Comets Set 30 PRS (Personal Records) at 2nd League Meet

The James Lick Comets had their 2nd league meet of the 2018 season on Thursday September 27th. The team was facing off against the Branham Bruins. The Bruins were a difficult opponent as they appear to the be the class of the ‘B’ division through the first month of the season. Although both varsity squads fell to the Bruins, the Comets had a huge number of athletes run PRs, achieving one of the highest PR totals for a single meet on record in school history.

The meet began with the frosh/soph boys. The Branham team is by far the best squad in the division, so the frosh/soph boys fell to 0-3. The Comet boys ran much better than they did last week however. Omar Fimbres placed 4th overall in 18:32 a PR by over 2 minutes. Jo-Jo Bradley ran 19:50, missing his PR. Jonathan Cortez and Jay Austria ran 20:15 and 20:58 respectively, both were PRs by over a minute. Alberto Trejo was the 5th boy in 23:51, a PR by over 40 seconds.

The Varsity Girls before the race 

The Varsity girls were the next race up. It was a big matchup, with both teams at 2-0 and the Bruins one again defeated the Comets, though not without a big fight. Every member of the squad who had run Montgomery Hill before ran a big PR, and produced a thrilling race overall. Arlet Miranda took it out fast from the gun, leading the race through the first mile. Last week, she finished 3rd behind Emily Harris of Sobrato and Skyler Miller of Branham. Both girls are seniors like Arlet, so she has been running against them for 4 years, with Emily and Skyler trading race wins the majority of those years. Arlet took 2nd behind Emily today, and beat Skyler for the first time in her entire career in a league meet. This was a really clutch performance on behalf of Arlet, and it resulted in a PR of 19:10. This was a PR two years in the making (Arlet’s previous best was 19:13 as a sophomore) and was 46 seconds better than last week.

Yeimili Adame was the next Comet in, finishing in 10th place at 21:14. This was a PR by nearly a minute for Yeimili, as well as the first top 10 finish of her career. Belen Sanchez ran a PR of 22:18, beating her previous best of 23:30 by over a minute. Ashley Preciado and Jessica Cervantes ran 22:57 and 22:59, both girls had never run under 23 minutes at Montgomery Hill before. Jenny Villagomez ran a 12 second PR of 23:31 and Yesenia Martinez completed the course for the first time, running 25:15. The team ran a combined team time of 1:48:18, the 2nd best team in school history only to the team of 2014. The team has two more cracks at the record (1:45:57) this season.

The Varsity Boys had a very good race as well, going 7 for 7 on PRs, despite another loss to Branham. Mark Orpia lead the group again in 17:09, 15 seconds faster than last week. He was the only Comet to break the 18 minute barrier last week, while 5 boys accomplished the feet this week. Jerriho Habon and Melvin Estrada came in together at 17:30 and 17:31 (Previous PRs of 18:19 and 18:03 respectively). Brandon Cruz stoped the clock in 17:44, a PR by 52 seconds. Jared Resendiz finished in 17:59, shattering his PR of 19:03. Nien Tran managed a 40 second PR of 18:11 as the 6th boy and Geo Campos ran 19:10 to PR by 13 seconds.

Brandon Cruz (Left) Geo Campos (Middle) and Jared Resendiz (Right) pacing together in the first mile 

The reserve boys were next, and they would match the 7 PRs of the varsity boys. Daniel Portillo lead the group in 19:29, a PR by 21 seconds. Gustavo Madrigal ran a PR of 20:21, shaving 36 seconds off of his previous best. Rodolf Ocampo did the same, running 21:35. Hu Thai ran a massive PR in just his 2nd race for the team. Hu finished in 24:19, a PR by 3 and a half minutes, yet he would not even lay claim to the biggest Comet improvement of the day. Josue Gomez finished in 25:34 after running over 31 minutes last week. Alexis Sarellano made his debut for the team in 25:41, not far behind. Rafael Yanez ran 27:12, after failing to break 30 minutes a week ago, and Kevin Santacruz rounded out the team by running 29:23. Kevin’s time from a week ago was 34:56.

