Recap - Mission Hills vs. Olympian Dual Meet
On March 16th, Olympian Track & Field Athletes saw their first action of the season against Mission Hills High School, a north county school, in San Marcos, CA. Several athletes turned out impressive performances. Headlining the day was the boys 4x100 Meter Relay quartet of Hugo Sobernas, Blake Yamamoto, Mikael Tyler and Senior Team Captain Michael Hull-Littlejohn. The quartet with just two days of relay practice added Tyler to the line-up moments before the start of the meet replacing Senior 2016 standout Michael Kipling who was rested due to a nagging physical ailment. The foursome turned out the 2nd leading performance in the San Diego Section of CIF in 2017. Sophmore Keiki Phillips leaped to a personal record (PR) in both the long and triple jumps. He led all Junior Varsity athletes in the long jump. Sophomore sensation, Hugo Sobernas, ran the fastest time of his young career edging out Hull-Littlejohn in the 200 meters who also PRd in the event. While finishing 3rd, Jason Miller picked up where he left off from last season with a personal best throw in the discus. Blake Yamamoto, a newcomer to the team and twin to Trent Yamamoto, a 2016 freshman standout, blazed in the 100 meters. He PRd and led all sprinters with the fastest time of the day. David Derby was a two time winner in the Junior Varsity 100 & 200 meter sprints.
The Lady Eagles didn’t disappoint as several turned out notable early year performances. Junior Kolumbia Page led the way running a personal best of 13.08 in a second place finish. Laura Garza, a 9th grader, made some noise in the Junior Varsity Division winning the 400 meters and placing second in the 200 meters. Senior Team Captain Jaida Payne was a two event winner in the 100 & 300 Meter Hurdles. Junior Shaniyah Rankin captured the triple jump and high jump events for the Eagles. Sophomore and 2016 CIF San Diego Section Finalist in the 3200 meters, Mariana Beltran-Picos, won the event in what was for her a pedestrian time of 12:49.92 off her freshman record setting time of 11:18.66. Jasmine Simmons led Olympian’s strong contingent of quarter milers finishing 2nd in the 400 meters in a personal best time . Twins Rosanna and Virginia Javier finished one, two in the Junior Varsity 1600 Meter Run.
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Recap - Keflezigh Invitational
On Saturday, March 18th, Olympian athletes competed in the historic Balboa Stadium, site of the inaugural season of the then San Diego Chargers and home track for San Diego High School in the 2nd Annual Meb Keflezighi Invitational. Several varsity boys and girls headlined the day turning in seasonal and personal best records in the second meet of the year. On the boys’ side, Senior Captain Michael Hull-Littlejohn picked up where he left off just two days prior at the Mission Hills Dual Meet recording personal best in the 100 Meters and Long Jump. His 11.29 in the 100 and 21’ ¾” in the long jump places him at the top of the Olympian’s Leader List in both events. Hugo Sobernas turned in strong performances in the 100 and 200 Meters running personal best in both events. Blake Yamamoto proved he will be a force to be reckon with in the sprints ran 23.47 in the 200 meters setting for a new personal record. Adrine Sermons, the twin brother of Antwaine Sermons who competed at the Runge Invitational posted a personal best in the 400 Meters and finished first in the Seeded Division of the 300 Meter Hurdles. In the same Seeded 300 Hurdles event, Kyree Drayton finished third in a personal record time. Sermons completed his day running a leg of the victorious 4x400 Meter Relay Team. Deven Sanchez continued to show that he will wants a permanent spot on the 4x400 Meter Relay by turning in a time of 53.04 and a new personal record in the 400 Meters. Devin, the twin brother of Ryan Sanchez who competed at the Runge Meet sits on top of Olympian’s Leader’s List in the 400 Meters just two meets into the young 2017 season. Quentin Cruz-Boyer, running faster at this portion of the season compared to the 2016 campaign, finished 2nd in the Invitational 800 Meters. Long distance standout Diego Arriola stepped down from the 3200 Meters that he ran in the Mission Hills Meet showing his mid to long distance versatility. He recorded a personal best in the 800 and season and team leading best in the 1600 Meters. In the field events, Andrew Balolong threw a seasonal best of 98’ 5 ½” in the discus. Senior thrower Philip Sasnano finished third in a seasonal best behind Balolong in the Seeded Flight of the Discus throw. Freshman Daishaun Battle and Senior Chayin Osgood led Olympian’s strong high jump group jumping 6’0” and 6’ 1” respectfully.
