Comets Finish Home Season with Dual Vs. Prospect

The lady Comets suffered their first loss of the seaosn in a battle with undefeated prospect losing to the score of 69-58.The boys fell to 3-3 in the loss by a score of 80-46. Many comets competed well and some were able to secure significant PRs.

The boy’s 1600 saw a battle between WVAL #1 ranked Jason Morrow from Prospect, and #2 ranked Karan Singh from JL. Morrow was able to kick past Karan over the last 100 meters to win in 4:43.1 to Karan’s 4:43.7. Outstanding dual meet marks. Nathan Bernardo cam ein 4th running 4:55.8 for a 1 second PR. Jose Jiminez was 5th in 4:56, breaking the 5 minute barrier for the 1st time. Isaak Herrera ran his first 1600 of the season, clocking 5:56. A huge pr from the 6:49 he ran to end his XC season. The girl’s 1600 was won by Alexandra Baron from prospect, the league reigning champion in the 3200. Daniela Camacho took 2nd in 5:38.

Maria Mendoza placed 2nd in the 100 hurdles, Susie Peterson took 5th in sizable PR of 20.8.Hadji Yono-Cruz won the 110 hurdles in a PR of 19.75. Gustavo Aguilera took 2nd and Jon Rodriguez 3rd in 20.57,running a big pr to finish the sweep. Paloma Contreras won the women’s 400, continuing the Comets undefeated streak in the event this season. Gustavo Parra placed 3rd in the boy’s 400 running 0:58.2 for a PR. Jesus Deloya also Pr’d running 1:01.7.Maria took 2nd place in the girl’s 100 on a day where the JL sprinters were largely overmatched.

Daniela won the girl’s 800 in 2:34. Cierra Gutierrez made her 800 debut and ran 2:49 to make her way on the school’s top 10 list and score a point. Brianna Flores also ran a solid PR of 2:52. Nathan took 2nd in the boy’s 800 in a solid 2:13 with Karan Singh holding off Danny Rubino for 3rd. Maria took 2nd in the 300 hurdles with Andrea Ortiz following her in 3rd, in a pr of 55.25. Gustavo A ran a huge pr for the event, running 48.93 for 2nd. Jon Rodriguez followed in 3rd in 49 seconds. Gustavo P attempted the race for the first time, running 54.89 despite falling rather hilariously at the first hurdle.

The 200 saw Maria taking 2nd place once again. Gabriela Aguilar ran a small PR of 31.89. Karen Montes Pr’d as well, running 31.99 and Daisy Nava did likewise running 32.33. Hector Ramirez and Guillermo Villalobos took 2nd and 3rd in the 3200. Juan Gutierrez ran 12:09 for a PR. Daniela placed 2nd in the 3200 to Baron, and Brianna ran 14:06  for 4th.

Daniela and Brianna finished their final home meet with the best times they’ve ever run on the home track, as well as the best times they’ve ever run in a dual meet. They are both primed for big performances at WVAL finals in 2 weeks.

The boy’s 4×400 team of Gustavo A, Gustavo P, Nathan and Karan matched their season best time of 3:51 to win the event.

The field event’s saw many outstanding performances. Robert Rios won the shot put and threw a PR of 41′ 11.5 narrowly missing 42 feet. Mario Perez had a strong PR of 32 feet. Alex Alonzo had a long awaited PR of 29’11 barely missing cracking the 30 feet barrier. He also threw 78 feet in discus for a solid PR. Pablo Segovia placed 3rd in discus with a throw of 94 feet.

Charli Chircop had her best ever meet by far, throwing 27’4 in Shotput to win the meet, and 76’2 in discus for 2nd. Both marks were huge PRs and put her on the school’s top 10 list. Alejandra Ceron had a strong meet throwing 27’3 for 2nd in shot put, and a solid pr of 75’8 in discus for 3rd. Paloma scored 1 point in high jump, Karan scored 3 in the boy’s.

The horizontal jumps saw many PRs, Hadji Yono- Cruz cracked 18 feet for the first time for second place. He also placed 2nd in triple jump with a jump of 36’6 his best ever for the comets. Nathan placed 3rd in 35’9. The girl’s long jump was won by Lyndel Ventura in 14’10, as she inches closer to the 15 feet barrier. Elyse Elder jumped over 14 feet for the first time, placing 2nd in 14’2. Lyndel also won the tripe jump in 28’8. Elyse was 2nd again in a PR of 28’1, and Crystal Nguyen placed 3rd to finish the sweep with a PR of 27’9.

