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Track & Field: CdM sweeps Battle of the Bay again

Sea Kings win the boys' and girls' track and field meets against rival Newport Harbor on Thursday.

March 15, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — The Battle of the Bay in track and field features two coaches, Bill Sumner and Eric Tweit, who have been at it a long time.

Sumner is in his 30th year at Corona del Mar High and Tweit has been at Newport Harbor since 1980.

"If somebody went back and did the math, we'd probably break even," said Sumner, referring to his and Tweit's record in the Battle of the Bay matchup. "They're strong in the throws and we're stronger in other areas. They're almost impossible to beat in the throws."

While the Sailors usually own the boys' throwing events, CdM has taken over the entire Battle of the Bay.

The Sea Kings swept the respective dual meets, as the boys won, 99-28, and the girls, 90-37, on Thursday.

The CdM boys beat Newport Harbor for the fourth year in a row and Sumner said the girls haven't lost to the Sailors in quite some time.

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Sumner expected a challenge from visiting Newport Harbor. It never came.

"I thought it was going to be a lot closer, especially on the girls' side," said Sumner, believing that the girls' meet would come down to the last two events, the 4x400-meter relay and 3,200. "On the boys' side, it hasn't really been all that close. We kind of started out [strong]."

Matt Hurst helped CdM get off on the right foot.

The junior anchored the 4x100-relay team to a first-place finish in 44.1 seconds, almost 2 1/2 seconds ahead of Newport Harbor. Hurst also won the 200 (22.5) and 400 (53.1) sprints and ran a leg on CdM's 4x400 (3 minutes 41.4 seconds) winning team.

"We're looking really good this year," said Hurst of the Sea Kings, who won 11 of the 15 scoring events on the boys' side.

Other CdM boys taking first included Barrett Barbato (100, 11.2), Tanner Love (800, 2:03.4), Greg May (1,600, 4:43.8), Spencer Keith (3,200, 10:15.7), Troy Bolus (110 hurdles, 15.3), Troy Hardy (300 hurdles, 41.2) and Nick McGuinness (high jump, 6 feet).

The events Newport Harbor claimed were the usual ones, the shot put and discus throw, and it also took home the long jump and triple jump.

Marty Taylor won the throwing events, recording a 56-3 in the shot put and 166-9 in the discus.

"Just trying to beat myself," Taylor said.

The senior didn't come close to his personal-best marks in each event, which he achieved at the 34th annual Irvine Invitational on Saturday. His 60-1 effort ranks No. 1 in the state and his 179-10 effort is No. 3 in the state.

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