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By David Carrillo Penaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | May 26, 2011
Mark Sakioka once said Newport Harbor High has one of the best boys' pole vaulting programs in the state. If that is the case, the Sailors are royalty when it comes to the boys' throwing events. The number of throwers from Newport Harbor at the CIF Southern Section Masters meet Friday at Cerritos College is four, compared to two pole vaulters. The four throwers, Ethan Cochran and Steve Michaelsen in the discus, Ryan Andrews and JB Salem in the shot put, and two pole vaulters, Sakioka and Fritz Howser, have one goal in common.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | May 20, 2011
Newport Harbor High fields a strong contingent at the CIF Southern Section track and field divisional finals Saturday at Cerritos College. All of the Sailors' eight athletes competing, it turns out, are actually in the "field" part of track and field. Senior Mark Sakioka is one of the top pole vaulters in the state and will be looking to take home a Division II title. Sakioka is third in the state with a school-record height of 16 feet, 2 1/2 inches this year and was one of eight vaulters to clear 14-3 to finish top nine and advance at last week's Division II preliminaries, a list that also included teammate Fritz Howser.
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May 14, 2011
BOYS' TRACK & FIELD CIF Southern Section Division II preliminaries MOORPARK — Newport Harbor High's Ethan Cochran qualified first in the discus throw with a mark of 181 feet, 7 inches to pace the Sailors on Saturday at Moorpark High. Ryan Andrews qualifed third in the shot put (56-5), in which JB Salem qualified fifth (55-7) and Trevor Lawrence qualified ninth. Steven Michaelsen qualified fifth in the discus (170-8). Sailors Mark Sakioka and Fred Howser both qualified in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-3.
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May 7, 2011
BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD Sunset League finals NORWALK — Senior Mark Sakioka broke his own school pole vault record and the Newport Harbor boys won their first league title in at least 11 years at Cerritos College on Thursday, with the discus events completed Friday at Huntington Beach High. Newport Harbor finished with 119 points and is considered co-champion with Fountain Valley, which went 5-0 in dual meets, Coach Nowell Kay said. Los Alamitos was second at league finals with 97 points.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
Mark Sakioka was 8 years old when his parents bought a trampoline for the backyard. The family had just remodeled the house and decided to get the jumping device for three children. Sakioka took it to new heights. Next to the trampoline was a portable basketball unit, and like any kid, Sakioka put the two to use. Sakioka and a friend decided to do back flips off the rim and toward the trampoline, where they could launch themselves and flip. The flipping around continued for five years until Stephanie Sakioka came out and saw what her son and his friend were up to one day in the backyard.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | April 16, 2011
MISSION VIEJO — Ties aren't supposed to happen at the Orange County Track and Field Championships, but that's what Newport Harbor High senior Mark Sakioka found himself in late Saturday morning. The heat, approaching 90 degrees, was bearing down on Sakioka and his good friend, El Toro senior Adam Bragg. Both had cleared 15 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault, but what did they have left? "It was the wrong day to be wearing long black tights," Sakioka said. "Right when I got out from under my umbrella, I could feel the heat.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | April 15, 2011
Spring break is almost over in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Plenty of local track and field athletes officially get back to work Saturday, when they'll compete at the Orange County Track and Field Championships at Mission Viejo High. Corona del Mar Coach Bill Sumner just wishes the meet was on a different weekend. "It shows up in the wrong place for us," Sumner said. "We're on spring break and, in Newport Beach, a lot of kids travel during spring break. " Sumner expects to have almost his full team for this meet, but he said whether or not they kept with their training over the past week is a different matter.
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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.
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March 26, 2011
TRACK AND FIELD Newport Harbor Sailors' junior Sophie Evans cleared 9 feet, 10 inches to win the girls' Division II title in the pole vault at the Mt. Carmel Invitational at Mt. Carmel High in San Diego Saturday. Senior Mark Sakioka tied for second place in the boys' Division I pole vault, clearing 15-2. Max Van Bergh set a personal best with a 14-2. Newport Harbor's Titus Hasson won his heat in the 100 meters in 11.2 seconds at the Laguna Hills Invitational.
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February 5, 2011
Newport Harbor High senior Mark Sakioka cleared 16 feet in the pole vault to win his flight at the Reno Pole Vault Summit Jan. 29. Sakoika set a school record and grabbed the top mark in the state, his coach, Fritz Howser, said. The former record was set in 1987 by RW Henson at 15-7. Sakioka nearly cleared 16-3 to finish the competition. His 16-foot clearance was quite an achievement. His previous personal record was 15-1, from last year. Sakioka set the boys' frosh-soph record of 14-1 in 2009, his sophomore year.
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