Girls 4 x 400 Team 5th at State Championships!

June 3rd, 2013

On Saturday, the girls 4 x 400 relay team of Spencer Moore, Carly Schulz, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins finished 5th at the California State Championships.  Unlike other CIF sports, track & field contests one state final with all schools: large, medium and small competing in the same meet at the same time.  The girls 5th place finish is the highest any Saint Mary’s girls relay team has ever placed and, in doing so, they set yet another school record.  Their 3:48.31 for the 4 lap race broke their old mark by almost 4 seconds!  Spencer Moore led off, running the initial leg from the blocks in 60.4.  After that, junior Carly Schulz (who the day before had  run 43.94 to set a new personal best in the 300 hurdles) ran a blistering 55.8 leg to get the Panthers close.  Third leg Zoie Campbell, touted as one of the best 3rd legs in the state, fulfilled her billing with a solid 56.9 carry.  Anchorwoman Chloe Jenkins, who coach Jay Lawson calls the closer, then ran the fastest leg ever by a Saint Mary’s girls, crossing the finish line in 54.8.  Only perennial national powers Long Beach Poly, Long Beach Wilson, Edison of Fresno and eventual champion Piedmont Hills finished ahead of the Panthers.

All told, the season was a spectacular one for the entire Panthers squad, but especially for this fine quartet.  With all four girls coming back next season, along with the continual growth of most of this year’s underclassmen, the Panther team next season will look to make even more headlines.  Once again, congratulations to the entire team for a fantastic season!

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Check Out The Panthers Season Highlight Movie!

May 22nd, 2013

Click here to watch the 2013 track & field movie, which previewed at team banquet last night.

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Panthers Moving On To Meet of Champions

May 20th, 2013

On Saturday, 17 athletes qualified from the NCS Bayshore Meet to the Meet of Champions, to be held this Friday and Saturday at Edwards Stadium – U.C. Berkeley.   The Bayshore Meet features all qualifying athletes from 3 leagues… our own TCAL… as well as the WAC and MVAL.  Each event featured 24 athletes, with the top 7 in each event moving on to MOC.  For the Panthers, strong individual efforts were turned in by junior Spencer Moore in the girls 1600, junior Carly Schulz in the 300 hurdles, junior Ja’Vion Robinson in the 110 hurdles, and senior Austin Collier in the long jump.

In the girls 1600, Spencer Moore was the overall winner, running a comfortable 5:15 to win by almost 3 seconds.  Carly Schulz was the lone other individual champion, dashing over the 7 hurdle- 300 meter race in an almost personal best 44.91 seconds.  Finishing in the individual runner-up spot were Ja’Vion and Austin.  Ja’Vion, running his signature 110 meter hurdle race, finally broke the 15 second barrier with a wind-legal 14.93.  Austin, who qualified for the Meet of Champions in 3 different events, soared to a wind-legal 22’7” to capture second in that event.  He also qualified 4th in both the triple and high jumps.

Finally, both boys and girls 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams sprinted their way into MOC.  The boys recorded a season-best 43.66 to place 4th in the short relay… then ran 3:28.38 later in the day to also place 4th.   The girls, meanwhile, also ran a seasonal best in the 4 x 100… and also placed 4th in 48.84.  However, the quartet of Spencer Moore, Carly Schulz, Zoie Campbell, and Chloe Jenkins remained champions of the 4 x 400, running 3:52.30 to win by a comfortable 9 seconds!

Next up for the Panthers is the much-anticipated Meet of Champions….which is the qualifying meet for the state championships.   Come out this weekend and support the 17 Panthers that have made it this far!

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All-Time List Update!

May 15, 2013

Check out the updated all-time lists for both boys and girls!  Lots of additions, upgrades and improvements for many members of the 2013 squad.  Did you notice there have been  3 new school records set so far this season?  How about first time additions to the lists?  Is anyone close to moving into the top 3?  Go to the “All-Time Lists” page to see!

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Panthers Dominate TCAL Championship Meet

May 12th, 2013

On Saturday,  the varsity boys, junior varsity boys and varsity girls track & field teams dominated the TCAL championship meet, each team winning by wide margins.

