Senior Kyle Orloff closed out his final season as a Padre with a fantastic two days at the 96th Annual California State Track and Field Championships. Friday night, Orloff sprinted around the oval in Veteran's Stadium (Buchanan High School, Clovis) in 48.04, qualifying 6th overall for Saturday's 400m final. Two hours later, he improved on his school record in the 200 meters with a time of 21.47, good for 7th in the trials and securing a spot in a second event final. Orloff closed out his 3-event evening by anchoring the 4x400m Relay team with Marcus Alvarez, Jeremiah Testa and Armon Plummer to a season best time of 3:20.91. The relay's time was shy of the 2003 school record by only .03 and is the fastest time ever run by a Serra 4x400m relay team in the State Championships.
Saturday evening, Orloff's signature strong finish over the final straightaway in the 400m race propelled him to a 5th place finish. His time of 47.53 was only .01 off his personal best from CCS Finals last weekend, but even more impressive considering it was his 4th race in 24 hours and amid searing Central Valley heat in excess of 95 degrees. Orloff's final race in the Serra Blue and Gold saw him cross the line 9th in the 200m with a time of 21.82.
On the season, Orloff established school records in the 200m (21.47) and 400m (47.52). His 200m time was the top time in the CCS this year, #15 in California and #27 All-time in CCS History. In the 400m, he had the #2 time in CCS this year, #10 in California and #16 All-time in CCS History. The 4x400m Relay team also had the top time in the CCS this year.
Orloff becomes only the 2nd Padre to finish in the top 6 at the State Championships in a running event. He joins the elite group of Padres who have finished in the top 8 at the State Championships: Tom Tuite ('61) - 1 Mile (7th place), Jerry Tallon ('66) - 880 yds (3rd place), Lynn Swann ('70) - Long Jump (State Champion), Stan Ross - 1 Mile (7th place), Aven Wright ('05) - Triple Jump (4th place), Jonathan Beering ('13) - Shot Put (8th place).
Orloff will compete for Sacramento State's Track and Field team next year.
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