Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Boys Continue Resurgence at WCAL Championship

2014 WCAL Finals (1)Mountain View, CA – The varsity boys track & field team had a break out season this spring; competitive in dual meets and well represented in the WCAL Finals the team is in the midst of a resurgence.  Last year nearly ¾ of the team comprised of freshman and sophomores and as the team has matured, results have followed. 

The Warriors saw impressive performances from a range of disciplines, but none were better than David Maumalanga in the throws.  Leading the way with a second place finish in the shot put it was a personal best throw of 51-5.5 that qualified him for his first CCS meet.  Maumalanga is in just his second year in the throws and sits #2 all-time for the Warriors.  Other outstanding performances in the throws came from Fa’auli Gaoteote and Charles Nihmeh.  Scoring in the shot put with a sixth place finish Gaoteote hit a mark of 48-4, just 3.75 inches off the CCS automatic qualifying spot.  Gaoteote also qualified for the WCAL final in the discus where he finished eighth.   Charles Nijmeh had a strong showing in the throws at the frosh-soph level.  Finishing fourth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 46-0.5, Nijmeh was frustrated after scratching a 50 foot throw for the second consecutive meet.   Showing maturity and pose he came back determined and won the discus with a throw of 121-11. 

Ben Staub had a breakthrough of his own finishing third in the 110 hurdles in a personal best time 16.08.  Also stellar in the hurdles, Mathew Weeks finished third in the 300 hurdles in a personal best 44.71 in the frosh-soph division.  Weeks also finished third in the high jump (5-6) and qualified for the Triple Jump final where he set a personal best 39-3 in the trials.

2014 WCAL Finals (122)Depth continues to grow in the distances; Jason Li earned a personal best in the 1600 meters running 4:42.75.  There was also an impressive showing in the 3200 meters where Nathan Lynch finished eleventh in 10:34.34.  Cameron Lockard finished in the varsity race finishing in 11:11.04, his debut at the event.  It was a slew of personal bests in the frosh-soph 3200 meters: Nedu Ndili finished fourteenth in 10:29.37.  Dean DeMoss and Justin Baraona finished under the 11 minute mark, DeMoss running 10:56.03 and Justin Baraona 10:59.90.  Peter Enfantino took 16 seconds off his personal best running 11:02.11 while Samuel Cuevas finished in 11:33.88 taking 9 second off his previous best.

Another highlight to the evening was the varsity boys 4 x 400 relay. Trenton Rhoads started off strong for the Warriors splitting 53.8.  He was joined by teammates Akil Jones (53.0), Jason Li (52.8), and Matt Lundy (54.4) finishing in 3:34.76, the fourth fastest time in school history.

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