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Great Oak races ahead into track & field CIF-SS finals

Wolfpack and Broncos battle for Div 1 titles

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Issue 21, Volume 18.
Paul Bandong
Staff Writer

Twenty-four Great Oak Track & Field athletes qualified for the 2014 CIF Southern Section-Ford Track & Field Finals, presented by Farmers. The meet will be held May 24 at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Only the top nine in each field event and the heat winners and next fastest (total of nine) qualifiers advance.

Two weeks ago, the Wolfpack boys won the Southwestern League Championship ending the four-year streak held by host school Vista Murrieta. Dustin Wert won the pole vault and the boys’ team took the top five spots to lock in the


Seth Knowlton broke the sophomore record in the shot put, winning both the shot and the discus events. Nick Doan was a double-winner in the 1600 and 3200m runs. Nick Fisher won the long jump and qualified for CIF in the triple jump, 100m dash and the 4 x 100m relay. The boys’ 4x100m team recorded a 41.81 second win. The Great Oak distance team ran away with 15 of the 18 CIF


The Great Oak girls team took second to a strong Vista Murrieta team. The Wolfpack’s Ciynamon Stevenson set a new meet record with a winning triple jump of 39’ 4". Destiny Collins set new meet records, winning the 1600m and 3200m runs. Audrey Wallis won the 800m.

This past weekend at CIF Prelims held at Trabuco Hills High School, Great Oak qualified 16 athletes in 21 events and both relays. Nick Fisher (LJ, TJ, 100m, 4x100m) and Damion Marshall (200m, 400m, 4 x 200m, 4x400m) qualified in four events each, the first time in school history that two athletes have accomplished this. Fisher ran a 10.97 in the 100m dash; jumped 22-09.50 in the long jump and 45-08.25 in the triple jump. Marshall ran 21.82 in the 200m and 48.96 in the 400m.

Vista Murrieta qualified ten athletes in fourteen events and both relays.

Knowlton’s records of 163’ (discus) and 49’ 6.5" (shot) were new sophomore records for Great Oak. Shane Atkinson and Andrew Lottig (both at 15-0’) qualified in the pole vault; Ryan Polakiewicz is first alternate. Doan qualified in the 1600m (2nd, 4:15.77) and 3200m (3rd, 9:17). Solomon Fountain set a new freshman record of 4:21.52 (1600m), making him the top-ranked freshman in California. Isaac Cortez won the 800m (1:55). The 4x100m relay team cruised in at 41.61 seconds.

For the Wolfpack girls’ team, eight athletes qualified in 14 events and both relays. Destiny Collins (4:52 and 10:36) and Haley Dorris (4:57 and 10:42) were 1 and 2 in the 1600m and 3200m runs. Ashley Helbig finished third at 5:01 in the shorter race; freshman Kiyena Beatty is now the #2 freshman in the state with a 10:53 third place finish in the longer race. Great Oak runners won all three heats. Stevenson qualified for CIF Finals in the triple jump (38’ 4.75"). Allie Portis’ new school record (17’ 8.5") in the long jump qualified her for CIF

Finals. The girls 4 x 400m team qualified with a 3:54.43 time.

Also qualifying for CIF Finals on relay teams are: Mya Marshall, Alyssa Bryant, Ally Talpash, Maika Simmons, Taylor Lawson, Jordan Lucas, Brandon Presley, James Nool, LaQuan Williams, and Emica Norris.

Vista Murrieta qualified 13 girls in 21 events and both relays. Michelle Norman and Sarah Dunaway qualified in three individual events. Norman ran 11.96 in the 100m; she jumped 19-05.25 in the long jump and 39-01.50 in the triple jump to win both events. Dunaway ran 15.27 in the 100m hurdles and qualified on two relay


The CIF Masters Meet to determine state meet qualifiers will be held May 30, also at Cerritos College in




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