Over the years, the King Soph/Frosh Classic has been known as a meet “Where the Stars of the Future Shine Today.” The 14th running of that event last Saturday did not disappointment as the action, both on the track and in the field, was intense and tight as youngsters battled for individual and team championships. In the end, Serrano and King High Schools proved to be the class of a VERY tough boys contest as the Diamondbacks held off the Wolves 124 to 103. Rancho Verde, Murrieta Mesa and Riverside Poly rounded out the top 5.
On the girls side of things, King defeated second place Murrieta Mesa 118 to 83. Serrano (3rd), Rancho Verde (4th) and Santiago (5th) finished out the top 5 for the girls The Wolves would edge Coach Ken Quinn’s Diamondbacks 221-204 for the Sweepstakes Trophy (combined score of both boys and girls teams. The score for that trophy was tied at 183 with two events to go when the Wolves 3200 group of Austin Fortenberry (1); Edgar Ortega (2); Mitchell Machuca (5) and Fransisco Zavaleta (6) provided the points that would prove sufficient for the win.
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 representative 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-participants 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.”