On Friday May 10th, the Serra Track and Field team competed at the WCAL Championships held at St. Francis High School. Jon Beering extended his undefeated streak versus WCAL throwers by throwing over 59 feet for the second time in three days. Beering's throw of 59-10.5 improved upon his school record by another 10 inches from the WCAL Trials and was off the meet record by 1 inch. Beering also finished 3rd in the discus with a personal best (143-7) that was good enough to achieve the CCS at large qualifying mark. Arnie Sambel made it a sweep for the Padres in the throwing events with his winning throw of 156-11 in the discus. Earlier in the meet, Sambel threw a personal best of 54-0.5 to finish 2nd in the shot put behind Beering. On the track, the Padres were paced by 2nd place finishes from 3 athletes. Joey Berriatua showed for a second year in a row that he is a top level distance runner. He raced to a 4 second personal best in the 1600m (4:19.01) then followed it up by a 2 second best in the 800m (1:56.27). Zach Mitchell broke the 15 second barrier in the 110 High Hurdles with his time of 14.87. Mitchell then ran a 38.96 in the 300m hurdles for another 2nd place finish. Kyle Orloff also secured two spots at CCS semi-finals with his 2nd place finish in the 400m (49.86) and his 3rd place finish in the 200m (22.39) which was under the CCS at-large qualifying time of 22.60. Berriatua, Mitchell and Orloff, along with freshman leadoff runner Jeremiah Testa, closed the meet of in style with a win in the 1600m Relay. Their time of 3:25.34 is the 3rd fastest time of the year in the CCS.
Other top 6 finishers for the Padres were Tyler Ruso (300IH - 44.77), Billy Sapp (Discus - 132-3) and Nick Cabuco (Discus - 122-3). Overall, the Padres finished 3rd as a team.
The Frosh Soph Team, despite losing several key contributors to the varsity team, still managed to have several impressive performances. Freshman Jordan Kenison won the triple jump in a very close competition (40-11.75). Teammate VJ Obiajulu was third in the competition (39-8.75). Stefan Seul (4th place - 44-5.5) and Nick Colabianchi (5th place - 42-4.5) both scored in the shot put while Seul (2nd place - 127-3) and Nate Jones (6th place - 115-3) placed in the discus. Nick Jones dipped under 53 seconds for the first time en route to his 3rd place finish in the 400m (52.82). After a 4 second personal best in the mile on Wednesday, freshman Jonathan Garcia had a 20 second improvement in the 3200m (10:18.80) and finished 4th overall as the top freshman in the race.
Beering, Sambel, Berriatua, Mitchell, Orloff and Testa compete this Saturday at Gilroy High School in the CCS Semi-Finals.