Ryan/Oyama Award Ceremony 2017

One of James Lick’s best traditions, the Ryan/Oyama Award ceremony was held on Tuesday May 16th in the James Lick gym. The Ryan award is given every year to the male Comet athlete who best exemplifies what being a scholar athlete is all about. The award is named Thomas P. Ryan, the first principal and Superintendent of James Lick High School. Past winners include James Lick greats such as CCS champion Joe Amendt, and Superbowl/Heisman winning quarterback Jim Plunkett.

The Oyama award is the female equivalent of the award. It is much younger, with many Ryan awards having been given out before girls had High School sports competition. Joyce Oyama was a James Lick teacher who created an unofficial league for Lady Comets to compete in before official girls competition began in the mid 70s.

The past two Oyama award recipients have also been the past two girls Track MVPs, Paloma Contreras (2015 WVD 400m champion) and Andrea Ortiz (300 hurdles school record holder).

The ceremony honored the fact that James Lick won 3 titles as a school this year. The boys cross country team won the STAL (‘B’ division), while the Badminton team and girls track team won the WVAL (‘C’ division). This is the first school-year that James Lick has won 3 sports league titles in the entire BVAL era (since 1996).

Several Comet athletes got special honors. Mariah Santos, the team’s top freshmen thrower won the school’s freshmen of the year award on the girls side.

Misael Herrera won the school’s Sophomore of the year award after winning freshmen of the year last year. Misael worked hard in Track, taking his 400m and 200m times both down by over a second. Misael was also a starting running back/ wide receiver for the school’s JV football team (under Coach Vela, our highly esteemed throws coach).

After winning Sophomore of the year a year ago, Valeria Cortez did not win the honor, a testament to the excellent Sophomore year of winner Marquise Nelson. Marquise was a star for the school’s Volleyball, Basketball and Softball teams. The softball team especially had a strong season, narrowly missing winning a 4th title for the school on the year with a loss to Independence in the final game of the season. That’s two titles those 76ers cost us this year as a school! (I’d like to note for the record that Independence has over 3,000 students in their school to draw from while we had barely over 1,200 this year. Just saying.)

The junior of the year award went to Inteus Castro-Lopez on the boys side. Inteus was a huge part of our 2016 XC championship, typically finishing as our 4th runner but placing in the top 10 of STAL races overall. His strong season in Track saw him score a personal best, 30 points for the team, a big improvement on the 6 points he scored as a Sophomore.

Senior of the year on the boys side went to Jonathan Rodriguez. Jonathan was an excellent member of the track team for 3 years and was the starting quarterback for the Varsity football team the past 2 seasons. He also played for the school’s basketball team. Jonathan will be attending San Jose State next year.

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Daisy Nava, Myself, and Nathan Bernardo following the Ryan/Oyama Award Ceremony

Daisy Nava was the 2nd runner up for the Oyama award, after a senior year where she was the captain of the WVAL champion track team. Daisy had a tough year competitively, having to balance a job as well as her school work and captaincy. She nonetheless acquitted herself well and will be attending UC Merced next year.

Nathan Bernardo won the Ryan award, in what I would call a very deserved victory. Natan has exemplified the kind of person we hope to produce as a program. He was not only a quality athlete for us, but a selfless leader who always put the needs of his teammates above his own needs. People like Nathan are rare, and the success of the program from here is in large part thanks to his outstanding leadership. Nathan will be attending UC Irvine next year.

 Another school year is coming to a close and our seniors are getting ready to move on to new adventures.

4 Comets will compete at CCS trials this Saturday at Gilory HS.

Recap of that meet coming soon.

Thanks for reading,

-Benny Reeves

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Lady Comets Win First Championship in School History, Boys Clinch 3rd

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Andrea Ortiz (center) on her way to 2nd place in the girls 100h Valeria Cortez (right) one her way to 4th. 

The James Lick Comets had Day 2 of the West Valley Division Finals at Overfelt High School on May 6th. This final day was the last determining factor for the standings of the WVAL for the 2016 season. The girls only needed a 2nd place finish to clinch their title after finishing the season 7-0, but the team wanted to end their season with the first #1 finish at finals in school history.

