Vikings girls track & field qualifies for state


Despite not having a track to call their own due to construction of a new athletic field, La Jolla High School’s boys and girls track & field teams did very well this season, according to Coach Paul Byrne. With the girls slightly edging out the boys, several runners qualified for state championships to be held later this month in Clovis.

“We had 13 marks or times break into the La Jolla High’s all-time records (this season), four of which are all time freshman or sophomore records,” Byrne said, via e-mail. “In addition to these athletes just breaking records at La Jolla High School, we have athletes that are top in the county.”

Shedding light on the Roberson sisters, he said, “Junior Sakura and freshman Sierra Roberson are running with the some of the top times in the state in the 800 meters. The two sisters, along with older sister and senior Satori Roberson and sophomore Petra Eaton, make up our girl’s 4 x 400 meters relay team that has run the fastest time in the county all season.”

Of the 75 athletes on the roster this season, 25 athletes qualified (some in multiple events) in this year’s CIF preliminaries in late May. Leading up to the CIF Championships, Sakura Roberson placed first in Division II, third overall and qualified for the state meet. Sierra Roberson placed second in Division II, fourth overall, but just missed qualifying for state. As a 4 x 400 team, the Roberson sisters and Eaton placed second in Division II, third overall and qualified for the state meet.

In other Vikings sports news:

Baseball: After finishing the regular season with a 19-10 record, the Vikings baseball team began the 2016 playoffs with a 5-1 win over Rancho Buena Vista on May 24. The victory was the 20th this season for the Vikings setting a school record for being the first Vikings baseball team to win 20 or more games in three consecutive years. Playoffs continued May 25, when the Vikings lost to Vista. Because teams need to lose two games to be eliminated, the Vikings were able to proceed to playoff games over Memorial Day weekend, where they lost in the third round to Poway High School.

Boys Lacrosse: Headed by Coach Tom Duerr, the La Jolla boys lacrosse team finished its 17-6 season as CIF Division II champs after they defeated Del Norte May 21, 11-5. After qualifying for the first round of CIF championships, they took on San Diego High School in the quarterfinals, Valley Center in the semis, defeating them all to make it to the finals.

Boys Golf: In a repeat performance, the boys golf team is the 2016 Division II CIF San Diego Section Champions and 2016 Western League Champions. During the May finals, Chris Roberts emerged as the team champion, and Jarid Morrison placed as the team semifinalist. The Vikings boys golf team also were CIF champs in 2014.

Boys Volleyball: Although the La Jolla boys volleyball team qualified for the Division II CIF SoCal Championships, they did not make it past the regional semi-finals. Concluding a 27-9 season, the Vikings, headed by coach David Jones, defeated Valley Christian 3-0 in the first round May 21. In the regional semi-finals, the Vikings fell to Oak Park, also by a score of 3-0.

Girls Lacrosse: The girls lacrosse team, headed by coaches Kitty Cullen and Sam Ferrell, finished its 16-7 season in the CIF quarterfinals. In the CIF tourney May 7, the Vikings lost to La Costa Canyon, narrowly 5-6. After some sweeping wins in the weeks leading up to CIF, including a 20-3 victory over Serra High School and 18-1 win over Point Loma, the loss was hard fought.

Softball: The Vikings softball team played their season closers over Memorial Day weekend at the playoffs. With an overall record of 17-14, the girls team is headed by coach Anthony Sarain. In the five playoff games May 19-28, the Lady Vikings won three and lost two.