In our annual duals with Clairemont the girls' track team cruised to an 88-41 victory and the boys, despite several good performances, fell to the deeper Chieftains by the score of 79-57.
Normally Sophomore Sallie Privett runs all the distance events at a pedestrian pace for the points but this week she concentrated the 3200 meter run and left the 800 and 1600 to her teammates. The result was a PR of 11:35 which puts her on the county leader board in three events (800, 1600, 3200). Running alone she came through the first mile in 5:42, and followed with a second mile in 5:53. With competition she'd probably be close to the school record of 11:18.7 that's been on the board for 22 years. In the other distance events freshmen Annie Lovering (Coronado) and Michelle Read (Clairemont) had quite a dual with Lovering winning in a PR time of 5:30.9 about 3 seconds in front of Read. Lovering also won the 800 in 2:37.0 followed by Adie Davies in 2:37.7. The hurdle events also featured two Islander freshmen with Danielle Swanson taking the 100 highs and Madalyn Danielson the 300 lows. In both races Madison Rutherford picked-up the second place points. Danielson also won the 400 in a tough double followed by Grace Laukaitis in 2nd. The versatile Swanson also placed 3rd in the pole vault and 4th in the shot put. Laukaitis added a 2nd place finish in the 200. The sprints belonged to Neisha Scales. She won the 100 in 13.1, the 200 in 27.7 and threw-in a winning leap in the long jump for good measure. Second place finishers in the 100 and long jump were Ali Colora and Briana Giorgione respectively. Girogione also PR'd in the pole vault by winning with 8' 6" and tied for first in the high jump with Cassie Callahan. Third place in the triple jump went to Brigid Twomey. Natalie Brooks scored twice in the throws with seconds in both the shot put and discus throw with Bethany Bucklew placing third in the latter.
In the boys' meet Ben Enowitz had his work cut out for him against a pretty good Clairemont distance crew. Ben’s coming off an injury so he wasn't at 100%. He's also been preoccupied lately with trying to decide whether to run for M.I.T. or Harvard next season. He's been accepted to both schools and both coaches are recruiting him. In both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs he matched strides with Clairemont's Eamonn McCarey but finished 2nd in both events with times of 4:39.4 and 10:34.4. Neither was his best but he's coming back quickly. David Grimes won the 400 in 54.7 then came back to PR in the 800 with a time of 2:07.0. Following Grimes in an Islander sweep of the 400 was Michael Gasparro and Sean O'Brien. Gasparro also placed 2nd in the 200 and O'Brien 3rd in the high jump. Things were "looking up" for freshman Will Bartsch who won both the high jump and pole vault. Second place in these events went to Tim Conway (high jump) and Gary Schudel (pole vault). As usual Kyle Brown won his specialties with a near PR in the 100 of 11 flat (hand timed), 22-2 (long jump) and 44-3.5 (triple jump). In the throws only Philip Scott kept the Islanders from being skunked with a 3rd place finish in the shot put.
At the Jaguar Invite two days later Neisha Scales and Adie Davies braved wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour with Scales placing 2nd in her heat of the 100 in 13.02 and 4th in the fast morning heat of the 200. Davies placed 3rd in her heat of the 800 in 2:41.9, nowhere near her best but on this day there were no fast times because of the strong wind.