Fast track to success at Mesa League finals

Olynpian High School's Jaden Dorsey earned Mesa League track athlete of the meet honors after sweeping both hurdles events at this year's league finals May 4 at Sweetwater High School. Photo by Phillip Brents

While it is baseball and softball season, athletes hitting doubles were more commonplace on the Sweetwater High School track and field oval on May 4 than on the school’s baseball and softball diamonds.

They collectively hit a grand slam.

This year’s Mesa League championship meet produced three individual doubles in the boys field and four individual doubles in the girls field. There were also relay triples in both gender fields and an individual triple in the girls field.

•Otay Ranch senior Jacob Juden won the boys 1600-meter run in 4:26.71 and doubled by winning the 3200 run in 9:40.96. Both are very fast times.

Juden ranks fourth in the section in the 3200 (9:14.46) and sixth in the 1600 (4:16.44).
He won by a sizable margin of six seconds at the league finals in the 1600.

Running alone isn’t necessarily easy.

“I just try to keep going the same pace,” said Juden, who transferred from Olympian following his freshman year and has now won two varsity league titles in the 1600.

•Olympian senior Jaden Dorsey won the boys 110 high hurdles in 15.12 and doubled by winning the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.74. He also ran a leg on the Eagles’ victorious 4×400 relay team.

•Otay Ranch senior A.J. McIlwain doubled in winning the boys long jump (20-9.5) and triple jump (44-3).

The girls competition was even more prolific.

•Otay Ranch junior Arynn Sanders doubled in winning the 100 dash in 12.47 and the 200 dash in 25.84 while Otay Ranch sophomore Zamaria Mack claimed victory in both hurdles events – 15.43 in the 100 lows and 46.02 in the 300 lows. Both times for Mack were personal bests.

Sanders and Mack also ran legs on the Lady Mustangs’ winning 4×100 relay (48.83) and 4×400 relay (4:07.32).

Otay Ranch’s Arynn Sanders sped to titles in the girls 100 and dashes. Photo by Phillip Brents
Otay Ranch’s Zamaria Mack sped to titles in the girls 100 and 300 low hurdles. Photo by Phillip Brents
Otay Ranch hurdler Zamaria Mack with a proud coach Ron Moore. Photo by Phillip Brents

•Additionally, Eastlake junior Mckenzie List tied for first place in the high jump (4-8) and tied for first in the pole vault (8-3) while Sweetwater junior Camila Mendoza won the long jump (16-8) and tied for first in the high jump.

Out-doing everyone, however, was Eastlake freshman Jaelyn Williams, who recorded an individual triple in sweeping the girls 800 run (2:20.69), 1600 run (4:56.72) and 3200 run (10:55.87).

Eastlake freshman Jaelyn Williams scored a distance triple at this year’s Mesa League finals by winning the 800, 1600 and 3200. Photo by Phillip Brents
Girls 1600 medalists, from left, Otay Ranch’s Aviva DeVore and Eastlake’s Amanda Challburg and Jaelyn Williams. Photo by Phillip Brents
Girls 800 medalists, from left, Eastlake’s Jaelyn Williams, Otay Ranch’s Alicia Parise and Olympian’s Victoria Ames. Photo by Phillip Brents
Olympian’s Jaden Dorsey swept both hurdes events to grab male track athlete of the meet honors. Photo by Phillip Brents
Sweetwater’s Camila Mendoza earned two gold medals as the female field athlete of the meet. Photo by Phillip Brents

Olympian’s Dorsey earned honors as the boys track athlete of the meet while Otay Ranch’s McIlwain was named the boys field athlete of the meet.

Otay Ranch’s Sanders and Eastlake’s Williams were named girls co-track athletes of the meet while Sweetwater’s Mendoza was named the girls field athlete of the meet.

“I felt the hard work I put in paid off,” said Mendoza, who repeated as league champion in the long jump.

The Lady Devil jumper is hoping to zero in on school records in both the long jump and high jump as her career unfolds.

“I have to go five feet in the high jump and I’m hoping to go 20 feet in the long jump,” she said.

Otay Ranch swept the top spot in both the boys and girls team standings. The Mustangs out-pointed Olympian 235.5-138.5 on the boys side and Eastlake 218.5-172 on the girls side.

