Comets Finish 6th out of 26 Teams at De Anza Invitational: Highest Invitational Finish This Decade


I can say on behalf of the team, that our defeat against Pioneer on Thursday March 21st was discouraging. We competed well and we knew going in that Pioneer was a good team. We were not prepared for the frankly crushing loss that we suffered, particularly on the boys side.

With that in the rear view mirror, 20+ Comet athletes took to De Anza College on Saturday March 23rd, focusing on improving their marks against good competition on excellent facilities.  The De Anza Invitational was exactly the bounce back the Comets were looking for.

The meet began with the boys 4×100. In my most recent post, I discussed my excitement that the team had already run a low 46 second 4×100, when the team took until May to run that fast a year ago (and the 2019 team was already the 2nd best Comet relay team of the decade behind the 2018 crew). With that in mind, the teams goal was to break 46 seconds at the De Anza Invite, and seeing as the team was ranked 3rd in the meet, to hopefully place 3rd or higher and earn a medal.

The team came through in spades. Raven Alcantara, Josh Merin, Salvador Lopez and Geovanny Campos combined to run 45.72 to win the De Anza invite in the event! The time was the 2nd best 4×100 time by James Lick in the last 10 years (last year at BVAL champs we went 45.50) and it’s the first time in many many years that James Lick won an invitational 4×100, albeit one that was fairly low-key.

Sal Handing Off to Geo on the final leg of the 4×100.

At the same time, the Comets were dominating a very thin Pole Vault field. Rodolf Ocampo and Mark Orpia (who is dealing with injury preventing him from running) tied for the meet win at 9-6. This matched Rodolf’s PR, and it was Mark’s first time going 9-6. Adrian DeLaRosa placed 4th by matching his PR of 8-0.

Mark Orpia clearing the bar at 8 feet

Valeria Cortez won the next individual medal on the day with a 3rd place throw in Shot Put of 30-11. Adriana Marcelino also competed, throwing 19-10. Later in the girls discus, Valeria would placed 2nd with a toss of 103-2. Adriana threw 54-10 and Arlet Miranda, in a rare appearance in the girls discus, threw 49-0.

In other field event news, Josh cleared 5-2 in high jump for the first time, an achievement he’d been working towards all season. Yesenia Martinez went 4-2 in the girls edition of the event. Geo went 18-8 in boys long jump, rounding out the field events on a day where most of the team focused on their running events.

In the girls 1600, Jessica Cervantes and Ashley Preciado both ran big seasons bests of 6:34 and 6:43 respectively. Valerie earned her 3rd medal of the day with another 3rd place finish, with a time of 17.33 in the 100 hurdles. Yesenia ran 19.46. Rodolf ran a new PR of 17.11 in the boys hurdles to finish in 3rd, albeit with the benefit of a strong tailwind.

Rodolf on his way to a new PR and a hurdles medal

The Comets sent two of their distance boys into the 400 in search of PRS. Branon Cruz’ PR entering the race was 1:02 and Jerricho Habon’s was 59.20. Both boys rarely run the 400 since they focus on distance, and hadn’t run an open 400 since last year when they were sophomores. Both boys capitalized on the chance running massive PRs.

Jerricho lowered his time all the way down to 55.28, the best time by a Comet this season and tied for the 3rd best time any Comet has run since I’ve been coaching. Brandon lowered his PR to 58.02 as well.

Finally came the 100 meter dash, arguably the highlight of the meet for the Comets. Geo ran 11.95, the 2nd best time of his career. A heat later, Sal and Rodolf crushed their PRS, though the wind was a 2.4 meters per second, slightly over the “wind legal” standard of 2.0. That being said, the wind had only a little to do with Sal lowering his 100m best from 12.41 to 11.86 and Rodolf lowering his from 12.54 to 12.06. Misael also lowered his seasons best from 12.74 to 12.55. These performances were very affirming to me personally since this is my first time directly training the sprint crew since 2015.

On the girls side, Jessica lowered her PR to 14.87 while Arlet lowered hers to 15.09. Arlet has been dealing with stomach pain that held her out of her usual distance events at this meet. Yesenia also ran a seasons best 15.64 in the event.

The girls 800 saw several more PRS. Erika Camacho lead the Comets, running 2:57 to break the 3 minute barrier for the first time. Lizbeth Espana narrowly missed doing the same, running 3:00.64, a PR by 9 seconds. Estefani Herrera ran a huge PR, taking her PR from 3:21 to 3:11.

After a little rest came the 200s. Many of the distance girls participated. Jessica lowered her PR from 34.68 to 33.48. Erika lowered her PR from 37 seconds to 35. Estefani ran a 35 second clocking in her first try at the event.

On the boys side, Sal lead the group again with a huge PR. Sal stopped the clock at 24.26, his first time under 25 seconds. This was with a big aiding wind of 3.1m/s. Still a big PR. In the same heat, Jerricho lowered his PR to 25.93, breaking 26 for the first time.

Sal, (Right) Misael (Left) and Jerricho (Middle) racing the 200.

Raven ran a PR of 24.81, but he continues to be very bad at the 200 considering his 100m PR is 11.72. Josh made a very solid 200m debut, running 24.89. Somehow Josh managed to run the 800 before the 200 despite being a sprinter/jumper.

The final open running event of the day was the 3200. Mya Hammond and Jessica ran together to both achieve PRs of 15:06 and 15:07 respectively. On the boys side, Brandon slugged out an 11:40 despite being fatigued.

The final event of the day was the 4×400, and the team was eager to go out with a bang. Misael, Sal, Josh and Jerricho combined to run 3:45.44 to finish 3rd place.  Like with the 4×100, this is the best March relay time for a James Lick team that I have on record since the team of 2000 ran a 3:35 at the K-bell Invitational.

The team will continue to chase after the best teams of James Lick history, and we feel we are inching closer every day.

The team will take on Prospect next Thursday with renewed confidence. Then the team will head to arguably our favorite invite of each season, the Firebird Relays at Fremont High School.

Thanks for reading!


James Lick Track Kicks Off The Season At The Willow Glen Invitational

Luis Escamilla and Brandon Cruz surrounded by teammates after falling asleep on the infield. 

The James Lick Track team kicked off their 2018 season with the Willow Glen Invitational. The 2018 version of the invite saw the most James Lick Comets attend in school history. 43 different Comet athletes tested their early season form, and the team looks ready to tackle their season after an all around strong showing.

The meet began with field events. Cody Huoch went 36-10.50 in the triple jump to place 7th overall in the meet. Cody went nearly a foot farther than he did at last years Willow Glen Invite.

