Senior Jamie Klages picked up right where she left off last year by winning the high jump at the Bronco Invitational held at Westview High School Saturday. Santa Margarita’s Lauren Collins, who is one of the nation’s best heptathletes, pushed Jamie to her limit as both athletes cleared 5 feet, 6 inches. Jamie won the event based on fewer misses at a lower height, but just missed clearing 5-8. Last year Jamie placed fifth in the state in the high jump at 5-7. Jake Ruzevick set a personal best time in the Boys 3,200-meter run, placing fourth with a time of 9:42 against a strong field, with 12 runners finishing under 10 minutes.
This year’s Girls Track Team is in somewhat of a rebuilding phase with the loss of the likes of Beth Wittry, Katherine Wingert, and Nila Heurtelou to graduation. Klages, Sarah Player, Megan Mushovic, Danielle Eckert, and Ashley Houston form the core of veteran sprinters and jumpers, with Danielle Cabana and Justine Gordon as the returning distance runners. Newcomers Allison Cabana, Emily Kleber, Rebecca Waterman, Tenille Workman, Neisha Scales, Anneke Nelson, Christen Grant, Crystal Curtis, Tracy Cummings, Gabrielle Cary and Care Bach will find their places on the team as the season progresses.
With Reid McLean, Adam Munns, Brad Munns, and Ruzevick among the top athletes in the section, the CHS Boys Track Team should have one of their best seasons in years. McLean was the San Diego Section 300-meter hurdles champion last year and has sub-50 second speed in the 400-meter run. Ruzevick is one of the top 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runners in the county and a two-time CIF Cross Country division champion.
Brad Munns is an excellent mid-distance runner and Adam Munns is one of the top high jumpers in San Diego, with a 6-foot, 6-inch jump to his credit. The distances will be strong with freshman Ben Enowitz, Michael Davies and Jose Tijerina competing from our Harbor League championship cross country team. Transfer student Kacey Zapatka will add depth.
Sprinter-jumpers Gino Jacob, Leon Jacob and Alton Smith are back, with newcomers Drew Lewis and Stephen Knuth looking good in early season workouts. Veteran throwers David Zodrow, Levi Lozano, and Brandon Hoover have developed into a good weights (shot put and discus) team that should score a lot of points."