CORONA:  Scoring 100 points against Centennial had been a somewhat common experience for the boys and girls track teams from King since arriving in the Big 8 close to ten years ago.  That history changed yesterday  as the Wolves had to scratch and claw on the boys side to eek out a much more narrow victory than in past

Stride for Stride: Military helicopters fly in formation as Centennial runners (2-3-4) match each other while the King runners (1-5) do the same

contests.  And while the girls won by a few more points than the boys did, they too weren’t able to run away with it despite some history (re)making in the sprint events.

“Centennial really took it to us and it looked like that they might send us home with an ‘L” said head coach John Corona.   “However, one of  our goals every year is to have a team that has balanced scoring and that was the difference. ”

It was the field events that saved it for the boys, as Centennial commanded the track events.

“Our field events carried the day” Corona said.

Robert Kells, who has quietly had a great season, won both the shot and the discus.  Matthew Baumann and Aaron Costa helped to sweep the shot and discus, collectively the three throwers earned 18 points for the team.  Denver Murray won the high jump, Corey Thomas PR’d in the vault at 13’0″ and Treyjon Anderson PR’d in the long jump.  At 22′ 3″ it’s the second farthest leap in school history (Click here for the top 5 all time).  He’d come back to win the triple jump as well, scoring 10 points for the cause.

The track events were still good, though not quite as commanding as their field partners.  The 3200, the second-to-last running event was swept by Austin Fortenberry, Mitchell Machuca and Brian Green.  As the meet was closing in on finishing, that sweep vaulted King over the threshold of 69 points needed for victory.   Nick Beam had another good day in the sprints.  Edgar Ortega was 2nd, Machuca 3rd in the 1600, while Reyte Rash continued his mastery over all Big 8 hurdlers, winning both events.

The girls were solid across both track and field.  In fact, history was rewritten in yet another way in the sprint events.

The all time list in the 100 was altered first, as Raykiyat Olukoju and Sheredyn Pfeiffer scorched the straight-away race with the help of a tail wind, running 12.11 and 12.12 respectively and putting their names in the top 5 all time at King.  Olukoju PR’d in the 200 as well, running the #3 time in school history. Amanda Sosa won the 1600 and 800 while freshman Audrey Brunken won the 3200 and PR’d in the 1600, finishing second. Naomi Benson was second in the 100 hurdles, Brooklyn Black and Kathy Drake went 2-3 in the 300’s, both with PR’s.

Pfeiffer PR’d in the long jump to win, improving her #3 all time leap in the process, while freshman Rebecca Hales finishing 3rd.  Kimberly Garza won the discus and took third in the shot and Skye Hutchinson won the vault with a PR of 9-6

“It was a grind, all day” said Corona.  “I’m really proud though of the way our kids kept battling.”