Cody Huoch in the 2nd phase of the triple jump

The 1600 was a huge success for the team overall. The 4 frsoh/soph girls who competed took huge chunks of time off of their PRS. Jenny Villagomez ran 6:50 (previous best 7:14) Ashley Preciado ran 6:55 (Previous best 7:14) Mya Hammond ran 6:56 (previous best 7:35) and Estefani Herrera ran 7:40 (previous best 9:18). Mya has had a stellar freshmen year, running a sub 7 mile to start track season despite not being able to run under 10 minutes for the mile in the beginning of XC season.

Left to right: Estefani Herrera, Mya Hammond, Ashley Preciado, Jenny Villagomez

The Frosh/Soph boys were lead by Melvin Estrada who ran 5:25 for the 1600, Considerably better than the 5:39 he opened last season at. Hugo Marquez ran 5:31 compared to a 5:51 clocking from a year ago. Mark Orpia ran 5:32 compared to a 5:50 season opener from last year.  Jerricho Habon narrowly missed his PR running 5:38. Daniel Portillo (5:48) Brandon Cruz (5:51) Joseph Benitez (5:57) and Dakota Castro-Lopez (6:00) all managed PRs.

Arlet Miranda opened her season at 5:53, a very solid opening time as she continues to build up after a tough XC season. Belen Sanchez opened her season with a 6:42 clocking, compared to a 7:06 from her 2017 season opener. Analilia Regla ran 7:22 to start her season. Azael Zamora opened his season with a strong time of 4:44, better than his season opener from a year ago. Inteus Castro-Lopez ended the teams day in the 1600 y running 5:14.

The 100 hurdles saw the debut of freshmen Natalie Rem. She placed 3rd in the frosh/soph division with a time of 19.55. This is the best debut time for a James Lick lady hurdler in years. It is faster debut time than Valeria Cortez managed, and Valeria managed to make CCS as only a sophomore, so this speaks volumes of Natalie’s long term potential. Yesenia Martinez made it through her race in 22.36, a solid debut for the new hurdler. Valeria ran 18.99 and Susie Peterson ran 19.84 in the varsity division. Susie is well ahead of where she was at last year at this same time. Cody Huoch ran 18.17 to open his season in the 110 hurdles. Luis Escamilla ran 13.19 in his first try over the 65m hurdles.

The Comets had only one athlete running the 400m in sophomore Justine Austria. She ran 1:12.75, only a second off of her PR already. Natalie and Kirsten ran 14.50 and 14.86 in the 100m dash despite strong headwinds. The duo also medaled in the triple jump, placing 2nd and 4th. Natalie’s debut jump of 30-5.50 puts her #2 on the schools all time tripe jump list already. Kirsten’s jump of 29-0 puts her within a foot of her PR already. Susie Peterson and Aliana Santos ran low 16s and Yesenia Martinez clocked a mid 16 second 100 in her debut in the event.

Cody Huoch lead the boys in the 100 with a time of 12.41. Raven Alcantara ran 12.92 compared to a 13.17 opener from last year. Jonathan Bradley and Josua Merin made their debuts in the 100, running in the mid-high 13s as did Austin Swank. Isaak Herrera rounded our the 100 runners in 14.56.

Jenny, Mya and Ashley ran 3:05, 3:08 and 3:10 in their first try at the 800m. Mya won her heat with an exciting final sprint. Estefani Herrera ran 3:35 for her first go at the event. Jerricho, Mevlin and Hugo ran 2:23, 2:25 and 2:31 for the 800. Jerricho’s 2:23 shows great potential as it was his first try at the event. Brandon ran a PR of 2:37 and Dakota ran a 2:39 for his first try at the event. Daniel PRd yet again with a time of 2:41. Arlet ran a 2:37 in the varsity 800 and Azael and Inteus ran 2:13 and 2:26. Both boys greatly prefer the 3200.

Kirsten and Yesenia ran 56 and 1:03 respectively in the 300 hurdles. Kirsten narrowly missed medaling, placing 5th in the event. Luis and Jonathan both ran 53 seconds in the boys event.

Jesus Venegas and Daniel Medina both represented James Lick strongly in boys throws, but the girls throwers once again proved to be dominant. Alejandra Ceron placed 3rd in the Shot Put with a seasons best 31-1. Charli Chrciop and Valeria threw 30-2 and 29-5 for 4th and 5th. Charli won the meet in the girls discus with a toss of 107-3 only 2 feet off of her PR. Charli is James Lick’s first ever Willow Glen Invite individual champion. Valeria placed 2nd with a throw of 100-6. Both girls are well ahead of where they were at a year ago.

Valeria Cortez and Charli Chircop with their medals 

The final event for the team on the day was the 200. Justine ran a low 32, just narrowly missing her PR. Lyndel Ventura and Aliana Santos ran 33.99 and 34.88 respectively. Lyndel also opened her season in the long jump with a 13-6. Jose Limon lead the boys in 25.52 in the poor conditions. Misael Herrera ran 26.54, David Bejines ran 26.91 with Adrian DeLaRosa and Austin Swank running 28.10 and 28.88 to end the boys day.

Overall it was a very strong day for the Comets. Most of the team is well ahead of where they were at one year ago, and the team notched 17 PRs.

The team will now look ahead to their first ever B division dual meet this Thursday 3/8. We will be hosting reigning boys division champs Pioneer, in a big early season test. The team will then head to the TKA Invitational on March 10th.

Track season is here!

Thanks for reading,

-Benny Reeves

Meet The Coaches of James Lick Track 2017

As we look ahead at 2017, I thought those of you who read this blog might be interested in a little background about the current coaching staff of James Lick Track.


Left to right: Coach Nichols, Coach Vela, Coach Turner, Coach Reeves

A little background: 

As discussed at length, we are very much trying to build our program to the heights of JLTFs great programs of the past, and beyond. The earlier James Lick coaches such as Keith Antes, Carlos Saldivar, and George Carty, produced very successful athletes over their decades of coaching at James Lick.

Today we use their success as both an inspiration, and a bar to measure ourselves against. James Lick’s academics and athletics have fallen considerably from the school’s heyday, but I for one believe with enough dedication we can restore the school to its former glory, and give the east side a greater sense of pride in their local schools in general.

This is basically the 4th year that this staff has been in place with myself as the head coach since 2014. Coach Jonathan Vela came on in the same season to work with the throwers. We also had coach Juan Trejo and Ricardo Flores on that staff, working largely with the boys team. In this first year, I coached only the girls in all non throwing events.

In 2015, our staff consisted of Coach Vela in boys and girls throws, and myself in boys and girls everything else with the help of coach John Quasarano (now the head XC coach at Roberto Cruz Leadership Academy).

In 2016, Coach Steven Nichols replaced John Quasarano, and handled sprints, horizontal jumps, and hurdles for the team. This year we have added coach Christopher Turner to our staff, and he will be coaching horizontal jumps and working with Coach Steve who’ll focus on sprints and relays going forward.

