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July 31, 2010
The Costa Mesa High football team is planning for a special event Saturday to help raise funds for Carlos Vazquez, an incoming senior standout who was diagnosed with leukemia in June. The footbal team will be conducting its annual Lift-A-Thon and BBQ at Costa Mesa with a meaningful morning event: "Hair Cutting For Carlos." In an effort to support Vazquez, the players are planning to shave their hair. The team will also have a few volunteer hair stylists to help with the cuts in the morning, that is open for the community.
By Steve Virgen, | July 29, 2010
On certain days during this month, Allie Krugman has spent her time at Pepperdine University. It's a break from the norm, something she can use as she intensely works on the pole vault. At Pepperdine, she can escape, studying film with others as part of the digital filmmaking camp. She now knows how to shoot a short film. A live camera might be needed for Krugman today. It could provide entertainment, maybe even a happy ending. Krugman, an incoming senior at Newport Harbor High, will compete in the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.
June 6, 2010
CLOVIS — When Mater Dei High senior Scott Cook began practicing the pole vault four years ago, he was aware it was a dangerous event in track and field. There were times when the Newport Beach resident experienced some scary attempts at clearing the bar. But then again he said he has had so many successful vaults he just blocked out the frightening ones. There was no reason to be afraid Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis. He won the CIF State championship in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet, 3 inches, a personal record.
By Steve Virgen | June 4, 2010
If Jaycee Olsen has it her way, she'll be like a made-up model competing in the discus event Saturday in Clovis. That's because the Corona del Mar High senior plans to have her make-up done before the finals of the CIF State Track and Field Championships so that she can still attend her prom. Of course, she has to make it there first. Olsen is one of five local athletes competing in the state meet, which begins today with the preliminaries, at Buchanan High in Clovis. CdM seniors Marisa Cummings and Melanie Powers are in the 3,200-meter race Saturday.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | May 28, 2010
Corona del Mar High Coach Bill Sumner's Memorial Day plan is to train three girls. Sumner said he isn't missing the CIF State track and field finals next week for the third straight season. Sumner's two long-distance runners and one thrower are his ticket to Clovis. CdM seniors Marisa Cummings, Melanie Powers and Jaycee Olsen are three of seven local athletes competing today at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at Cerritos College for the opportunity to compete against the state's best the following week.
May 15, 2010
TRACK AND FIELD CIF Division II preliminaries MOORPARK — Newport Harbor High’s Mark Sakoika, Max Van Bergh, Ryan Andrews, Jake Taylor, Ethan Cochran and Steven Michaelsen advanced to the finals in their respective events Saturday at Moorpark High. Sakoika and Van Bergh both cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to move on in the pole vault. Andrews (55-7 1/2 ) and Taylor (54-6) advanced in the shot put. Cochran (169-0) and Michaelsen (161-3)
By Steve Virgen | May 6, 2010
Just before competing in the 300-meter hurdles in a dual meet at Laguna Beach last week, Costa Mesa High senior Kaitlin Yamamoto felt the nerves creeping in. The standout track and field athlete for the Mustangs could also feel the pain burning in her hip and back, aches she’s had to deal with the entire season. The thought, or rather nightmare, of finishing in 50 seconds plagued her brain. For the majority of the season, Yamamoto had been wanting to break down that wall of 50, to cross the finish line in a number that doesn’t begin with 5. Victories usually came for Yamamoto, as she won three or sometimes four events, racking up points for Costa Mesa, which has won four straight league titles.
By Steve Virgen | May 22, 2009
It’s the event in track and field that could be considered an extreme sport. But that doesn’t seem to faze four Newport Harbor High sophomores. They just go about their business and compete in the pole vault. Sure there’s danger, but that’s not the main storyline for Mark Sakioka, Max Van Bergh, Allison Krugman and Siara Fabbri. They’re all about success and keeping the Sailors known for their pole vaulting. This is not just about one girl grabbing attention for her cover-model looks all over the Internet.
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