Islanders advance to CIF finals in 10 events, 2 school records fall

Last Saturday in a track and field marathon that lasted from 10am to 5:30pm all the high schools in San Diego County competed at Poway high in the CIF preliminaries to determine which 9 individuals in each of two divisions would advance to the finals this weekend, again at Poway. When the smoke from the starting gun cleared Coronado had advanced in 10 events and bettered two school records. First up for the girls was the 4x100 relay team of Beth Wittry, Megan Mushovic, Ashlee Houston and Nila Heurtelou that finished 4th out of two heats in 51.02, only eleven hundredths of a second off the school record. With better handoffs at the finals, they could get it. Heurtelou also advanced in the 100 in 12.92 (7th place) and the 200 in 25.93 (3rd place). Her 200 time was only 9 hundredths of a second off Tricia Rexrodes' converted record of 25.84 set in 1983. Wittry also advanced in the 400 in 60.56 (4th place) and the triple jump with 32' 3" (4th place). Both Heurtelou and Wittry, along with Katherine Wingert and Jamie Klages, demolished their own 4x400 record set last year with a time of 4:05.37 to qualify against a very tough field in 4th place. The old record was 4:09.42 set last year at the CIF finals. Wingert advanced in the 800 placing 2nd out the two qualifying heats with a PR of 2:20.53. Klages won her heat and had the 2nd best time of the day to advance in the 100 intermediate hurdles with a PR and school record time of 16.30. This time legitimatizes an earlier hand time of 16.3 and, because it was automatically timed to 2 decimal places, is considered the faster time by .24 seconds (the hand to automatic conversion factor). It also replaces the 16.64 set in 2001 by Lani Kuhlow, as well as the hand-timed 110 yard converted record over low hurdles of 16.3 set by Georgia Chakos in 1985. Klages was also scheduled to run the 300 low hurdles. However, a delay in the high jump because of a coaches protest would have had her running the event at the same time she was trying to clear her maximum height. This delay may have cost her the school record in the 300 hurdles, and she would have easily advanced to the finals. But since the high jump is her primary event scratching her was the best option. After she and Amy McGiven from San Dieguito both cleared 5-2 the field was narrowed down to just those two. Since they had both already advanced to the finals, they agreed to set the bar to 5-4.25 so Jamie could attempt the break the school record. Both girls missed but Jamie was very close on her second try. In the boys events Brady Fitelson was 11th out of the two 100 meter heats but he still could advance on scratches. Brad Munns PR'd in the 800 with a time of 2:03.19 but just missed the cut in 10th place. He too could advance on scratches. His twin, Adam, advanced in the high jump at 6' in 5th place. Also advancing are David Hutchison in the pole vault in 7th with 12-0 and Reid McLean in the long jump in 5th with 20' 5.5 inches.