Last week marked the end of the season for the majority of the Islander team.
Tuesday and Wednesday at Hoover, we held the Central League prelims in most events, as well as the finals in the triple jump, the discus throw, the 3200 meter run, and the high jump. The remaining finals were held at Cathedral Catholic Friday.
The league finals serve a twofold purpose. First, they determine the league champions in all events and secondly, they advance athletes to the CIF preliminaries.
Tuesday Sallie Privett won the 3,200-meter run by over 50 seconds in 12:07.6 and Sarah Player won the high jump with a mark of 5-2 to become the first two Central League champs of the season. At the City Conference finals Friday, Privett added the 1600 meter and 800 meter Central League crowns to her growing collection.
Not to be outdone, Player also won the 100 meter hurdles, the 300 meter hurdles and placed second in the 100 meter dash in a close finish to Christian’s Mandy Ross, who was last season’s CIF champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meter sprints. For her efforts, Player was named the Central League Female Track Athlete of the Year. Sarah has had a great season so far and holds the school records for the 100, 200, 100 hurdles, and the 300 meter hurdles. Her 300 hurdle time of 45.43 ranks her as the top seed among all San Diego Section athletes going into the CIF prelims this Saturday at Mt. Carmel High.
At the CIF Prelims, Privett will drop the 800 meter run, moving teammate Adie Davies, who placed third, into one of the two qualifying slots. Adie also placed third in both the 3200 and 1600 meter runs in the finals.
Sprinter/jumper Kyle Brown is nursing a sore foot, so he limited his jumping attempts to as few as possible to qualify for the CIF Prelims via standards (a standard is a minimum distance or time that will qualify an athlete for the CIF prelims). He jumped 42-5 in the triple jump for third place and 21-6 in the long jump, good enough for second place. He was also second in the 100 meter dash in a close race with Hoover’s Gary Lee, with a time of 11.18.
Ben Enowitz advanced to the CIF Finals in the 3200 meter run, with a second place finish and set a personal best time in the 1600 with a time of 4:38.97. Danielle Eckert and freshman Briana Giorgione both advanced to the CIF Prelims with a 1-2 finish in the pole vault. Danielle’s 11 feet, 3 inch vault broke her own school record by three inches.
Also advancing to the CIF Prelims were Neisha Scales in the 100 with a time of 13.07 and Kenny Twomey in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.48. Freshman Danielle Gillberg just missed the cutoff in the 100 hurdles, but is the first alternate in the event.
Making it to the Central League Finals, but not the CIF Prelims were David Grimes in the 800; Twomey in the 100 hurdles; Alton Smith in the 100 hurdles; Stefanie Pietkiewicz in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Bridgid Twomey in the 400; and Madison Rutherford in the 300 hurdles. Tracey Cummings didn’t make it to the CIF in the throws, but he had a nice discus mark of 125 feet, 1 inch.