Boys Varsity Track & Field Crowned Crestview League Champions; Porter and Hadley Break Records
By: Coach Austin Goins
Last Friday, Canyon Track & Field went to battle at Yorba Linda High School where we saw two school records fall, and the boys varsity team be crowned Crestview League Champions. Jake Porter went on to break the shot put school record held all the way back in 1978, and his teammate Emma Hadley would sneak under the 1600m school record from 2013.
Starting the day in the field events, senior Sydney DeVilla took away two 1st place performances in both girls’ discus and girls’ shot put. DeVilla kept things interesting in shot put averaging 31 ft. for her first few throws that had her in second. With some final urgency, the senior heaved a monster 36-02. 25 ft. (11.02m) throw to catapult her to first where she would hold onto that mark. In discus, she took care of business early with a throw of 111-03 ft. (33.90m) on her third attempt. DeVilla was the only competitor to throw over 30m in the discus and 11m in the shot put showing just how dominant she could be. When DeVilla isn’t competing you can find her being one of the best supporters her teammates could have.
In boys throws, Jake Porter and Daniel Jenks put together massive points for their team. Jake would take 1st in both discus and shot put, with Daniel taking 3rd in both events. Donned in a cowboy hat, and walking with a lot of confidence Jake Porter had arguably the best performance on the boy’s side with a new school record in the shot put. On the 4th attempt, Porter let out a commanding yell as he saw the shot fly through the air landing at 59-06 ft. (18.13m). This PR would break a record held all the way back in 1978, earlier in the season Porter also broke the discus record from 1977. Head Coach Chris Anderson has facilitated the growth of his star thrower saying “he was able to accomplish this feat by staying focused and trusting the process”. Coach Anderson went further to say, “Jake is becoming comfortable being uncomfortable and is learning how to light his own fire”. It will be exciting to see the junior keep his fire lit as he propels himself into the next round as he begins his campaign to the CIF State meet.
In jumps, we saw Angel Ledezma set yet another Crestview League record in the long jump going 22-00.50 ft. (6.71m) on his third attempt. Ledezma does it all for Canyon making this his 4th event of the day, and his third victory with the other two coming in the 4x100m relay and the 200m. He would have support from his teammates, Derek Fisher and Scott Johnson, who would finish 4th and 5th in long jump giving Canyon an excellent showing in the event. Johnson would come back in the triple jump to take 2nd in the event jumping 42-07 ft. (12.97m), which would be good enough for a PR for the senior and a CIF Prelim qualification. Allie Borrego, a senior for Canyon, would be just shy of moving on to the next round of competition with her 2nd place finish in triple jump going 32-07 ft. (9.93m) on her first attempt. She just missed her PR of 32-10 set at League Prelims, but the senior showed great consistency in her jumps throughout the season. Borrego would also take 3rd in the long jump with a leap of 15-10 (4.82m).
Kicking things off on the track, the girls’ 4x100m team consisting of Lauren Onestinghel, Ryann Bluemel, Kamrin Coleman and Navaeh Frazier qualified for CIF Prelims taking 2nd place behind sprint powerhouse Yorba Linda. Onestinghel got things started by making up the stagger in the first 80 meters giving Bluemel great positioning for the second leg that saw her carry the lead on the backstretch where Coleman went neck and neck with Yorba Linda into the final leg before Frazier fell just short behind Yorba Linda. This was just the beginning of what would be a busy day for the members of this relay squad who would finish the event in a time of 50.43.
Firing on all cylinders as of late, the boys’ 4x100m team not only won, but also did so in record-breaking time. Justin Bradford, Angel Ledezma, Kenny Aladiume, and Keane Bui took down the previous Crestview League Final record of 43.56 set back in 2015. The relay squad would run 42.99, which would be good enough for a new Crestview League Finals Record, CIF Qualifier, and a 1st place finish. Bradford executed the first leg of the one lap relay where we saw Ledezma put the three other Crestview teams in his rearview mirror. From there Aladiume and Bui had the strength and will to hold the lead on the final two legs. Similar to the girls’ 4x100m squad, this was just a preview of what was to come as the meet progressed for this group of boys.