After Wednesday’s events, the girls were in 2nd pace to Live Oak, 31 points to 30. The boys were in 5th with 10 points with favorite Independence running away with the lead at 35 points.

The meet began with the field events. The team got off to a hot start with the team’s strongest event, the girls discus. Alejandra Ceron threw 90-10 to win the west valley league title in the event. Teammate Valeria Cortez was 2nd at 88-4. This is the first time on record where lady comets have finished 1st and 2nd in the sam event at finals. Alejandra has come along way from last year as a freshmen when she threw 66 feet at finals. Her 2nd place finish in Shot Put nets her 18 points for the team, a huge performance and a nearly perfect one competitively. Leysmi Saldana had a huge PR of 72-8 to finish 7th and add 2 points for the team. Valerie Flores also threw a PR of 56-10 to end her season.

The girls long Jump also netted 9 points for the team, with Lyndel Ventura and Elyse Elder taking 4th and 5th with Lyndel advancing to BVAL championships next week. Crystal Nguyen competed as well, though none of the girls managed PRs. On the boys side field events will be the primary focus of improvement for next year. No boy managed to clear 5-0 in high jump. Hadji Yono-Cruz managed 1 point in boys triple jump and Josh Garcia got 2 for the team in boys Shot Put. Daniel Medina and Osman Lopez also competed.

The running events kicked off the the 4×100 relays. The girls team of Lyndel Ventura, Maria Mendoza, Karen Montes and Andrea Ortiz ran a seasons best of 54.14 to place 2nd, their highest finish in yeas and grabbed 8 points for the team in the process. The Boys team of Hadji, Jesse Chircop, Adrian DeLaRosa and Jose Limon ran 47.17 to place 5th and end their season with 4 points at finals.

The boys 1600 was next and it demonstrated the dramatic improvement of the distance team over the past few seasons. 2 Years ago, the team failed to score a single point between the 3 distance events. This year, the team took 15 points in just the 1600. The race was a brutal tactical fair. Two runners fell during the race as the pace was not initially fast and runners were bunched up as a result. Even so, the Comets navigated the slow pace and clustered field to place well. Azael Zamora missed winning the race by .01 second, running 4:49.02 compared to the 4:49.01 of winner Alexsis Mendez of Overfelt. This is outstanding when one considers that Azael is only a sophomore in his first season of Track, who only 2 months ago had never ran faster than 5:20 for a mile. Nathan Bernardo placed 3rd in 4:49.51 a big improvement on his 7th place finish a year ago. Hector Ramirez placed 8th in 4:55 despite losing a show on the 2nd lap of the race. Inteus Castro-Lopez ran a PR pf 5:03.43 as well.

The girls 100 hurdles had 3 scorers for the team. Andrea ran 17.62 to finish 2nd place and Valeria placed 4th in 18.13, both athletes advance to BVAl championships. Susie Peterson placed 6th in 20.00, meaning the team took 16 points in the event! The boys 110h had Hadji narrowly miss his PR of 18.70 to place 3rd.Jonathan Rodriguez placed 8th in 19.69.

The girls 400 had Maria Mendoza placing 3rd for the team, advancing to BVAL championships and gaining the team 6 points. The boys event was similar, with Jose placing 4th for the team in a PR of 55.28, advancing to BVAL champs as a freshmen. The team fell behind as the 100m races were contested with no Comets, but the 800 proved to be the chance the Comets needed to make up the losses.

Arlet Miranda took the lead and pushed the pace from the gun of the 800. She lead the race for 700 meters before being passed by rival Lydia Ma of independence. Arlet and Lydia battled down the home straight and Arlet pulled into the lead again with only 10 meters left before her spike caught in the track and she fell. Lydia finished in 2:28, meaning Arlet likely would have broken 2:30 for the first time as well. As it was, Arlet got to her feet and scurried across the line for 2nd place. Daisy Nava kicked home in 4th place with a new PR of 2:41.58. Denise Calixto ran 2:59.71 to PR as did Analilia Regla running 3:11.13.