The junior varsity boys, who got winning performances from Tamarick Pierce in the 200 meters, Roberto Saldana in the 300 hurdles, Kameron Jackson in the triple jump, and Roman Grace in the high jump…  won their meet by a healthy 29 points.   In fact, the 300 hurdles featured a 1-2 finish by the Panthers… with Erik Phillips finishing 2nd… while the triple jump ended with a 1-2-3 Panthers sweep  (Brizjon Wilwright and Roman Grace  being the 2nd and 3rd place finishers).

While a 29 point win was impressive for the junior varsity boys, a 60 point win was even more impressive for the varsity boys.   Leading the way was senior jump star Austin Collier, who garnered 3 individual wins.   After winning the high jump at 6’2” and soaring to a PR 46’1 triple jump win on Thursday, Austin completed the trifecta on Saturday with a win in his specialty, the long jump.  According to coach Jay Lawson, the key events for the winning Panther squad were their 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 110 hurdles, as well as their 1-2 finishes in the high and triple jumps. Junior Ja’Vion Robinson led the hurdles sweep, with Liam Godfrey, Ron Smith and Zeke Knox in pursuit.  Harold Terrell was 2nd in the high jump, as was Ron Smith in the triple.

Lastly, if a 60 point win is deemed to be “impressive”, then the 91 point victory margin the varsity girls posted should be characterized as “dominant”.   Junior Spencer Moore, a returning all-state cross country performer, showed her distance prowess while posting 3 individual and one relay win.   Spencer’s 800-1600-3200 victories amassed 30 of the girls 177 points… while junior Carly Schulz scored 20 of her own with her 100h-300h double hurdle wins.    Long jumper – triple jumper Margaret English won both of her events, as did high jumper Briahn Brown.  Chloe Jenkins, Zoie Campbell (PR 57.99 in the girls 400) and senior Janah Bermudez also contributed substantial points for the Panthers.

In all, the Panthers wrapped up the TCAL league season as dominantly as they left the BSAL.   With multiple returning winners and junior varsity athletes ready to step in to fill spots vacated by graduating seniors, the Panthers will look as strong in 2014 as they did this season!  Congratulations to all the athletes on a season well done.

Next up for the Panthers is the Bayshore area meet this Saturday at Castro Valley High School.  The top 9 qualifiers from the TCAL meet will be competing… with the top 7  moving on to the NCS Meet of Champions meet in two weeks.  Come out and support the Panthers as they look for continued success and bigger PR’s!

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Team Pictures & League Championship Schedule

May 8th, 2013

The Panther track & field team has team pictures on Wednesday after school.  Each team member should bring their uniform and order envelope if they would like to purchase team or individual pictures.

Also, the league championship schedule is now posted on the “schedule and results” page.  Simply go to the page, click on “TCAL Trials” or “TCAL Finals” and download an itinerary and schedule of events.

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Now It’s Official:  Panther Boys, Girls Are League Champions!

May 4th, 2013

After a pair of resounding wins against Hercules and Pinole Valley on Thursday at Brady Park, both the boys and girls track teams officially claimed their inaugural TCAL league championship.  For the boys, this marks the 26th straight year, dating back to 1987, that they have won the league championship.  For the girls, they have won 15 of the 17 league championships they have competed for, dating back to their initial 1996 season.  Full results are available on the “schedule and results” page.  Congratulations to both teams on their fine league seasons.

Next up for the Panthers is the league championship meet which features all teams from the TCAL.  The meet begins with trials for the running events on Thursday at Hercules High School.  The finals for the running events will be on Saturday, also at Hercules High School.  The time schedule will be determined at a league coaches meeting on Monday night.

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Girls Break School 4 x 400 Record

April 29th, 2013

On Saturday night, the girls 4 x 400 meter relay team of Spencer Moore, Carly Schulz, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins broke the school record while winning the prestigious Sacramento Meet of Champions.   The girls time of 3:52.27 places them 9th in the state… but this team is yet to be defeated on the track.  Click below to watch the video of their record-setting performance.

** Girls 4 x 400 School Record **

Also, click below to see both the boys and girls seasonal bests… as of April 28th.