With records on the mind, two races later we saw Emma Hadley take down former Comanche, Rianna Goins, school record in the girls 1600m. This was a highly anticipated final at todays meet with three runners boasting PRs under the 5-minute barrier. Sienna Palicke of Yorba Linda, Whitney Valenti of Brea Olinda and Hadley got things started early with a fast pace that had all three together going into the bell lap. Hadley’s instincts kicked in once she heard the bell and positioned herself for a great finish. Passing by Valenti, Hadley carried the lead into the final 100m where Palicke met her. The finish came down to a crash at the tape where both girls went down with Palicke coming out victorious in a time of 4:54.20 to Hadley’s 4:54.22. The times would also eclipse the former Crestview League record held by former Comanche, Sara Leonard, who ran 5:02.60 two years prior in 2017. Hadley’s place and finish would be sufficient enough to earn her a spot at CIF Prelims.
In the boys 1600m, four distance members showed the largest presence in the event from any school with senior Michael Gutierrez leading the way taking 4th in a time of 4:28.62. This would be Gutierrez first time under 4:30 and would be a two second PR for the senior. Not too far behind would be junior Jackson Coney, sophomore Connor Albin, and senior Kade Boyer. Gutierrez and Coney scored points that would bolster the boys lead in team points. The race would play out to be tactical that saw Albin and Gutierrez carry the early pacing. The subsequent move would be made by teammate, Jackson Coney, who made the pace honest going into the final two laps of the race. The early work from the trio played into Brea Olinda distance runner Shane Gaffikin and Villa Park mid-distance specialist Anthony Alcerro’s hands where the two pulled away in the final 100m.
Sophomore hurdler Maya Gracy was next up for the Comanches where we saw her compete in the girls 100m hurdles where she would take 5th place in the event running 18.11. Her time and place was the highest for all under classmen competing in the event. In the boys 110m hurdles, senior Mason Santos would finish 4th in a time of 16.10. Santos’s finish was close with the top three finishing half a second faster. Both Gracy and Santos would score contributing points to their team totals.
In the boys 400m, Keane Bui went head to head with Brea Olinda senior Anthony Candelario. The two fought to the finish in one of the more brutal events seen in track and field with Candelario just edging out Bui with a 51.45 to his 51.54. Bui’s finish solidified himself a spot at CIF Prelims in the 400m. His teammates would follow in suit with Nolan Men coming up big taking 3rd behind Bui running a 52.34, which would be the fastest time for all underclassmen in the Crestview League. Jordyn Rodriguez would take 5th scoring a point for the Comanches in a finishing time of 1:03.79. Rodriguez only a junior went up against tough competition out of Yorba Linda where we saw Michelle Quinn break the Crestview League record in the girls 400m in a time of 57.96.
Continuing with all things sprints, the girls 100m saw the Comanches go 2-3-4 in the event. Led by Lauren Onestinghel, who went sub-13, running 12.97 in a wind legal manner, the junior was 2nd punching her ticket to CIF Prelims. Not to be outdone were her teammates that put a notice out that our sprinters did not come out here to mess around. Kamrin Coleman and Ryann Bluemel ran 13.05 and 13.16 to take 3rd and 4th in the race. Solid markers for the three coming off their 4x100m relay will be great motivation heading into CIF. Juniors Angel Ledezma and Kenny Aladiume were up next in the boys 100m final where we saw the pair take 2nd and 4th. Ledezma finished in a time of 11.10, which would be good enough for one of his many CIF Prelim qualifications. Aladiume would cross the line in 11.30, an outstanding performance from Aladiume making this just his second race of the season.
In the girls 800m, Emma Hadley had her hands full again this time with Kendra Painter from Brea Olinda and returning from the 1600m was her newfound rival Siena Palicke. The first lap saw the three stay within striking distance up until the bell lap. Regarded as one of the toughest races in track and field, Hadley geared up for what would be another exciting finish. Painter made the first move going into the final 200m with Hadley losing some distance, but the freshman would go to the well and find the strength to make the pass in the final 50m. Hadley would cross the line in a time of 2:22.08 to Painter’s 2:22.12 this time coming out victorious collecting her second league title, her first coming from a dominating performance in cross country. Her win would give her a second qualification to the next round at CIF Prelims.
