RANCHO BERNARDO, CA: 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.