Without further ado, in order of juniority:

Coach Christopher Turner Horizontal Jumps :

This is Coach Turner’s first year coaching track for the Comets. It is his 5th year coaching Track and Field, and his most recent experience was as the head coach of  Yuma HS in Arizona. He competed collegiately at Binghamton university, competing in the 400 and the horizontal jumps.

He sites his proudest achievement as coaching several athletes to the Arizona State Meet. Notably, he coached two separate athletes to 3rd place finishes in horizontal jumps at the State Meet.

David Stiles long jumped 21-10 as a senior at the State meet for Coach Turner, a huge improvement on a PR of 19-1 from his junior year. On the girls side, he coached Michelle Watson from a 32 foot triple jump best as a junior, to a 35 foot triple jump best as a senior.

Coach Turner’s jumps experience is something we’re very excited to add to our staff. Boys jumps managed only 1 point at WVAL finals in 2016, and we’ll need big improvement in that area if we are to achieve our goal of a WVAL title.

Coach Steven Nichols Sprints/Relays: 

Coach Steve and Gustavo Parra coincidentally matching at practice


This is Coach Steve’s 2nd year coaching track for the Comets. Steve competed from Homestead High School in Cupertino, and graduated in 2002. He then competed at De Anza college, focusing on the 100/200 as well as long jump and relays.

Steve has been coaching sprints for 10 years now, and has experience coaching at some of the top schools in the area, most recently Adrian Wilcox High School.

In Steve’s first year coaching sprints for the Comets, we had a very young sprints team that accomplished a lot despite their inexperience. With any program, it takes time to build top level competitive athletes, but the team as a whole took a big step forward. 9 boys ran under 13 seconds for the 100m dash in Steve’s first year, nearly doubling the amount of boys who accomplished in the previous year. The same went for the 60 second barrier in the 400,  9 athletes cracked that number compared to only 5 in 2015.

The girls team also ran the 2nd best 4×100 time in school history, and earned a 2nd place finish at WVAL finals, their best finish in over a decade. Coach Steve has expressed enthusiasm in the potential of Sophomore Jose Limon, who ran 24.22 for the 200, and 55.28 for the 400 last season, despite not joining Track until April.

I feel confident that our sprints are well attended to thanks to Coach Steve.

Coach Jonathan Vela Throws : 

Valeria and coach Vela after Valeria’s school record discus throw at BVAL championships 2016. 



This is Coach Velas 4th season coaching track for the Comets and he is also the Head coach  of the JV football team. Coach Vela graduated from Prospect High School and competed at Fresno State in both football and Track after that.

In the 35+ years of league finals records I’ve assembled prior to Coach Vela’s arrival, the Comets had only 2 league or division  titles in throws, both in the Shot Put.

(More championship history details here)

Coach Vela however, has coached a WVAL champion in each of his first 3 seasons coaching, including the first throws champion in school history on the girls side.

Robert Rios won back to back Shot Put titles for the boys in 2014 and 2015, throwing 43-2 which currently stands as the 8th best boys Shot Put mark on record for the team. He qualified for CCS trials in the Shot Put in 2015 as well.  In 2016, Alejandra Ceron won the WVAL title in the girls discus, with teammate Valeria Cortez finishing 2nd. Then at BVAL championships, Valeria threw 99-9.50 to qualify for CCS trials and establish a new school record in the girls discus.

While the boys history is very rich for the Comets despite the huge amount of missing data, the girls records are far less high quality. Coach Vela has already greatly improved the Comets throws achievements list in just 3 seasons. Girl athletes coached by coach Vela hold 3 of the Top 10 spots on both of James Lick’s all time throws list. This includes namely Valiera’s school record in the girls discus and Alejandra Ceron’s #2 Shot Put placing of 31-9.

Girls throws was the teams strongest area last year and very well may be again. In order to achieve this years goal of a double WVAL championship, the team will be leaning heavily on their girl throwers, and looking to the boys throwers to step up and provide a good chunk of points for the team. Coach Vela’s leadership will be huge towards this goal.

Coach Benny Reeves Distance/Hurdles/High Jump 

Myself, Nathan Bernardo, Arlet Miranda, and Erik Olsvold after the trio all medaled at the TKA invitational 2016. 




I ran 4 years of cross country at James Lick and graduated in 2011. I then went on to run 2 years at De Anza College. I competed in a variety of distances and even ran a few 4x400s legs for the team, but my primary event was the 3000m steeplechase.

I’ve long been a student of distance running and this is my area of speciality, though I did work with the hurdlers several times a week as Steeple work.

I am the first coach in quite a few years to head both the XC team and track team at James Lick, and I think this year long consistency has gone a long way towards building the distance program.

I’m proud of a lot of the different strides forward that the distance team has taken since I’ve been here. Daniela Camacho breaking the school record in all 3 distance events in 2015 made for a standout season. I’m also very proud of the increased depth of the distance team. From 2004-2013, the 10 seasons before I came on as coach, only 5 Comet boys broke the 5 minute barrier in the 1600. Past Comet teams have had such strength that breaking 5 minutes would not even qualify you for the teams top 3 Frosh/Soph boys.

In 2014, I did not coach boys distance, and in all honesty the fact that James Lick’s fastest distance times at WVAL finals that season were 5:30 in the 1600 and 12:08 in the 3200 frustrated me immensely.

In 2016, we had 5 different boys run under 5 minutes for the 1600, and 4 run under 11 minutes for the 3200. The James Lick teams of the past continue inspire myself and my distance runners, and we continue to work towards emulating their success every season. This season we are aiming for the goal of having 3 different Comet boys under 4:40 for the 1600, a feat which would have been a solid accomplishment during virtually any James Lick track era.

Coming off a STAL championship and 2nd place finish at BVAL Finals in cross country, I expect the boys distance team to carry the team as much as possible towards our goal of a WVAL title. At many duals, we will be aiming to take home all 27 available points in distance events, to make up for some of our developing areas.

In hurdles the team has made improvements each year, and we do well in the event at dual meets because half of the WVAL teams have no hurdles coach. Replacing the void left by Andrea Ortiz will be huge to repeating as WVAL champions on the girls side.

On the boys side, hurdles will likely be a critical event in the struggle to claw a WVAL title away from reigning champion Independence HS, a team that dominated in hurdles last year thanks to standout senior Anthony Ho.

The Rebuild

This is year 4 of our program building for track. In the 5 years previous to myself and coach Vela coming on as coaches, the team went a combined 0-69-1.  In the 3 years since we have gone 2-12, 10-4, and then 12-2 for a combined 24-18 record.

The students are the #1 reason for the turn around in track. Their ability to commit themselves, recruit, and compete, is what has taken James Lick from the cellar of the WVAL, to the pinnacle of it. We as coaches will do the best we can to make sure that the Comets get more improvement from their hard work, than our rival schools foster in their athletes.


Comets Get Huge PRS Following Spring Break


The James Lick Track Team had their first meet since Spring break on April 7th at home vs the Independence 76ers. The team knew the local rival would be a tough matchup, particularly on the boys side as the 76er boys entered the meet 4-0.

