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.
June 5, 2010
CLOVIS — Jake Taylor recorded a foul on his first attempt of the shot put in the preliminaries of the CIF State Track and Field Championships Friday. He tried not to fall in a funk. All around him, it seemed as if most of the highly touted competitors started to crumble under the pressure of competing against the state's elite. Yet Taylor found a way to stay calm and eventually broke through. The Newport Harbor High senior took the ninth spot, the final seed into today's finals with a shot of 54 feet, 9 1/4 inches.
May 24, 2010
As a three-sport athlete Sage Hill School senior Jackie Dion certainly remained busy throughout her four years with the Lightning. Adversity plagued her senior year, but Dion pressed on. A dislocated kneecap sustained in January kept her out for the rest of the girls’ soccer season. But she battled back to compete for Sage Hill during the track and field season. Next year, it’s off to USC, where she plans to compete in track and field. She certainly left her mark with the Lightning.
May 17, 2010
This corrects an earlier version. Friday morning, 40 of the best and brightest students in Costa Mesa and their proud parents gathered at the Hilton for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. These young men and women, who represent the top students at Costa Mesa’s high schools and colleges — and whose accompanying profiles and photos were provided by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce — were the guests of honor at a breakfast hosted by the chamber and sponsored by at least a dozen businesses, service clubs and others.
May 15, 2010
TRACK AND FIELD Big West Conference Championships NORTHRIDGE — UC Irvine sophomore Charles Jock broke his own school record in winning the 800 meters Saturday at Cal State Northridge. Jock won the race in 1 minute, 46.93 seconds, passing his previous record of 1:47.46 set in March. Jock anchored UCI’s 4x400 relay that won in 3:09.43. Jacob Yowell, Murphy and George Hernandez ran the first three legs. UCI finished sixth with 58.5 points as Cal State Northridge won the meet with 173. Freshman Vanessa Houston led the Anteater women’s team with second-place finishes in the 100 (11.93)
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)