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Warrior boys start track and field season with Big Dual 4x100 win

The first event at a track and field meet is the 4x100 relay, and Fallbrook High School’s boys track and field team began the 2010 season by winning the 4x100 at the Big Dual Invitational March 6 at Vista High School.

“I’m happy with the way the track team’s shaping up right now,” said Fallbrook coach Troy Hamlin. “Good way to start the season.”

The Fallbrook team of junior Juwan Sumpter, junior Justin Jones, junior Victor Lopez, and senior Caleb Sumpter won the race in 44.80 seconds. “They did a very nice job of passing the baton,” Hamlin said. “They beat some pretty tough competition.”

Fallbrook’s previous 4x100 race was at last year’s CIF San Diego Section meet, where the Warriors finished eighth overall in that event. Steele Canyon, whose previous 4x100 race was at last year’s state meet after the Cougars finished second overall at the CIF section meet and had the top Division II time, placed second at the Big Dual with a time of 45.02 seconds. Mount Miguel’s time of 43.25 seconds gave the Matadors third place at the Big Dual.

The Warriors placed third in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:49.15, finishing behind Steele Canyon and Mount Miguel. Senior Aaron Lopez spent 59.9 seconds running the first lap from a dead start off the block, sophomore Colton Hofrichter ran his lap in 58.1 seconds, Caleb Sumpter took 57.0 seconds, and Jones anchored the race with a lap of 54.2 seconds. The Warriors had been in fifth place after the first two laps.

Jones, who was Fallbrook’s top 100-meter dash runner in 2009, ran his first 800-meter race of his career at the Big Dual and placed second among the 24 runners with a time of 2:06.65. “It was a very, very smart race, very, very well done,” Hamlin said.

Jones ran his first lap in 1:00.9. The 800-meter run also saw Fallbrook junior Ramon Villagomez place ninth with a time of 2:12.96 while sophomore Enrique Rivera was tenth at 2:12.54.

Warrior junior Michael Froboese placed second in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. Froboese had a time of 4:42.24 in the 1,600-meter race to break his personal record by six seconds, and he ran the 3,200-meter contest in 10:12.88 to shave 15 seconds from his previous personal record. “Great job for Michael there,” Hamlin said.

The 1,600-meter race consisted of 23 runners and the 3,200-meter run involved 21 competitors. Rivera’s time of 4:45.81 placed him fifth in the 1,600-meter run while Villagomez was sixth with a time of 4:45.90. Junior Andrew Donnelly placed seventh in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 10:36.83.

Senior Lee Masten also had a second-place showing at the Big Dual, losing the high jump to Vista’s Alex Rice on the tiebreaking criteria of fewer misses at lower distances after both cleared 5’10.” In his first-ever high school meet, sophomore Mitchell Wilkinson cleared 5’4” to share sixth place with nine other boys.

Masten was also Fallbrook’s top long jumper, finishing 13th with a distance of 17’9.”

Anthony Pando also began his senior season with a second-place finish in a field event, clearing 13’2” in the pole vault. Sophomore Joe Curran cleared 11’6” to take seventh and tie his personal record.

The failure of the automatic timer forced conversions from hand-timing on Caleb Sumpter’s 200-meter dash, and Sumpter’s adjusted time of 23.64 seconds tied him for second place among the 17 total runners. Victor Lopez placed sixth with a time of 23.94 seconds and sophomore Chris Bernal’s time of 24.26 seconds gave him ninth place.

Caleb Sumpter also ran the open 400-meter run, placing fourth with a time of 54.15 seconds.

Bernal totaled 37’6” in the triple jump to take fifth place. Senior Matt Day finished fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 17.96 seconds, and senior Tommy Bunts was seventh in that event with a time of 18.40 seconds.

Bunts was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles race with a time of 45.44 seconds. Day placed seventh at 46.29 seconds.

Lopez had a time of 11.87 seconds in the 100-meter dash to place sixth. In his first-ever 100-meter dash, Bernal ran an eighth-place time of 11.96 seconds.

Senior John Hayden was Fallbrook’s top shot putter, obtaining a distance of 39’4” to place seventh.

Senior Ralph Cachero’s first three discus throws of the season would have exceeded 140 feet had he stayed in the throwing circle. Cachero’s final throw from a standing position went 106’5” and placed eighth at the Big Dual. Senior Eric Aguirre threw the discus 101’4” to take tenth.

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