Olympian’s Angel Cordero captured his third consecutive league title in the boys 800-meter run. Photos by Phillip Brents

Boys 800 medalists, from left, Olympian’s Anthony Estrella, Bonita Vista’s Ian Ridge, Olympian’s Angel Cordero. Photo by Phillip Brents

Olympian junior Angel Cordero won his third consecutive league title in the boys 800 run while running legs on the Eagles’ championship 4×400 and 4×800 relay events.

“It’s incredible,” said Cordero, who ranks third in the section in the 800. “It’s great to be part of this league.”

Boys 4×800 relay champions, Olympian Eagles. Photo by Phillip Brents
Girls 4×800 relay champion, Otay Ranch. Photo by Phillip Brents

The 4×800 is a new championship event where each runner navigates the track twice before exchanging the baton. Joining Cordero on the history-making unit were junior Andrew Campbell, senior Justin Gonzales and junior Anthony Estrella.

The Otay Ranch quartet of junior Alicia Parise, freshmen Zaira Padilla and Ella Huntress and senior Cadence Jochimsen won the debut running of the 4×800 relay in the girls field in 10:35.85.

The Lady Mustangs claimed victory in all three relay events.

Otay Ranch;s Kaleb Bowler ranks among the section leaders in the boys shot put and discus throw. Photo by Phillip Brents

Otay Ranch senior Kaleb Bowler won the discus throw at the league finals with a 149-4 mark ahead of teammates Gael Lopez (135-1) and Christian Ferguson (129-7), also seniors, while placing fourth in the shot put.

Bowler ranks fourth in the section in the DT with a mark of 155-9 while Ferguson (51-6) and Bowler (50-10) rank third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put.

“It’s been great,” Bowler said of the spring season. “We have a really deep team. We have three guys who can throw 135 feet in the discus and three over 49 feet in the shot. It’s been great throwing with my best friends. We have a great coach. We have 250 on the team and everyone contributes. We were 20-0 in dual meets on the season at all levels (boys and girls varsity and boys and girls junior varsity).”

O)tay Ranch junior Gabriella Colon Gipson continues to lead the section in the girls shot put at 39-7.

Of note: three runners finished under one minute in the girls 400 dash: Bonita Vista freshman Sofia Nunez (59.36), Olympian sophomore Ivanna Ruiz (59.51) and Eastlake freshman Samara Maldonado (59.68).


May 4 at Sweetwater High School
(Top 3 Medalists)

Boys Finals

Running Events
100: 1. Dante Scott (Bonita Vista) 11.10, 2. Joseph Solomon (Eastlake) 11.15, 3. Jovan Jordan (Olympian) 11.26

200: 1. Joseph Solomon (Eastlake) 22.32, 2. Gevonni Richey (Otay Ranch) 22.74, 3. Dante Scott (Bonita Vista) 22.80

400: 1. Gabriel Leyva (Otay Ranch) 51.17, 2. Dallas Corbett (Otay Ranch) 51.32, 3. Jaylon Graves (Olympian) 51.64

800: 1. Angel Cordero (Olympian) 1:56.35, 2. Ian Ridge (Bonita Vista) 2:01.02, 3. Anthony Estrella (Olympian) 2:02.86

1600: 1. Jacob Juden (Otay Ranch) 4:26.71, 2. Sebastian Aranda (Bonita Vista) 4:32.78, 3. Jake Shorey (Otay Ranch) 4:33.39

3200: 1. Jacob Juden (Otay Ranch) 9:40.96, 2. Jake Shorey (Otay Ranch) 9:41.14, 3. Sho Kaneko (Olympian) 10:11.31

110 high hurdles: 1. Jaden Dorsey (Olympian) 15.12, 2. Solomon Ojajuni (Sweetwater) 15.91, 3. Deshawn Smith (Sweetwater) 15.99

300 intermediate hurdles: 1. Jaden Dorsey (Olympian) 40.74, 2. Jermarrion Williams (Otay Ranch) 42.56, 3. Joaquin Pinedo (Olympian) 42.89

4×100 relay: 1. Olympian 42.94, 2. Eastlake 43.20, 3. Bonita Vista 43.35

4×400 relay: 1. Olympian 3:27.09, 2. Otay Ranch 3:27.52, 3. Eastlake 3;28.97

4×800 relay: 1. Olympian 8:23.59, 2. Bonita Vista 8:48.68, 3. Otay Ranch 8:51.93

Field Events
Shot put: 1. Christian Ferguson (Otay Ranch) 50-1, 2. Osvaldo Avila (Otay Ranch) 48-5, 3. Santiago Macias (Chula Vista) 47-5

