Track & Field teams from Bishop’s School and La Jolla Country Day excel at Olympic Training Center meet. Coach guides Bishop’s jumpers to new heights

The Bishop’s School’s Daniel Anderson throws the shot. The freshman garnered first place with a put of 42 feet, 10.5 inches. (Photo by Ed Piper)

By Ed Piper

Phillip Lucas, The Bishop’s School assistant track coach in charge of jumpers, tries to impress one important thing on his young athletes: “It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.”

His experience is that jumpers who are willing to leave behind their own preconceived notions and apply their coach’s instruction will progress faster.

The approach — literally — has already paid off for Maclean Sammons, a sophomore long jumper for the Knights. Early in the season, she was running up to the launch mark off-stride and off-tempo. Her confidence was wobbly. She was struggling to put her mechanics together. Now, most recently, she jumped a creditable 13 feet, 11 inches for second place in the Coastal League Tri-Meet that Bishop’s entered with La Jolla Country Day and Francis Parker schools at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

The Bishop’s School sophomore Mariah Furtek throws the discus. Her ‘toss’ of 64 feet, 11 inches was good enough for third place. (Photo by Ed Piper)

“Her mark was off. She was talking discouragement to me,” recalled Lucas. “The next week I worked with her. She listened. She was attentive. That made a big difference, because in her next meet you saw a difference and you kept seeing big differences. And it was like ‘Wow.’ ”

Lucas, a jumper himself, becomes pretty animated as he talks about the unique personality and characteristics of each of his student-athletes, and how he approaches each one differently. He works on a staff of assistants that coach in each specialty under head coach Rodney Jones — jumps, throws, sprints, distance.

Another athlete Lucas is looking for big things from is newcomer Reed Wester-Ebbinghaus, a high jumper. The freshman is tall and lanky, with the classic build for a high jumper. Lucas talks about the advantage tall high jumpers have because they are able to get their center of gravity higher as they approach the pit to gather and explode in a leap toward the bar.

Reed extends off his left foot, running up to the bar from the right side. He cleared five feet in the meet against LJCD and Parker for fourth place.

—— R E S U L T S ——

Track & Field teams from The Bishop’s School (indicated by B), La Jolla Country Day School (indicated by CD) and Francis Parker Upper School competed in a track meet at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, April 23. Here are results from Bishop’s and Country Day students:

Boys: 1. La Jolla Country Day 931 2. Parker 912 3. Bishop’s 633.

Girls: 1. La Jolla Country Day 86  2. Bishop’s 79  3. Parker 72.

— Results:  B O Y S —

100 m — 3. Nick Smith (CD) 11.94a  4. A.J. Britanico (CD) 12.05a  5. Keith Aylwin (CD) 12.24a  6. Joe Farah (B) 12.58a  8. Jake Ingrande (CD) 12.62a  13. Yohann Ponsaty (CD) 13.31a  14. Benjamin Smith (CD) 14.02a  15. Ryan LaRiccia (CD) 14.38a  16. Imdad Haque (CD) 16.43a

• 200 m — 3. Brennan Goring (CD) 23.99a  4. Nick Smith (CD) 24.43a  5. Kameron Jones (B) 24.70a  7. Joe Farah (B) 25.38a  8. William Nahm (B) 25.49a  11. Sergio Martinez (B) 28.08a  12. Benjamin Smith (CD) 28.91a  14. Imdad Haque (CD) 33.50a

• 400 m — 3. A.J. Britanico (B) 52.51a  4. Kameron Jones (B) 52.65a  5. Alex Hanson (CD) 54.96a  6. William Nahm (B) 55.56a

• 800 m — 2. Tomas Miralles (CD) 2:09.63a  3. Grayson Lyman (CD) 2:12.00a  5. Ricardo Reyes (B) 2:14.73a  6. Garan Comfort (CD) 2:50.23a  7. Thomas Boehringer (B) 2:50.73a

• 1600 m — 1. Julius Diehr (CD) 4:45.53a  2. Tomas Miralles (CD) 4:47.31a  3. David Castillejos (CD) 4:50.30a  4. Grayson Lyman (CD) 4:51.51a  7. Hayden Flagg (B) 5:01.92a  8. Ian Banta (B) 5:20.03a  10. Garan Comfort (CD) 6:19.95a  11. Hamilton Allport (B) 6:51.30a

• 3200 m — 1. Julius Diehr (CD) 10:04.65a  2. Chris Halter (B) 10:05.99a  3. Alex Kilman (B) 10:17.93a

• 110m hurdles, 39” — 1. Keith Aylwin (CD) 18.03a  3. Keaton Mertz (CD) 19.31a  4. Brennan Goring (CD) 19.54a  5. Jiadi Chang (B) 20.21a

• 300m hurdle, 36” — 2. Keith Aylwin (CD) 47.20a  3. Jiadi Chang (B) 47.66a

• 4×100 relay — 2. Bishop’s 46.48a William Nahm, Jiadi Chang, A.J. Britanico, Kameron Jones 4. Country Day 50.16a Yohann Ponsaty, Brennan Goring, Ryan LaRiccia, Benjamin Smith