The meet began with relay losses to Independence on both sides. Despite the losses, both teams ran very well. The girls team ran with only one of it’s A team members. Lyndel Ventura, Liliana Diaz, Crystal Nguyen and Elyse Elder combined to run 56.38, compared to 57.86 from the same team at the team’s first meet. The boys team of Hadji Yono-Cruz, Jesse Chircop, Adrian DeLaRosa and Jonathan Rodriguez ran 48.33, breaking 49 for the first time this season. The boys B team of Josue Marcelo, Danny Nguyen, Misael Herrea and Bryan Cuevas also ran a seasons best of 50.83. The C team completed their first successful 4×100, with Austin Swank, Jose Limon, Chris Okoro and Isaak Herrera combining to run 55.37.

Strong athlete Lydia Ma won the girls 1600 for Independence with Arlet Miranda taking a close second at 5:49. Maria Mendoza placed 3rd in 6:11 while Elizabeth Guevara narrowly missed her PR running 6:16. On the boys side, the top returning miler in the league, Ivan Godinez ran 4:47 to win the boys 1600. Nathan Bernardo ran 4:50 for 2nd place and Hector Ramirez ran 4:55 for 3rd with Azael Zamora running 4:59 to give the Comets three sub 5 milers in a dual meet for the first time this year.

Andrea Ortiz won the 100 hurdles in a new PR of 18.08, giving her 4 straight league wins in the event to start the year. Valeria Cortez was 2nd and Susie Peterson 3rd both running close to their PRS. On The boys side standout athlete Anthony Ho won the 110 hurdles for Indy, running under 16. Hadji took 2nd in a new PR of 18.66 and Gustavo Aguilera Prd for 3rd running 19.11.

Andrea won the 400 shortly afterwards, running 1:06.35 for a 5 second PR, good for the 6th best time in school history. Jackie Landa placed 3rd in 1:13. On the boys side, newcomer Jose Limon showed impressive talent running 56.72 for 2nd place in his first ever attempt at the event. Misael ran 59.54 for 4th to break the 60 second barrier for the first time officially.

Maria won the 1600 with a time of 13.99, the first sub 14 clocking of the season by a lady Comet. Lillian Diaz had her highest placing of the season, running a PR of 14.47 for 2nd. Valeria ran a strong debut of 14.73 in her first try at the event. Susie ran a huge PR of 15.23 as well. On  the boys side, the team was swept by a strong group of Indy sprinters. Adrian lead the Comets running a big PR of 12.51. Jonathan broke 13 for the first time running 12.88. Austin Swank had a huge PR running 13.29 compared to a best of 13.55 previously. Chris ran a PR of 13.34 as did Manuel Villalobos running 14.10.

The girls 800 was won by Lydia Ma in 2:33. Lydia is the top returning 800m runner in the league from the 2015 season, and as such, was a good athlete for the lady comets to measure themselves against. Arlet acquitted herself well, running 2:34.58 for a 3 second PR and moving into 3rd on the schools all time 800m list. Daisy placed 3rd in 2:49. Nathan took 2nd to Ivan Godinez in the boys 800, running 2:15. Gustavo Parra ran 2:19.06 for a Seasons best in 3rd.

Andrea won the 300 hurdles in 51.65 while running fairly comfortably. She will go after a sub 50 clocking on Saturday. Belen Sanchez placed 3rd in a sizable PR of 54.92, making her #3 on the school all time list in the event. On the boys side, Gustavo A placed 2nd in 45.78. This was a 1 second PR, moving him to 5th on the schools all time list. Jonathan ran a seasons best of 47.39, missing his PR by only .05.

Maria won the girls 200 in a seasons best of 29.03. Lillian placed 3rd in a PR of 30.15. Jose “Lemon” Limon nailed down 3rd place in 25.49 for his debut, giving him the best 200 and 400 times by a Comet this year, in just his very first track meet.

The sole event win on the boys side for the Comets was the 3200. Hector and Nathan went 1-2 with fast dual times of 11:07 and 11:08. Eli won the girls 3200 in a PR of 13:42. Arlet followed her in at 13:43. Carla Manzanres ran a PR of 14:59 in 4th as did Raquel Rodriguez in 5th running 15:06.

Both 4×400 teams fell to the 76ers, but ran seasons bests in the process. Maria, Andrea, Daisy and Arlet combined to run 4:41, while Jesse, Gustavo P, Misael and Gustavo A ran 3:59.

Lyndel and Elyse went 1-2 in Long jump with marks in the high 13s. Lyndel and Crystal combined for 1st and 3rd in Triple Jump, with marks of 28-1 and 26-5 respectively. Elyse won the high jump in 4-4. The boys jumps however were dominated by Independences strong jumps team, though  Nathan placed 3rd in triple jump going 36-3. Josue got a very solid debut of 16-3 in the long jump. Jonathan had a strong PR of 5-4 in the high jump.

The throws had some of the biggest PRs of the day. Alejandra Ceron busted out a throw of 31-3 for 2nd place, blowing her previous PR of 29-6 out of the water. She moves up to now 4th on the schools all time list.  Valeria threw a very strong 29 foot PR for 3rd. Leysmi Saldana had a 2 foot PR of 22-10, and Valerie Flores had a solid best of 18-3. In the Discus,Valeria threw 84-2  for 1st, and Alejandra threw 82-5 for 3rd. This places the two ladies 5th and 7th in school history for the Discus throw, both athletes clearing 80 feet for the first time. Karen had a PR of 57-11 and Leysmi had a PR of 55-10 as well.

Josh Garcia placed 2nd in boys Shot Put with a PR of 33-9. Daniel Medina placed 3rd in 33-5. Alex Alonzo threw 32-5 for a new PR. Osman Lopez and Nathan Rios did the same with throws of 28-6 and 22-9 respectively. Alex was able to throw a new PR of 102-0 for 2nd place in Discus. Daniel also threw a PR of 87-3. NathanR capped off the day with a final PR of 66-10.

The Girls won the meet to extend their record to 4-0 in pursuit of a league championship season, while the Boys fall to 3-1. Overall the meet was great for the team, with a total of 41 Personal records, the most on record for the team in school history.

The team will take a group of athletes to Leland High School on Saturday for the Quicksilver Classic in pursuit of more PRs (if the weather is willing). Then the team will host their final home meet of the season against the San Jose Bulldogs next week.




JLTF 2014 Season Vs. 2015 Season

The 2014 Track season was a good step for the team. It yielded the first dual meet wins for the girl’s and boy’s teams in 5 years en route to 1-6 seasons. The 2015 Season however has been a complete leap forward. Here is an event by event breakdown of just how much better the team is this year than last, using the best marks/ times going into WVAL finals 2014, compared with the best marks/times of the team this year as it prepares for finals.


