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Rainout doesn't deter Sweetwater Red Devils track team Phillip Brents | Fri, Mar 30 2012 03:07 PM

For the first time in 18 years, the Sweetwater Coed Relays were rained out — on an all-weather track, of all things.

The skies opened up during the afternoon hours of March 17, soaking everything and everyone at Otay Ranch High School. Meet organizers hoped to get in as many events as possible before conditions worsened but finally had to surrender to Mother Nature early into the program.

“We tried, we got in about five events,” Sweetwater coach Tim Latham said. “Many teams and athletes were no shows. We were down to about four or five teams (when the meet was called).”

The decision to stop was made when it was apparent the weather wasn’t going to improve.Latham said there will be no rain date. “It is in the books for this year,” he said.

Otay Ranch seniors Steven Martinez (4:21.32) and Zach Velasquez (4:38.23) both recorded top 1,600 relay splits. The Mustang quartet of Velasquez, Steven Liu, Alexis Hernandez and Martinez won the 4x1,600 relay in 18:46.79.

Carina Gillespie turned in the top 800-split among female runners while ORHS teammates Catie LeDesma (4:00.9 for 1,200 meters) and Blanca De La Rocha (5:45.4, 1,600 meters) also produced top split times as the Mustangs captured the distance medley relay (legs of 1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600 meters).

Defending South Bay League dual champion Sweetwater appears on course for another elite finish this season. Red Devil athletes rank at or near the top of nearly every event on the boys side, in particular.

League leaders include Daniel Castro (11.34, 100 dash), Zack Crutcher (23.64, 200 dash), Raymond Dibella (52.84, 400 dash), Bryan Alvarado (2:01.50, 800 run), George Martinez (4:27.02, 1,600), Alejandro Garcia (15.74 in the 110 hurdles and 41.91 in the 300 hurdles), Jorge Bonilla (40-5.5, shot put) and Spencer Curtis (6-4, high jump).

SuHi tops both boys relay events with times of 44.04 (4x100) and 3:34.60 (4x400).

Sal Nasser ranks second in the league in the 110 hurdles (16.38), long jump (21-10) and triple jump (39-8).

On the girls side, Maria Garcia tops the league in both hurdles events (18.38 in the 100 and 54.18 in the 300) as well as the long jump (15-6.5) while teammate Vicky Ah-You has the top mark in the girls shot put (31-11).

Other South Bay League boys leaders include Montgomery’s Chad Marrs (23.64, 200 dash), Chula Vista’s Brandon Lopez (10:04.83, 3,200), Castle Park’s Manny Salcedo (128-4, discus), Montgomery’s Andres Morineau (11-0, pole vault) and Castle Park’s Chevy King (23-1.5 in the long jump and 46-2 in the triple jump).

Other South Bay League girls leaders include Montgomery’s Charrion Perkins (13.74 in the 100 dash and 28.44 in the 200 dash), Chula Vista’s Daeniesha Burrell (1:01.05 in the 400 dash and 36-10.75 in the triple jump) and Cynthia Ruffin (2:25.58, 800 run), Mar Vista’s Karley Tena (5:45.60, 1,600), Chula Vista’s Mariza Diaz (11:41.73, 3,200) and Anessa Wolfblack (91-0, discus) and Montgomery’s Rusdee Wittmann (4-4, high jump).

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