** Seasonal Bests (as of April 28th) **

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Panthers Run By Albany; Just Two Wins Away From TCAL Title

April 26th, 2013

After two convincing wins over cross-town rivals Albany and El Cerrito, both Panthers boys and girls teams are just two wins shy of winning the league’s first track team championship.   The meet against Albany and El Cerrito, held at Albany,  saw the Panthers make quick work of both the Cougars and Gauchos.  For the girls, sophomore sprinter Alex O’Sullivan won the 100 meters and anchored the victorious 4 x 100 meter relay; Carly Schulz won both hurdle races; Zoe Campbell won the 400 meters; Chloe Jenkins won the 800 meters; and Margaret English won the long and triple jumps to pace the Panthers.

For the boys, a balanced scoring attack from the track as well as the field secured the win for the Panthers. On the track, hurdlers Zeke Knox and Michael Blanco went 1-2 in both hurdle races; seniors Patrick Mariolle and Pedro Navea won the 1600 and 800 meters respectively; and sprinters Caleb Coleman and Marquis Chambers chipped in with wins in the 100 and 200.  In the field, junior Harold Terrell paced the Panthers with a pair of wins in the long and high jumps.

After the meet, praise was also given to Mischa Vernon-Wyatt for a fine 1600 meter run, Janah Bermudez for a pair of solid efforts in the triple and high jump, Kristian Barchard for a solid 1st leg in the 4 x 100 relay, Diego Jara in the 800 meters, and the trio of Ben Schrider, Peter Sekona and Kyle DeVries in the throwing events.

The Panthers return to action today and tomorrow… running today at the Bob Warren Relays @ Acalanes High School.. and tomorrow at the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College.  Next week the regular season culminates with the TCAL finale, at Brady Park, against Hercules and Pinole Valley.   Come out and support the Panthers in their quest to win the first ever TCAL championship!

 

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Several Panthers PR at West Coast Relays

April 15th, 2013

On Saturday, the Saint Mary’s track & field team competed at the West Coast Relays, held at Buchanan High School in Clovis… which will host the 2013 State Championships in June.  With a fast track, warm weather and plenty of competition, the Panthers were looking for top flight performances and plenty of PR’s (personal records).  In both cases, the meet and the results did not disappoint.

Headlining for the Panthers were the hurdlers, led by junior Carly Schulz.  Although specializing in the longer, 300 meter race, Carly began the day with a huge PR in the 100 hurdles… running a full ½ second faster than she ever had… finishing in a very satisfying 15.13.  Later, she took the momentum from her 100 meter race to the venerable 300m one… finishing in 44.80 seconds, which was also a PR.

** Click here to watch Carly’s 100m hurdle race **

Following Carly’s lead, fellow junior Liam Godfrey won his heat in the 300 hurdles, clearing all 7 barriers in a lifetime best 41.39.  Ja’Vion Robinson also ran a fine 41.60 to go with his 15.17 high hurdle time.

** Click here to watch Liam Godfrey’s 300m hurdle race **

** Click here to watch Ja’Vion Robinson’s 110h race **

Like the hurdlers, the short sprinters also collected their share of season and lifetime bests.  Sophomore Alex O’Sullivan returned to campus a fan of the Buchanan track, scoring two lifetime bests is the 100 (12.80) and 200 (26.57). Running from lane 9, senior Caleb Coleman topped his 100 meter personal best, finishing in 11.05 seconds.   Lastly, the varsity girls 4 x100 meter made their 2013 debut, comfortably winning their heat in 49.42.

** Click here to watch the girls 4 x100 relay **

** Click here to watch Zoie Campbell’s 400 meter race **

While the short sprinters were basking in the heat and sun, junior Spencer Moore impressively overcame the warm temperature, running a lifetime best 5:05.53 in the girls 1600 meters.  Afterwards, while talking to coach Denis Mohun, Spencer was overheard saying that she was “no fan of global warming.”  After running 4 brisk laps under the daunting Fresno sun, not many people would disagree.

** Click here to watch Spencer’s 1600m race **

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Panthers Continue Tear Through TCAL

April 11th, 2013

Both the boys and girls track & field teams continued their run towards a league championship yesterday with convincing wins over Salesian and Kennedy.

