Broncs win home HDL meet over Rosamond

By Ray Conner

The Kern Valley boys track team took full advantage of playing on their home track. The team banded together and created the lopsided 91-35 victory over the Roadrunners of Rosamond.

It was a team effort when the Broncs competed on their home track. As a team the Broncs collected 12 first-place finishes. Four of the athletes were multiple winners. Kern Valley swept two events taking first through third. The Broncs had 14 athletes score points for the team. The success continued in setting PR’s as the Broncs accomplished this 10 times in the home meet.

Daniel Hinkey and Kyle Denys each won three events to lead Kern Valley. Hinkey was first in the 110m hurdles (16.81 PR), the 400m (55.58 PR), and the 300m hurdles (49.62). Denys came in first in the 100m (11.52 PR), in the 200m (24,18), and the long jump (19’ 3.5” PR). 

Winning two events in the “field” portion of the meet were Ed Bunting and Jackson Weghorst. Bunting took home the top spot in both the shot put (33’) and the discus (98’ 11”). Weghorst was first in the high jump (5’ 2”) and the triple jump (36’ 1”). Solo winners included Baden Mota in the 1600m (5:27.30) and Jack Montgomery in the 800m (2:25.21). Rounding out the winners was the 4x 100 team of Denys, Hinkey, Tristan Beckham, and Montgomery. They ran to first place in a time of 46.40. 

Coming in second in their events were Colin Clark, Mota, J. Montgomery, Bunting, and Beckham. Clark was runner up in two events. He came in second in the 110m hurdles (21.11) and the 300m hurdles (57.11). Mota was second in the 400m (56.310, while J. Montgomery was second in the 100m (11.58 PR). Bunting came in second in the triple jump (26’ 4”), while Beckham was second in the 200m (25.08).

Five different Broncs earned points out of the third-place spot. Logan Sampson did it twice in the 1600m (5:46.55) and the 3200m (12:48.81). Tyler Lewis was third in the shot put (29’ 9.5”), while Nolan Wicker was third in the 110m hurdles (22.14). Brian Webster came in third in the 400m (1:01.46), while Christopher Richey was third in the discus (86’ 11”).

Beckham ran to a fourth-place in the 100m (11.78 PR), while Webster was fifth in the discus (82’ 2.5” PR). Xander Lofty grabbed fifth place in the 1600m (5:53.71). 

Other Broncs to compete at the home meet were Aidan Rapp, Jonas Bordner, Michael Porter, Thomas Valdez, Julian Hernandez, AJ Montgomery, and Cash Johnstone. 

Head coach Sabine Mixon said, “We were excited to host a home meet and were elated with the community members who showed up to help cheer on and support our athletes. The Broncs will host the Cal City Ravens on the home track today.  We will also be honoring our seniors Kyle Espinoza Denys, Jack Montgomery, Brian Webster, Colin Clark, Ed Bunting, Jonas Bordner, and Julian Hernandez. Senior night will begin at 3:15 p.m. and the competition at 3:30 p.m. Please come out and support these outstanding young athletes.”

Coach Mixon submitted this on some of her athletes that competed at the Patriot Games at Liberty High School in Bakersfield on April 19.

A handful of athletes were selected to attend the Patriot Games at Liberty High School in Bakersfield. The 4x100m relay team of Kyle Espinoza Denys, Daniel Hinkey, Tristan Beckham, and Jack Montgomery ran a time of 45.92 for 11th place.

Daniel Hinkeywas also selected to compete in the 100m hurdles where he ran a personal best time of 16.46 earning him an eighth place and a qualifying time for CIF. He also competed in the 300m hurdles and set a new personal best time of 43.75 and 13th place. Jack Mongomery was selected for the high jump where he also set a personal best record of 5′ 8″ and tied for fifth place. 

Mixon said, “We are so proud of our athletes who continue to work hard and grow faster, stronger, better, and show grit when the going gets tough.