The Padre Track and Field Teams traveled down to St. Francis for the WCAL Championships on Friday night. Leading the team to a convincing second place finish were WCAL individual champions Jordan Kenison (triple jump - 45-2.25) and Armon Plummer (300m intermediate hurdles - 40.05). It took more than those two wins to amass over 100 points in the meet, however. Plummer ran a personal best in the 110m high hurdles for second place (15.31) and ran on both the 4x100m (43.52 - 3rd place) and the 4x400m Relay teams (3:23.18 - 2nd place). Senior Marcus Alvarez followed Kenison in the triple jump (44-2 - 2nd place) and classmate Stefan Seul earned a second place finish in the discus (146-0) and fourth place in the shot put (47-2). Kwami Jones raced to two third place finishes in the hurdle races, in personal best times (110m HH - 15.53; 300m IH - 42.68), as well as running on the 4x100m relay. Isaiah Strong's personal best throw of 48-6 in the shot put was good for third place in the event and Noriega Moffett crossed the finish with the third best time of the day in the 400m (51.03) and ran the third leg on the 4x400m Relay. Jeremiah Testa earned his third place medal by braving the windy conditions in a very competitive 800 meters (1:58.60) and anchored the 4x400m Relay team. Matthew Herrera (4:29.43 - 4th place) and Jonathan Garcia (4:30.36 - 6th place) earned valuable team points in the 1600 meters. Alvarez (21-4.25 - 3rd place) and Kenison (21-2 - 6th place) were in the thick of probably the toughest field event of the night, the varsity boys' long jump, where 3 inches separated second and sixth places. Jorge Villanueva finished his season on a high note with a fourth place finish in discus (122-2) and fifth place finish in shot put (46-3). Senior Noah Boger had a personal best on his final jump in the triple jump to finish in fifth place (42-0). Talon Bennett soared to 12-10 for a fifth place in the pole vault.
For the Frosh Soph team, Obi Obodozie was the WCAL Champion in the long jump (19-6) and 100m (11.21w) and finished second in the 200m (23.27). Jack Allara also was an individual champion in the 300m Intermediate Hurdles (42.16) and crossed the line second in the 65m High Hurdles (9.41). Freshman Scott Fitzpatrick was second in the 400 meters (52.03) and soph Jovon Johnson was third in the 100m (11.38) and fourth in the 200m (23.74). First year sophomore Adam Mansell closed out his season with impressive races in the 3200m (9:59.96 - 3rd place) and 1600m (4:32.94 - 6th place). His 1600m time is nearly seven seconds faster than last year's winning time and was part of a race where three athletes ran faster than Stan Ross' ('77) 40 year old meet record. The 4x400m Relay team of Johnson, Brandon Carbullido, Orlando Fuller and Fitzpatrick finished third with a time of 3:39.26. In the field events, Eric Niland's toss in the shot put was good for third place (47-5). Josaiah Tafilele finished in fourth place in discus (116-4) and sixth in the shot put (43-10.5). Freshman Elijah Folau's 118-5 in discus was just short of his personal best, but good for third place. Sammy Nofal eclipsed the 19-foot barrier for the first time in the long jump (19-1), which was good for third place, Brandon Carbullido finished just behind Nofal with the fourth best jump on the day (18-8.25). Lucas Liberty rounded out the team scoring with his 10 foot jump in the pole vault which was good for 6th place. Like the varsity team, the Frosh Soph athletes had a decisive second place finish in the team competition.
Varsity CCS Qualifiers:
4x100m Relay - Noriega Moffett, Armon Plummer, Kwami Jones, Kelepi Lataimua
110m HH - Armon Plummer
300m IH - Armon Plummer
4x400m Relay - Marcus Alvarez, Armon Plummer, Noriega Moffett, Jeremiah Testa
Shot Put - Isaiah Strong
Discus - Stefan Seul
Triple Jump - Jordan Kenison, Marcus Alvarez
Pole Vault - Talon Bennett
Members of the Varsity team will compete in the CCS Semi-Finals on Saturday, May 23 at San Jose City College. The first events begin at 1:45 for pole vault and 2:00 for the 4x100m Relay.