The girls team, bolstered by event sweeps in 8 different events, were once again led by front-runners Chloe Jenkins, Zoie Campbell, Carly Schulz, Briahn Brown, and Margaret English… all of whom won their respective events.  However, when a team amasses close to 100 points in a dual meet, many other athletes are contributing big numbers.   Among them, Mischa Vernon-Wyatt scored an 800 win, running 2:34 in her first open race.  Likewise, Soraya Shockley led a 1-2-3 sweep in the shot put… with teammates Kailey Walker and Zenobia Walker finishing just behind her.  Then, in the discus, Kailey turned the tables by eeking out a close win over Zenobia… with Soraya third.  All three girls threw within 9 inches of one another.   It is what coach Mike Hammerquist called “being on the same page with one another.”  Other fine performances were turned in by Josie Smale in the mile, Giauna Neuman in the 400, and Janah Bermudez in the jumps.

The boys meet, like the girls, was never in question.   With sweeps in the mile, 110 hurdles, triple jump and high jump, the Panther boys made this meet a route.  Senior Patrick Mariolle led the way, winning both the mile and 800 meters.  Junior Ja’Vion Robinson once again won his favorite race, the 110 hurdles; Cal-bound senior Caleb Coleman won the 100 meters; and junior Harold Terrell won the high jump.  Still, like the girls, the boys scored close to 100 points and had many contributors.  Jon DeLeon chipped in courageously, running the 800, mile and two mile for the Panthers.  Mike Blanco, whose improvement in the hurdles is becoming more and more noticeable, won the 300 meters race in a PR 44.0.   Freshman Malik Stinson scored a huge PR in the triple jump, soaring 41’2” to win the event!  Sophomore, first-year runner Diego Jara ran a huge race in the mile, running 4:49 to finish just behind Patrick and senior Pedro Navea.  Sophomore Chad DeVries continued his improvement in the throws, throwing a PR 91’2” in the discus to place 2nd in that event.

Coach Jay Lawson summed it up afterwards, saying the meet, “was a very good one for us.  I like to see the kind of complete, team effort we had today.  We had a couple kids out, nursing injuries, and I felt like we didn’t miss a beat.  The other kids were ready to step in and showcase their talents and show off what their hard-work has gotten them.   As a staff, we are pleased with our team’s effort and progress.”

The Panthers hope to continue to perform and progress this weekend.  The varsity team travels to Fresno for the West Coast Relays… while the JV boys team will be at Castro Valley on Friday afternoon for the Trojan Relays.  Good luck to all the athletes competing this weekend!

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Panthers Small in Size, Big on Results at Arcadia

April 6th, 2013

Having hosted 152 Olympians and billed as the “Home of National Records,” the Arcadia Invitational is considered the most competitive high school track and field meet in the United States.   This year’s meet, the 46th annual, featured athletes from 32 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand… as well as the top athletes from around the Golden State.  Joining this distinguished group were 8 athletes from Saint Mary’s, whose season thus far has shown that they are amongst the top groups from Northern California.  Arcadia, however, is a much bigger stage and by far the biggest test for this group thus far.   By late Saturday night, this Panthers group of 8, according to coach Jay Lawson, “performed as well as I could have expected.  Considering the stage they were on, I am extremely proud of this group.”

Once again, familiar names led the Panthers at Arcadia.  The girls sprint medley relay team began the meet by placing 3rd in the “invitational” section on Friday night.  The relay is run in a 200-200-400-800 format and featured Alex O’Sullivan, Carly Schulz, Chloe Jenkins and Spencer Moore.  According to coach Lawson, “Each girl ran as expected and competed very well.  Carly was especially big on her 200 leg.”  Spencer Moore, is should be noted, ran a lifetime best 2:16 on the 800 meter anchor leg.

[Watch the girls sprint medley race by clicking here]

[Watch Ja’Vion’s 110 hurdle race by clicking here]

On Saturday, senior Austin Collier placed 4th in the boys open long jump at 22’6”.  Junior Ja’Vion Robinson continued his fine hurdling, running 15.14 to win heat #3 in the open 110 meter hurdles.  Carly Schulz, last year’s section runner-up in the 300 hurdles, ran her season best 45.13 in the girls open race.   Later, Carly joined Spencer Moore, Zoie Campbell and Chloe Jenkins to win their 4 x 400 race in a season best 3:53.82.  That time is also the 2nd best in school history and the winning race keeps the girls undefeated in head-to-head competition this season.

Finally, sophomore Briahn Brown finished 6th in the girls invitational high jump with a clearance of 5’6”.  Briahn’s performance was, according to coach Jeff Rogers “a gritty effort for Briahn.  Technically she’s been much better and she finished meets having jumped higher.  But, I’d say this was the best I’ve ever seen Briahn compete.  She struggled all day but continued to battle.  Today was a good day for her.”

