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Newport boys break through

Sailors beat CdM for first time in five seasons. CdM girls win Battle of the Bay at Sea Kings' track.

April 17, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Newport Harbor High senior Marcell DeBarros finishes first in the boys' 110 meter high hurdles during the Battle of the Bay track and field meet on Thursday.
Newport Harbor High senior Marcell DeBarros finishes… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The Battle for the Bay tends to open the track and field season for the Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools. They pushed the meet back a month this season because the teams in their respective leagues are on spring break this week.

With no one else to face, the Sailors traveled to CdM on Thursday. One school ended a streak and another continued one in the Back Bay rivalry.

The Newport Harbor boys pulled out a 65-62 win, beating CdM for the first time in five seasons. The Sailors almost swept the respective nonleague dual meets, before the Sea Kings came back to claim the girls' side, 68.5-58.5, and keep their winning ways intact against Newport Harbor.

"It's always fun to get together with CdM, have a good across the bay battle, a friendly rivalry," said Coach Nowell Kay, in his 12th season in charge of the boys at Newport Harbor.

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Kay's Sailors got off on the right footing, while the Sea Kings did not.

In the 4x100-meter relay, CdM crashed and burned. The Sea Kings' lead runner tripped and face planted, dropping the baton in the process to disqualify the relay team. The Sailors, with Quest Truxton, Chance Siemonsma, Rory Fleming and Cory Stowell, won the event in 44.3 seconds.

"We're pretty even with [the Sea Kings] in the 4x100, so I think that was a big difference, us getting those five [points], because that's a 5-0 event," Kay said. "For us to get that, that kind of set the tone."

Marcell DeBarros helped Newport Harbor top CdM. He swept the hurdle events, 110 (15.6) and 300 (41.8), and placed first in the 400 (52.7).

Also aiding the Sailors' cause was Fleming's runner-up finishes in the 110 (16.2) and 300 hurdles (43.1), as well as in the long jump (18 feet, 11 inches).

Newport Harbor usually dominates the throwing events against the Sea Kings, but with Will Fortier, ranked No. 17 in the state in the shotput (55-10), out with an ankle injury, the Sailors split the top six spots in the shotput and discus throw. Newport Harbor Stephen Mantei took first in the shotput (48-4 1/4) and discus (154-4 1/2).

Two other first-place finishers for the Sailors were Tristan Manning in the triple jump (35-11) and Siemonsma in the long jump (19-0).

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