By Ray Conner
The Kern Valley boys track team earned a victory over Rosamond.
This past week, the Broncs, on their home track, took on the Roadrunners. They collected 74 team points, while Rosamond earned just 51 points.
According to KVHS head coach, Brian Christianson the conditions were as follows:
Sixty degrees at the start of the meet at 3 p.m., a stiff cross breeze that was in the face of the long/triple jumpers and discus throwers. Compact dirt track, with six lanes, slow long/triple jump pits, high jumpers jumped off of grass, good shot put and discus rings. All times were electronically timed, so everything was official and counts towards CIF All-Area Ranking.
Kern Valley was able to win nine events at the meet. Noah Alexander led the charge with three wins. Zach Goss and Jeffrey Cawein each won a pair of events, while Isaac Steers and Davin Lee each won one event.
The individual results were as follows:
110 Hurdles-First place, Jeffrey Cawein, 20.54; second place, Isaac Steers, 21.75.
1600-Second place, Davin Lee, 5:47.58. Did not place in top three: Derek Windham, 6:06.26, Mack Wargo, 6:09.22.
100 Meters-First place, Zach Goss, 11.45(PR). Did not place in top three: Shawn Luker, 12.95 (season record).
400 Meters-First place, Noah Alexander, 59.29 (PR).
800 Meters-First place, Davin Lee, 2:31.76 (PR).
300 Hurdles-First place, Jeffrey Cawein, 48.13.
200 Meters-First place, Noah Alexander, 25.90.
High Jump-First place, Isaac Steers, 5’01”; second place, Jeffrey Cawein, 4’11”; third place, Kyle Lubin, 4’11” (PR).
Shot Put-Second place, Brett Grimsby, 41’05.25”; third place, Jacob Lightner, 35’03”. Did not place in top three: Michael McBride, 34’10.5” (PR); Juan Carlos Lopez, 31’05”; Gerron Cassady, 28’02.25” (PR).
Discus-Second place, Michael McBride, 89’ (PR); third place, Juan Carlos Lopez, 88’05”. Did not place in top three: Gerron Cassady, 70’04” (PR); J.J. Forbes, 63’05”.
Long Jump-First place, Noah Alexander, 17’11” (PR); second place, James Meachem, 17’10.5”; third place, Isaac Steers, 17’09.5” (PR).
Triple Jump-First place, Zach Goss, 37’05” (PR); second place, James Meachem, 34’05”; third place, Isaac Steers, 34’02”.
Christianson said, “Good day for the Kern Valley boys’ track and field team. We hadn’t beaten Rosamond in a dual meet in a few years, so we are very happy with the results. A number of our athletes had great days.”
Later in the week the Broncs competed in the Sierra Pacific Golden Bear Invitational at Hanford High School Neighbor Bowl.
It was a nine-lane all-weather track (very “spongy.”) Discus throwers threw onto grass just outside of the stadium. Shot put also threw onto grass at the south end of the stadium (two shot put rings.) Good long/triple jump runway (separate runway for long jumpers and triple jumpers.) Seventy-two degrees at the start of the meet a little cross wind in the bowl of the stadium. Field events started at 1:30 p.m. and running events at 2 p.m.
All running events were electronically timed, and all events were official – counting towards CIF rankings.
The top eight score for the team score and there were 23 teams at this invitational. The top three finishers in each event earned medals.
Kern Valley finished with 13 team points which put them in 15th place at the invitational meet. Pitman was the winner with 159 points.
The individual results were as follows:
Frosh/Soph 1600m- Mack Wargo, 22nd out of 36 with a time of 5:46.96 (PR). This is Mack’s second PR in the last week.
Varsity 110 Hurdles-Jeffrey Cawein, 19.12 (PR on an officially timed meet), 6th place out of 21.
Varsity 300 Hurdles-Jeffrey Cawein, 45.21 (PR), 7th out of 29.
Varsity Shot Put-Brett Grimsby, 41’02.5”, 7th out of 52.
Varsity High Jump-Jeffrey Cawein, 5’ 0”, 10th out of 30.
Varsity Long Jump-Isaac Steers, 18’06.5” (PR), 5th out of 45; James Meachem, 18’03”, 6th out of 45.
Varsity Triple Jump-James Meachem, 37’01” (PR), 8th out of 32; Isaac Steers, 36’10.5” (PR), 10th out of 32.
Christianson said, “These Kern Valley athletes competed against good competition today. They did a good job of getting PRs and improving their CIF rankings.”