Following our freshman phenom’s performance in the 800m, we saw her freshman teammate Ethan Florez follow up with a notable race of his own. The freshman took out his 800m to try and put distance between him and talented distance runner Anthony Alcerro out of Villa Park. His first lap saw him come through the bell lap in the lead but was slowly vanquished as the mature junior from Villa Park took over with 200m to go. Florez would be able to hang on finishing in a time of 2:01.85, which would be, good enough for 2nd place and another CIF Prelim qualifier for Canyon. Not to be outdone would be his teammates who would finish behind Florez scoring much needed points to help their team win the league title. Michael Gutierrez would take third scoring in both his races, with Connor Albin and Jackson Dooley finishing together to solidify a dominating performance from our 800m runners.
In the 200m, Angel Ledezma set a new Crestview League Record in the event with a 22.41. His prelims time was faster with a 22.18, but it is nice to see the junior finding consistency in one of his better events. His teammate Keane Bui would finish right behind him running 22.81 taking 2nd in the event. The duo scored major points, and stamped their way to CIF Prelims with their finishes. With Ledezma and Bui only juniors, it will be slim pickings for the Crestview League as these two look to only improve when they start the senior campaign in 2020.
The longest event on the track took place following Ledezma’s blazing 200m performance with the girls 3200m up next. A duel between two Canyon athletes and a Brea Olinda athlete took place for the entirety of the race leading up to an exciting finish that saw freshman Isabella Frisone and Sarah Paino go 1-2. Frisone in 10:54.77 and Paino in 10:55.88 executed Coach Friz’s race plan that saw the two make a strong surge a mile in to the race to try and tire out the Brea Olinda athlete. Whitney Valenti, a talented runner in her own right, out of Brea Olinda was unfazed for the better part of the duo’s surge but with 100m to go could not hold off the pair of Comanches. Frisone and Paino’s performance would also be good enough for a new Crestview League record held previously by teammate Sara Leonard back from 2015. The Canyon duo will look to continue surging at CIF Prelims, hopefully en route to CIF Finals and beyond.
In the boys 3200m, we saw sophomore Andrew Lugo run one of the better performances of his career thus far. Lugo held a previous PR of 9:43 in the two-mile race, and pr’ed by 7 seconds to take second in the race and move onto CIF Prelims. The sophomore was determined to make the race fast from the start to give him a better chance of making it onto the next round. With 800m to go, Lugo was surrounded by two Brea Olinda runners so with a couple of strong surges he was able to cause some disruption breaking up the pair of distance runners. With 400m to go, Lugo ran on the heels of Shane Gaffikin who carried him to the finish line crossing in 9:36.43 good enough for 2nd place.
To finish the night on the track, our boys 4x400m relay team put the exclamation mark on what would be an all around team effort to take home the Crestview League Title. The likes of Justin Bradford, Nolan Men, Matthew Elizondo, and Keane Bui ran a come from behind race to win in exciting fashion. Bui would take the baton in 3rd place behind Villa Park and Brea Olinda, but with a calm, determined look the junior made his way out to lane 2 in the final 50m to pass the two fading athletes from neighboring schools. The entire audience hit a crescendo watching Bui cross the finish line finishing with a new Crestview League record of 3:33.73 and a CIF Prelim qualifier for the relay squad. This performance showed how deep this boy’s team from Canyon really is giving them a lot of motivation heading onto CIF Prelims.
Moving onto the CIF Preliminary round held at Moorpark High School this upcoming Saturday May 4th field events will get underway at 11am; running events will start at 12 noon. Canyon will have boys in 12 events, and the girls competing in 8 events. Information on the schedule will be sent out shortly.
Varsity Crestview – Boys
Place Team Points
- Canyon (Ana) 86
- Brea Olinda 78
- Villa Park 56
Varsity Crestview – Girls
Place Team Points
- Yorba Linda 74
- Canyon (Ana) 60
- Villa Park 58
Link to photos from the meet: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b5fxeol74ea27h6/AACx13qVIlw2dfdvPr0fch5ha?dl=0