Rather quietly, at least until now, the Coronado High School Track and Field duo of Sarah Player and Danielle Eckert have both staked claims to be considered among the elite in San Diego County in their events. CHS Head Track Coach George Green provides the details.
"Not only are junior track standouts Eckert and Player good for nearly 40 combined points at dual meets, they are among San Diego’s top performers in the vertical jumps. Last Saturday at the Poway Titan Trackfest, Danielle faced the CIF San Diego Section leader in the pole vault, Oceanside’s Joanna Burkhart. After all of the other vaulters had been eliminated at lower heights, Burkhart and Eckert remained to contest the championship at 11 feet.
Danielle easily cleared the bar on her first jump, but it took Joanna two tries to match her. Neither girl cleared 11-6, so Danielle won based on fewer misses at the previous height of 11-0. Burkhart holds the best mark in the county this year at 11-6. Danielle’s second attempt at 11-6 was very close to being successful. Besides Eckert and Burkhart, only two other San Diego Section vaulters have cleared 11 feet this year, Rancho Bernardo’s Emily Matoon at 11-0 and La Jolla’s Dana Hookla, who jumped 11-3 at the Arcadia Invitational, also on Saturday.
Sarah eliminated all other contestants in the high jump at 5-feet, 2-inches, and then went on to clear 5-4 to join Vista’s Sara Macey, Valhalla’s Leslie Moiseaux, and La Costa Canyon’s Whitney Sisler at the top of this year’s county best marks board. Sara also competed in the two seeded hurdles, placing eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.58 and third in the 300-meter low hurdles in 47.35. Sarah is the Coronado High School record holder in the latter event, having run 45.9 at least year’s divisional prelims.
In the Boys events, distance runners Kasey Zapatka placed eighth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:28.5 and Ben Enowitz was 18th in the 3,200 in 10:39.9. In the throws, Levi Lozano nearly broke the 40-foot barrier in the shot put with a personal best throw of 39-feet, 10-inches, which was good for ninth in his division. He also placed 12th in the discus throw.
Last week’s dual meet at Clairemont was postponed due to a flooded track."