NHS qualifies 21 at league
by Misty Volaski
Nordhoff's track team took on Frontier League opponents Malibu,
Santa Clara, Calabasas and Santa Paula, along with host Oaks
Christian, in the Frontier League championship meet. Last Friday's
meet was the qualifier for the CIF preliminary meet, with the
top two competitors in each varsity event advancing.
Senior Jordan Hawkins, who also excelled in football last fall,
took first place in both the discus and the shot put. Senior
co-captain Kenny Allen also had a busy day, winning the 200-meter
dash and taking second place in both the 100-meter dash and the
400-meter. Teammate Das Baker bested Allen in the 400m, taking
first in that event. The other gold medal performance was by
Luis Robles, who placed first in the 800-meter.
Also joining these young men at CIF prelims will be Justin Haney
(shot put), Chris Williams (discus) and David Smith (triple jump).
All three boys placed second in their respective events.
Smith will also join his teammates Andy Bowman, Chad Butler and
Keith Wu in CIF for the 4x100 meter relay team.
Lady Rangers also fared well at Oaks Christian, with Alyssa Robinson
picking off the opposition in the final lap to win the 1600 meter.
She earned the only individual gold, but two Lady Ranger relay
teams also took top honors. Lindsy Klingberg, Monica Kenton,
Tayler Johnson and Ana Levin dominated in the 4x100 meter, and
Lindsey Owen later joined Johnson, Levin and Klingberg to win
Ana Levin also double-silvered individually in the 100-meter
and 200 meter dashes. Klingberg and Owen also made the CIF team
in the 400-meter, and Robinson and Johnson qualified for the
800-meter. Senior co-captain Shannon Popp advances with two solid
performances in the shot put and discus, and will be joined by
freshman Sasha O'Brien in the shot put. O'Brien will also be
Nordhoff's first girls' pole vaulter to compete in CIF. Rounding
out the team is senior co-captain and NHS valedictorian Erin
Deneen in the triple jump.
The top nine finishers at CIF prelims, to be held at noon Saturday
at Long Beach City College, will advance to CIF finals the following
Saturday in Cerritos.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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