Tue, May 22 2012 04:03 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Sweetwater’s Spencer Curtis put on a show worthy of mention at this year’s South Bay League track and field finals. He won league titles in the boys high jump (6-5) and pole vault (13-0) while finishing second in the triple jump (42-6.5) and fifth in the long jump (19-4.75).
The marks in both the high jump and pole vault were personal bests for Curtis, who was among the first athletes on the field to compete in the long jump and among the last to leave it when the pole vault competition finished after dark.
“It was pretty tiring to start at 3 p.m. and finish up now (8:30 p.m.) in the cold,” he said while draping himself with a towel between trips down the runway in the pole vault.
Chula Vista’s Mariza Diaz also got her kicks — the finishing kind — in winning South Bay League titles in the girls 1,600 run (5:18.12) and 3,200 run (11:21.07).
In the 1,600 distance, she trailed Castle Park’s Keeshawna Jackson for the balance of the four-lap event before letting loose in the final 50 meters, passing Jackson with 20 meters to go.
“My kick is not the strongest part of my race,” said Diaz in reference to the duel between cross country state meet qualifiers. “I was afraid I was too far behind her but I kicked and I kicked and I won!”
Parade of champions
Chula Vista’s Daniesha Burrell scored an individual double in winning South Bay League titles in the girls 200 dash (26.47) and triple jump (33-9). Burrell edged Spartan teammate Cynthia Ruffin (26.86) in the 200 and topped SuHi’s Maria Garcia (32-7) in the triple.
Sweetwater’s Rosario Huerta captured South Bay League titles in the girls 400 dash (1:03.46) and 300 low hurdles (50.98). Huerta shaded Montgomery’s Charrion Perkins (1:03.47) by an eyelash in the 400.
Also capping the South Bay League finals with championship performances were Chula Vista’s Cierra Goudeau (13.32) in the girls 100 dash, Castle Park’s Teairah Jackson (33-4.75) in the girls shot put, Chula Vista’s Anessa Wolfblack (98-6) in the girls discus throw, Castle Park’s Keeshawna Jackson (5-0) in the girls high jump and Sweetwater’s Patricia Quizmon (7-6) in the girls pole vault.
SuHi’s Amy Gallarzo also cleared 7-6 in the girls pole vault but finished second on misses.
Sweetwater’s George Martinez recorded an individual double in winning the South Bay League boys 1,600 run (4:27.92) and 3,200 run (9:43.15).
Chula Vista’s Dominic Williams doubled in winning the 100 dash (11.23) and 200 dash (22.88), besting SuHi’s Daniel Castro in both races (11.33 in the 100 dash and 22.96 in the 200 dash).
Also winning South Bay League boys event titles were Montgomery’s Andres Felix (51.88) in the 400 dash, Sweetwater’s Bryan Alvarado (1:546.93) in the 800 run, Castle Park’s Manny Salcedo (141-2) in the discus throw and Sweetwater’s Robbie Dela Cruz (46-11) in the shot put.
Sweetwater’s boys team won both relays events — timing 43.11 in the 4x100 and 3:31.43 in the 4x400.
Tale of the tape
Bonita Vista’s Caesar Castillo and Otay Ranch’s Steven Martinez exchanged titles in the Mesa League boys distance races. Castillo passed Martinez on the final lap to win the 1,600 title in 4:23.03; Martinez won the 3,200 title in 9:32.69.
The boys 3,200 run featured phenomenal times in both the Mesa and South Bay League finals, with 10 runners (five in each league) coming in under the 10-minute mark.
Both Mesa League boys hurdles races featured fantastic finishes, with 0.26 seconds separating the top three finishers in the 110 high hurdles and 0.03 seconds separating the top two finishers in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Eastlake’s Jared Kelley won the 110 highs in 15.40 while Titan teammate Michael Hendricks captured the 300s in 40.74. Olympian’s Andrew Fukushima was second in both races — losing to Kelly by 0.1 seconds and to Hendricks by the 0.03 margin.
Other winning Mesa League boys marks included Hilltop’s Jason Anthony (50.78, 400 dash), Otay Ranch’s Michael Barker (1:58.62), Chris Martin (20-8.5, long jump) and Sean Esteban (42-1, triple jump), Bonita Vista’s James Duberg (50-7, shot put) and Mater Dei Catholic’s Eddie Medrano (146-7, discus throw).
Other winning Mesa League girls marks included Otay Ranch’s Kiera Williams (58.72, 400 dash) and Catie LeDesma (11:39.08, 3,200 run); Olympian’s Nicole Johnson (12.69, 100 dash), Ralaina LiDrazzah (25.74, 200 dash) and Kristina Brown (5-4, high jump); Hilltop’s Amanda Ruiz (16-4, long jump); and Eastlake’s Johnna Noiseaux (32-11, triple jump), Ashley Ross (104-5, discus throw) and Korin Chapman (10-0, pole vault).
In relay events, Olympian (49.60) out-dueled Hilltop (49.96) to win the girls 4x100 in a bang-bang finish while Eastlake (42.97) nipped Olympian (43.46) in the boys 4x100.
Olympian won the boys 4x400 in 3:26.40 ahead of Eastlake (3:29.18).
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