Only 1 week remains in the regular season. The comets look ahead to a matchup with San Jose high school, trying to balance a winning effort with a tapered meet in their final dual meet of the season.

JLTF Shows Late season Form at Bear Cat Invitational

Alejandra Ceron releasing the discus.
Alejandra Ceron releasing the discus.


The James Lick Track Team competed in their final invitational of the year saturday with a strong showing at the Bear Cat Invitational.Freshman Alejandra Ceron won medals in Shot Put and Discus in her first invitational, despite having to throw a heavier ball than required for HS girl’s. Alejandra has been working hard under Coach John Vela’s tutelage and is ranked highly in the WVAL despite being a freshman. Alex Alonzo and Daniel Medina also threw Shot Put, and narrowly missed PRs. Daniel finished in 10th overall out of 45 athletes. Gustavo Aguilera threw discus for the first time this season, achieving a new PR of 68 feet.

Davion Thomas competed in the long jump for the comets but struggled to find consistency in his runnup only managing one legal jump of 18’3. Davion won his heat in the 100 in 11.91, matching his PR and ran 24.35 to end his day in the 200.

In the sprints Paloma Contreras improved her 400 pr slightly to 1:03.75. Gustavo did the same running 1:00.54 in his race. Andrea Ortiz broke 30 seconds for the first time in the 200 with a strong time of 29.54. Cierra Gutierrez made her debut over the 100m distance running 15.6 without blocks or spikes. Andrea also ran a big PR in the 100 hurdles, running 19.40 to win her heat and move her onto the school’s top 10 list in the event. Susie Peterson also had a strong race with a 21.75 clocking.

The endurance event group really showed that they are rounding into form at the right time with their performances. 9 runners ran the 1600 and all 9 achieved a personal record. Most impressive was Daniela Camacho placing 3rd in 5:27.54. The time was a 12 second pr and breaks the school record in the 1600 by nearly 10 seconds. This PR had been a long time coming for Daniela who had spent a year and a half moving her pr from 5:43-5:39 before this break through.

Inteus Castro-Lopez broke 5:30 for the first time, running 5:29, while Jesus Deloya shattered his PR going from a best of 5:28 to 5:11.7 in one run. Guillermo Villalobos also had a sizable PR, running 5:11.95 to improve on his 5:17 best. Hector Ramirez and Gustavo Parra both had small PRS in a race which went out slow, running 5:02.25 and 5:00.71 respectively. Both runners are primed to break 5. Nathan Bernardo ran a small PR of 4:56.81 despite having run the 1600 the day before. Karan Singh had an outsanding performance for the boys to wrap up the varsity mile, running 4:41.92 for a 7 second personal best. Karan is now ranked #2 in WVAL and will be looking ahead to thursday for a showdown with #1 ranked Jason Morrow (4:38). Cierra ran a 6:18 1600 in her debut over the distance showing that she has outstanding potential as just a freshman.

The 800s saw Similar improvement. Hector Ramirez lead from gun to tape to run 2:17.59, a 7 second PR. Gustavo Aguilera improved his time by 6 seconds, also leading the entire heat and winning in 2:18.69. Gustavo P had a small PR of 2:16, and Karan again took a big chunk of his PR running 2:07.38.

The Comets look strong with just 3 full weeks in the season. 2 Dual meets remain, followed by the 2 day WVAL league Trials and Finals on 5/6 and 5/8 at Del Mar High School. JLTF has their eyes set on big performances on those days. Stay tuned for more Comet news.

Comets achieve Pair of Wins VS. Live Oak


Live Oak began the meet by demonstrating their sprinting depth, winning both 4×100 races. The 1600 saw Kaylah Grant of Live Oak win the race in 5:42, with Daniela Camacho finishing 2nd in 5:56, and Brianna Flores 3rd in 6:28. Elizabeth Guevara ran 6:40 for a strong PR. Karan Singh claimed his 4th 1600 victory of the season in 5:00 with Jose Jiminez matching his PR of 5:06 for 2nd. Inteus Casrto-Lopez ran 5:33 for a 2 second PR.

Both hurdle races were won in James Lick Sweeps. Maria Mendoza ran 19.06 for her best home meet time ever, Andrea Ortiz broke 20 for the first time for second (19.9) and Susie Peterson tok 3rd.  Hadji Yono-Cruz broke 20 for the first time in 19.90 and Gustavo Aguilera had a big PR of 20.38 for 2nd. Jonathan Rodriguez took 3rd.