A number of girls turned in strong performances. Junior Kolumbia Page showed she is ready to take her performance to a new level in 2017. She ran personal bests in the 100 and 200 Meters cracking the 13 second barrier for the first time in the 100 Meters running 12.94. Middle Distance/Distance runner and Team Captain Zuri Smith stepped down and competed in the Seeded Division of the 400 Meters winning in a personal record time. She also competed in the 800 meters and ran a leg of the victorious Invitational 4x400 Meter Relay. Zuri was joined in the 4x400 by Ashley Gomez, Kolumbia Page and Divine Maharaj. Maharaj finished 3rd in the Seeded Division of the Long Jump and in doing so jumped a personal record. Jessica Mallari finished on top in the Seeded Division of the Shot Put. Shaniyah Rankin competing in both the Invitational Sections of the High Jump and Triple Jump showed she is on track for big things in 2017. She was just two inches off her 5’2 personal record in the high jump jumping 5’ 0” at the Keflezighi Meet. Rankin hit a personal best in the triple jump finishing second.
Schools in attendance at the Keflezighi Invitational were: Bishops, Bonita Vista, Clairemont, El Cajon Valley, Hoover, La Jolla, Mission Bay, Morse, Orange Glen, Our Lady of Peace, San Diego, St. Augustine and Valhalla.
Recap - Runge Invitational
It was a picturesque day in San Diego on Saturday, March 18th. Several Olympian athletes shined bright on the track and in field events at Patrick Henry High School, the site of the 14th Annual Elmer Runge Invitational Meet. Leading the way for the girls was Alexis Meeks. Meeks inched closer to breaking the 13 second barrier in the 100 meters running a season and personal best of 13.37. Madison Christiansen cleared a seasonal best in the pole vault with a mark of 7’ 1”. Megan Vu competed in three field events (triple jump, long jump, high jump) and went home with two medals posting a personal record (PR) in the triple jump. Vanessa Guthrie turned out a big day as she PRd in the 400 meters and was a member of two medal winning relays. Adaeze Noble, a freshman standout a year ago and a member of Olympian’s CIF State Meet qualifying 4x400 Meter Relay Team, saw her first action of the season in the 400 Meters where she placed second in a time of 62.28. The Distance Medley Relay (DMR) Team consisting of twins Virginia (1200) and Rosanna Javier (1600) along with Alyssah Tapia (800) and Guthrie (400) went home with medals draped around their necks as they finished 2nd in the event. While in the Sprint Medley Relay (SMR), Guthrie was joined by Meeks, Iliana Noriega, freshman Laura Garza and Meeks who teamed up for a 3rd place finish.
On the boys’ side, Ka’Lehn Newsome, an up and coming freshman was in a field of nine (9) freshman and sophomores in the Frosh/Soph 200 Meters finishing second to a 10th grader in a personal best time of 24.32. In the 800 and 1600 Meters events, Tanner Claudio record personal best in both. David Derby showed he is ready to make some noise in the 100 meters and is on track by lowering his seasonal best time from 11.86 to 11.74 while winning his heat. Royce Casiano, a newcomer to the team PRd in the shot put. Roman Guerrero continued to make seasonal improvement over the first meet of the season PRing in the shot and discus. Antwaine Sermons, twin of Adrine Sermons who competed at the Keflezighi Meet, won his 200 Meter Heat. Ryan Sanchez, the twin of Devin Sanchez, showed he was ready for action. In his first competition of the year, he showed no ill effects of a pre-season hamstring setback. Competing in the 400 Meters, he finished 5th in invitational section running 53.20. However, it was in the anchor position of the Sprint Medley Relay that Sanchez erased any doubt that he was ready to go in 2017. After receiving the baton from Newsom (100), Derby (100) and Tyler (200) in first place he didn’t disappoint running a team seasonal best 400 meter split of 50.93. In the last event of the day, subbing for Derby, Sermons, Sanchez and Tyler, Andres Arriola, Jonathan Lard, Leo Marquez and Newsome took the baton and finishing in 4th place completing the day which saw several Olympian athletes going home with medals draped around their neck.
Teams in attendance were: Army-Navy Academy, Castle Park, Christian, Chula Vista, Coronado, Crawford, Foothills Christian, Francis Parker, Granite Hills, Grossmont, Helix, High Tech Chula Vista, High Tech, High Tech, Hilltop, Julian, Liberty Charter, Lincoln, Madison, Monte Vista, Mountai Empire, Patrick Henry, Point Loma, Sage Creek, Santana, School for Entrepreneurship and Technology, Southwest (San Diego), Tri-city Christian and West Shores.