Kern Valley takes 11th at All-Sierra Meet

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The Kern Valley Broncs track squad was the host of the High Desert League Finals that took place at Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest.

The conditions, according to Kern Valley head coach Brian Christianson, were as follows: All-weather track (very poor condition), throwers threw onto dirt, all running events were electronically timed, 82 degrees at the start of the meet (3:30 p.m. for field events, 4 p.m. for running events), little to no wind throughout the meet. The High Desert League does not count team scores at this event. First place receives a medal. Teams at this meet: Bishop, Boron, Cal City, Desert, Kern Valley and Rosamond.

Individual results from the Broncs were as follows:

110 Hurdles: Jeffrey Cawein, second place, 18.74.

100 meters: Zach Goss, fourth place, 11.69; Shawn Luker, ninth place, 12.99.

200 meters: Noah Alexander, third place, 24.82 (PR).

1600 meters: Mack Wargo, seventh place, 6:10.99.

300 hurdles: Jeffrey Cawein, 47.61, third place.

Shot Put: Brett Grimsby, third place, 40’09”; Jacob Lightner, eighth place, 34’04”; Michael McBride, ninth place, 32’11.5”.

Discus: Brett Grimsby, third place, 112’10”; Juan Carlos Lopez, 10th place, 85’08”; J.J. Forbes, 12th place, 78’01”.

High Jump: Kyle Lubin, sixth place, 4’08”.

Long Jump: James Meachem, fourth place, 17’07.25”; Isaac Steers, seventh place, 16’03.25”; Noah Alexander, eighth place, 15’11”.

Triple Jump: Zach Goss, second place, 37’1.5”; James Meachem, third place, 35’09.5”.

Christianson said, “It takes a lot of work to host this meet, and I really want to thank all of the people who came and ran events and helped us run a very efficient meet.”
On May 1, Kern Valley took five athletes that had qualified for the meet to Fowler.
The conditions and meet aspects were as follows: 78 degrees at the start of the field events – 3 p.m., and 80 degrees at the start of the running events 2 p.m. Nine-lane all-weather track, jumpers had an all-weather track apron to jump on, and throwers threw onto grass. Twenty teams were at this invitational. Five Kern Valley boys’ competed at this meet. The top three medaled with the top six scoring for the team score. Each athlete had to meet a certain minimum standard to be invited to this meet. For the field events after three throws/jumps the top nine made it to the finals where they were given three additional throws/jumps. Their throws/jumps did carry over to the Finals.

Varsity boys’ standings:

1. California City – 118

2. Coalinga – 70

3. Mendota – 51

4. Fowler – 40

5. Orosi – 38.5

6. Fresno Christian – 29

7. Parlier – 28

8. Caruthers – 25

9. Rosamond – 20

10. Firebaugh – 14.5

11. Kings Christian -14

11. Kern Valley – 14

13. Orange Cove – 8

13. Avenal – 8

13. Faith Christian Academy – 8

16. Dos Palos – 5

Individual results for Kern Valley:

100 Meters: Zach Goss finished fourth with a time of 11.36 (PR). There were 24 in this race.

Triple Jump: Zach Goss, fifth place, 37’05”; James Meachem, sixth 36’09”. There were 18 in this event.

Shot Put: Brett Grimsby, sixth place, 40’07”. There were 21 in this event.

Photo by Vickie Cawein / Special to the Sun 0 Jeffrey Cawein clears the hurdles in the 110 m Hurdles race at the HDL Finals held at Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest.


Photo by Vickie Cawein / Special to the Sun – Steers launches his way in the triple jump at the All-Sierra Meet held in Fowler.