The boys 800 saw the strength of the Comet youth. Erik Olsvold ran bravely, taking 3rd place in 2:08.18 less than a second behind the winner. This was a 7 second PR for Erik, and a fantastic freshmen time. Nathan was close behind in 2:08.39 for a New PR and 4th place after the 1600. Vincent Giglio ran a 10 second PR of 2:12.70 to place 7th.

The girls 300 hurdles had 3 scorers as well. Andrea placed 2nd in 50.84 despite battling knee problems. Belen Sanchez and Valeria placed 6th and 7th to round out the team’s hurdle scoring. Gustavo Aguilera placed 4th in the boys 300h with a time of 46.24 to advance to BVAL champs for the first time in his career. Jonathan was 5th in 47.30.

The girls 200 had no JL athletes, while Jose placed 5th in the boys 200. The girls 3200 had Arlet coasting to a 3rd place finish in 13:30, though the absence of Elizabeth Guevara due to a family trip was unfortunate as she likely would have placed highly and advanced to BVAL championships. The girls 4×400 team of Maria, Karen, Andrea and Arlet ran a huge seasons best of 4:33.15 to place 3rd. The boys also placed 3rd with the team of Misael Herrera, Gustavo, Azael and Nathan running a seasons best of 3:46.63.

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Karen Montes, Arlet Miranda, Maria Mendoza and Andrea Ortiz after their 3rd place 4×400 Finish.

 

When all was said and done, the final scores were as follows:

Girls:

  1. James Lick 127 Points
  2. Live Oak 109 Points
  3. Gunderson 80 Points
  4. Independence 78.5 Points
  5. Yerba Buena 75 Points
  6. Overfelt 66 Points
  7. Del mar 25 Points
  8. San Jose 14.5 Points

Boys:

  1. Independence 160 Points
  2. Yerba Buena 119 Points
  3. Live Oak 92 Points
  4. James Lick 76 Points
  5. Overfelt 43 Points
  6. Gunderson 34 Points
  7. Del Mar 30 Points
  8. San Jose 12 Points

Alejandra was the only individual champion, but the team was the leader in points in several event groups. Girls throws netted 34 Points, an average of 17 points per event. This tied with Independence boys jumps total 51 (17 an event on average) for the most dominant event group for any team. The girls were also the leader in points for the hurdles event group, and the distance group. On the boys side, the Comets lead in distance points as well, with exactly half of the team’s total points coming from the 3 distance events. The boys scored 38 Points in boys distance to be the highest scoring of all JL event groups, and that ‘s with only 2/38 points scored by a senior.

Program building is about progress over every season, and for as great a season as this was, the team should be better next year.

The team’s leading Point Scorers were:

  1. Arlet 23.50                        1. Nathan 17.50
  2. Valeria 21                          2. Jose 10
  3. Andrea 19.50                   3. Erik 10
  4. Alejandra 18                    4. Azael 9.50
  5. Maria 9.50                       5. Hadji 9

Among the group only Andrea is a senior, and in fact half of the teams leading scorers were freshmen, setting the stage for very exiting upcoming seasons.

The James Lick Track Team has succeeded in dramatically changing their fortunes this season. They demonstrate to the other sports of JL, that despite the financial limitations and small student body of James Lick, it is possible to blossom even when no one expects you to. 2016 Has been a very successful season for the team, and the rebirth of JLTF has only just begun.

The team will take a group of 16 athletes to BVAL Championships at Silver Creek next Thursday. Only a handful of athletes qualified for this meet 2 years ago, now the number of qualifiers from JL is larger than the total number of athletes on the teams of 2008-2013.

Congrats to the ladies on their historic victory and great job to both sides for working to better the James Lick name. Thank you for reading and stay tuned fro more Comet news.

 

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Azael Zamora, Gustavo Aguilera, Nathan Bernardo and Misael Herrera after their 3rd place 4×400 finish. 

 

Comets Open WVAL Season with double victory over Gunderson

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On March 10th, James Lick played host to the Gunderson Grizzlies for the Comets first league meet of the 2016 season. Gunderson came in with momentum, having dispatched Overfelt decisively the week before.