Event Name Time/Mark Place in meet Date
100m Mac Dual 12.44 1st 4/10/14
200m Darwin Cano 25.15 2nd 4/10/14
400m Armando Aguilar 0:56.08 3rd 3/20/14
800m Nathan Bernardo 2:25.8 2nd 3/6/14
1600m Nathan Bernardo 5:18.08 36th 4/5/14
3200m Jose Jimenez 12:01 3rd 3/20/14
110hh Cesar Azevedo 20.84 2nd 4/3/14
300h Nathan Bernardo 52.65 2nd 3/6/14
LJ Brendan Nforbi 16’7 3rd 3/13/14
TJ Nathan Bernardo 37’4.5” 1st 4/10/14
HJ Juan Gutierrez 5’0 3rd 3/28/14
Shotput Robert Rios 39’1 1st 5/9/14
Discus Brando Melchor 97’10 2nd 5/1/14
4×100 Dual,Cano,Baltazar,Aguilar 48.34c 2nd 3/13/14
4×400 Cano,Bernardo,Dual,Aguilar 3:48 1st 3/20/14


Event Name Time/Mark Meet Place Date
100m Davion Thomas 11.74c James Lick @ San Jose 1st 4/30/15
200m Davion Thomas 24.14c James Lick @ San Jose 1st 4/30/15
400m Nathan Bernardo 55.60 Live Oak Vs. James Lick 1st 4/16/15
800m Karan Singh 2:07.38 Bear Cat Invitational 16th 4/18/15
1600m Karan Singh 4:41.92 Bear Cat Invitational 13th 4/18/15
3200m Karan Singh 10:49.09 Quicksilver Classic 10th 4/4/15
110h Hadji Yono-Cruz 19.75 Prospect Vs. James Lick 1st 4/23/15
300h Jon Rodriguez 47.34c James Lick @ San Jose 1st 4/30/15
LJ Davion Thomas 19’10 Quicksilver Classic 3rd 4/4/15
TJ Nathan Bernardo 38’1 CCS Top 8 Meet 18th 4/17/15
HJ Karan Singh 5’8 James Lick@ independence 1st 3/26/15
Shotput Robert Rios 41’11.5” Prospect Vs. James Lick 1st 4/23/15
Discus Pablo Segovia 96’7 Live Oak Vs. James Lick 3rd 4/16/15
4×100 Nguyen,Rodriguez,Sanchez,Thomas 47.84c James Lick Vs. Gunderson 2nd 3/19/15
4×400 Aguilera, Parra, Bernardo, Singh 3:51 Prospect vs. James Lick 1st 4/23/15


Event Name Time/Mark Place in meet Date
100m Maria Mendoza 14.49 2nd 5/1/14
200m Paloma Contreras 30.61 1st 5/1/14
400m Paloma Contreras 1:07.30 1st 4/10/14
800m Daniela Camacho 2:36.90 2nd 3/27/14
1600m Daniela Camacho 5:40.61 1st 4/10/14
3200m Daniela Camacho 12:53.05 13th 4/5/14
100hh Maria Mendoza 20.27 1st 5/1/14
300h Maria Mendoza 0:56.54 2nd 3/27/14
LJ La-Ree Tea 14’11 1st 4/3/14
TJ La-Ree Tea 30’ 1st 4/3/14
HJ Paloma Contreras 4’3 1st 3/27/14
Shotput Karina Venegas 23’7 1st 5/1/14
Discus Karina Venegas 74’3 1st 3/27/14
4×100 Lopez,Aguilar,Flores,Mendoza 0:59.64 2nd 3/20/14
4×400 Mendoza, Rodriguez,Camacho,Contreras 4:38.80 2nd 4/10/14



Event Name Time/Mark Meet Place Date
100m Maria Mendoza 13.94 James Lick@ independence 1st 3/26/15
200m Maria Mendoza 28.73 K-Bell Invitational 38 3/14/15
400m Paloma Contreras 1:03.75 Bear Cat Invitational 8th 4/18/15
800m Daniela Camacho 2:32.68 K-Bell Invitational 16th 3/14/15
1600m Daniela Camacho 5:27.54 Bear Cat Invitational 3rd 4/18/15
3200m Daniela Camacho 12:18.17 Willow Glen Invitational 5th 3/7/15
100hh Maria Mendoza 18.54c James Lick @ San Jose 1st 4/30/15
300h Maria Mendoza 52.37 Quicksilver Classic 4th 4/4/15
LJ Lyndel Ventura 14’10 Prospect vs. James Lick 1st 4/23/15
TJ Lyndel Ventura 29’11 James Lick @ San Jose 1st 4/30/15
HJ Elyse Elder 4’6 Yerba Buena Vs. James Lick 1st 4/2/15
Shotput Charli Chircop 27’11 James Lick @ San Jose 3rd 4/30/15
Discus Charli Chircop 76’2 Prospect vs. James Lick 2nd 4/23/15
4×100 Mendoza,Ortiz,Montes, Aguilar 55.84c James Lick @ San Jose 1st 4/30/15
4×400 Mendoza,Aguilar,Camacho,Contrer- 4:33.04c James Lick Vs. Gunderson 1st 3/19/15

In 2014 the three top entires from James Lick in Boys shot put were Robert Rios at 39’1, and two senior teammates at 32′ and 30′ respectively. This season however Robert has thrown 41’11” and freshman Daniel Medina has a best of 35’1.5″ and Mario Perez has improved over 4 feet to 32′. Similarly Karina Venegas was the leading female thrower at 23’7, and she narrowly missed scoring at league finals. This year two freshmen standout, Charli Chircop at 27’11” and Alejandra Ceron at 27’5″. Karina’s best discus throw was 74’3, Charli and Alejandra however are at 76’2 and 75’8 respectively. The boy’s discus last year had strong senior Brando Melchor who entered finals with a best of 97’10 (and would throw 105′ to place 2nd.) Pablo Segovia has been at 96′ for some time and is due top break through. Robert is close behind at 93′ comparable to the 90′ best of Lick’s 2nd best disc thrower last year. What is dramatically improved this year is the depth, with 6 different boys at 77′ feet or higher, and Isaac Jiminez at 84’11 is the 3rd best disc thrower. The throws team has excelled in two years under Coach Vela, and has truly blossomed this year with him being their primary coach. The throws are the only area in which the team has gotten more than half of dual meet points available to them both in 2014 and 2015.

