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BVHS grad Carson to continue callegiate career at UC San Diego Phillip Brents | Fri, Jun 27 2014 12:38 PM

Bonita Vista High School graduate Luis Carson does not have very kind memories of this year’s San Diego Section championship track and field meet. The state qualifying meet, held May 31 at Mt. Carmel High School, was supposed to be a steppingstone to potential greatness.

Instead, it turned out to be Carson’s worst nightmare.

After leading the section with the top mark in the boys high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches, he failed to make his opening height of 6-0 in the biggest meet to that point of the season.

“I completely choked — I can’t say anything but that,” said Carson, who entered the section finals as the reigning Mesa League champion after clearing 6-3 in competition May 19 at Otay Ranch High School.

While an appearance at the state meet was nixed, other avenues have since opened for the BVHS grad. He will continue his collegiate track career at UC San Diego. He will be high jumping with the Tritons as well as likely competing in another event.

Carson got a bead on trying out other events at last weekend’s San Diego Multi-Event Championship at Cuyamaca College. He competed in the 10-event decathlon, placing eighth out of 10 entrants. He failed to score points in both the pole vault and 1500-meter run that kept him from moving up higher in the standings.

“I just wanted to high jump,” he said of his main reason for competing.

Carson did soothe some of the pain that might still have been lingering from the disastrous section finals experience by tying for the second-best mark in the event at the Cuyamaca College event. Carson cleared 5-9 to finish behind the 6-2 mark posted by freshly minted Poway grad Charlie Bush.

Bush, who is headed to the University of Montana, won this year’s decathlon with 6,017 points. He is only the third San Diego County winner in the 17-year history of the competition to break the 6,000-point barrier.

The decathlon consists of the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter high hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500-meter run.

The event runs two days, with five events completed on each day.

Carson recorded marks of 12.95 in the 100 dash, 16-3 in the long jump, 32-5.5 in the shot put, 5-9 in the high jump, 1:04.39 in the 400 dash, 22.21 in the high hurdles, 70-10 in the discus throw and 91-10 in the javelin throw.

During the high school season, Carson had competed in only the high jump and triple jump events. He was picking up the pace after three weeks of inactivity and had experience in only one of the 10 events in the decathlon.

He said expectations in most college programs are for athletes to compete in more than one event. “I’ll probably be doing another event besides the high jump in college,” Carson noted.

The BVHS alum said his collegiate goals are to reconnect with past glory. “I want to match my PR of 6-8,” he said.

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