Fourteen Torrey Pines athletes competed in 11 events at the San Diego Section CIF Track & Field Championships on Saturday, May 31. The Falcons earned nine medals in six events by placing in the top 5 with the top three advancing to the State Championships on June 6-7 in Clovis, Calif.
Senior Tal Braude won in the 1600m and placed 2nd in the 3200m, an amazing feat of endurance with only three hours between these two tough races on the hot, sunny day. He earned a new personal record (PR) of 4:13:03 min. in his first race, the 1600m. In addition to receiving two medals, he was given a plaque and recognized at the meet as the recipient of the Joe Brooks Award for Excellence in Cross Country.
Joining Tal at the State CIF Championships later this week will be Junior Jackie Garner who earned a berth in the 1600m with a PR of 5:05.11 min.
Six Falcons narrowly missed advancing to the State Finals with 4th place finishes. These included the 4 x 100m relay team (sophomores Kaitlin Iwanowicz, Isabella Hoang, Jayla Williams and AC Kaseberg) with a blistering PR of 49.47 sec; Senior Jack Kuzminksy in the 800m with a PR of 1:53:44 min; and Junior Joey DeMarco with another PR in the shot put of 52-05 ft.
Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Kaitlin Iwanowicz in the long jump, Jayla Williams in the 300m hurdles and Junior Taylor Seamans in the 800m. Taylor was also a member of the 4 x 400m relay team with AC Kaseberg, Junior Macenzi McGuire and Senior Julia Skyhar. The other Falcons who competed in the Championships were Junior Christina Ellis in the long jump, Junior Patty Benrey in the shot put and sophomore Spencer Dodds in the 1600m.