The Islander boys knew that the Madison meet would be one of their toughest of the year. In last year's 80-55 defeat by the Warhawks the damage was done primarily in the throws, jumps and sprints. This year the Islanders hoped to offset the sprint deficit and be competitive in the jumps. As expected Madison got all the points in both the shot put and discus throw. They also swept the long and triple jumps and narrowly defeated the Islanders in the 4x100 that would have gone the other way if the race were a few meters longer. Jason Trueblood, Brad Stark, Keiyon Gordon and Brady Fitelson fought them to the end with a 45.6 effort. Fitelson was the only Islander to break-up their sprinters, placing 2nd in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes with fine times of 11.3 and 23.3. If you add-up just the points of the 7 events mentioned so far the score would be 53-6 in favor of Madison. However, there are 15 events in a track meet and the Islanders proved to be more than a match in the rest. Jake Ruzevick and Brad Munns took nearly all the points in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs by placing 1st and 2nd in each with Jack Harms adding a 3rd in the 1600. In the 400 Ruzevick and Reid McLean placed 1-2. Trueblood and Stark traded positions in the hurdle events with Trueblood winning the 110 highs and Stark the 300 intermediates. In each case it was a close race for 2nd with an Islander beating out a Madison runner over the last hurdle. The high jump was closely contested with Adam Munns clearing 6' on his final attempt. Second went to Madison, third to McLean who both cleared 5'10". When the smoke cleared and with only the 4x400 (mile relay) to go the score was tied at 61 points each! Trueblood led off against Madison's top sprinter and proved to be 5 meters faster in the longer event. Brad Munns fought of a Madison challenge on the 2nd turn and gained back the lead in the stretch. The 3rd leg saw Madison take an 8 meter lead on backstretch over Stark. Coming off the final turn Stark poured it on to give a 2 meter advantage to anchor, Fitelson. Fitelson turned his leg into a 100 meter dash by allowing the Madison runner to pass and gain a 4 meter lead. Coming off the final turn the Madison runner was spent and could not prevent Fitelson from sprinting past in the final stretch to win by 5 meters. Final Score Coronado 66, Madison 61.
Although the girls also gave-up all the points in both the shot put and discus they prevailed in all the other events winning by a score of 74-53. Nearly half of Coronado's points were scored by Katherine Wingert and Jamie Klages with Wingert winning the 1600, 800 and 3200 meter runs and Klages winning both the 100 and 300 hurdle events, as well as the high jump with a 5' leap. Klages also placed 2nd in the long jump and Wingert ran the lead leg on the winning 4x400 relay team. Caitlin Alley and Ashley Walsh placed 2nd and 3rd in the 1600 with Walsh 2nd in the 800. Caitlin Bigham placed 2nd in the 3200. The Islanders won both relays with Beth Wittry, Megan Mushovic, Ashlee Houston, and Nila Heurtelou doing the honors in the 4x100 and Wingert, Walsh, Alley and Wittry in the 4x400. Heurtelou had a nice double in the sprints, clocking 12.9 and 26.6 to win both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Mushovic was 3rd in the 100. Wittry also won the 400 in 62 and equaled her school record in the triple jump while winning the event with a mark of 32' 7".
The Islander record now stands at 2-0 for both boys and girls. The next meet is at home this Thursday against Christian.