RANCHO BERNARDO, CA:  Looking back, the 2018 Rancho Bernardo Invitational (RBI) was a day that seemed to indicate the beginning of Reyte Rash’s ascendancy in the hurdle events.  After a good but not great sophomore year,  Reyte was unheralded at the 2018 RBI, but a couple of outstanding races stunned many, put him in the the discussion of the State’s best and sent him on his way ultimately to a second place finish in the 300 hurdles at the State Championships three months later. (story here)

Yesterday, back in Rancho Bernardo where he started, Reyte showed that 2018 was no fluke as he propelled himself across the track and over hurdles of the 110 and 300 meter varieties, winning easily in both events.  His 110 High Hurdles mark is currently among the 7 best in all of the state, and his 300 meter time is #2the state. (click here for state rankings) It was a great invitational debut for the soft-spoken senior.

While Rash is clearly the elite athlete on King’s 2019 roster, he headlined a good day the King squad had as a whole. The team competed under idyllic weather in North County San Diego and went home with hardware, PR’s and invaluable experience.  “It was a solid day for us” said Head Coach John Corona.

The boys 4×100 relay team was second in that event in 43.58, a solid early-season mark.  Corey Thomas continues his improvement in the pole vault and placed 4th overall.  Edgar Ortega PR’d just a sliver ahead of his last race of 2018 in the 1600, with a well-paced effort over four laps.   Trey Anderson soared to 21-5 in the long jump for 5th place in the Invitational division. Matt Bauman in his first invite ever got a 3rd place in the Open Division Shot Put while teammate Robert Kells tossed the shot out 44-1 for fifth place in the Invitational Division while Luke Melton PR’d in the Discus with a toss of 127-9 for fourth place.  Brian Green, made of all grit and toughness, ran a lifetime best in the 800 meters, at 2:00.15.  Austin Fortenberry and Mitchell Machuca both dipped under 10:00 in the 3200 meters to notch PR’s early in the day.

While the meet is generally a varsity only meet, they do stage a freshman-only 1600 meters race, and King’s two top 9th graders did exceptionally well.  Gray Mavhera ran 4:50 to finish in second, having raced with boldness and just getting out-leaned at the line.  Audrey Brunken ran a PR of 5:36.13 to finish in fourth; she’s already improved 25 seconds in the event just since the time trial in January!

Sheredyn Pfeiffer went 16-7 in the long jump for fifth as well in the Invite of the event.  Amanda Sosa had a spectacular day, running a super effort in the 800 for her first PR at the distance since 2017!  Persistence pays off!  She came back with a carry in the Distance Medley Relay clocking 5:26 for the 1600 leg.  Kim Garza got the discus out to 102 feet for a 6th place finish in the Invite, while Akimi Scott jump 29′ 3.5″ in the long jump.

“We always enjoy going down to the RBI.” said John Corona.  “It’s a great environment; it’s always great competition, and getting to face different people is always refreshing for the kids. They have always treated us well and fortunately, we’ve had good success there over the years. ”

In fact, as King left the stadium, Rancho Bernardo’s head coach and meet manager Don Jones joked with Corona saying:  “We are going to put a restriction on you guys next year as to how many medals you can win.”

Indeed, it was a good day.  Makes one wonder where it will lead … what the program will discover when it looks back in 2020.

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