In fact, if grit, determination, resilience, and performance are the barometers for what a “good day” is, then Arcadia was a “very good” two days for all 8 athletes.  Congratulations to all who competed.

Next up for the Panthers is their 2nd TCAL meet on Thursday against Salesian and Kennedy.  The meet will be at Saint Mary’s and begins at 3:30.  Come out and support the Panthers!

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Girls 4 x 400 Team Still Undefeated… Wins Stanford Invitational

March 30, 2013

The girls 4 x 400 team of Zoie Campbell, Carly Schulz, Spencer Moore and Chloe Jenkins ran a seasonal best 3:55.30 to win the Stanford Invitational and highlight a solid two-day meet for the Panthers.  Inspired by the nifty Nike backpacks being awarded to the winners, the girls improved their seasonal best by almost 3 seconds.  Anchorperson Chloe Jenkins, whose 56.2 split was a fine compliment to her 57.79 open 400 run just hours before, passed the anchorperson from South Pasadena High School with 60 meters to go to seal the victory for the Panthers.  Earlier in the day, that same quartet also broke a 5 year old school record in the 4 x 800 meter relay, running 9:29.02 while placing 2nd.

[Click here to watch the video of the girls victorious 4 x 400 relay]

[Click here to watch the video of the girls school record-setting 4 x 800 relay]

In the boys 110m hurdles, junior Ja’Vion Robinson returned from a nagging quadricep injury to post a personal best 15.08 in the prelims and 15.18 in the final… which nabbed him 6th overall.   Carly Schulz also hurdled to a PR of her own, running 15.67 in the girls 100m hurdles.

[Click here to watch Ja’Vion’s victorious preliminary race]

[Click here to watch the boys distance medley relay]

On Friday, the Panthers also competed down on the Farm… with senior Austin Collier leading the way in his specialty, the long jump.  After a sub par opening jump, Austin bounded out to a lifetime best 22’10”, which placed him 4th overall and moved him up considerably on the school’s all-time list.  Also on Friday, the boys team of Patrick Mariolle, Liam Godfrey, Jovani Barajas and Pedro Navea ran a season best 10:58 in the distance medley relay.

Congratulations to all the Panthers who competed this weekend.  Next up for the Panthers is the prestigious Arcadia Invitational on April 5th & 6th.   Held at Arcadia High School (near Pasadena, CA), Arcadia is widely regarded as the most competitive, talent-laden high school meet in the country… and a certainly a precursor to the California State Meet.  Good luck to the Panthers this weekend!

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Seasonal Bests Update

March 26, 2013

Click on the link entitled “Seasonal Bests” to see the updated seasonal bests in each event.  (Simply click on the “+” next to Track & Field 2013 to get a list of all the links and pages associated with Saint Mary’s Track & Field.)  Who leads the team in each event?  Are there any surprises?  Has anyone cracked the top ten all-time list?  How do Saint Mary’s athletes fare in comparison to other athletes around the league, section and state?

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Panther Boys, Girls Open TCAL Season With Huge Wins

March 22nd, 2013

After almost a month of split squads, enrichment week interruptions and incorporating new faces onto the team, the Panthers finally opened their 2013 league season with a full compliment of athletes… all of whom were quite eager to run, hurdle, jump and throw their way onto the stat sheets.  St. Patrick’s, St. Joe’s and De Anza provided the competition but when it was over  it was clear that the Panthers main competition were themselves.

For the boys, seniors Caleb Coleman and Austin Collier, along with junior Liam Godfrey provided a lot of the Panthers upfront firepower.  Coleman, running in the shadows of the CAL campus he will call home over the next four years, won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes… the former in a hand-timed best of 10.7.   Collier, having been hampered by a nagging hip injury over the past several weeks, returned to his competition in fine form… scoring a pair of personal bests in his specialties the long and high jumps.  After having soared past 22 feet in the long jump for the first time ever, Austin followed with an all-time 6’6” best in the high jump.  While Caleb and Austin were sprinting and jumping their way to top podium finishes, junior Liam Godfrey joined the act with a pair of decisive wins in the hurdle races.  After winning the 110 meter race, Liam later stormed to a 2 second victory in his specialty, the 300 meter race.  Other notable performances were turned in by Patrick Mariolle (4:40 – mile), Pedro Navea in the 800 (2:05) and Harold Terrell in the high jump (6’4”).

