet went 1-2 in the high jump, with Sarah Hollis and Talia Dixon taking the honors there.  Glendora's Audrey Valbuena won the vault with a clearance of -.  King's  Sissy Underwood had a fine outing in the long jump, winning with a leap of 16-01.  Tiya Wodall of Rancho Verde- Moreno Valley won the triple jump by over a foot beyond Riverside-Poly's Desiree Howard. 

So, perhaps after ten years, the meet has finally matched its moniker.  "Classic" is a word that has multiple meanings depending on who you talk to, but on this anniversary running of the King Frosh Soph Classic, perhaps the 19 teams and the winners of Vista Murrieta and King could agree that the event has lived up to its billing.

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Friday, March 28

There were "firsts" abounding on Wednesday in the dual between King and Apple Valey.  In the fifteen years since King opened its doors, not once have the two teams competed against each other.  Apple Valley, located in the high desert, traveled south for a mid-season non-league contest, a rarity in its own right.  When it was over, King went home with four first place victories, winning both JV and Varsity levels and doing so handily.

The conditions were cool and breezy, not exactly the kind of weather that sprinters love competing in, but that didn't stop Courtne Davis from tearing up the track ... again.  This time she set the school record in the 100 meters, going 12.01 with the wind at her back.  Finished Results, the timing company we use, actually had a wind gauge on the race (a first for a dual meet at King) which read a tailwind above the "allowable."  Since wind readings are rare at most meets, King has never kept a record from the books -- so Courtne's is the new mark!  It also lowers her own stadium record, which she also set later in the 200 meters.  Nick Abboud had two very nice hurdle races, finishing 2nd in the 110's and 1st in the 300's, continuing his fine season of improvement. Alyxis Boonkukoa snagged her first-ever victory in the pole vault.

So it was a day of firsts.  As Apple Valley wasn't able to match King's talent in most events, the first-place wins came easily, at least many of them did. But for a first-ever mid season non-league race it was a good meet and sends the team into Spring Break on a high note.


Monday, March 24
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A deep marine layer greeted the annual Arroyo Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific University, bringing with it ideal conditions to run fast times. It's a meet that reminds most who are there of the cross country season, as the vast majority of racers found themselves last Fall racing over hill and dale. While there are no hills in track, in this meet there are no events outside the three distance runs, so the look and feel of the day passes as a bit of that Fall sport here in Spring.

Mark Werley was in the first of 78 heats of the 1600 meters (yes, you read that right, 78 heats!) and kicked off the marathon of miles with a seasonal PR. Wyatt Smith followed with a lifetime PR, going under 5:00, which Brenton Havsgaard And Ryan Orr matched a heat later, running their own lifetime bests. Isaiah Curtner had a really fine race, leading for much of it before finishing fourth with a lifetime PR.

Brianna Jacklin was the first of the ladies to take the line and ran her best race of the season and her career going 5:20. Her wonderful off season of training is really paying off, as she's now 14 seconds ahead of her best from last year!! Aimee Martinez also PR'd at 5:32. Rebekah Pendleton dropped 15 seconds off her previous best with a strong effort that took her across the line in 5:42. Lauren Boydd's comeback season continued apace. Emily Sanchez, who's main event is the 800, stepped up admirably and threw down a truly impressive 1600 going 5:30. Jessica Ferguson, Kathryn Hammar and Iveth gutierrez all broke 6:00 and PR'd.

The varsity boys took the track in the late afternoon and continued the parade of PRs. Carlos Ramirez had a breakthrough race going 4:27, the 4th fastest time in school history to that point. Brothers Gutzmann ran lifetime PRs in the mid 30's despite a heat that didn't go out aggressively. Kyle Johnson ran really well at 4:39, his best ever; Garret Koontz went lifetime at 4:45. Matt Cleland, Isaiah Quiambao all went in the 4:50's and for good measure, 800 runner Gabe Penate put together a very nice PR at 4:52! Like Emily earlier, he shows great range. Every guy who took the track in that segment ran a PR.

Once the lights went on, the elite heats went on too. The meet reserves the two fastest heats of the 800, 1600, and 320 for the end of the day under the lights. King was privileged to have eight runners in those special races. Andrew Boebinger, Ruth Wiggins and Jacob Norys all took on the 800 and each ran a great race.  AJ ran his lifetime PR, at 1:58.25, it's the 5th fastest in school history. He also finished second in a loaded heat of frosh soph elites.  Ruth Wiggins made a bold move with 300 to go and that effort helped her shave a fraction of a second off the school record she already owns, crossing at 2:16.39.  Jacob Norys ran tough and finished with a seasonal best.