The jumps have improved thanks to a good batch of newcomers and a lot of hard work. In high jump, Paloma Contreras consistently clears 4’4 compared to 4’2 last year. Elyse Elder has PR of 4’6 meaning the duo will likely score points at league finals. Karan Singh has high jumped 5’8 despite not focusing on the event, a great improvement from last year when no guy could legally clear 5’0.The triple jump last year had Nathan Bernardo entering finals with a PR of 37’4, compared to his seasons best of 38’1 this year. His focus on distance will make his huge league finals performance of 39’5 difficult to replicate however. Hadji Yono-Cruz gives the team a solid 2nd jumper with a PR of 36’6. Last year the team had one strong female jumper in La-Ree Tea, she had a best of 30′ in triple jump but was not able to compete at league finals. The next two best jumpers were both 21 foot triple jumpers. This year Lyndel Ventura 29’11, Elyse Elder 28’1, and Crystal Nguyen 27’9 have worked themselves into a position to all score at league finals.

The long jump is improved as well with Lyndel at 14’10, Elyse at 14’2 and Crystal at 13’7 while no girl long jumpers even competed at finals last year. The boys long jump best entering lague finals last season was 16’7. While Nathan would go on to jump 19’1 this still isn’t as far as the best jumper this season, Davion Thomas at 19’10. Hadji is again a solid 2nd jumper at 18’1.

Beginning with the relays, both 4×100 teams, but especially the girls are vastly improved. The boys have twice broken 48 this season compared to a mid 48 PR last season. Last season the girls never officially  ran under 1:00 but this season the team of Maria Mendoza, Gabriela Aguilar, Karen Montes and Andrea Ortiz are down to 55.84. This 4×100 improvement is down to much stronger 100m runners this year. Last season’s best time heading into finals was Maria at 14.49. She has run 13.94 this season while Andrea Ortiz 14.34 and Paloma Contreras 14.37 are all faster than last year’s best. The boy’s standout is Davion Thomas, who has several times broken 12 seconds while last season’s best time in the event was 12.44. Davion is down to low 24 in the 200, and Stanley Nguyen has also broken 25 while last season 25 was not broken until finals.

Last season the Comets did not even enter a boy in the 400 final, though two comets, Armando Aguilar and Nathan Bernardo both ran in the 56 second range. This season Nathan has run 55.6 and Cesar Azevedo is at 55.87. The girl’s 400 is an event the team has not lost all season. Paloma Contreras ran 1:07.30 before finals last year and peaked well to run 1:06.74. This year she has run 1:03.75 and should attack the league title in the event. Daniela Camacho has run 1:07.3 and Maria Mendoza has run 1:07.9, compared to Daniela being the 2nd best last year at 1:09.

In the high hurdles last season the team’s best was from Cesar at 20.84. 3 Boys (all sophomores) are faster this year with Hadji at 19.75, Gustavo Aguilaera at 20.35 and Jonathan Rodriguez at 20.57. In the 300 hurdles last year’s seasons best was 52 seconds. This year 4 boys are faster with 2 under 50, Gustavo at 48.83 and Jon at 47.35. Jesse Chircop also has a PR of 51 but is ready to break 50 at finals. The girl’s 100h best last season heading into finals was Maria at 20.27 (she would run 19.75 to place 6th). This season she has run 19.09 (and is ready for a huge pr now that she can 4 step) and Andrea has run 19.40 compared to 21.27 last year. Susie Peterson is a solid 20.80 as a freshman. The 300 hurdles has Maria ranked 2nd in league at 52.35 compared to her PR of 56.36 last year, and Andrea is down to 54.14 herself. Daisy Nava is a strong 3rd girl in 59 seconds giving the comets great depth where last year only one girl could break 60.

No event group is more improved however than boy’s distance. Last year’s best 800m time was by Nathan at 2:25. This year Nathan has run 2:11, and is one of  8 boys faster than 2:25. He also had last season’s best 1600 with a time of 5:18.05. This year 3 comets are under 5 minutes, a 4th is at 5:00.73, and a 5th at 5:02.25. Karan Singh leads the way at 4:41.92. Three other comets also have better times than 5:18 this year.The 3200 best last year was by Jose Jiminez, 12:02. Karan has a time of 10:49 to lead a group of 7 comets who are under 12 this season. The Distance boys have gone from the weakest group last season, only grabbing 14% of points available, to the strongest group of the team this year, nabbing 60% of available points.

The girls are stronger this year as well. Last year in the 800 the gir’s entered finals with the 3 best times being Daniela at 2:36.9, Paloma at 2:43, and Gabby at 2:59. This year it’s Daniela at 2:32.6, Paloma at 2:37 and Maria at 2:46. 8 girls are under 3 this year compared to only 6 in school history 2 years ago.

The 1600 has Daniela down at 5:27.54 compared to 5:40 last year. The 2nd and 3rd milers entered at finals last year had times of 6:46 and 6:52 compared to 6:26 and 6:31 this year. In the 3200 Daniela has run 12:18 compared to her Pre finals best of 12:53 last year. Brianna Flores is at 13:58 to give the girls two sub 14 runners on the same team for the first time in school history. Below you can see the scoring by event breakdowns from 2014 compared to 2015.

The James Lick Comets are well on their way to restoring the school to a power in track and look to solidify themselves at league finals. League Finals preview coming soon.

Boys Scoring By event 2014

Opponent/ Total 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 110h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
San Jose / 29 Points 1 3 0 3 0 0 8 4 6 0 3 1 0 0 0
Prospect/ 47 Points 1 3 4 0 1 0 6 5 9 9 1 3 0 0 5
Yerba B/           23 Points 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 8 3 1 3 0 0 5
Independ/22 points 0 0 8 0 1 0 1 0 8 1 0 0 3 0 0
Del Mar/56 points 5 5 5 3 3 0 4 1 9 8 3 4 1 0 5
Gunderson/77 Points (win) 8 4 0 0 1 9 9 9 9 9 0 8 0 5 5
Live Oak/24 points 0 0 0 1 4 0 8 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0


Average Points Per meet by event/ Total Points For season

100 200 400 800 1600 3200 110h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
2.14 2.14 2.57 1 1.43 1.43 5.14 4 7.71 4.74 1.14 2.71 .57 .71 2.86
15 14 18 7 10 10 36 23 54 33 8 19 4 5 20

282 Total Dual Meet Points. 63 Total Points available per event. 35 For relays.

Event Group Average Points Per Dual Meet Average points as percentage of available. League Finals Points
Distance 3.86 14.3 % 0
Hurdles 9.14 50.7% 0
Jumps 4.42 16.3 % 14
Relays 3.86 35 % 3
Sprints 6.85 25.3% 0
Throws 12.45 69% 18


Boys Scoring By event 2015

Opponent/ Total 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 110h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
Del Mar82 Points 6 5 5 6 8 8 4 4 8 8 4 4 5 5 5
Gunderson72 Points 4 4 6 1 1 8 8 9 9 9 4 5 0 0 5
Independence39 Points 0 1 0 8 5 6 0 1 5 3 0 5 5 0 0
Yerba Buena58 Points 5 5 3 5 6 4 1 1 6 3 3 3 5 0 0
Live Oak 77 Points 3 5 8 8 8 9 9 9 5 1 1 6 5 0 0
Prospect46 Points 0 0 1 4 3 4 9 4 5 1 3 4 3 0 5
San Jose68 Points 5 6 6 9 8 4 1 5 5 0 6 1 3 5 5

