Sunday, April 15, 2012

From Ken Reeves-Our Southern California Correspondent

For those that don't know Ken Reeves, here is my interview with him in January 2011.

I was announcing at the oldest high school meet in the state, the 93rd annual Russell Cup (great small schools stuff Albert, might be a good place to bring your folks--Piedmont used to come) at Carpinteria High School.  Has had some fairly successful athletes there including 51 state champions and at least 6 Olympians who won 9 gold medals and 12 total Olympic medals.  Home school of Coley Candaele, the present California Coaches' Association boys' state track and field coach of the year.

Long story short, Mark Crear's daughter, Ebony ran there yesterday in the frosh soph division.  She won the 100 in 12.35 (broke some girl named Allyson Felix's frosh soph meet record), the 200 in 25.24 (broke both the frosh soph and overall meet record--frosh soph record was held by that Felix girl), the 100 hurdles in 15.04 (broke the frosh soph meet record) and the 300 hurdles in 44.59 (frosh soph and overall meet record).  Even though she was in the frosh soph division, was named the Gibby Martin Award winner, given to the best overall girl athlete at the meet.  Only other frosh soph athlete ever to win that award was Allyson Felix.  No one else came close to a meet record yesterday as the winds made it a rather challenging day.  All of her marks appear to be wind legal.  She runs for Maranatha and Mark was a very proud poppa yesterday.

Website for meet results.  Can also click on the links at the top to see some of the history, or I can send you my little meet announcing write up if you are interested at all.  Great community meet.  Very old school with the Russell Cup princesses handing out the medals to the top four finishers on the awards stand.


California Coaches' Association State Coaches of the Year for Cross Country and Track and field
Girls' Cross Country-Rene Paragas-Saugus
Boys' Cross Country-Liam Clemons-Trabuco Hills
Girls' Track and Field-Jonas Koolsbergen-Harvard Westlake (off of 2011 season)
Boys' Track and Field-Coley Candaele (off of 2011 season)

Might also consider something about the Meet of Champions at Azusa.  All distance stuff.  Each year, the meet sets the record for most sub 6 minute 1600s by girls and most sub 5 minute 1600s by boys.  This year 382 guys broke 5 and 268 girls broke 6 minutes.  506 frosh soph boys ran the 1600, 491 varsity boys ran the 1600 and 726 girls ran the 1600.  Meet just runs the 8, 16 and 32.  1600s go for over 7 1/2 hours.

Blake Haney won the boys' invitational mile at 4:11.55.  Thomas Joyce, with a huge move in the last lap won the boys' seeded mile in 4:11.77

In the girls' invitational mile, Carrie Verdon won in 4:53.58.  Allison Sturges of Mountain View was 3rd at 4:56.67.  Jim Ryun comes to the meet and spends hours signing autographs.  Athletes and coaches are allowed on the infield and they move side to side in the big races.  Each heat is seeded by ability and each heat gives out eight medals.  Found many a new cross country runner at this meet.

Here is the website link:  Tim O'Rourke is the meet director.  Has big time performances in the relaxed atmosphere of a distance meet.  Sells out every year and he has a huge waiting list of distance coaches who would like to get into the meet.

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