Local runners join elite group
Track and field:
The Arcadia Invitational is arguably one of the most competitive amateur meets in the nation.
Since its 1967 inaugural, 24 national records have been set and 125 future Olympians featured at the Walnut event, which regularly attracts the nation’s best high school and college athletes.
Santa Fe Christian’s Jenna Puterbaugh and the Torrey Pines distance medley relay runners can now count themselves among the best of the best after excelling at the elite April 16 to 17 meet.
Puterbaugh, a USC-bound sprinting sensation, won the 100- and 200-meter events.
She clocked 23.70 in the 200, the second best time recorded in the nation this year. She won the 100 in 11.76.
The Falcons’ distance medley relay team of Alli Billmeyer, Tori Casella, Ashlyn Dadkhah and Megan Morgan clocked an 11:41.84, the fastest recorded time in the nation this year and the nations’ 12th best ever.
Billmeyer got the Falcons off to a great start, running the opening 1,200-meter leg in 3:23.14. Casella ran the 400 in 1:01.20 and Dadkhah ran 800 in 2:19.93.
The University of Washington-bound Morgan closed strong, running the final 1,600 meters in 4:58.57.
- Torrey Pines stretched its winning streak to five games as the Falcons opened Avocado League play with a three-game sweep of Escondido.
Josh Sabourin and Joey DeNato each had three hits to lead the Falcons to a 9-4 victory on April 14.
DeNato hit a three-run homer in a 6-3 win on April 15, and Cole Swanson pitched a complete game two-hitter in a 7-1 victory the next day.
DeNato also homered again in the series finale, his seventh of the season, which leads all of San Diego County and ranks him tied for seventh in the state with five other players.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 13-6.
- Santa Fe Christian opened Coastal League North play with two victories.
The Eagles defeated Calvin Christian 9-0 in an April 13 league opener, and beat Escondido Charter 18-8 two days later.
Eagles starter Graham Gomez pitched five innings for the win in the Calvin Christian game, combining with Ethan Ogden and Mitchell Stehly on a three-hitter.
Bobby Zarubin homered and was among four SFC players with two hits.
The Eagles pounded out 21 hits in the Escondido Charter game.
Zarubin had four hits including a double and six RBI, and Cade Gotta had three hits including a home run and drove in five runs.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 in league and 10-4-1 overall for the season.
The Dons fell to 8-6 overall for the season.
- Torrey Pines bounced back from a tough 3-0 loss to Poway on April 15, sweeping a doubleheader from Canyon Crest Academy two days later.
Lauren Hynes and Kristin Filicia each had three hits to lead the Falcons to a 10-2 win in the first game.
Hynes pitched four innings of three-hit ball to lead the Falcons to a 10-2 win in the second game.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 14-4-2.
- Cathedral Catholic defeated Our Lady of the Peace 10-7 in a nonleague game on April 17.
The Dons extended their winning streak to three games as they won for the seventh time in eight games.
The Dons earlier in the week opened Eastern League play with a 22-2 victory over La Jolla on April 16 and beat Point Loma of San Diego 1-0 the next day.
Courtney Rivera pitched a seven-hit shutout to lead the Dons in the Point Loma game.
Dominique Madruga had two hits in the game and scored the game’s only run.
The Dons improved to 2-0 in league and 11-5-2 overall for the season.
- Torrey Pines’ top-level talent has helped the Falcons emerge as one of the top teams in San Diego County.
Their depth helped them extend their winning streak to start the season to 16 matches.
David Smith’s five-over-par 41 score broke a 195-195 deadlock with perennial power Fallbrook in an April 15 Avocado League match Pala Mesa Resort.
Medalist Jay Huang led the Falcons with a 37 score, and Choi Wonja shot a 38. Ryan Burgess shot a 39, and James Stafford and Mike Kim contributed 40 and 41 scores, respectively.
The victory helped the first place Falcons improve to 6-0 in league and 16-0 overall for the season.
Unbeaten Torrey Pines trounced Westview 11-1 in a North County Conference game on April 15.
Sean Doyle scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Falcons, and Lucas Gradinger scored one goal and had three assists.
John Wilson added two goals, and goalies Alex Perkins and Jake Kennedy made 10 and two saves, respectively.