EASTVALE: The wind was blowing on Thursday, a hard wind that cut through Eastvale and blew away any hope that King track and field had that they might catch a break and beat the talented and deep squads of Roosevelt High. Despite the best efforts of the Wolves, it just wasn’t enough to compete against the perennial Big 8 League power in Roosevelt.
“Sometimes your opponent is just flat better than you are.” said head coach, John Corona.
But the wind and the talent didn’t keep the King kids from giving their best effort which brought some solace to the day. In fact, all told on both the boys’ and girls’ side of the competition, King went home with 86 season or personal best marks.
Nick Beam enjoyed the wind at his back in both dashes with the 6th-fastest 100 time in school history and the 4th fastest 200 time in school history. Reyte Rash benefited as well from a gracious gust in the 110 high hurdles, dropping a 14.98 PR for the event. Treyjon Anderson leaped 21-9 in the long jump, missing the 5th best jump in school history by a mere 1.5 inches! Brandon Avila PR’d in the triple jump at 39-3. Senior Mazin Awad inspired many with a gutsy 800 meter race against a talented group of Mustangs. With 200 to go he punctured the wind and took the lead, charging down the home stretch until literally his body locked up in anaerobic fatigue and settled for second. Garrett Vasta placed 2nd in a very tactical 1600 that was impacted mightily by the wind, but would come back to win the 3200 in a lifetime PR. Freshman Francisco Zavaleta came close to a setting the 9th grade record in the event and placed 2nd.
The win over the Wolves puts the Roosevelt boys in line for their 9th title in the 10 years of the Big VIII and their girls their 7th.
The scores of both saw Roosevelt well in the lead, ultimately by some 40 points. King’s girls were finding themselves at best in 2nd place in almost every event, and in others, less than that. Sheredyn Pfeiffer looked good riding the winds in the 100 and 200. Kayla Seldon ran a PR in the 400 at 62.18. Danita Young PR’d in the shot put at 33-5, and Kimberly Garza landed the discus 112-6 for her best-ever throw.
“We went after them with everything we had” Corona said, “but it was a formidable challenge and you can’t get around the fact that they (Roosevelt) are not just a talented group but a well coached group as well. We walked into a buzz saw. We’ve been talking all year that we aren’t quite as good as our record might show. That’s not to say we didn’t show up yesterday. Our marks show that we competed but we also found out how far we have to go.”
If the winds ever turn in King’s favor within this annual rivalry with Roosevelt, well, only time will tell.