Central League Prelims / City Finals
(5 - 9 May 2008)

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After the dust settled from last week's Track and Field League Championships Sallie Privett, Kyle Brown, David Grimes, Will Bartsch, Danielle Gillberg and Briana Giorgione found they had one thing in common, they were all League Champions. The competition was spread out over 5 days between 3 schools beginning with the pole vault competition at Coronado on Monday and ending at Cathedral Catholic on Friday with most of the finals. In-between were two trips to Hoover on Tuesday and Wednesday for finals in the 3200 meter run, discus throw, shot put, high jump and triple jump, as well as prelims in various other events. The league finals have the dual purpose of determining league champions and qualifying athletes to the CIF prelims beginning this Saturday at Mt. Carmel. To qualify for CIF an athlete must place in the top two for their event at the league finals or achieve a minimum standard. Bartsch and Giorgione won the boys and girls pole-vault on Monday with Danielle Swanson picking up 3rd in the girls event. Both winners advance to the finals with Swanson the 1st alternate for girls. On Tuesday Privett and Annie Lovering ran away with the 3200 meter run. Both set personal records with Privett clocking 11:25.1 and Lovering 11:55.6. Both girls advanced to the CIF prelims by both finish place and by running under the CIF standard. On Friday they qualified for the 1600, again both by place and by standard. In that event Privett won with a time of 5:12.44 with Lovering 2nd with a PR of 5:23.66. Privett also qualified for the 800 but will scratch that event at CIF to concentrate on the other two. Adie Davies placed 5th in the 800, 1600, and 3200 has a good chance of advancing in the 3200 as the 1st alternate. Kyle Brown had some stiff competition in all his events but came away with a victory in the triple jump with a mark of 44 feet 11 inches and two close second place finishes in the long jump with 22 feet 7 inches and 100 meter dash with a time of 11.24 in the finals. His time in the preliminary heats, however, was 11.15 which broke his own school record of 11.18 set last year. He advanced to the CIF prelims in all three events by both place and standard. Except for Brown and Hoover's Deontray Johnson (who won the 100 and placed 2nd to Brown in the triple jump) the sprints were dominated by Lincoln. No one knows this better than Islander Michael Gasparro who despite posting fast times in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes didn't get to the finals with 15th and 12th place finishes respectively. David Grimes held back on the first lap of the boys' 800 meter finals then unleashed a kick that the first lap leaders couldn't answer to win with a personal best time of 2:02.15. Ben Enowitz concentrated on the longer events and placed 3rd in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Both races were very fast and he was able to advance in both by running under the CIF standards. His times were 4:29.10 for the 1600 (run on Friday) and 9:48.9 for the 3200 (run on Tuesday). Both were personal records. Michael Davies ran 8th in the 1600 finals and Andy Centeno 8th in the 3200 followed by Gabe Salvatierra and Dean Galliano in 11th and 17th. Danielle Gillberg won the girls' 100 hurdles going away with a personal record time of 17.17 to join her teammates at the CIF prelims on Saturday. Rishina Mancillas was 5th in that race but didn't advance. Another great hurdle performance turned-in our Frosh ace Maddie Danielson who placed 2nd in the 300 hurdles behind Christian's Hannah Pearl. Both qualified by both place and time but Maddie has 3 more years to go and is the top San Diego section freshman in this event. We have another freshman in the 300 hurdles who placed 4th with a time of 51.76 in the person of Danielle Swanson. This gets her on the alternate list in this event as well as the pole vault. Neisha Scales placed 3rd in the girls 100 in 13.04 and scratched in to the prelims at the seeding meeting held last Saturday. Cassie Callahan was one of the top seeds in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump but an ankle injury incurred during soccer practice kept her out of the top placers. Still she managed to make the prelims in the long jump with 15 feet 5 inches but scratched from the prelims because of a Soccer commitment this weekend. Not making the prelims but turning in good performances were Stephanie Pietkiewicz and Grace Laukaitis with ran 65.22 and 65.25 respectively for 4th and 5th in the girls 400, Brigid Twomey who placed 4th in the girls long jump, Natalie Brooks and Bethany Bucklew for 6th and 7th place in the girls shot put, and Bucklew for 7th place in the girls discus.

In the coaches meeting after the meet Sallie Privett was honored as the girls track MVP and Kyle Brown and Hoover's Deontray Johnson as CO-MVP's for boys field based on their combined jumps and sprints throughout the year.