The PRs continued with the final race of the day, the JV/varsity girls. Last week, Jessica won the race in 23:30 without another girl from any team running under 25 minutes. That earned her a spot on varsity this week. With Jessica moving up, Ruth Rodriguez won the race in a huge PR of 24:20, last week she ran over 26 minutes. Giulissa Correa and Estefani Herrera came in together at 25:35 and 25:39 respectively. Neither girl had run under 27 minutes before. Erika Camacho had an off race finishing in 26:20. Emely Lopez was the 5th girl in for the team in a 1 minute PR of 26:29. Francine Estranero ad Jhesselyn Santos both ran strong PRs of 28:18 and 28:28 respectively.  Jhesselyn had not run under 30 minutes for Montgomery Hill before. Araceli Mejia finished in 31:11, missing her PR by mere seconds to end the Comets day.  The JV girls came away with the win, moving to 3-0.

The day yielded more PRs than the Comets have ever achieved at the 2nd league meet of the season since I’ve been coaching. Things look very god for the team going forward, if they can continue to improve at such a high rate.

The varsity team will compete at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday September 29th before the entire team will head up to Crystal Springs for the Aragon hosted Center Meet on Wednesday October 3rd.

Thanks for reading!




Comets prepare for season with Los Gatos All Comers Meet

Cody Huoch racing the 65m Hurdles

The Comets are just a few practices away from opening their season officially at the Willow Glen Invitational on March 3rd. A few of the team’s athletes took to the Los Gatos All Comers meet on February 24th to test their readiness for the season.

Two young runners began the day for the team competing in the 800m. Brandon Cruz ran a 2:40 for his first try at the event after a solid Sophomore XC season. Francine Estranero ran 3:20 for her first ever track competition.

A large number of Comets competed in the 60m hurdles for girls and 65m high hurdles for the boys. Valeria Cortez lowered her school record in the seldom run event to 11.08, compared to the 11.30 she ran at the same meet a year ago. Susie Peterson and Kirsten Yutuc ran solid times of 11.77 and 12.15.

Cody Huoch lead the boys in the 65 hurdles with a time of 10.26. This puts Cody 4th on the school’s all time list. Jonathan Bradley made his debut in 12.24 and Dakota Castro-Lopez ran 16.16 despite a fall.

Jose Limon opened his season in the 400 with a clocking of 56.42. Many of the team’s distance runners tested their speed with the 400m as well. Azael Zamora ran 59.48. Jerricho Habon had an impressive debut time of 1:03.04. Melvin Estrada opened his season with a small PR of 1:05.67. Jonathan Bradley ran a debut time of 1:07.75. On the girls side, Ashely Preciado and Mariana Perez ran 1:24.32 and 1:26.90 respectively.

In the throwing events, the team was represented by some of the team’s best athletes. Alejandra Ceron and Valeria threw 30-10 and 29-11 for the Shot Put, both girls are ahead of where they were at in the event at this time a year ago. Adriana Marcelino threw 19-1, nearly a PR in her first meet.

Overall it was a solid day for the team as it looks ahead to the start of the season.

The team will head to the Willow Glen Invitational on March 3rd before hosting Pioneer HS on March 8th in James Lick’s first ever ‘B’ division track meet.

Thanks for reading,

-Benny Reeves

Lady Comets Finish Season 7-0, Boys 5-2

The James Lick Track Team finished their regular season with a dual meet at Yerba Buena high school. It was a dramatic showdown as both teams entered with the exact same record, with both boys teams 5-1 and both girls teams 6-0, making this dual meet essentially the battle for the league championship. The team was looking for a good showing, and performances which showed the team’s readiness for league finals next week.

The meet began with an upset win in the girls 4×100. The team of Lyndel Ventura, Maria Mendoza, Karen Montes and Andrea Ortiz ran 54.15 to narrowly defeat the Warriors, The 2nd best time on record in school history. The boys team fell to the Warriors, but ran a huge seasons best time of 47.11, with Hadji Yono-Cruz, Jesse Chircop, Misael Herrera and Jose Limon combing for the time. Both 4×100 teams are hitting their peak at the right time.

The girls 1600 was won by Arlet Miranda in 5:46. Elizabeth Guevara and Carla Manzanares ran PRS of 6:13 and 6:37 respectively, and Analilai Regla narrowly missed her PR, running a seasons best of 7:29. On the boys side, Nathan Bernardo and Azael Zamora practiced racing tactics, they tucked in with the YB boys and unleashed strong kicks over the last lap to take 1st and 2nd both in 4:57.7.

