Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Boys Track & Field Preview

This season the Warriors return an experienced core of runners that have potential to be top scorers in league and CCS , but also have a group of young athletes eager to step into a contributing role on the Varsity team.

Senior Byron Marshall returns to the team after taking last season off.  Marshall won the WCAL and CCS titles at 100 meters in 2010 and will attend the University of Oregon where he will play football and run track.  An outstanding four star recruit on the gridiron he is also a talented track star.  He is currently #3 all-time for the Warriors in the 100 meters (10.67) and 200 meters (21.97) behind school record holder Rubin Williams, a 17 All-America for the University of Tennessee (who placed 6th in the 200 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials), and Ronnie Harris who also played football and ran track at the University of Oregon before moving on to 9 years in the NFL.

If there was any doubt on the impact Marshall would have after a season off that question was answered at the Simplot Gamers last month where Marshall has showed he is already in good form winning the 60 meters in a personal best time of 6.85, bettering his time in 2010 of 6.94.  One of the top runners in the State as a Sophomore, Marshall will no doubt be in the spotlight once again in 2012.

Ryan Severson also had success on the football field this fall and is the top returner from last season.  He is currently #10 all-time for the Warriors with a mark of 11.22 for the 100 meters.  He also sits at #10 in the 200 meters with a personal best of 22.68.

Jarrod Lawson is coming off a fantastic football season as well and also expected to be a big contributor this year’s team in the sprints and relays.  Also expected to contribute is Julian Tuyor, who was one of the top frosh-Soph runners in the section last year finishing second at the CCS Frosh-Soph Top 8 with a personal best 11.56 and freshman Blair Ewers and Kirk Johnson. 

Valley Christian is known for its depth in the sprints and jumps and since his freshman year Sean Davis has also been making noise in the distance events.  Since finishing 4th in the 800 meters at the CCS Finals as a sophomore, Davis has been rewriting the record books for the Warriors.  He currently holds the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter records as well as anchored the school record in the distance medley.  This past fall Davis turned his attention to the trails and ran cross country with stellar results.  Davis won the DIII Individual title in school record time and already ran a personal best splitting a 1:53.7 anchoring the South Bay Express Track club’s Sprint Medley Relay to the win at the Simplot Games. 

Davis will be joined by Junior Eyobed Mesfun who also enjoyed a successful first year of cross country as well running 17:38 in hot, humid conditions at the WCAL Championship.  Mesfun was the top frosh-soph runner last season posting marks of 2:13 (800), 4:58 (1600) and 10:56 (3200).

Byron Marshall is the school record holder in the long jump with a wind legal mark of 22-11.75.  He also holds the all-time mark of 23-4.5 (which is considered wind aided because no wind readings were reported at the event.  Nonetheless, Marshall leapt to a top 3 podium finish in 2010 earning a spot to the State Meet. 

Theodore King is #3 all-time for the Warriors after tossing the shot put and a personal best 46-1 in the 2011 WCAL Trials.  His mark is just under the school record that he has his sights on this season.  Currently throwing under new throws coach Arpedge Rolle, King has the talent and discipline to make a huge jump this season. 

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