Discus throw: 1. Kaleb Bowler (Otay Ranch) 149-4, 2., Gael Lopez (Otay Ranch) 135-1, 3. Christian Ferguson (Otay Ranch) 129-7

High jump: 1. Gabriel Valles (Otay Ranch) 5-10, 2. Gavin Dominguez (Olympian) 5-10, 3. Brady Murphy (Bonita Vista) 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Ryan Rodriguez (Otay Ranch) 10-6, 2. Anthony Wise (Bonita Vista) 10-6, 3. Samuel Herrera (Otay Ranch) 10-0

Long jump: 1. A.J. McIlwain (Otay Ranch) 20-9.25, 2. Dante Scott (Bonita Vista) 20-0.5, 3. Isaiah Chappell (Bonita Vista) 20-0.25

Triple jump: 1. A.J. McIlwain (Otay Ranch) 44-3, 2. Anthony Wise (Bonita Vista) 43-6, 3. Jaiden Ingram (Otay Ranch) 40-10

Girls Finals

Running Events
100: 1. Arynn Sanders (Otay Ranch) 12.47, 2. Kelani Dye (Otay Ranch) 12.89, 3. JoVonne Moore (Bonita Vista) 12.91

200: 1. Arynn Sanders (Otay Ranch) 25.84, 2. Gabrielle Hawkins (Olympian) 26.64, 3. Sarai Rodriguez (Olympian) 26.89

400: 1. Sofia Nunez (Bonita Vista) 59.36, 2. Ivanna Ruiz (Olympian) 59.51, 3. Samara Maldonado (Eastlake) 59.68

800: 1. Jaelyn Williams (Eastlake) 2:20.69, 2. Alicia Parise (Otay Ranch) 2:29.98, 3. Victoria Ames (Olympian) 2:32.17

1600: 1. Jaelyn Williams (Eastlake) 4;56.72, 2. Amanda Challburg (Eastlake) 5:10.69, 3. Aviva DeVore (Otay Ranch) 5:22.10

3200: 1. Jaelyn Williams (Eastlake) 10:55.87, 2. Amanda Challburg (Eastlake) 11:20.09, 3. Aviva DeVore (Otay Ranch) 11:55.09

100 low hurdles: 1. Zamaria Mack (Otay Ranch) 15.43, 2. Isabella Robinson (Eastlake) 16.15, 3. Kayla Landry (Sweetwater) 17.92

300 low hurdles: 1. Zamaria Mack (Otay Ranch) 46.02, 2. Isabella Robinson (Eastlake) 48.35, 3. Alexa Amador (Otay Ranch) 48.61

4×100 relay: 1. Otay Ranch 48.83, 2. Olympian 50.21, 3. Bonita Vista 50.46

4×400 relay: 1. Otay Ranch 4:07.32, 2. Olympian 4:11.75, 3. Eastlake 4:13.45

4×800 relay: 1. Otay Ranch 10:35.85, 2. Bonita Vista 10:47.82, 3. Olympian 10:47.83

Field Events
Shot put: 1. Gabriella Colon Gipson (Otay Ranch) 37-6, 2. Loren Swisher (Eastlake) 32-5.5, 3. Mara Savaiinaea (Otay Ranch) 30-1.5

Discus throw: 1. Mara Savaiinaea (Otay Ranch) 108-7, 2. Loren Swisher (Eastlake) 103-4, 3. Gabriella Colon Gipson (Otay Ranch) 97-10

High jump: 1. (tie) Mackenzie List (Eastlake), Camila Mendoza (Sweetwater) 4-8, 3. Malia McFadden (Eastlake) 4-6

Pole vault: 1. (tie) Paulina Escajadillo (Bonita Vista), Mckenzie List (Eastlake) 8-3, 3. Allison Hurtado (Otay Ranch) 7-9

Long jump: 1. Camila Mendoza (Sweetwater) 16-8, 2. Kelani Dye (Otay Ranch) 16-4.5, 3. Diana Kostina (Otay Ranch) 15-10

Triple jump: 1. Natalie Guevara (Bonita Vista) 35-7, 2. Rae Ball (Eastlake) 33-7, 3. Diana Kostina (Otay Ranch) 32-11