Your Boys and Girls Track and Field teams traveled down to Vista Murrieta this past weekend to participate in the Inland Empire Championships. The IE Championships is a meet that features all teams from the Inland Empire as they compete to become IE Champions both as individuals, relays and teams. The Varsity Girls won in dominant fashion with a team total of 89 pts with runner up Vista Murrieta scoring 58. The Varsity Boys score was much closer with the boys scoring 65.5 pts to also defeat Vista Murrieta who scored 63. On top of the team accomplishments we had several Individual champions and several personal records, school records and meet records along the way. The order of events was different from normal CIF order so we will be recapping everything based on event areas.
The day kicked off with the 3200 m. Senior Paloma Barron stayed with the main pack and ran a smart controlled race in finishing in 3rd place with a PR time of 11:17.41, which also lowers her school record yet again. Coming off a long hiatus Sophomore Michael Sahagun is getting back into racing shape and ran a pretty impressive 9:50.84 after only about a week or so back running. His time was good enough for 4th place in the F/S Invite race. 4 other athletes set personal bests on the day in this event which included Natalia Ibarra, Joelle Ramos, Adrian Alvarez and Dylan Shifflet.
The 1600 and 800 followed with your varsity boys and girls sweeping the top spots in all 4 events! Raymon Ornelas (pictured on right) dropped a huge personal best in the 1600 to win in 4:15.82 which puts him at #4 on the all time list. Miranda Camargo had the breakout race we have been expecting for sometime now in dropping a 12 second PR to run a 5:06.77 which is the 3rd fastest in school history. People definitely know her name now! Paloma Barron dropped a PR in that same race taking 6th. Ricardo Sainz and Michael Sahagun went 3-4 in the F/S 1600 both running season bests in the event. Alexys Ford finally broke her 2:15 barrier that she has been stuck at all season long to run a personal best and school record 2:13.91 in the 800m. Miranda Camargo placed 3rd in that same race dropping another PR on the day. On the guys F/S side Raul Chavez lead from start to finish to win in a Personal Record time of 2:01.10 to win the event. On the guys Varsity side Jackson Taylor defended his title from last year and won his second 800m IE Championship in the time of 1:56.92 over the distance.
Breanna Bernard Joseph finished up her IE Championship career with a runner up in the 100H and a repeat 300h Championship. Breanna is one of the most decorated hurdlers in Riverside County History, holding top 7 marks in both hurdling events. Breanna didn’t stop there though… at the end of the day she brought the girls 4×400 team back from 2nd to take the win and set a new meet record in the event. Fellow hurdler Lucas Anotado ran well in both his races on the day finishing in 3rd in the 300H and 4th in the 110H. Lucas pushed until the very last hurdle in the 300H and almost got the win, the top 3 boys were separated by .6 seconds! The day also had big performances from Sophomore Myah Hatcher who swept the 100H and 300H on the Frosh/Soph level. We saw two big PR’s in the 400m from Senior Ife Adefowora who dropped a big personal best in a time of 50.11 and another big PR from Cajairah Fraise in 1:00.60.
Your girls 4×400 team set a meet record by over 3 seconds! Their time was also a seasonal best for the squad which consisted of Alexys Ford, Chaselyn Amos, Jordyn Crutchfield and Breanna Bernard Joseph. Their time was 3:51.19… this record will be around for a while! On the guys side the varsity boys ran with an alternate on the day and still was able to manage a 3:23.63 which was good enough for 2nd place. That team consisted of Ife Adefowora, Jackson Taylor, Joshua Wilcox and Major Lee.
Cajairah had a great day in the field as well. She placed 6th in the High Jump with a clearance of 4-11 and 4th in the long jump with a jump of 16-4. Junior Lydia Liu had a great day in the throws placing second in the shot put with a season record of 36’4.5″ and she also placed 5th in the discus with a throw of 114’10”. Tyler Riley also placed in the high jump with a clearance of 5’11” to take 2nd. Nathapas Vongbaravipatr jumped a huge personal best in the triple jump to take 5th with a jump of 40’0.50. The pole vault crew represented well with the all 3 Varsity boys placing in the top 5. Ethan Amata took 2nd, Jakob Ernst took 4th and Jacob Camarena took 5th. Sophomore Tessa Watkins took 4th on the girls side with a clearance of 11’9″ and on the Frosh/Soph side Sophia Perez placed 4th with a jump of 9’9″.
Inland Empire Championships Press Enterprise Article HERE
Inland Empire Season Bests HERE