Average Points Per meet by event/ Total Points For season

100 200 400 800 1600 3200 110h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
3.28 3.71 4.14 5.86 5.28 5.86 4.57 4.57 6.43 3.57 3 4 3.71 1.43 2.86
23 26 29 41 37 41 32 32 45 25 21 28 26 10 20

63 Total Points available per event. 35 For relays.

436 Dual Meet Points Scored.

Event Group Average Points Per Dual Meet Average points as percentage of available. League Finals Points
Distance 17 60.7
Hurdles 9.14 50.7
Jumps 10.71 39.6
Relays 4.29 42.9
Sprints 11.13 41.2
Throws 10 55.6


Girls scoring by event 2014

Opponent/ Total 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 100h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
San Jose / 35 Points 1 1 6 8 8 6 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0
Prospect/ 38 Points 1 8 3 0 1 3 0 3 5 5 1 5 3 0 0
Yerba B/     46 Points 3 1 3 8 5 9 1 3 1 1 0 1 5 0 5
Independ/44 Points 3 1 3 3 1 4 0 3 6 6 0 4 5 0 5
Del Mar/49 Points 0 1 6 6 8 6 1 3 0 1 5 6 1 0 5
Gunderson/61 Points 0 1 5 8 8 9 5 6 0 1 5 5 8 0 0
Live Oak/54 Points (win) 3 9 9 8 6 N/A 5 3 5 5 0 1 0 N/A

Average Points Per meet by event

100 200 400 800 1600 3200 100h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
1.57 3.14 5 5.86 5.29 6.17 1.71 3.29 2.57 3.14 1.57 3 3.43 0 2.14
11 22 35 41 37 37 12 21 18 22 11 21 24 0 15

333 Total Dual Meet Points. 63 Total Points available per event. 35 For relays. (56 for 3200)

Event Group Average Points Per Dual Meet Average points as percentage of available. League Finals Points
Distance 17.32 64.1% 13
Hurdles 5 27.8% 3
Jumps 8 29.6 % 0
Relays 2.14 21.4 % 4
Sprints 9.71 36% 8
Throws 5.71 31.7% 0


Girls Scoring By event 2015

Opponent/ Total 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 100h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
Del Mar90 Points 6 6 9 6 8 8 4 9 5 3 6 4 8 5 5
Gunderson82 points 6 5 5 9 8 9 8 6 6 1 1 8 5 0 5
Independence64 points 6 5 5 1 1 3 5 5 6 6 8 3 5 5 0
Yerba Buena85 Points 6 5 6 8 6 6 3 5 5 8 8 6 3 5 5
Live Oak 79 Points 0 1 6 9 4 8 9 9 8 8 5 3 4 0 5
Prospect 58 points 3 3 5 6 3 3 1 4 8 4 8 9 1 0 0
San Jose71 Points 4 4 8 9 6 5 5 8 1 1 3 3 5 5 5

Average Points Per meet by event/ Total Points For season

100 200 400 800 1600 3200 110h 300h SP DC LJ TJ HJ 4×100 4×400
4.43 4.14 6.28 6.71 5.14 6 5 6.57 5.57 4.43 4.14 5.14 4.43 2.83 3.57
31 29 44 47 36 42 35 46 39 31 29 36 31 20 25

63 Total Points available per event. 35 For relays.

511 Dual Meet points scored

Event Group Average Points Per Dual Meet Average points as percentage of available. League Finals Points
Distance 17.85 66.1
Hurdles 11.57 64.2
Jumps 13.71 50.7
Relays 6.4 64
Sprints 14.85 55
Throws 10 55.6

Comets Final Dual Meet yields wins at San Jose High


The James Lick Track team ended their season with a pair of victories, meaning that for the first time in the West Valley league, both the boys and girls of JLTF had winning seasons. The boys wrapped up their season with a 4-3 record, and the girl’s finished a very strong 6-1.

The meet against San Jose was a close battle. In the week before WVAL finals, the focus was largely on preparing for strong performances next week. Both 4×100 teams showed they are primed for big races at finals, beating the bulldogs in both events. The girl’s team of Maria Mendoza, Gabriela Aguilar, Karen Montes and Andrea Ortiz ran 55.84 to break 56 for the first time. The decision to switch Andrea and Gabby’s legs paid immediate dividends with the seasons best  time.

The 1600 was won in strong fashion by Karan Singh in a negative split 4:55 in 90 degree heat. Gustavo parra finished in 2nd in 5:04. The girl’s 1600 was won by a coasting Daniela Camacho in 6:06, Brianna Flores finished 3rd with a PR of 6:24. Susie Peterson also Pr’d running 7:34. The 100 hurdles was won by Maria Mendoza in a huge breakthrough. Maria has spent every race of her hurdles career using  5 step technique but at San Jose she was able to 4 step between every hurdle, using alternating legs. This is coming for the right time as Maria will be ready to shatter her personal record at league finals next week. Daisy Nava broke 22 for the first time clocking 21.8. Hadji Yono-Cruz placed 3rd in the 110 hurdles.

The 400 was won by Daniela in a pr of 1:07.4, Maria followed in a close second of 1:07.89, meaning Maria is now on the school’s top 10 list in every event from 200-1600 and both hurdle races. The duo gave Paloma a break from running the 400 to help her rest up and work on endurance for finals. The boys 400 was won by Karan in a pr of 57.3 following his victory in the mile. Jesse Chircop placed 3rd in a solid run of 1:00.16.

Andrea and Karen took 2nd and 3rd to score well in the 100 for the girls.Diana Ramos, and Elizabeth Perez both had big PR’s for the event. Davion won the boy’s 100 in a 11.2 hand time. While it cannot stand as an official PR, Davion looks poised for a big run at finals next week. The girl’s 800 was won by Paloma Contreras in a big PR of 2:37, moving her into 4th on the school’s Top 10 list. Daniela was 2nd and Cierra Gutiereez 3rd. Gabby ran a PR of 2:58 in the race. Nathan Bernardo won the boy’s 800 in a 2:12, a strong dual meet mark. Jose Jiminez was 2nd in a 5 second pr, 2:16. Gustavo P took 3rd in 2:22.

The 300 hurdles race was won in PR fashion by Andrea. She ran a 54.14c, for over a second PR and should score highly at league finals. Maria cruised to 2nd behind her. Daisy Nava achieved a small PR of 59.4. The boy’s 300 hurdles was won in an exciting manner by Jonathan Rodriguez. Jon ran 47.34c for a small pr and won the race over the last hurdle. Jesse looked to be on pace for a huge PR but in a freak mishap was tripped up by an opponent’s hurdle. In any case both the boy’s and girl’s 300 hurdlers are ready to represent the school well at league finals following year in which no points were scored in the event.

