Broncs have a strong showing at Coalinga championships

By Clayton Huckaby
Kern Valley Sun

On Wednesday, May 3, the Kern Valley Broncs attended the Boy’s Track Team All-Sierra Track and Field Championships, which were held at Coalinga High School.

The championships are reserved for top athletes, and every athlete had to meet a minimum standard before they were eligible to compete in the event. The day was arid and athletes had to compete in weather that reached nearly 100 degrees.

At the start of the field events, which began at about 4 p.m., the temperature was approximately 99 degrees. By the time the track events came around, 4:30 p.m., the weather was at 98 degrees. This hot weather, although usual for California, was significantly higher than it had been when the students had been practicing.

Coach Brian Christenson described it as “definitely the hottest day of the year.”

The runners competed on a nine lane, all-weather track while the jumpers were furnished with an all-weather track apron to jump on. Both the shot put and discus throwers threw onto grass.

There were 23 teams in attendance at the event, and Kern Valley placed 11th overall. All 23 of the teams are part of the Central Section Sierra Division. Only four Kern Valley boys’ athletes competed in a total of seven events. The top three medaled with the top six, scoring for the team score.

In shot put, Hunter Ellis of Kern Valley High School threw a distance of 42 feet, two inches, a personal best. Ellis placed sixth overall out of a total of 18 throwers. A.J. Duncan threw 34 feet, one inch and placed 16th in the shot put. In discus, Duncan had a strong showing and threw 124 feet, nine inches. He placed fourth in the event out of a total of 18 people.

In both high jump and long jump, Kern Valley High School had a strong showing. In high jump, Tahoe Taylor placed fourth out of a total of 16 people. Taylor jumped five feet, four inches. In long jump, Ellis had a very strong showing. He placed second, jumping 20 feet and seven inches. Ellis was only one inch away from a personal record. Trevor Morta placed 15th with a 16 foot, eight inch jump. In triple jump, Morta placed 16th out of 23 people. He had a jump of 36 feet, 1.5 inches.

Both Ellis and Duncan are competing in the Division 2 Championships at Exeter High School today, May 10. The two reached the qualifying distance in both long jump and discus earlier this year. According to Coach Christianson, Hunter passed the distance earlier this week.

Coach Christianson said, “Great job by our athletes. I thought that we did a good job competing.”