By Ray Conner
Despite some adverse weather, the Broncs’ track team earned enough points to finish in sixth place.
There were 17 teams at the George Olsen Invitational Track Meet that was held in Coalinga. Kern Valley took a team of 13 athletes who earned 33.5 points as a team.
The Broncs finished behind the teams of Lemoore, Kerman, Los Banos, the host, Coalinga and Hanford.
According to head coach Brian Christianson, “Conditions: 56 degrees at the start of the meet (2 p.m.) Blustery day, as there was scattered rain showers at times throughout the meet, and a crosswind was blowing throughout the meet.”
The breeze was in the throwers’ face in the discus. Coalinga High School has a brand new resurfaced all-weather nine lane orange and black track and brand new longtriple jump runways that have been moved outside of the stadium. Throwers threw onto grass.
Seventeen teams competed in the 53rd annual George Olsen Invitational. All running events were electronically timed, and all scores were “official” (meaning that this is a qualifying for CIF meet.)
Medals went to the top three in each event. The top six scored for the team scoring. Frosh/soph events for all running events.
Results as follows:
100 Meters: Varsity – Zach Goss fifth place 12.19, Blake Waldrop 25th place 13.41, Shawn Luker 27th place 13.64. There were 44 in the event with five different heats.
800 Meters: Varsity – Davin Lee 18th place 2:33.92. There were 34 in this race.
Christianson said, “We used this for conditioning for Davin (Lee), as this event came after the 1600. There were two heats in this event.
1600 Meters: Varsity – Davin Lee 12th place 5:26.84. Mack Wargo 21st place 6:16.54.
Christianson said, “Mack is a freshman running in the varsity race. There were 36 in this race. There were two heats in this event.”
110 Hurdles: Varsity – Jeffrey Cawein sixth place 20.64. There were 12 in this race.
300 Hurdles: Varsity – Jeffrey Cawein fifth place 47.76. There were 16 in this race.
Shot Put: Varsity – Brett Grimsby 40-11.50 (PR), fifth place. Jacob Lightner 35-10, 15th place, Michael McBride 33-10 (PR), 19th place, Juan Carlos Lopez 27-06.75, 38th place. There were 53 in this event.
Discus: Brett Grimsby 111-07.75, second place. The top distance for the discus was 112-00 by a Dos Palos athlete.
J.J. Forbes 91-02, 10th place. Michael McBride 84-04.5 (PR), 19th place. Juan Carlos Lopez 65-06.25, 33rd place. There were 50 in this event.
High Jump: Jeffrey Cawein 5-02 tied for fourth place (no jump off). Kyle Lubin 4-08, 10th place. There were 24 in this event.
Long Jump: Jeffrey Cawein 16-08, 12th place. James Davis 15-07.50 (PR), 17th place. There were 36 in this event.
Triple Jump: Zach Goss 36-06 (PR), tied for second place. James Davis 31-02, 10th place. There were 21 in this event.
Christianson said, “Obviously, a good meet for the Kern Valley boys. Each athlete really went out and competed in less than ideal conditions (rain, wind, and cold). These athletes now have marks, heights, and times to improve upon as the season progresses.”
The Kern Valley squad will have their first home meet of the season today at 3 p.m. It will also be the start of the High Desert League meets. Cal City will come to town to square off with the Kern Valley Broncs.