Andrea took another 2nd place finish in the 200 just minutes after the 300 hurdles. Daniela took 3rd in a PR of 31.04c, working on her speed in this final week of the season. Analilia Regla ran a pr breaking 34 for the first time. The boy’s 200 was won again by Davion Thomas who should break 24 at finals next week with automatic timing. Karan followed him in 3rd with Nathan in 4th both running low 25s, as they prepare their finishing speed for finals. The girl’s 3200 was won conviningly by Brianna, while Hector Ramirez took 2nd in the goy’s event. Inteus Castro-Lopez took 3rd in a pr of 12:21 despite the sweltering heat.Both 4×400 teams had victories to finish off the running events.

San Jose has a strong group of athletes in the field events. Robert Rios won the shot put ot finish his season 7-0 in the event. No other Comet boys were able to score howeer in either event though Alex Alonzo did throw a pr in shot, clearing 30 for the first time. Jeremiah Mendoza also finished his season with a pr of 25 feet. Charli Chircop scored 3rd in both of the girl’s throwing events, and tossed a big pr of 27’11 in shot put in the process.

Karan placed 2nd in high jump clearing 5’2. Paloma won the girl’s high jump at 4’4.

Lyndel Ventura placed 2nd in both horizontal jumps and achieved a PR of 29’11 in triple jump. Lyndel should score highly at finals and will hope to break 30 in the event. Nathan scored 1 point in the boy’s triple jump. Davion won the boy’s long jump in 19’7, by far his best ever dual meet jump.Hadji placed 3rd in 17’4.

The Comets have worked hard to turn themselves from a perpetual cellar-dweller to a team to be reckoned with in the West Valley league. They will head to Del Mar next Wednesday and Friday for the WVAL Finals to prove themselves further. The team is aiming for high point totals on both teams, and to send as many athletes to BVAL Championships (The top 4 athletes in each event at WVAL Finals) as possible.

WVAL Finals preview, and 2014 vs. 2015 Track comparisons coming soon!

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 Split Dual Meet with Independence

Freshmen Alejandra Ceron, throwing a new PR of 27'5 to win the meet.
Freshmen Alejandra Ceron, throwing a new PR of 27’5 to win the meet.

The comets headed to Independence high school on 3/26 and faced their greatest challenge of the season so far. Due to a field trip, the team was without 2014 Team MVP Daniela Camacho, 2015 points leader Paloma Contreras, and standout performers such as Nathan Bernardo, Hector Ramirez, Davion Thomas and Charli Chircop among others. Despite these blows, the comets fought hard against the 76ers coming away with a close victory on the girl’s side while suffering their first defeat of the season on the boy’s side.

The meet kicked off with the girl’s 4×100 team pulling off their second win of the season. The team of Maria Mendoza, Andrea Ortiz, Karen Montes, and Gabby Aguilar ran 56.69, beating their seasons best by over a second. This group of girls is dramatically changing the fortunes of the James Lick sprint teams, a year ago the best time the team could muster all season was a 59.64, the current group is 3 seconds better and counting. Julia Cruz placed 3rd in the 1600 with an 8 second pr, running 6:31.9. Elizabeth Guevara followed with a pr of her own, 6:45.5. The boy’s 1600 turned out to be extremely exciting. Karan Singh was boxed in with a lap to go in the slowly paced race, he fought Abel Padilla tooth and nail to pull away at the line running 5:07 with an extremely impressive 60 second final lap.

Maria followed up her strong 4×100 leg, running 19.17 for the 100 hurdles to win the race. Maria’s PR from 2014 was 19.75. The Independence boys swept the 110 hurdles, and then the 400 putting the comets in a deeper hole still. The lady comets proved successful in their 400, with Gabby running home to victory in 1:11.91 for a season best only .4 off her PR. Candice Calantoc continued her strong freshman season, running 1:15.41 and Daisy Nava followed her in 1:16 with Karen Montes coming home in 1:19, all PRs.

Maria took her second victory of the day, with an official PR of 13.94 in the 100m dash.Karen followed up her 400 with a huge pr in the 100 for 3rd place, 14.69 beating her old best of 15.20. Manroop Kahlon made her debut in 15.90, a solid showing. The boys were unable to secure any points in the 100, though Kelvin Arenas impressed with a 12.73 clocking. Teammates Ralph Sanchez, 13.15, Austin Swank, 13.71 and Isaak Herrera 14.57 also ran PRs.

In the 800s, Karan dominated his race cruise home for victory in 2:20 while Jose Jiminez finished in second at 2:21 for a 15 second PR. Julia finished 3rd in her 800 and broke 3 for the first time with a 2:59.94.

As the running events continued, the Throwers were hard at work as well. Robert Rios won Shot for the 3rd time in 3 meets, throwing 40 feet and a half inch. Alejandra Ceron matched the win streak with a PR of 27’5, moving her up to 7th on the all time James Lick top list despite her freshmen status. Diana Ramos and Patty Saldivar made their debuts throwing 16s in shot and mid 30s in disc, coring 1 3rd place each. Isaac Jiminez and Damian Sanchez, both inched closer to 30. Robert followed his shot put win with a 2nd place in Discus. Alejandra made it a double victory with a throw of 62’3.

Maria ran 56.35 in 2014 at league trials to move into 2nd on the all time JL list. She worked hard to finally beat that time, winning the race against Independence in 55.06, moving closer to the school record. Hadji Yono-Cruz ran 49.4 for 3rd place, but is still struggling with adjusting to high school hurdles.

Hadji also won the triple jump with a high school best of 36 feet and a half inch. Crystal Nguyen took second place in the girl’s triple, with a jump of 24’11, an off day for her. Crystal, Elyse Elder, and Mitzy Licon swept the long jump with marks of 13’3, 12’8 and 12’6.5. Elyse also added a victory in the high jump, clearing 4’4 in a solid performance. Karan also won the boy’s high jump clearing 5’8 in impressive fashion.

Stanley Nguyen ran 24.81 in his 200m debut, placing 3rd though injuring his thigh in the process. Andrea ran her first 200 of her career and clocked 30.15 for a win, making it onto teh school’s top 10 list in the event. Karan won his fourth and final event, with an 11:29 in the 3200. Hector Ramirez shoed up in time to run 11:36 for 3rd in the event. Julia finished her day with a 3rd and final huge pr, runing 15:00 just 2 weeks after 16:08 was her pr. With so many members missing, both 4×400 teams suffered, and both relays lost to teh 76ers to finish the meet.

The 76ers won the boys meet decisively, 88-39,

The Comets wonthe girls meet by a final margin of 65-62. The 5 wins combined for the James Lick Track team is already the best win total in over 5 years, the team will continue to build on it when the face a tough Yerba Buena team on April 2nd at home. Come out and root your comets on!