Photo courtesy of Kate Kennedy
TORRANCE: Due to construction of a brand new track and field facility at it’s home in Walnut, the Mt.SAC Relays, long one of the most prestigious invitationals in the land, was moved to the stadium at El Camino College in Torrance.
From King, that’s a much farther commute, but it proved to be worth the effort as the select group of King standouts used the opportunity to launch an assault on the record books. By the time they made the long drive home, significant changes were in order to King’s all time lists.
Phil Griggs, who has been painstakingly chipping away at the 400 meter school record which has stood since Phil was three years old, finally came to pass. Finishing second in his best event wasn’t of much concern, as the coveted title of “School Record Holder” was finally earned with a 49.12 circuit of the track.
The Distance Medley Relay is a unique race that sees four runners exchange between 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters. King’s record in the event was a very good 12:19, dating back to 2010. For Kathryn Hammar, Breanna Fatten, Amanda Sosa and Lauren Peurifoy, there was only one reason to drive to Torrance and that was to break that record, and they did just that, taking it down by 14 seconds!
The girls shuttle relay team (4×100 meters of ten hurdle flights) of Sarah Al-khalili, Jasmine Jimenez, Sarah Ann Frank and Larissa Cesena has used the 2017 season to not only set the school record in the event, but re set it numerous times over, which they did again, taking it down to 1:05.57. Frank was entered in the 100 and 300 hurdles as well, and ran a season best of 46.03 in the longer race.
The boys shuttle relay team did not set a record, but did race to a victory in their heat, taking home some very nice — and very heavy — medals for the win. Reyte Rash, Dillon Lay, Josh Fisher and Jacob Knerl did the work running 1:02.93. Lay would be busy, competing in the open of the 110 high hurdles and the 300’s where he ran solid season times and won the 110’s as a result.
The journey to El Camino College may have been a long one for the kids of Riverside, but that’s an illustration of what it takes to get to the top.
Just ask the nine who came back with a new school records. The journey may have been long, but the reward was well worth it.