David Huff raced really well for a lifetime best of 4:48 in the 1600. Tyler Janes took the line next and shined once again, with a wonderful effort to run the #6 time in school history at 4:27.73.  Daniel Gonzalez was a couple of places behind him with his own lifetime PR at 4:33 and Mike Robinson crossed the line with his own 4:37 near-best.  

Dalton Seckinger was the last of the King runners to take the line and ran a gutsy effort in a heat that went out at a torrid pace.  His time of 4:31 was his second-best in his three seasons of racing and the pedal-to-the-medal tactic was emblematic of how all the King kids raced throughout the day and night.  Their collective efforts and outcomes underscored this truth:  If you work hard over a long period of time, then take that preparation into an aggressive race tactic, the time will take care of itself. 

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Monday, March 24

While the distance squad was off in Azusa piling up the PR's, the rest of the team traveled along the 60 freeway to Beaumont for the Cougar Classic. It didn't seem that long ago in 2001 when a fledgling King team made the same journey. It was a meet dominated by the young Wolves and produced the Athlete of the Meet in Gayle Hunter. Amazingly the results were virtually the same some 13 years later on the Girls varsity - a great team performance and team championship highlighted by Athlete of the Meet-Courtne Davis.

The Girls Soph/Frosh team also won the team title and the boys Soph/Frosh finished second. The boys varsity put up a tough battle finishing 4th overall.

Led by Courtne's two wins in the 100 and 200 as well as her anchor leg on the winning 4x100 team, King Varsity girls came away with the team title after a seesaw battle with RUSD rival John W. North. The Wolves scored from all areas of the track in coming out on top.The Girls's 4x100 of Davis, Tia Parrish, Sissy Underwood and Valentina Sanabria got things rolling 49.65 time. Sissy also scored a second in the 300 Hurdles with a sub 50 time and took third in the long jump at 15-10. The throwers were dominant as Jackae Yarbrough won first place with a 97-0 toss and was followed by Anissa Claiborne in third. in the discus and then turned around with Anissa's second in the shot put and Jackae's third. Madsion McPeak made a big jump in her short pole vault career as she came out a winner at 8-6. She was followed by Alexys Boonkukoa in second and Hannah Larsen in fourth. Sabrina Suarez was a top scorer in the both hurdle races with a second in the 100 Hurdles and a third in the 300's. Rachel hales pulled a second in the triple jump.

The girls Soph/frosh team was also extremely successful on the day. Led by a 1-2-3 sweep of Alyssa Drake, Danielle Abboud and Mary Jane Smith in the 400, the younger Wolves seemingly scored from everywhere. These three girls along with Tayley Holtrop also won the 4 X 400 relay. Holtrop led wire to wire in winning the 800 in 2:34. Courtney Blanck was the winner in the pole vualt and Faith Hodge launched herself out to 14-6 in winning the long jump. Amber Hlyton was the qwinner in the 100 hurdles. Hodge, Abboud, Smith and Jalya Jacob got second in the 4 x 100. Though the boys varsity finished down in the standings compared to thier counterparts, they were in it until the end. The boys 4 x 100 team of Jamal Orme, Kris Ewens; Brandon Burton and TJ Noland nabbed second place in 44.6. and Jamal was a fourth place finisher in the 200. Noland clocked a PR finishing 5th in the 100.  

Cameron Brock set a stadium record with a leap in the vault of 13-1 and he was followed by Cody Vallejo in second place. at 12-6. Josh Fisher was the top scorer for the boys Soph/Frosh Team with first in both hurdle races and a second in the triple jump. He got great support from Dillion Lay in both hurdle races and the long jump; Noah Poole's first place in the pole vault; Noah Gutierrez's third place in the long jump at 18-4. Ryan Laudermilk in only his second week on the team skied to 5-10 in the high jump barely missing at 6-0.

Overall, a great day from which to continue to build as we approach the half way point in the season.

King Results 

Friday, March 21

In the penultimate track event of the day, the boys 3200, Rolando Phalen was aware of what was needed. Finish first, and King had a shot at the team victory.  With 300 to go in the race, he was 5 meters behind in second but somehow dug deep, showed grit and outkicked Eric George of Corona to snatch the victory with a PR of 9:49.  The 4x400 was up next, and with a weakened squad due to injuries, King's Four couldn't outrun Corona's and the Panthers took the win. That turned all eyes to the vault, where Daniel Mukasa was locked in a jump off with a Corona vaulter to determine second place in that event ... the last event to be recorded.  Mukasa clears and King ties ... Corona clears and the Panthers win.  Despite a valiant effort with both teams gathered around the pit to watch, Daniel's last attempt just missed and the Corona Panthers walked away with a team victory in a well-contested competition by both squads.