The meet kicked out with the 4×100 relays. Gunderson won both the girls and boys relays, in times of 46.9 and 57.2 respectively. The Grizzlies are typically strong in sprints and relays. Next up the distance runners took to the track trying to cut into the Gunderson lead. After much deliberation, we decided that following her excellent XC season Maria Mendoza would do distance training this track season. She played the part winning the 1600 in 6:02 and Elizabeth Guevara came in 3rd in a time of 6:21, a 2 second PR. Raquel Rodriguez placed 5th in 6:45, a 3 second PR.

The boys had a very strong showing with Nathan Bernardo and Hector Ramirez dictating the race. They took the field through in a relatively slow first half mile of 2:40, then dropped a 2:29 second half to finish together at 5:09. Azalea Zamora narrowly missed 3rd place in a 9 second PR of 5:12. Erik Olsvold 5:18, Inteus Castro-Lopez 5:25 and Jesus Deloya 5:26, also started the season with solid miles.

The team took advantage of Gunderons weakness in hurdles. Andrea Ortiz, Susie Peterson and Valeria Cortez swept the event. Andrea is adjusting to a new stride pattern and rode it to a solid time of 18.75.

The boys swept the 110 hurdles as well with Hadji Yono-Cruz, Gustavo Aguilera and Jonatahn Rodriguez taking the points. Josue Marcello ran a pr of 23.94 in 5th place despite falling down. Jackie Landa ran a very strong debut 400 time of 1:11.25 for 2nd place in the girls 400. The boys 400 was swept by a strong Gunderson contingent.

Andrea and Karen Montes took 1st and 3rd in the 100m with times of 14.20 and 14.65, PRS for both girls. Freshmen Liliana Diaz ran a very strong 14.85 despite not having track spikes. Jackie and fellow freshmen Belen Sanchez ran small 100m press of 15.47 and 15.65 respectively. Ariana Santos also had a strong PR of 16.70, running under 17 for the first time. Mamarya Morfin and Elizabeth Perez both ran under 19 seconds for the first time this season.

Freshmen Adrian DeLaRosa was the team’s top performer in the 100m dash, placing 3rd in a time of 12.94. Austin Swank had a sizable PR of 13.55 as did Isaak Herrera who ran 14.34. Chris Okoro and Bryan Guavas made their debuts over the distance in 13.72 and 13.78, and Jaime Gomez ran over a second faster than at last weeks mini meet, clocking 14.80. Former Comet, Davion Thomas, won the 100 in 11.89 for the Grizzlies.

The team asserted themselves again in the 800m. Arlet Miranda and Daisy Nava coasted to victory in 2:53, holding hands across the finish line. On the boys side, Nathan ran a very strong even split 2:13.15 to hold off a hard charging Gunderson runner. Gustavo Parra placed 4th in a season best of 2:19 and Erik Olsvold ran a pr of 2:25 in the same race.

Andrea  won the 300 hurdles in 52.35 a very strong dual meet time. Susie took 3rd in 1:04. Andrea has her sights set on the league title over 300 meters. On the boys side, Gustavo A narrowly lost to Gundersons best 300 hurdler in 50.30. Jesse Chircop placed 3rd, and Josue ran 53.6 for 5th place in his 300 hurdle debut.

Maria returned from her victory in the 1600 to win the 200 in 29.33. Andrea placed 3rd in 29.9 to give the team their first two sub 30 200s of the year. Karen ran a strong PR of 31.04 for 5th place. The boys side witnessed the second sprint sweep by Gunderson on the day. Isaak managed a PR of 30.24.

Meanwhile the Comets were having a field day in the field events. On the girls side, the team outscored Gunderson 38-6 in Field events. Lynden Ventura won both horizontal jumps, with Elyse Elder and Crystal Nguyen coming in next for a sweep in triple jump. Elyse also placed 2nd in long jump and won the high jump with a clearance of 4-4.

