Photos by: David Grube
Track and Field Updates
Community Contributor: Lorraine Tseng
Arcadia Invitational – Saturday, April 7th – Arcadia High School, Arcadia CA
Arcadia Invitational is a high school track & field meet that is considered to be one of the most competitive meets in the country. The meet hosted 25 national high school records and helped produced 152 U.S. Olympians. This year, one runner from College Park was invited to compete at this prestigious meet.
Under warm, humid and smoggy conditions, Jake Heinlein took his position in the dreaded lane 9. Having the experience of running in this lane at Dan Gabor, Jake knew to adjust his race and fought his way to a 2nd place finish in his heat and a 6th place finish overall in the mens open 400 meters event. What a feat for this young man.
Coach Gil and teammates Dylan Cook, Kylie Tseng and Tayler Hall made the epic 12 hour roundtrip drive to support Jake and be a part of the Arcadia experience. The team was treated to meeting 60m World Record Holder Christian Coleman and Olympian Collen Quigley, who finished 8th in the 3000m steeplechase at 2016 Beijing summer Olympics.
CP vs. Alhambra – Wednesday, April 11th – Alhambra High School, Alhambra CA
We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful place where our athletes are able to run, jump and throw against the backdrop of the majestic Mt. Diablo. On this breezy but sunny day, our Falcons had strong performances in all 4 divisions, coming away with victories in the Boys Varsity (85-48). We fell a little short in the Girls Varsity division with another close loss to Alhambra (65-68).
The CP track & field team had a day for the record books at the Alhambra League meet on Wednesday. The Falcons recorded all-time marks and career-bests in a variety of events and continued to build momentum as they enter the latter stages of the season.
“Our athletes are right on the mark,” Head Coach Gil Llacuna said. “Kids are working hard and their performances show that we’re on the right track.”
In the sprint events, freshman Evi Anderson demonstrated her continued improvement. Although there was slight wind, her times in the 100m (13.42) earned her a 1st place finish. Dylann Pratt’s 200m mark was a personal best and earned her a 1st place finish. Fellow freshmen Krista Thomas and Jordan Fletcher took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Ruth Acevedo ran her season best (31.91) and Emma Cardinale with her personal best (32.25). Andrew Orellana came in 1st for CP in the 100m. He’s closed followed by Nick Woodhall (11.98) and Sunghoon Jeun(12.14). Frank Oiwa set his season best time (12.59) followed by freshman Alex Ridgeway with his personal best time in both the 100m (12.67) and 200m (25.90). Nic Doorlay ran his personal best time in the 200m (13.12).
In the 400m, senior Sophia Llamas (1:03.42) took 1st place while freshman Lea Fromm ran a 1:05.68, followed closely by teammate, Jenna Lindenau in 3rd (1:12.08). On the men’s side, senior Andrew Orellana took 1st place followed by senior Nate Tesfaye in 2nd while junior Dylan Viale recorded a personal best (59.33).
Nearly every Frosh/Soph boys who ran the 800m came away with their personal best time – Joseph Ziegler led the way with a personal best (2:09.94), Carson Nagel dropped nearly 5 seconds from his previous best time (2:11.40), Alex Balingit set a great time for his first run of the event this season (2:23.82), Max Benabou took 7 seconds off his previous best time (2:26.40), Dylan Woodhall’s personal best (2:38.39) and Jimmy Predotti’s personal best (2:38.41).
CP’s distance runners nearly matched the success of the mid-distance and sprinters, recording several season-bests. Emma Swanson turned in a stellar performance in the 3200m (12:13.25). Fellow senior Reyna Winn also had her strongest run of the season (13:28.57). Junior Frosh/Soph boys dominated the 1600m, sweeping the top nine finishes. Freshman sensation Domas Placiakis led the Falcons to a 1st place finish (4:54.30) while teammate freshman Sebastian Vaisset-Fauvel set another personal best and another sub 5 minute time (4:57.48). Kyle Pickle ran his season best time and a 3rd place finish (5:02.66)
Despite having their training curtailed by recent rain, the throwers also contributed to the strong day, freshman Daniel Ramirez continued his strong improvements in the shot put (32’07.00) from his season open throw of (25’8.00) to place 2nd overall and followed that with season’s best in the discus (88’04.0). Bailey Keck threw a season best (29’08.00) and a personal best in the discus (88’00.00). Alec Schaefer threw his personal best (86’04.00) and earned 3rd place. The varsity squad, junior Seth Carpenter came in 2nd place (37’06.00), followed by rookie thrower Nicky Tumbale (33’00.50) in 3rd place, 31.18m). Frosh/soph girls Mehria Azizi (19’01.00) in 1st place and Sarenna Ben-Zeev in 2nd place (14’11.50).
In the hurdles, senior Amber Lanza took 1st in the 100m (17.62) and Natalie Christensen in 5th (22.63) in the 100m and took 2nd (1:03.38) in the 300m while Frosh/Soph division saw Courtney Silva took 1st in 100m and 2nd in the 300m. Varsity Kyle Curtis took 1st (18.24) and Kenji Watanabe in 2nd and a season best time (19.00) in the 110m and 2nd (45.77) in the 300m. Frosh/Soph Izaac Mino-Fox took 1st (19.16) in the 110m and in the 300m hurdles. Varsity Stephen Upson in 3rd and his persona best time (46.81).
Pole Vault: Amber Lanza in 1st (8-06.00); Natalie Christensenin 2nd (8-0.00).
Triple Jump: Molly Ostrowski jumped her personal best (28’02.75).