Jamal Orme had an outstanding day, running 10.99 with a tail wind in the 100 meters to win, the mark stands at King's #2 all time. He won the 200 as well, improving his own SR to 22.03 and contributed to the relay victory. Andrew Boebinger dipped below 2:00 for the first time in his career in the 800, finishing 2nd with the #6 time in school history.  Vincent Anderson won the long and took third in the triple jump. Nick Abboud took second in both hurdle races, showing much improvement.  He was just 3/100th's off the #5 time in school history.  Andrew Cloud was victorious in the discus, going 135-5 to win by 3 inches. Despite these and many other truly wonderful efforts, King came away with the loss.

For the girls, it was the opposite outcome, as they were able to handle the Panthers with some breathing room.  Courtne Davis continued her barnstorming tour of the 2014 season, winning the 100, 200, 400 and helped to secure the 400 meter relays.  Her 400 was a rarity, but she made it look like she's been at the oval for some time.  Her mark of 57.47 just narrowly missed the school record in the event! Alyssa Haring and big sister Amanda Haring went 2-3 in the 3200. Sissy Underwood won the long jump while Opoku, Hales and Mackay swept the triple jump.  Sabrina Suarez was second in the 100 hurdles, followed by Leighana Weaver. Anissa Claiborne and Yarbrought went 1-2 in the shot.

So it was a bitter sweet outcome.  The boys fought well, but came up short, literally, as the vault made the final difference. The girls notched their first Big 8 victory of the season.  


Friday, March 14
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Coach and girls celebrate PR's and 101 victories!

The Chaparral/Hemet double-dual meet that's been held yearly between the three fine programs yielded an historic victory for the girls from King.  In beating the Pumas and the Bulldogs handily, the Lady Wolves notched their 100th and 101st victories since the school opened back in 2000.  

Courtnee Davis had a standout day to lead the way, winning the two sprints and helping in the relays. Her 12.17 in the 100 was the #2 mark in school history! Ruth Wiggins had two wins in the distances and Anissa Claiborne continued her outstanding season in the throws, winning the shot with a fine mark of 37-0. King swept the top three places in the triple jump and discus and all four places in the long.  Leighana Weaver took the victory in the 300 hurdles.   Brianna Jacklin and Alyssa Haring ran side-by-side for 8 laps in the 3200, going 1-2 with PR's.  Courtney Blanck vaulted to second place with a clearance of 8-6.  By the end, the girls had 109 points to Chaparral's 39 and Hemet's 22. 

King's girls program has produced league, CIF and State stars, multiple college and scholarship athletes and now an astounding 101 victories in dual-meet competition over 15 seasons.  Outside of Becky Gagnon's tremendously successful tennis program at King, the girls of the track and field can claim ownership to one of the winningest programs in King High history!    

The boys were in a dog-and-cat fight with the Pumas of Chaparral and despite a great 4x400 victory -- closed out nicely by Jacob Norys on the anchor --  the 5 points earned in the final event were not enough to win.  Both teams had split 10 points in the penultimate race, the 3200, as Chaparral went first but their distance runner pulled Rolando Phalen and Daniel Gonzalez across the line with sub-10:00 PR's -- a rarity in dual meets.  Brandon Gutzmann finished 5th, but with a 38 second PR at 10:02 making the three-man effort of King recorded the best 3200 marks we've seen in a long time. With such a close score, it goes without saying that Chaparral and King shared the scoring in every event, while Hemet sprinkled a few in to make it interesting. Jamal Orme won the 100, but Chaparral snagged the 3-4 spots to dull the impact. King went 2-3-4 in the vault, but Chaparral won it. The same was true for the Discus.  Perhaps Vincent Anderson had the best individual result on the day -- and it was a day in which collectively King's athletes competed very well -- as he launched himself into the second-spot on the all time long jump list, winning with a leap of 21-11.

101 victories ... it's quiet an accomplishment and a sweet taste to be savored. Not for long however, as next week the Wolves head into Big 8 competion and another "cat" awaits in the form of the Panthers of Corona High.   