For the girls,  Carly Schulz had  a busy, efficient & rather dominant day against the Bruins, Pilots and Dons…. pacing a trio of huge Panther wins.  After leading the 4 x100 team to victory, she then cruised to victory in the 100 hurdles, 400 meter dash, and her specialty, the 300 hurdles.  Some bystanders later claim to have heard her pleading with the starter to slow the pace of the meet in order to grab a few more minutes of oxygen.

While Carly was piling up track points, several others won, not surprisingly, their event specialties.  Junior Margaret English scored a pair of wins  in the long and triple jumps, sophomore Briahn Brown won the high jump, Spencer Moore won the mile and Chloe Jenkins won the 800.  In all, the Panthers women did what the coaches had hoped for and expected.   As coach Denis Mohun said later, “I’m not a huge fan of surprises, so in my mind today was a great day!”

Touché, Mr. Mohun…. touché.

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Briahn Brown Equals School High Jump Record, Leads Panthers at St. Francis Invitational

March 16th, 2013

On Saturday, the Panthers traveled to Mountain View to compete against many of the best athletes from the Central Coast Section in the annual St. Francis Track & Field carnival.   Bolstered by wins from junior Margaret English in the girls triple jump, Zoie Campbell in the frosh-soph girls 400, and record-setting performances by the frosh-soph girls sprint medley relay and sophomore Briahn Brown, the Panthers begin their quest for their initial TCAL league championship with a lot of momentum.

“We were forced to leave several of our top athletes home because of injury and illness” said coach Jay Lawson.  “So I am really pleased with how some of our other kids stepped up and performed.”

Among those athletes Coach Lawson referenced were sprinters Alex O’Sullivan and Zoe Roberts in the f/s girls 100 meters, Mischa Vernon-Wyatt running the 800 leg of the varsity girls distance medley, freshman Malik Stinson in the f/s boys triple jump, Chloe Jenkins on her 400 leg of the girls sprint medley, and senior Zodie Waxman in the girls triple jump.

“I love seeing those kinds of kids… who have been working…. who’ve had to overcome adversity… who are just learning about what track & field is… have success.  I hope it inspires some of the others to keep working.”

Still, despite the overall successes of many on the team, the day belonged to high jumper Briahn Brown.  Her  5’8” jump tied a long-standing school record in the girls high jump and now ranks her 3rd in California and 6th in the U.S.  Moreover,  considering the esthetics: the crescendo of the run-up, the furious explosion of the take-off, the sudden grace of the layout, and the exhilaration of the descent… Briahn reminded the crowd surrounding the high jump pit of the beauty the event possesses as one attempts to defy gravity without the benefit of artificial assistance.  Her performance truly was a masterpiece.

Next up for the Panthers is the TCAL opener on Thursday against De Anza, Richmond, St. Patricks-St. Vincent, and St. Jospeh’s.  Come out and support the Panthers as they open their league season!

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Panthers Capture a Trio of Wins at Dan Gabor Invitational

March 10th, 2013

On Friday evening and all day Saturday, Amador Valley High School hosted the annual Dan Gabor Distance and Sprint carnivals, respectively.  Friday ‘s meet featured the “distance races”… or those that run  800, 1600 and 3200 meters, while Saturday’s meet featured several sprint and jump events.  In all, over 3000 athletes from all over Northern California competed over the two days.  Considering the sheer number of athletes and the rich level of competition, a teams statistical odds of outright victory or top 5 finishes were not great.  However, track & field events are not math problems and this group of Panther track athletes don’t seem too interested in statistical odds.  Instead, the Panthers had 3 individual victories, 8 top 5 performances, and numerous other solid performances.

Individual winners were, once again, a trio of familiar names.  Sophomore 400/800 star Chloe Jenkins placed 4th in the girls 800 on Friday night before coming back on Saturday with a personal best and winning time of 58.03 in the girls 400.  Junior Carly Schulz followed Chloe’s lead with her own 300 hurdle win later that afternoon, while senior Austin Collier won his specialty, the long jump, in a near personal best 21’10” and was also 2nd in the boys high jump.  Spencer Moore’s 2:16.99 in the girls 800 was a huge personal best and good for 2nd place overall.  Sophomore Zoie Campbell ran a personal best for the 2nd straight week in the girls 400 (59.85) while junior Ja’Vion Robinson scored a huge PR of his own in the 300 hurdles, clocking 41.68.  Both Zoie and Ja’Vion placed 4th overall.

