Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WCAL Championship Preview

Jeremy Thompson in the Triple Jump.
The WCAL Championship gets underway on Wednesday with the Varsity Trials at Serra High School.
The Boys have strong representation in the sprints led by Bryon Houp, Cal McNabb and Ryan Severson.  McNabb and Houp are entered in both the 400 and 200 and are both ranked in the top 15 in the CCS.  Houp is the #2 seed in the WCAL behind Bellarmine’s Andre Chapman while McNabb is #4 respectably.  Sophomore Ryan Severson and has had a spectacular year running 11.22 for 100 meters earlier this year.  He will run the 100 and 200 meters where he is #10 all-time for the Warriors in both events.  McNabb and Severson will also join up with Jerrod Lawson and Jeremy Thompson for the 4 x 100 relay.  Adding depth to the talented sprint team is Travis Lowder in the 400, who ran 51.4 earlier this year.  They will also be joined by Jerrod Lawson, Garret Gregory and Brandon Grose who all look to have an impact on the WCAL results.
In the field events Jeremy Thompson and Theodore King lead the way.  Thompson is currently ranked #2 in the CCS and #1 in the WCAL with his jump of 45-0 in his first meet of the year.  Consistently in the 43-44 foot range every meet Thompson is one of the favorites in the event.  Another dark-horse in the WCAL is Theodore King in the shot put.  With a heave of 45-7 in his last meet he is poised for a breakthrough. 
Sean Davis will lead the distance runners as he is entered in both the 1600 and 800 meters.  His time of 4:22 run last week against St. Francis places him amongst the best in the WCAL and CCS.  Davis is also one of the top ranked 800 meter runners in the section with a time of 1:56 and is the top seed in the WCAL.  Davis will be joined by Dustin Laucella who has improved dramatically this season and will be looking for personal bests in the 1600 and 3200 meters. 
The girls also head into the WCAL Championship with a very talented squad.  Leading the sprints is Shelby Smallwood in the 100 and 200 meters.  Smallwood is one of the top ranked sprinters in the Section and is the #1 seed in the WCAL at both events.  Running the 300 hurdles is Kristin Sato.  New to the event this year she has taken to it well running 49.8 last week against St. Francis.
Kristin Sato in the 300 meter Hurdles.
Kristin Sato will also lead the team in the field events as she competes in the both the long jump and the triple jump.  The School record holder in both events Sato is one of the top long jumpers in the section and has a season best of 17-5.75 which is ranked #1 in the WCAL.  She also set a personal best 34-5 in the triple jump last week against St. Francis.
In the distance events Morgan Lira, who won the WCAL cross country championship this past fall, will run the 1600 and 3200 meters.  She will be joined by Emily Blaha who will also run the same double.  Also expected to challenge for a top finish is Isabel Garcia who is entered in the 1600 and 800 meters.
The WCAL Trails begin today at 3 pm at Serra High School.  The top 8 finishers in the sprints and field events advance to the finals on Saturday May 14th.  Finals begin at 10:30 am also at Serra High School.


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