Wednesday, March 19

The first Saturday Invitational of the 2014 season shone bright and clear as teams from all over the inland Empire converged on Ramona High School and the 23rd running of the Palomino Relays. Relays meets are usually of a mixture of controlled chaos with arms and legs and batons flying everywhere and this meet would be no different. The King High Wolves, absent numerous team members off to SAT testing and various other responsibilities and commitments, battled traditional track powers San Gorgonino and Redlands down to the wire eking out team victories in both the Boys and Girls Divisions. The female Wolves, based on Valentina Sanabria’s ability to hold off a charging Vista Del Lago anchor in the 4 X 400 defeated Redlands 100-99. On the boys side King was able to hold on for a 115-112 over the Spartans of San G. It is the first time since the 2006 Chet Nicholson Relays that the Wolves have pulled off a double victory.

The girls got off to a great start behind the Shuttle Hurdle team of Sissy Underwood, Jennifer Gutierrez; Sabrina Suarez and Victoria Hall who despite all being relatively new to the event finished second. After that first places came fast and furious. The 4 X 100 team of Mary Jane Smith, Jaliya Jacob;Tia Parrish and Khaysa Cunningham clocked a 51.25; the 4 X 1600 team of Alyssa Haring; Briana Jacklin; Lauren Boydd and Ruthie Wiggins came across the line in 22:44-almost a full minute ahead of second place. The distance medley which included Boydd, Guttierez, Wiggins and freshman Tayley Holtrop tallied a gold medal as did the 4 X 400 tea of Smith, Sanabria, and newcomers Breanna Fatten and Alyssa Drake. The pole vault relay of Hannah Olobri; Alexys Boonkukoa and Hannah Larsen totaled 45 feet in their team victory. The girls long jump relay of Jamie McCray; Rachel Hales and Underwood also tallied first in their event.

The boys were more methodical in attaining thier team victory. Though there weren’t as many first place event finishes, the Wolves scored points in virtually every event. The boys 4 X 100 of Jamal Orme, Kris Ewens, TJ Noland and Cardell Walder finished second in 44.1. The 4 X 800 team of Tyler Janes; Daniel Gonzales; AJ Boebinger and Dalton Seckinger finished second by a second in 8:19. The Pole vault relay of Cameron Brock; Marcos Zavaleta and Cody Vallejo also picked up a silver medal for their efforts. The one first place team was the long jump relay featuring Vince Anderson; Daylnn Holland and Grant Higgins.

The meet ended up being a true team victory and a true testament to King’s depth.

Thursday, March 6

The last time Murrieta Mesa and King met at Ram Stadium in 2012 their dual meet took well over 6 hours to complete. Naturally,  there was some trepidation among many yesterday as they wondered if the Wolves were heading toward another agonizing prolongation of a competition that should take half that time. Fortunately, there were few delays and few heats and after a few hours, the teams were done and King had a few victories to start the season. 

The field events had some standout accomplishments to aid in the victories. Anissa Claiborne threw the shot put 37-6 ¾; setting the school record. Elizabeth Curtis heaved the shot over 30 feet , and, only a 9th grader, she’ll be moving up next week to the varsity level! Andrew Cloud went 126-0 in discus, just two feet from his PR. Dylann Holland had a two- foot PR in triple jump to win the event. Four male vaulters went over 12; Cameron Brock, Marcos Zavaleta, Daniel Mukasa, Cody Vallejo. All could have gone higher if not for the meet having to finish up.

On the track, things were going smoothly even after two dropped batons in the first relays of the season and the meet. Daniel Gonzalez and Tyler Janes ran 2-3 in the 1600, with Daniel running his fastest time ever. He’d come back with another scoring effort in the 3200 along with Rolando Phalen who had a stirring effort and race to finish 2nd in the 8-lapper. AJ Boebinger won his first-ever varsity race in the 800 and his leg of the 4 X 400 got us into first place where Norys hung on for the victory to close out the win for the varsity boys. In his first real go at the 800, Dalton Seckinger ran a solid race for second place.  On the girls' side, Courtney Davis ran 12.31 in the 100 and 24.65 in the 200, the second-fastest time in school history for the half-lap. Amanda Haring had two distance wins on the JV level and Alyssa Drake won the 400 with a 1:04.5. Brianna Jacklin ran a great 3200 to finish second with her personal PR

With memories of that six-hour marathon back in '12, the more reasonable 3 hour time span between start and finish to the '14 version was a welcome start to the season. Winning made it even better.

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