By Ray Conner
Rachel Driskell of the Lady Broncs finished off her season by taking fourth at the CIF Central Section South Area Championships.
Driskell was one of three Kern Valley athletes that would compete.
Bella Williams would run in two events, while Jeffrey Cawein was initially an alternate, but he got his chance to run in his event, the 300m hurdles.
Driskell was the top finisher for Kern Valley as she competed in the high jump. Her best leap of 4’ 9” placed her fourth where she was awarded a medal.
Williams was set up to compete in the both the 100m and 300m hurdles. Williams came in 14th in the 100m (18.31) and 15th place in the 300m (53.29) setting a personal record.
Cawein qualified for the 300m hurdles as an alternate, but there were a few scratches, so he was a last second replacement in the event.
He would come across the line in a time of 45.14, which was good enough for 13th place.
According to Broncs head coach Brian Christianson, before this year, the CIF Central Section has always had two divisions for track and field. Last summer they voted to go from two divisions to four areas (North, South, East and West). Kern Valley and the rest of the High Desert League are in the South Area where there are 29 schools. The only way to qualify for this event was by reaching certain standards set at the beginning of the season, or by being ranked in the top 18 based on an athletes PR during the season. At each area, the top three automatically go to the CIF Central Section Championships (also called Masters).
The conditions for the meet were as follows: Bakersfield High School has a brand new eight-lane all-weather track. The stadium has also been newly remodeled. It was 82 degrees.
Christianson had this to say on Cawein’s performance: “Jeffrey started the race out very strong, but ended up hitting the third hurdle which disrupted his performance for the rest of the race. This was still a very good race for Jeffrey. He was able to get a lot of great experience. This was Jeffrey’s first year in track.”
The Lady Broncs head coach Brent Mixon had this to say about Driskell: “Rachel had a great season showing that she is able to compete with the big schools in Bakersfield.
She brought home a fourth place medal, one place shy of qualifying for the Masters Meet at Buchanan High.
He went on to say this about Williams performance, “Bella was the only Kern Valley athlete to compete in two events. In her events, she ran great times, and she will be returning to the team next season.”