The girls 10o hurdles saw a 1-2 finish of Valeria Cortez and Andrea running 18.01 and 18.05 respectively. This was Valeria’s first ever win in the event (in large part because Andrea had won the event in 5/6 prior dual meets) and a PR for both runners. Both girls are poised to break 18 seconds at finals. Susie Peterson ran a big PR of 19.20 as well, giving her  good chance at making finals next week. Hadji and Jonathan Rodriguez combined for a 1-2 finish on the boys side as well, Jonathan running a solid PR of 19.37 in the process.

Maria ran a seasons best 1:08.07 in the girls 400 to get the win for the team, with Carla running a PR of 1:17 in the race as well. On the boys side Lemon managed 3rd place for the team. Misael ran a small PR of 57.72, while Erik Olsvold and Vincent Giglio both broke 60 for the first time, running 58.10 and 58.97 respectively. Karen Montes and Jesse Chircop both ran very strong races into headwinds to take 2nd for the team in each respective 100m race. Susie  ran a PR of 15.19 as did Aliana Santos at 16.11. Brecia Dagio had a very strong debut in the event, running 14.87.

The girls 800 was a 1-2 finish for the Comets, Arlet paced Daisy Nava to a big PR of 2:42.77.  On the boys side Nathan won the 800 in 2:11.02 despite holding back significantly. This is Nathan’s fastest ever time at a dual meet and only 2 weeks ago would have been a PR. Hector Ramirez ran a huge PR of 2:12.57 for 2nd place. Andrea won the 300 hurdles in 51.56, defeating rival of Angelica Salvador of YB in the process. Jonathan ran a PR of 46.78 to place 2nd in the 300 hurdles, with Gustavo Aguilera a close 3rd.

Maria placed 2nd in the girls 200 in a strong time of 29.36. Karen grabbed 3rd for the team. Brecia ran 31.80 for her first try at the event. Lemon placed 2nd for the team in the boys race, with standout athlete Anthony Richard winning both sprints for YB.Isaak Herrera ran a PR of 29.69 in the race. Arlet and Eli combined to place 2nd and 3rd in the girls 3200, while Inteus Castro-Lopez and Azael Zamora did the same thing in the boys 3200. Both YB 4×400 teams defeated the Comets.

Elyse Elder placed 2nd for the team in high jump at 4-4 and Brecia had a PR of 4-2 as well. Elyse also won the long jump in 14-5 with Lyndel placing 3rd in 14-1. Lyndel took 2nd place in the Triple jump with a leap of 26-9. Hadji and Nathan took 2nd and 3rd in Long jump with marks of 18-5 and 18-3 restively, Hadji’s jump being a PR. Nathan took 3rd for the team in triple jump, going 38-5.

The girls got a huge boost out of the throws, where the team took 17 out of 18 available points. Valeria had a huge day, throwing PRS of 31-1 in Shot Put and 91-4 in Discus to win each event and break the 30 foot and 90 foot barriers. With her throw in Discus, Valeria leapfrogs teammate Alejandra Ceron into 2nd place on the schools all time list. Alejandra placed 2nd in both throws, and Leymsi Saldana took 3rd in Discus with a  throw of 55-9. Valerie Flores had a solid Discus PR of 54 feet as well.

Josh Garcia won the Boys Shot Put and Daniel Medina placed 2nd with throws of 35 feet and 34 feet. Daniel also gained his first ever Discus win, throwing a PR of 93-6. Osman Lopez had a big PR of 85-3.50 as well.

The boys meet was very close, with all running events concluded, Triple Jump was the final event contested with the scored locked at 59-56 Yerba Buena leading. The final score was 67-57 with Yb taking the win on the boys side, sending the Comet Boys into WVAL finals in 3rd place.

On the girls side however, the team accomplished what they had set out to do. The team now boasts the first undefeated season in school history on the girls side, with the 76-51 win against the Warriors. The team will need to place 2nd or better next week at WVAL finals in order to clinch their championship.

The team is tapering down and each athlete is getting ready to perform to the best of their ability next week at WVAL finals at Overfelt high school. This is a 2 day event, with Wednesday May 4th holding trials for all lane events, and finals for a few select events. Friday May 6th will then hold all remaining finals. The top 8 in each event score points and the top 4 in each event advance to BVAL Championships the following week.

WVAL Finals preview coming soon.