Several other athletes did not finish in the top 5 but performed extraordinarily well according to coaches Mohun and Lawson.    Among them were first year runner Diego Jara (800, 1600),  junior Maddy Woelffer (800), senior Andrew Abrams (800), Jovani Barajas (400, 800), senior Patrick Mariolle (1600), Mike Blanco (300H), and freshman Melissa Mariano (800).

Next up for the Panthers is the Saint Francis Invitational on Saturday, March 16th at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View.

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Panthers Run, Jump & Hurdle to Six Wins at Sac State Invite

March 2, 2013

Season openers are often filled with excitement and nerves.  Many athletes, having spent their winter months training and preparing, come into the season-opener hoping to bear the fruits of their months of hard-work.  On Saturday at the Sacramento State Track Classic, the 2013 Panthers made a statement about the fruits of hard-work.   The familiar quartets of Carly Schulz, Chloe Jenkins, Zoie Campbell and Spencer Moore for the girls and Jovani Barajas, Austin Collier, Caleb Coleman and Andrew Abrams for the boys once again stole the headlines, but several other Panthers made statements equal to or greater than the normal stalwarts.

For the boys, junior Ja’Vion Robinson’s outdoor 110m hurdle debut was very impressive.  Running from the preferred lane 5 position, Ja’Vion made quick work of his opponents, jumping to an early lead and powering over the 10 hurdles to a personal best 15.18 win.  Not to be outdone, senior  Austin Collier notched 2 wins…. one in the long jump and the other as part of the victorious 4 x 400 relay team.   According to coach Jay Lawson, he, along with Abrams, Coleman and Barajas ran a very good early season race.    “I really liked the way our guys ran strategically.  I expect them to always give their best effort, but I am really pleased with how they ran the race.  If we can continue to train hard and execute smart race tactics, I think this group can surprise some people.”  In addition to their 4 x400 exploits, Lawson praised Coleman for a fine 22.73 – 200 meter race, Abrams for a quick early season 50.81 – 400 meter run, and junior Zeke Knox for a PR 54.84 in the boys 400.   Other fine performances were turned in by senior Patrick Mariolle in the 1500 meters (4:15.5), Jovani Barajas in the 800 (2:03.72) and junior Mike Blanco in his first ever 300 meter hurdle race (45.50).

For the girls, the day was filled with PR’s and eye-opening performances.   Per usual, Spencer Moore had a solid day….. running 4:50.44 for 1500 meters and later running the 3rd leg on the victorious 4 x 400 meter relay team.   Carly Schulz, another of the familiar headliners, opened her hurdle season with a 15.95 PR over the 100  hurdles and a fine 45.71 for the 300’s .  Sophomore Chloe Jenkins, meanwhile, continues to emerge as a rising star, this time winning her specialty, the 800 meters, in 2:17.93 and later anchoring the girls 4 x 400 team.   Sophomores Zoie Campbell and Alex O’Sullivan also had nice days… Zoie with a PR 59. 89 in the open 400 and Alex in the 100 and 200.  Another sophomore, Briahn Brown, equaled her lifetime best while hoisting herself to the top of the NCS leader board with a 5’4” win in the girls high jump.

In all, the Panthers performance at Sacramento State was one of the finer openers in recent memory.  As coach Denis Mohun would say later, “it looked like we were in mid-season form in early March…. which begs the question: where is this team heading?”   For many.. this is a really good question???

Next up for the Panthers is the Dan Gabor Distance and Sprint Carnival at Amador Valley High School this Friday and Saturday.  The distance races will be contested on Friday… with sprints, jumps and hurdles on Saturday.  Good luck to all the Panthers competing this weekend!

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Girls Win 4×400 at California State Indoor Meet

February 28, 2013

 

Click here to watch  out the victorious girls’ 4x 400 meter relay team at the California State indoor meet in Fresno.