• 4×400 relay — 1. Bishop’s 3:47.39a

• Shot put, 12 lb. — 1. Daniel Anderson (B) 42-10.50  4. Greg Coffman (CD) 37-02.50  6. Stefan Trifunovic (CD) 31-7.50  8. Sergio Martinez (B) 29-05.00  10. Fritz Fayman (CD) 29-04.00

• Discus, 1.6 kg — 1. Greg Coffman (CD) 103-04  4. Stefan Trifunovic (CD) 92-05  5. Fritz Fayman (CD) 88-06  9. Daniel Anderson (B) 73-07

• High jump — 1. Troy Aylwin (CD) 5-04.00  1. Keaton Mertz (CD) 5-04.00  3. Brian Donnelly (B) 5-02.00  4. Reed Wester-Ebbinghaus (B) 5-00.00  5. Julian Samuels (B) 4-10.00

• Pole vault — 1. Keaton Mertz (CD) 8-06.00  1. Malik Power (CD) 8-06.00  3. Diego Ochoa-Cota (B) 8-00.00

• Long jump — 1. Brennan Goring (CD) 20-08.00  2. Sherif Elhussiny (CD) 18-02.00  6. Julian Samuels (B) 16-08.00  7. Brian Donnelly (B) 16-02.00  8. Reed Wester-Ebbinghaus (B) 15-10.00

• Triple jump — 1. Alex Hanson (CD) 35-11.00

— Results:  G I R L S —

• 100 m — 1. Destiny Littleton (B) 13.32a  1. Hadiyah Muhammad (CD) 13.32a  4. Layla Cunningham (B) 13.98a  5. Imani Littleton (B) 14.27a  7. Malea Casillas (B) 14.58a  8. Claudia Mortyn (CD) 15.23a  10. Candace Suh (B) 15.53a  11. Katarina Trifunovic (CD) 15.81a  12. Margaret Kawabata (CD) 15.94a  13. Yemaya Williams (CD) 16.15a  14. Ilana Stone (B) 16.35a

• 200 m — 2. Layla Cunningham (B) 29.80a  3. Sera Stotelmyre (B) 31.58a  4. Candace Suh (B) 32.76a  5. Ilana Stone (B) 34.95a

• 400 m — 1. Veronica Chandler (CD) 1:06.81a  2. Sera Stotelmyre (B) 1:07.59a  5. Jasmyn Gordon (B) 1:12.78a  6. Paige Nordland (B) 1:15.18a

• 800 m — 1. Sera Stotelmyre (B) 2:34.15a  2. JuJu Dessert (CD) 2:34.70a  5. Gabrielle Smotrich (CD) 3:01.54a

• 1600 m — 1. Natalia LaSpada (CD) 5:23.99a  3. Alden Ducazau (B) 5:41.69a  4. Tessa Martin (B) 5:43.99a  5. Zoe Peritz (CD) 6:25.38a  6. Gabrielle Smotrich (CD) 6:27.87a  7. Nicole Parry (CD) 6:38.25a

• 3200 m — 2. Tessa Martin (B) 13:08.32a  3. Tara Vogel (B) 13:58.17a  4. Ann Marie Delfino (B) 14:20.00a  5. Zoe Peritz (CD) 14:53.70a

• 100m hurdles, 33” — 2. Veronica Chandler (CD) 19.04a  5. Claudia Mortyn (CD) 19.98a  6. Mclean Sammon (B) 22.16a  10. Mariah Furtek (B) 23.47a

• 300m hurdles, 30” — 1. Veronica Chandler (CD) 53.30a  3. Claudia Mortyn (CD) 58.91a  4. Kennedy Erdossy (B) 58.93a

• 4×100 relay — 1. Bishop’s 53.70a Layla Cunningham, Malea Casillas, Destiny Littleton, Imani Littleton 3. LJCD 58.41a Veronica Chandler, Margaret Kawabata, Claudia Mortyn, Netta Gneezy

• Shot put, 4 kg — 1. Cydney Collins (CD) 29-06.00  3. Yasmyn Gordon (B) 26-07.75  5. Katarina Trifunovic (CD) 20-08.50  6. Mariah Furtek (B) 20-05.50  7. Ilana Stone (B) 17-03.00

• Discus, 1 kg — 1. Cydney Collins (CD) 86-09  3. Mariah Furtek (B) 64-11  4. Katarina Trifunovic (CD) 63-10  6. Gabrielle Smotrich (CD) 49-10

• High jump — 1. Paige Nordland (B) 4-06.00  2. Mclean Sammon (B) 4-04.00  5. Hadiyah Muhammad (CD) 3-10.00

• Pole vault — 1. Ashley Xu (CD) 7-00.00

• Long jump — 1. Hadiyah Muhammad (CD) 17-07.00  2. Mclean Sammon (B) 13-11.00  3. Kennedy Erdossy (B) 13-10.50

• Triple jump — 1. Hadiyah Muhammad (CD) 35-03.00  2. Kennedy Erdossy (B) 28-09.00

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