Paloma Contreras ran 1:03.8 for her best ever Dual Meet time victory. Cierra Gutierrez made her JL Track debut with a run of 1:10.5 for 3rd. Andrea Ortiz ran 1:11.6 for a big PR over the distance as well. Nathan Bernardo won the boy’s 400 in 55.60 for a full second PR. Cesar Azevedo edged out a Live Oak athlete for 2nd in 55.9. Davion Thomas secured 3 points in the 100 with a time of 12.23. Live Oak mostly dominated the event however.

Karan added a win in the 800 in 2:16 with Nathan following in 2nd at 2:26. The girls swept the 800 with Brianna, Elizabeth, and Daniela running together. The 300 hurdles were sweeps again with Andrea, Maria and Daisy Nava claiming points for the girls. Jesse Chircop, Gustavo and Jon scored for the boys. Davion won a close 200m race, while Paloma scored a point against tough competition in the 200. Susie ran a 2 second PR of 34 seconds in the 200, while Daisy did as well in 32.6.

In the field events Robert Rios continued his undefeated season in the Shot Put with a throw of 41 feet 2 inches. Daniel Medina placed 3rd with a throw of 34’11. Pablo Segovia managed 3rd in discuss with a small pr, throwing 96’7. Isaac Jiminez had a strong PR of 84’11. Alejandra Ceron and Charli Chircop went 1-2 in both throwing events for the ladies.

Karan won high jump in 5’4, while Paloma and Elyse Elder came in 2nd and 3rd in the girl’s section at 4’4. Lyndel Ventura made her debut for the Comets, jumping onto the top 10 list for the school with a winning jump of 14’8. She also placed 2nd in triple jump in 29’9. Nathan won triple jump for the boy’s in 37’9 with Hadji taking 3rd. Davion managed a point in Long jump for the team as well.

Guillermo Villalobs, Hector Ramirez and Inteus swept the boys 3200 with Elizabeth Guevara and Brianna taking 1-2 in the girl’s 3200. Ellie ran 15:13 for a 27 second PR. The girl’s 4×400 team of Maria, Gabby Aguilar, Daniela and Paloma sealed the victory with a win in 4:41. The boys team of Cesar, Gustavo Parra, Nathan and Karan lost but ran a seasons best of 3:51.

With the victories the boy’s team moved to 3-2 and the girl’s remain undefeated at 5-0. The comets will compete in a final invitational saturday then prep for their final home meet of the season against Prsopect High School.

Lady Comets move to 4-0 Vs. Yerba Buena Warriors, Boys Lose Close Duel.

Last thursday’s dual meet saw the JLTF Lady Comets extend their undefeated streak to begin the season, winning the meet 85-42 vs a big Yerba Buena team. The 4th win for the girl’s means the Comets will have their first winning track season, either on the boy’s or girl’s side, since 2003. The boys fell to 2-2, losing to the undefeated YB team, 58-68.

The Girl’s 4×100 team of Maria Mendoza, Andrea Ortiz, Karen Montes and Gabriela Aguilar was victorious for the 3rd time in 4 meets this year, following a year in which they never won a relay battle. Karan Singh was a close 1600m race against rival Ivan Godinez from YB. Karan kicked away on the last lap to win in 5:01, with Nathan Bernardo taking 3rd in 5:04. Daniela Camacho won her race in 6:13, an easy win for her, while Brianna Flores secured a point for 3rd in 6:35.

The High hurdles followed, Hadji Yono-Cruz took 3rd in 20.10, a new PR, losing to two strong YB hurdlers. Maria took second in the 100h to rival Vannaline Keo, 18.97-19.22. Susie Peterson ran a PR in her race, running under 22 seconds for the first time in 21.6.

The 400m race held a Victory for Paloma Contreras with Gabriela following in 3rd. Cesar Azevedo PR’d in his race by nearly a full second, running 55.87 for 2nd place. Davion Thomas secured his 2nd 100m victory of the season, while Maria won the girl’s section for the 3rd time this season. Andrea broke 15 for the first time for 3rd place. Ralph Sanchez did not score but ran a PR of 13.08 despite the strong headwind.

Karan won the 800m run in a PR of 2:11.34, again edging out Ivan Godinez. Daniela likewise won her 800 in 2:44, with Paloma taking second in 2:50, a seasons best. The hurdles was won in come from behind fashion by Maria, who broke 55 seconds for the first time i her career just a week after breaking 56 for the first time. Hadji took 3rd in the long hurdle race as well.