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Panthers Open 2013 Seeking Progress & Championship Banners

February 21, 2013

With fewer than 15 seniors on the 85 person roster, the 2013 Saint Mary’s Panthers are young and relatively inexperienced.  Fortunately, the return of  several gifted athletes will headline this upstart group that hopes to continue the dominance  it showed in the now defunct BSAL.   All told, the Panther women’s squads captured all but 2 league championship banners in the history of the BSAL… while the boys won every one.   “With such a young squad, our goal is to improve every week,” said head coach Jay Lawson.  “Progress is our immediate goal.  If we practice well, it will translate into progress and it has been my experience that progress wins championships.”

Sprints

Seniors Caleb Coleman and Andrew Abrams join juniors Carly Schulz, Chloe Jenkins and Zoie Campbell as the headliners and should lead the sprinters this season.

Coleman garnered All-BSAL honors as a sophomore and owns a 11.03 – 100 meter PR,  good for 8th all-time in school history.   Abrams is a 4 year performer who, for the first time in his career, is coming into the season healthy and with a winter of training underneath him.  He, along with junior Jovani Barajas, look to be the top quarter milers for the Panthers.

For the girls, the 2013 season kicked off last weekend in Fresno at the “Run For The Dream” – California Indoor “State” Championships.  The quartet of Schulz, Jenkins, Campbell and Spencer Moore showed that they are truly the strength of this year’s team by winning the 4 x400 meter relay in an indoor school record 4:06.61.  Indeed, if this a preview of things to come, look for this group to be a major force on the North Coast Section track scene.

 Hurdles

Juniors Ja’Vion Robinson, Liam Godfrey, Carly Schulz and Evelyn Slater lead coach Moses Jocko’s group this year.   Robinson, himself a top 7 finisher in Fresno last weekend, is looking for a breakout year in 2013.   Thus far, his winter campaign and indoor performance suggest Ja’Vion will rival the best hurdlers in and around the North Coast Section this season.  Godfrey, coming off an incredible soccer season, is looking for a breakout season himself… over the 7 hurdle 300 meter race.

Carly Schulz, a returning state meet competitor, leads the girls.  Coach Jocko expects Carly to “be amongst the favorites in every race she runs” this season.  This praise and these expectations reflect the talent of the #3 performer in school history.    Evelyn Slater, meanwhile, has NCS Meet of Champions and State Meet experience.  She, too, will  be a valuable scorer and contributor for the Panthers.

Distance

Coach Denis Mohun’s group is, once again, talented and full of potential.  Led by defending league mile and 2 mile champion Spencer Moore and defending league ½ mile champ Chloe Jenkins, the Panthers seem to be in good hands on the girls side.  Add into the mix senior Natalia Riccardi, sophomore Josie Smale, and juniors Amanda Keith, Caitlin Kloess and Maddy Woelffer… and the Panthers have all the ingredients of a dominant distance group in the new TCAL.

For the boys, senior Patrick Mariolle has Meet of Champions experience and will lead the Panthers.  After Patrick, the team has several upstarts whose cross country campaign suggest they may go pretty well this spring.  Juniors Nabai Habtemariam and sophomore Mickey Tessema seem the most likely… but also look for junior Jon DeLeon and sophomore Zach Wilkinson to threaten.

Jumps

Tradition and success are hallmarks of past Panther groups, and according to coach Jeff Rogers, “this group has the athletes to continue that tradition.”  Without a doubt, the most talented of the boy’s group is senior Austin Collier.  A returning 22’0 long jumper and 6’4” high jumper, Collier has the physical make-up to rival some of the best Panthers of all-time.  Staying injury free will be a key to this senior’s success according to Rogers.

Collier’s teammate, junior Harold Terrell, will certainly have a say in who wins the league high jump championship.  Terrell, the league HJ champ as a freshman, has a best of 6’3” and is ready for a breakout year of his own.

For the girls, defending NCS Bayshore high jump champ Janah Bermudez, top long and triple jumper Margaret English, and defending league high jump champion Briahn Brown  give the Panthers a trio of talented, decorated jumpers.  Each girl will challenge for individual league championship honors… as well as possible state meet births.

Throws

Coach Mike Hammerquist’s 2013 group seems hungry, dedicated and more ready than ever to contend in the newly formed TCAL.  Seniors Zenobia Walker and Sarah Thomas, junior Kailey Walker and sophomore Soraya Shockley form the nucleus of  the squad… while a quartet of young male throwers seek to enter the fray.