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, specifically there was no hint of the ever present Orangecrest afternoon winds. Winds of any velocity tend to wreck a track meet’s potential.
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 would finish 3rd with a lifetime PR 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