Meanwhile in the field events, Alejandra Ceron and Robert Rios continued their undefeated streaks in shot put, throwing 27’2 and 41’6 respectively. The 41’6 throw was a big PR for Rios and moves him onto the school’s top 10 list in the event. Robert also took 2nd in discus throwing a pr of 95’7. Daniel Medina continued his strong freshman season, throwing 35’1.5 inches for 3rd in Shot Put, a PR by 3 feet. He also placed 3rd in discuss throwing a 6 feet pr of 81’5. Mario Perez threw over 30 feet in shot Put for the first time, and also snagged a pr in discuss at 77’10. Alex Alonzo also had a huge discuss PR of 75 feet.

In the jumps Elyse Elder had an exceptional break out performance for the Comets. She won both Horizontal jumps in PRs of 13’9 inches for long jump, and 27’9 inches for triple jump. She also added a second place in high jump, clearing 4’6 for her best high jump as a comet as well. Crystal Nguyen continued her strong season jumping 13’5, and 27’5 for a small PR in triple jump and points in both events. Davion Thomas took 2nd place in long jump at 18’9. Hadji jumped 17’8 for his best long jump as a comet, and Cesar Azevedo triple jumped 34’10 for a PR as well. Karan won high jump in 5’4 electing to exit competition after he achieved the win.

The 200m races were won by Davion and Paloma in convincing fashion. The 3200 was won by Daniela for the girl’s with Brianna again securing 3rd place. The meet ended with a girl’s victory in the 4×400,while the YB boys secured their victory by winning the boys 4×400. The comets are looking to have a hard week of practice during spring break, before they take on Live Oak at home on April 16th. Live Oak is the reigning league champion for both boys and girls, so the team will need all the work it can get to try to continue their winning ways.

Stay tuned for more Comet Track news.

James Lick Athletes Shine @ Quicksilver Classic


The Comets headed to Leland high school for the Don Bell Quicksilver Classic and were rewarded with several standout performances. Fresh off of improved grades, Gustavo Aguilera ran 5:16.23 in his debut over 1600m in high school track. Gustavo Parra ran an 11 second PR in his 1600m heat with a solid 5:02.00 in his return to racing. Guillermo capped off the heat with a PR of his own, lowering his best to 5:17. The Varsity 1600s saw Karan Singh run under 4:50 for the first time, and Brianna Flores PR by nearly 10 seconds with a 6:26 clocking. Hector Ramirez, Daniela Camacho, and Nathan Bernardo competed hard but were unable to PR in their first week back from their death valley trip.

The 100 meter runs held PRS for Daisy Nava, and Andrea Ortiz 15.53 and 14.34 respectively. Davion Thomas lowered his FAT best by .02 as well, to 11.91. More impressive was his performance in the long jump, where he jumped 19’10 inches, placing 3rd overall in the meet. The jump was a PR by a foot and an inch for Davion and is a sign of great things to come for the junior athlete.


The JLTF hurdlers all had impressive showings as well. Daisy won her heat with a time of 1:00.9. Maria Mendoza also won her heat and broke the school record for the 300 hurdles in the process. Maria’s time of 52.37 beats Vanessa Stasi’s 52.39 in 2004, and shattered her previous personal best of 54.56 set only 2 days ago. Jon Rodriguez entered his heat with a PR of 50.3 seconds, and proceeded to shatter it as well with a 47.56 time, narrowly missing the heat win and a medal. Andrea wrapped up the hurdling with a 55.37, moving her up to 3rd on the school’s top 10 list.

Arguably the most impressive race of the day however, came from Senior Paloma Contreras. Paloma came into the meet ranked as the 15th best 400m runner, and took 4th overall, winning her heat in 1:03.76 for a second a half PR. Paloma is now the 4th best 400m runner in school history. The 200s saw PRs for Davion, 24.20, Jon, 27.13 and Isaak herrera, 30.50. The Varsity girls 4×100 of Daisy, Andrea, Karen Montes and Maria Mendoza, placed 7th overall in 56.96 despite missing Gabby Aguilar.

In the distance events, Brianna Flores broke 3:00 for the first time, hitting 2:55 for a solid 2 pr day. Guillermo followed his 1600 pr with an 11:19 (16 second PR) while Gustavo Parra followed in 11:26, and Gustavo A also broke 12 for the first time, 11:56. This gives the Comets 6 runners under 12 minutes following a year in which no Comet could break the barrier. Karan ran 10:49.09 in the Varsity 3200 to wrap up his day with a 10 second Personal record.

The Comets are looking strong heading into Spring break with their minds on training hard to finish the season strong!