It's three down and three to go for both the boys and girls track teams after last week's dual meets with Christian. The boys had a chance to relax a bit after a tough down-to-the-wire meet with Madison the previous week while cruising to an 84-39 victory. Jason Trueblood, Brad Stark, JP Heurtelou and Keiyon Gordon started the day by winning the 4x100. Brad Munns went 3 for 3 in the longer events, winning the 1600, 800 and 3200 meter runs with Jack Harms picking up the 2nd place points in the 1600 and 3200. Gordon and Heurtelou placed 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with Gordon clocking 11.6 in the former. David Zodrow placed 3rd in the 200 and picked up the 2nd place points in the discus. The other points in the throws came from Levi Lozano's 2nd place in the shot put. Jason Trueblood doubled, winning the 110 and 300 meter hurdle events with Stark 2nd in the shorter event. Stark ran in the wrong lane coming off the curve in the 300 and was disqualified. Reid McLean and Adam Munns went 1-3 in the 400 and 1-2 in the high jump. McLean was later joined by Brad Munns, Trueblood and Stark to win the 4x400. McLean, still recovering from an injury early in the season, took something off his long jump but still managed to place 2nd followed by David Hutchison in 3rd. Hutchison also placed 3rd in the triple jump behind Jason Meier's 2nd place finish in that event.
Because a confluence of circumstances had temporarily diluted the girls' team, the girls' meet was closer than expected. Katherine Wingert was entered in the open 800 at the Titan Track fest on Friday so she ran only the 1600, followed by Caitlin Bigham in 2nd. Bigham also placed 2nd in the 800 and won the 3200 with Erin Buss a close 2nd. Nila Heurtelou easily won the 100 in 13.0 then came back to edge teammate Beth Wittry to finish 1-2 in the 200. Wittry had earlier won the 400 in 61.3. Jamie Klages owned the hurdles with nice clockings of 17.1 in the 100 intermediates and 50.6 in the 300 lows followed in both events by Christina Coy in third. Klages also won the high jump with a 5' ½" effort with Megan Mushovic in 3rd. Mushovic, normally a sprinter, was experimenting with other events and won the shot put. Had she not scratched on her final attempt she would have placed in the triple jump as well. With only the long jump, triple jump and 4x400 left, Christian had a mathematical chance to win the meet if they could score all or most of the points in these 3 events. Morgan Gary pick up 1 point for third in the long jump compared to 8 for Christian so it came down to the triple and relay. Christian has a pretty good triple jumper and their 4x400 team was going for their school record. This put a lot of pressure on Beth Wittry who had already run both the 200 and 400. Wittry was the only girl who could match their triple jumper and she was the anchor leg on our 4x400. As the starter was staging the relay, Wittry took her first attempt in the triple clearing 30' 10". The Christian girl came back with 31' 1". Wittry's second attempt, made while the 1st leg of the relay was underway was 30' 8", but now she had to run the anchor leg. Her teammates, Justine Gordon, Heurtelou and Gary got her the baton about 8 yards behind the Christian anchor. Wittry made it all up and passed Christian in the final stretch by running 60.2 for her leg. That was enough to cinch the Islander victory but Beth hates to lose. She went back to the triple jump pit and matched Christian's best with 31' 1" on her final attempt. Because she had a longer 2nd best jump she won the event. Final score was Coronado 71 Christian 56.
Titan Track Fest:
The next night at the Titan Track Fest Katherine Wingert placed 4th in the open 800 against many of San Diego's best running 2:22.2. In Saturday's high jump competition Jamie Klages soared over the bar at 5'2" and narrowly the school record while attempting to jump 5' 4 ¼. She'll get it soon. McLean and Munns both cleared 5'10" to place 3rd in high jump relay.