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May 10, 2000
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College's men's and women's track and field team qualified several of its athletes for Saturday's Southern California Prelims at Santa Barbara. A couple of OCC standouts also got themselves into the state championships, scheduled for May 18-20 at Bakersfield. OCC's women's team is led by Costa Mesa product and sophomore Zoila Gomez. On Saturday, she set the school and conference record in the 10,000-meter run with a 36:27.
March 28, 2003
The Corona del Mar High boys track and field team opened Pacific Coast League action with a 100-36 victory over University, while the Sea Kings' girls squad lost to the league-defending champions, 77-59, Thursday at CdM. The CdM boys improved to 5-1 thanks to the efforts of juniors Chris Ringstrom (200 and 400 meters) and Kevin Artz (800 and 1,600), who both doubled. Sophomore Andrew Wong was prolific for the Sea Kings, winning the long jump (18-6 1/2)
May 8, 2002
SAN DIEGO - Orange Coast College freshman Michelle Icban won the Southern California championship in the 10,000-meter race after her 36:53.0 clocking Saturday at UC San Diego. Icban, whose time is the third-fastest in OCC history, advances to the state championships, May 17, at Santa Barbara City College. She also qualified for Southern California Finals this Saturday at San Diego State in the 5,000 at the So Cal Preliminaries, where the 10,000 finals took place.
May 14, 2002
Five Orange Coast College athletes will make their way to Santa Barbara for the California Community College Track and Field Finals Friday and Saturday after competing in the Southern California Finals, completed Saturday at San Diego State. Michelle Icban qualified in the 5,000 meters with a 17:40.94 clocking. She will also compete in the 10,000. Lindsay Allen finished second in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:41.52), and fifth in the 5,000 (18:33.25)
By Brad Riddell | June 3, 2007
SACRMENTO — Allison Stokke of Newport Harbor High has spent the last few weeks dealing with sudden Internet fame and dodging the attention it comes with. Saturday, she settled in to attempt to win a second state championship in the girls pole vault. Who knows how much she was affected by things away from the track? She continued to decline comment. Stokke failed three times to clear 12 feet, 10 inches, settling for a fourth-place finish at 12-3 her senior season at the CIF State Championships at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento.
April 9, 2011
Newport Harbor High senior Ryan Andrews finished third in the invitational boys' shot put event at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational on Saturday night at Arcadia High. Andrews upped his personal best of a 59 feet 5 1/2 with a 59-8 effort at Arcadia, finished just behind Jesuit's Steven Boals (59-9) for second. Dos Pueblos' Nicholas Scarvelis was first with an impressive 64-1 3/4. Andrews' teammates JB Salem and Steve Michaelsen came in ninth and 13th, respectively in the event.
June 6, 2004
Don't call her Cinderella, just call her CIF State champion. Allison Stokke, a Newport Harbor High freshman, became the first girls pole vault state champion for the school with a first-attempt clearance of 12 feet, 8 inches to win the title at the CIF State championships at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento Saturday. Corona del Mar sophomore Anne St. Geme medaled with a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 meters (4:57.13) and Southern Section Masters Meet champion Jasmin Day, a Costa Mesa sophomore, finished eighth in the high jump (5-5)
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | May 7, 2009
COSTA MESA — Near the finish line, a competitor got on his knees and called Costa Mesa High senior Antwon Byrd a king. If Byrd is a ruler of the sprints for the boys’ team, the girls at Costa Mesa are again the track and field queens. The opposing runner should have bowed to each of the girls Thursday. The Mustangs claimed their fourth straight league championship, their third in the Orange Coast League after beating Laguna Beach, 158-140, at the finals at Jim Scott Stadium.
By Steve Virgen | May 31, 2013
Carl Johansson never quit the pole vault even though he had a rough first season trying to compete in the event. The Newport Beach resident, an Orange Lutheran High junior, suffered a fractured ankle early in his freshman year. But he said he enjoyed competing in the event and didn't want to give up. His tenacity and improvement have paid off this season. Last week he advanced to the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Johansson, as well as Newport Harbor senior thrower Marty Taylor, will compete Friday, vying to advance to Saturday's finals at Buchanan High in Clovis.
July 13, 2003
Bryce Alderton Once he grasped the intricacies and began profusely practicing, the pole vault became more familiar for Sheldon Blockburger, giving him the added tool to compete in an event that requires many different skills. "It takes two years to get over the fears and then you have to understand the technique," Blockburger, the former decathlete who graduated from Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, said Thursday. Blockburger, along with wife Cynthia and children Johnny and Alyssa, fraternal twins who each turned 1 Saturday, drove four hours south from their home in Atascadero to visit Sheldon's parents, Mary and Gary, who reside in Costa Mesa.
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