Hadji lead a sweep of the Triple jump at 34-4. Hector, desperately seeking triple jump glory placed 2nd in 31 feet and Manuel Villalobos scored a point with a PR of 30-4. Hadji also placed 3rd in Long Jump which was won by former Comet Davion Thomas. Adrian had a solid PR of 14-7 for 4th. One of the most pivotal victories of the day was Jonathan winning the high jump in a  close battle at 5-2. He was aided by the good sportsmanship of Gunderson head coach Joseph Miclette, who gave Jonathan key tips despite not being his coach.

The throwers pulled their weight as well. Alejandra Ceron threw 28 feet, a seasons best to win the Shot Put. fast rising teammate Valeria threw 27-2 for a new PR to place second. In the discus the results were flipped with Valeria wining in a big PR of 76-5, and Alejandra taking 2nd in 71 feet. Valerie Flores managed a small PR of 40 feet as well.

On the boys side, Daniel Medina had a big seasons best of 34-10 to place second in Shot Put. Pablo Segovia took 3rd with a throw of 31-2.50. Osman Lopez managed a small PR of 25-11 and would go o to throw a strong PR in discus of 70 feet. The boys came up strong in discus, sweeping the event. Pablo lead the group with a big breakthrough throw of 105-5.50 beating his PR of 98-1 from league finals 2015. Josh garcia and Alex Alnzo filled in behind him at 87-6 and 86-5 respectively. The team looks likely to have three boys above 90 feet for the first time in years.

The Girls 3200 had a miscue, where all but one girl only ran 7 laps. Elizabeth and Raquel were 1st and 3rd for the 7 lap run, but a Gunderson girl who finished the race was credited with the win. On the boys side, with the meet 55-57 in Favor of Gunderson, the trio of Hector, Azael, and Inteus swept the 3200 to put the team at 64 points and clinch victory. The Gunderson boys won the 4×400 making the final score a very tight 64-62 victory for the Comets. the girls side won the 4×400 rounding up their day with a decisive 87-35 victory, leaving several more points from the 3200 on the table.

The Comets started their season just how they wanted to, with a pair of victories and a great overall performance, both on the track and as meet hosts. The distance runners will take to the TKA distance carnival Saturday, and the team will head to Del Mar next Saturday to try to extend their record to 2-0.

Comets Take to Los Gatos All Comers for Final Pre-Season Tuneup

13 Comets made the journey to the tradition Los Gatos all comers meet this Saturday. The team used the low-key meet to tune-up and test their fitness to start the season, with very encouraging results. Several Comets were able to achieve PRS despite the fact that their season will not begin officially until next Saturday at the Willow Glen Invitational.

The meet began with Gustavo Aguilera contesting the 800m. Despite being fresh out of soccer season, Gustavo ran a small PR in 2:18.27, a very encouraging early season performance. Next the team saw Arlet Miranda competing in her first high school 800m race. Teammate Hector Ramirez paced her through the first lap at 1:17 and Arlet trudged on to run a 2:41.69. This is 6 seconds better than her middle school PR and places her 6th on the girls all time 800m list.

Misael Herrera and Manuel Villalobos got their first track experience contesting the 100m and 200m races. They ran times of 13.02 and 14.36  respectively for the 100, and 26.78 and 29.42 for 200. Both athletes look stronger than they did when they first joined track, with Misael especially having made dramatic progress. Coach Steve has had a very string impact on the teams sprinters already.Gustavo joined them in the 100m and ran 12.95 to be the first comet under 13 this season.

Meanwhile the throwers were getting some early season marks in shot put and Discus. Isaias Castrejon threw 18’2″ in Shot put using a 16 pound ball (4 pounds heavier than the high school weight). Alex Alonzo has shown tremendous improvement. He began last season with marks of 25′ in Shot put and 58 feet in Discus. He was able to end the season at 31′ exactly and 78′ in discus. He managed to start this season by matching his PR of 31′ and throwing 91’1″ in discus to shatter his PR. Alex looks to be  a factor in the WVAL this season. Alejandra Ceron, had strong early season PRS of 27’9″ and 71’2″, showing she is also well ahead of where she last year at her first meet, where she could only throw 21 feet.

