Members of the Torrey Pines High School Track Team competed against top teams from California and other states at the 53rd Mt. San Antonio College Relays held on April 15 and 16 in Walnut, Calif.
On Friday night, Torrey Pines boys won the 4 x 800M relay with a time of 7:48.39, a school record and a U.S. #1 high school time for 2011. The 4 x 800 team included Trent Newquist, Kaushik Sahoo, Andrew Ward and Matt Carpowich. Each of the four seniors posted sub 2-minute times, with Newquist, last season’s San Diego CIF 800M champion, leading off and posting a time of 1:56.50, and Carpowich anchoring with a time of 1:53.04. Carpowich took the baton in second place, some 75 meters behind a Corona Centennial runner, and made up the distance over two laps, pulling away for the lead about 100M from the finish line.
On Saturday night, the Torrey Pines boys distance medley relay (DMR) team battled Los Angeles Loyola and 14 other schools, with Loyola edging Torrey Pines for a U.S. #1 time of 10:02.23, breaking the meet record set by Eisenhower back in 1979. Torrey Pines took the silver medal with a U.S. #2 time of 10:03.80, clocked as the fastest time in San Diego CIF Section history, and No. 9 all time in state history.
The DMR team included seniors Ward (1200M), Alex Jiang (400M), Newquist (800M) and Carpowich (1600M). In this race, Carpowich took the baton from Newquist on the 1600M anchor leg with his team in third place. He slowly moved back into contention, battling defending 1600M state champion Elias Gedyon of Loyala in a back and forth race, with Gedyon pulling away for the team win at the end.
The TPHS Boys Track & Field team, winners of the San Diego CIF championship the past two seasons, is led by head coach Mike Stevens, and distance coaches Danny Farmer and Brent Thorne.