Your ERHS Track and Field program went into the Redondo Invitational with high expectations and they did not disappoint! In the process they set two CA #1 times, set a school record and many set personal bests in what was probably one of the wettest meets we have been to in years. The conditions were not ideal but the efforts were phenomenal!
Junior Kimberly Pena kicked off the night with a huge PR in the 3200. During the race she was on school record pace for 6 laps into the race. Not too bad for an athlete who before the race said she felt like she was out of shape! We are excited to see big improvements from her in the following weeks. On the guys side Tyler Spencer ran a season best 9:33 who competed well in a stacked field. A huge PR was set by Senior Kevin Lopez who dropped a 9:51 which is over an 8 second PR. Also joining the sub 10 min club on Friday was Junior Aaron Lieberman.
The boys 4×800 was the event of the night turning several heads in the process NATIONALLY, enough to earn Senior Raymon Ornelas the KICK OF THE WEEK on national running website Milesplit.com Watch video HERE . That kick would not have been possible without the monster 2nd leg by Senior Jackson Taylor, who ran a 1:56 split, who brought the boys into first place after the second leg. Jackson currently owns the #2 mark in CA in the 800 m. Rounding out that squad was Matthew Lieberman and Joshua Wilcox.
Next up was the DMR squads which featured outstanding performances from both the boys and girls squads. The girls squad consisted of Paloma Barron (1200m), Breanna Bernard Joseph (400m), Alexys Ford (800m) and Miranda Camargo (1600m). Breanna and Alexys helped move your girls in second place going into the final leg after a strong 1200 from Paloma. Miranda in her first ever relay held her own against two of CA’s best on the anchor leg, she finished strong enough for the girls to take 3rd overall! This was the first time in school history that we have run our full A team in the DMR and it did not disappoint! The girls broke the previous school record by 28 seconds!! Outstanding legs by all 4 girls made it possible and they made their first podium finish in this event in school history.
The step up performance of the night was Jewelyn Felix who stepped in last minute to allow our girls DMR B squad to run after one of their teammates went down during the 4×800 earlier in the night, that is what we call a team player!
In the very next event the boys competed in the DMR where they picked up their second win of the night and their second CA #1 time as well. Earlier in the night Trabuco Hills HS ran the #1 time in CA and your boys beat it by tenths of a second to over take the lead. Kicking off the DMR was Sophomore Raul (Tony) Chavez, pictured to the left, who then handed it off to 400m runner Jalen Johnson who ran an impressive 49 sec split to give it to Ricardo Sainz in 1st place who helped keep the boys in the hunt going into the final exchange to Raymon Ornelas‘ anchor leg of the 1600. Raymon again used a strong kick down the last straight away to take down Great Oak. It still is early but to be able to have that confidence this early in the season is huge especially after finishing second to Great Oak at CIF Finals and the CA State Meet in November during XC Season.
The field did not disappoint either! Senior Joseph Ballard placed 3rd in his heat of the Discus. Junior Lydia Liu took 5th overall in the Discus. The girls Frosh/Soph PV crew went 1-2 with great efforts from Sophomore Tessa Watkins and Freshman Sophia Perez. The success continued in the field continued on Saturday with top 3 finished by both High Jumpers, Senior Tyler Riley and Junior Cajairah Fraise. A top 6 finish for Junior Erika Flaherty in the Pole Vault. Top 3 finish for Sophomore Hayden Palma in the Triple Jump as well as a big PR for Schuylar Johnson in that same event.
Jalen Johnson came back strong after a strong 400 m leg in the DMR on Friday night to come in second overall in the 400 m with a personal best time of 48.75. His younger sister Amaia Johnson won the girls side of the 400m at the Frosh Soph level right before Jalen competed was well. Freshman Jasmine Concha finished 8 out of 119 girls in the F/S 100 m and Wisdom Obiezu placed 10th out of 130 boys in the same event. The boys F/S 4×100 took 7th and the girls took 6th.
The Hurdle Crew braved the rain and shined. Sophomore Myah Hatcher was a double winner in both the 100m and 300m hurdles to begin what looks to be a stellar sophomore campaign. Darrian Williams braved through the wet and cold for a runner up finish in the 300m hurdles. Our senior duo of Breanna Bernard Joseph and Lucas Anotado both ran well in their individual events as well. Breanna placed a close 2nd in the 100m hurdles and easily won the girls 300m hurdles. Lucas almost matched his PR in the 110 hurdles and ran a 4 second improvement from his first 300m hurdle race this season to place second in the 300 m hurdles.
The distance crew had a field day early in the morning with several athletes competing at two different sites with several big PRs from multiple athletes. We had 9 boys drop personal bests during the morning including a stellar performance from Raymon Ornelas who was coming back after a busy Friday night to run a personal best of 4:19.57. We added two more F/S boys to the sub 5 min club in Max Zheng and Zachary Lang with Dylan Shifflet also dropping another 2 seconds in the mile to run a 5:01, he will be the next one to join the club! We also added two Freshman to the sub 11 min club in the 3200 m, Zach Lang and David Razcon. On the girls side we had Natalia Ibarra and Savannah Dinco run personal bests and join the sub 6 min club with both girls breaking 6 for the first time. Miranda Camargo continues to improve even if it is small with another 5:18 effort in the 1600 m. Shoutout the 800 crew who braved the cold and wet to still get a race in! Some good improvements were seen, especially by Joshua Potts who seems to be dropping seconds every race this season lowering his season best down to 2:02. Freshman Tucker Woods had one of the more impressive weekends setting a PR in all three events capped off with a surprising 11:01 effort in the 3200. Soph Tate Miller had a busy weekend tripling on the weekend and seeing some improvements as well. Freshman Joelle Perales also completed the trifecta of PRs as well!
The Track and Field Programs next full team competition is next Thursday at home vs. Centennial for their first BIG VIII League Meet. The meet starts at 3:15 pm, come on out and support. Please congratulate any athletes you may see in class or know for their outstanding efforts this weekend
Below are more pictures we located in a photo album from the meet located on Prepcaltrack.com.