Mustangs News · Amata rises to the top in CIF as several Mustangs qualify for CIF!

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  Ethan Amata after clearing meet record 15’1

Your Mustangs completed their journey to CIF prelims last week as the BIG VIII League Finals wrapped up at ERHS late Thursday night. Your Mustangs will send a large contingent to the CIF Prelims this Saturday at Trabuco Hills HS. The Girls and Boys teams will be represented in 14 of 16 events at Prelims, one of the few programs to have that much participation at the next level.

The BIG VIII League Finals was highlighted by several top performances across all events, with a big highlight being Junior Ethan Amata who cleared a School and Meet record 15’4″ in the PV which now ranks him as the #1 Pole Vaulter in CIF Div. 1. Teammate Jakob Ernst placed 2nd and teammate Jacob Camarena met the standard for the newly minted CIF Wild Card entry to get all 3 boys into CIF Prelims. This makes 5 total ERHS Pole Vautlers who will represent your Mustangs at CIF, the most of any school in the area.

Filling out our field team on the jump side was Tyler Riley who qualified for both the High Jump and Triple Jump. The pleasant surprise of the day was Sophomore Jason Bryant qualifying for CIF Prelims after taking 3rd place in the triple jump. Michelle Onyiah qualified in Triple Jump to add to the Long Jump and High Jump she already qualified for on Tuesday.

On the Throws side we had Kehlin Hayes take 2nd and punch his ticket back to CIF for the second year in a row. Our throws captain Joseph Ballard threw a huge personal best to take 3rd place and qualify for CIF for the first time. Joseph is a true leader and we are excited to see him compete at the next level. Lydia Liu will also return to CIF in the Shot Put after taking 3rd at Finals in the event.

On the hurdle side the usual suspects will represent your Mustangs at CIF Prelims. Breanna Bernard Joseph will return in both hurdle events after winning her 100 Hurdles handily and taking 3rd in the 300H after a stumble on the last hurdle. That stumble lead the way for Sophomore teammate Myah Hatcher to earn her first ever League Title in the event edging Sarah Ann Frank from ML King by milliseconds. Senior Lucas Anotado shot out in the 110H and never looked back winning the 110H by a large margin to earn his first League Title in a big wind legal personal best. Lucas came back in the 300H taking 2nd and also qualifying for CIF.

The sprint side earned it’s first 100m league champion in 3 years with Junior Dorien Mars matching his personal best time under wind legal conditions to take the title. He will go into next week ranked in the top 9 in CIF. We also had a 400m runner in each gender who qualified for CIF with Junior Jalen Johnson taking runner up in a controlled and comfortable race. On the girls side it was Freshman Jordyn Crutchfield who earned a spot taking 3rd in the event. This will be one of our smaller contingents over the years in the short sprints but it will be competitive.

Your distance team will send an individual in each distance event on both sides of the program. On the girls side, Junior Miranda Camargo got things rolling in earning her first ever 1600m league championship, following up her IE Championship race from a couple weeks ago. Miranda came back later in the day to take 3rd behind Alexys Ford who will head to CIF for the 3rd year in a row in the 800m. Junior Kimberly Pena ran a smart and controlled race in the 3200 to set a PR and qualify for CIF after taking 2nd place in the event.

On the boys side, Senior Raymon Ornelas won the 1600 in impressive fashion with Sophomore Raul Chavez taking 4th in the same race. Raymon took 3rd in the 3200 later on in the night when the race turned into a sit and kick race and with having a little bit out of his legs from the 1600 didn’t allow him to make the normal move. Raymon will return to CIF for the 3rd year in a row in the 3200 but not the 1600. This decision will allow Raul Chavez to compete in the 1600m this weekend as the leagues #3 entry. Senior Jackson Taylor rebounded from a tough 2017 League Finals to capture the 2018 League Title in the 800m. Jackson was able to hold off Senior Kyle Pendleton from Santiago over the last 200m to earn the title. Jackson was also a part of the winning 4×400 later on in the evening. Jackson will enter CIF as the #2 mark in Div. 1 and favorite to win a CIF title in the event in two weeks.

Speaking of relays… your Mustangs will send all 4 relays to CIF. Both 4×100 teams had their best races of the season both setting seasonal bests and both taking runner up by hundredths of a second. The Girls 4 x 100 had some hand-off issues which put them behind enough for Breanna Bernard Joseph to not have enough room to make up the distance taking a close second behind a much improved Centennial Squad, 48.88 to 48.85. The boys didn’t have that issue and got the stick around the track the cleanest they have all season to dip under 43 seconds for the first time in 3 seasons and take an even closer second than the girls race losing to ML King, 42.85 to 42.86. If the boys run well again they punch their ticket back to CIF Finals in the event, something that hasn’t been done in almost 4 seasons. The girls will head back to CIF as they try to end the drought of 4 x 100 teams not qualifying for the CIF Finals. In the 4 x 400 it was not as nail biting as it was in the 4 x 100 as your Mustangs ran away from the rest easily winning the event for the 9th time in 10 season for the boys and the girls 8th in 10 seasons.


CIF Prelims will be this Saturday at Trabuco Hills HS. Competition begins at 11am with Field events and Noon with running events.

General Admission is $8

$5 for Students with current HS ID and Children between 5 yrs – 13 yrs

If there is a parking charge it will be $5 (Not all CIF venues charge parking)

The top 9 in each event will qualify for the CIF SS Championships on May 19th at El Camino College in Torrance.