Next on the ledger the boys distance crew contested the 5000m run as strength training. Nathan ran a fairly comfortable 17:54, unleashing a potent 33 second final 200 to finish the race. Hector Ramirez followed him in at 18:20, a strong performance for the athlete fresh out of soccer. Hector passed through 3200 at 11:30, while last season he started the year with a 3200 of 11:44. Guillermo Villalobos, 19:14, Inteus Castro-Lopez, 19:31 and Jesus Deloya 20:03 rounded up the distance day, and will have no trouble competing in the 3200 following the trying 5000m run.

The Comets rounded up their day with Gustavo Aguilera contesting and winning the 300 hurdles. He did so in a small PR of 48.74, beating the 48.93 PR he set last year at the end of the season.

The James Lick track team looks ahead to next week where they will bring greater numbers to the Willow Glen Invitational for their fruit official meet of the year.

JLTF Sends 5 Athletes to CCS from BVAl Championships

Robert Rios Throwing the shot put
Robert Rios Throwing the shot put

The Comets had 13 different athletes compete at BVAl Championships. While it must be noted 5 of the 13 only made Champs as part of a relay team, the 8 individuals is also the highest number since the creation of the BVAl Championships meet was created in 2002.

In recent years it had been a struggle to send any athletes to the meet, and none had finished in the top 8, earning a trip to CCS outright, since 2008 when Ruth Lebeau did it in both Horizontal jumps. This year however 4 Comets were able to clinch a top 8 spot, and a 5th is going to CCS because of a scratch.

The meet began with the girl’s 4×100 team placing 14th out of 16 teams, a fair showing for the team in their first girls 4×100 BVAl Champs appearance since 2004. All 4 members of the team, Maria Mendoza, Gabriela Aguilar, Karen Montes and Andrea Ortiz are returning next year.

The team’s two top milers struggled mightily, running nowhere near their top times. Karan Singh ends the season with a PR of 4:39 for the distance. Daniela Camacho battled the flu in her final high school 1600, so she ends her seaso witha  PR of 5:27.54. Later in the girl’s 800, Daniela battled to finish 9th in 2:35, and due to a scratch by Santa Teresa, she will run the 800 at CCS.

The girls 400 held the first CCS qualification for the team, Paloma Contreras did not run a PR but her time of 1:03.54 was good for 7th place and a trip to CCS. Davion Thomas followed Paloma’s race with a very strong 100m race, finishing 11th in a wind aided 11.42. Davions time converted to wind legal adjusts to 11.48, good for the 10th spot on the school’s all time list.

Later in the day Davion also ran a huge PR in the 200 of 23.19, for a wind legal PR and position on the top 10 list as well. Davion clinched 8th place and a trip to CCS as a result. The girl’s 300 hurdles was the first event in many years in which the comets sent two athletes to BVAL champs.Maria managed to take 10th in a solid 51.60, a very impressive showing as a sophomore. Andrea however, ran 50.42 to take 8th place and make CCS, making it 4 comets on the day.

In the field events Alejandra Ceron and Robert Rios threw shot put for the team. Alejandra received the honor of making the meet as a freshmen, though she was unable to match her great throw from a week ago. Robert placed 6th, to be the 5th CCS qualifier, and he had the highest placing of any comet at BVAL championships since 2008. His throw of 42-6 was not a pr, but a 2nd best career throw.

All of these Comets will head to CCS Trials on May 23rd, looking to end their season’s (and in some cases, careers) with a final PR. CCS Trials begins at 2:00 p.m. May 23rd at San Jose City College.

The Track and Field Team Banquet will be May 22nd, at 5:00 PM by the playground in Alum Rock Park.

WVAL Finals Day 1 Summary

Elyse Elder triple jumping
Elyse Elder triple jumping

Day one of WVAL Finals featured all prelims for lane events, as well as finals in two distance events and 5 field events between both genders.Only the top 8 athletes in each event move on to finals on friday, since the top 8 athletes in each event score points at league finals. The top 4 athletes in each event not only score, but qualify for BVAL championships next week. The meet started with great performances in the  sprint hurdles. Andrea qualified for finals with a PR of 18.73, despite not being ranked in the top 8. Maria also PRd running 18.45 to advance herself. Susie Peterson ended her season with a PR of 20.39. Last year Maria ran 20.53 to qualify for finals, showing how much stronger the league is this year that Susie did not get in.

Hadji Yono-Cruz ran 19.32 for a strong PR and qualafied for finals on friday despite being ranked 10th. Sadly Hadji has a previous commitment and will have to miss the meet. Jon Rodriguez ended his season with a PR of 20.30. Gustavo Aguilera had a poor race by his standards and did not advance either.

Paloma Contreras showed why she is ranked #1 with a win in her heat of the 400 in PR fashion, 1:03.34. Cierra Gutierrez made finals with a 3 second pr of 1:07.59. Gabby Aguilar did not advance but ran a 2 second pr of 1:09.39. The boys performed strongly as well. Cesar Azevedo was ranked 9th, but is now ranked 5th after PRing to 55.36 to make finals. Gustavo Parra did not advance, but ran a solid PR of 57.38.

The girl’s did not have anyone compete in the 100. In the boy’s 100 however Davion Thomas advanced to finals with an official PR of .13, 11.78. He is ranked 5th for friday and has a good chance of making BVAl champs. Stanley Nguyen ended his season with a solid PR of 12.28. Ralph Sanchez battled injury but ran his race bravely regardless.

Meanwhile the jumpers were hard at work. Lyndel Ventura placed 3rd in triple jump with a leap of 29’10.25″ She clinches a spot at BVAL champs as a freshman in the process. Crystal Nguyen had a solid PR of 28’4.25″ to place 6th. Elyse Elder jumped inches from her pr. She did however manage to score a point in the high jump by clearing 4’3. Davion struggled in long jump,scratching all 3 attempts in an event he was expected to score highly in. Hadji jumped 16’11 to end his season.

No event was a more impressive showing for the team than the girl’s 300 hurdles. Andrea Ortiz came in ranked 7th and is ranked 2nd for fiday after winning her heat in a PR shattering 50.20.  She takes the school record from teammate Maria Mendoza in the process. Maria remains ranked 3rd after winning her own heat in 51.80 to PR as well. The boy 300 hurdlers had a rough day, with Jon narrowly missing advancing, placing 9th in 49.01. Jesse Chircop looked poised to PR but came to a complete stop at the last hurdle,an issue he will work to fix for next season.

The 200s saw Gabby end her season with another PR of 31.09. Andrea also PR’d running 29.22 despite having just finished the 300 hurdles. Davion managed to again advance to finals as the #5 rank. He broke 24 for the first time for the event, clocking 23.99. Cesar also ran a PR in the event, running 25.94.

The throwers showed their mettle again with Pablo Segovia throwing a PR in Disc to score 8th in 98’8.5. Alex Alonzo ended his season with a PR of 78’8.5 as well. Isaac and RObert also competed. The girl’s shot was outstanding for the team. Alejandra Ceron threw 29’6.5″ A PR by 2 feet to place 3rd and qualify for BVAL champs. Charli Chircop placed 6th with a solid throw in 27’10. These freshmen girls will be a big factor in the league for years to come.

The meet came to a close with 2 heats of the girls 1600 as finals, and ythe boys 3200 final. Brianna Flores ended her 4 year career by winning the 1st heat in 6:13.65, an 11 second PR. Daniela Camacho placed 3rd in the fast jeat to qualify for BVAl champs in 5:29.55. A strong performance for both girls.

The boys 3200 had Karan Singh running 10:23.00 to move onto the school’s top 10 list in the event and place 3rd. Nathan Bernardo scored a point at 10:45, an 18 second PR. Hector Ramirez had a 7 second pr of 11:01, placing 12th, showing the league’s depth in the event. Guillermo Villalobos ended his season with a solid 11:30.

The Comets had a great day 1 overall and are looking ahead to Friday’s finals to far exceed last year’s combined point total of 63 points between the boys and girls. Stay tuned for finals results.