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Warriors sweep Bulldogs in season's first dual track meet

Fallbrook High School’s track and field teams had their first dual meet of the 2010 season March 11, when the Warriors hosted Ramona High School. Fallbrook’s boys took a 75-61 victory over the Bulldogs while the Warrior girls prevailed by a 73-62 score.

“We got two nice wins to start off the season,” said Fallbrook head coach Troy Hamlin. “I was really pleased with the way the kids performed.”

Ramona High School won the CIF Division II boys track and field championship in 2008. That year Steele Canyon won the Division I championship while Fallbrook and Rancho Bernardo tied for second. Steele Canyon was moved to Division II for 2009 and won last year’s Division II championship with Ramona finishing second. Two Ramona boys won Division II individual first-place medals while also qualifying for the state meet: Ryan Morgan in the 400-meter run and Tyler Jordan in the high jump. In 2008 Morgan and Fallbrook’s Marquis Sumpter both qualified for the state meet in the 400-meter race with Morgan placing second at the CIF section finals and Sumpter finishing third. The fall 2009 cross-country season saw Ramona’s Dylan Blankenbaker qualify for the boy’s state meet and Lindsey Spieker qualify for the girls state meet.

“Ramona’s a very solid program and a very good team,” Hamlin said. “It was a good meet.”

Morgan was studying for the Scholastic Aptitude Test and did not participate in the meet. Jordan and Fallbrook senior Andy Harwood competed against each other in the three jumping events with Jordan taking the high jump and Harwood winning the long jump and triple jump. Fallbrook junior Justin Jones edged Blankenbaker in the boys 800-meter run while Spieker won the girls 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter events.

Harwood attained a distance of 40’4” in the triple jump while Jordan was second at 39’6.” Harwood’s best long jump was 20’10,” relegating Jordan’s 20’1” to second place. Jordan cleared 6’6” in the high jump while Harwood was second at 5’10” and Fallbrook senior Matt Day was third at 5’8.”

The battle in the boys 800-meter run between Fallbrook junior Justin Jones and Ramona’s Dylan Blankenbaker saw Jones post a winning time of 2:04.7 while Blankenbaker finished at 2:04.9.

Spieker won the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:56.6 and the 3,200-meter run in 12:53.3. Fallbrook sophomore Shara Leehey was second in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 13:29 while Fallbrook freshman Alexis Lopez placed third at 13:30. Fallbrook freshman Ciara Villegas was second in the 1,600-meter run at 6:02.7 while Warrior junior Emily Calescibetta placed third with a time of 6:08.4.

Fallbrook senior Caleb Sumpter leaned Ramona’s Seth Drake to give the Warriors a win in the boys 4x100 relay with a time of 43.9 seconds. Fallbrook also won the boys 4x400 relay with a time of 3:39.2.

Fallbrook’s girls won their 4x100 relay with a time of 53.9 seconds. The girls’ 4x400 relay saw Fallbrook junior Amanda Mulkey anchor the race with a 1:03.5 lap to give the Warriors a win and a time of 4:22.7.

Mulkey also won the girls’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.1.

Fallbrook junior Michael Froboese counted Spieker by giving the Warriors wins in the boys’ two longest distance races. Froboese won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:43.4 while Fallbrook’s Ramon Villagomez was third at 4:45. Froboese’s time of 10:32.9

in the 3,200-meter race was followed by the second-place time of 10:36.4 posted by Fallbrook junior Andrew Donnelly.

The Warrior girls swept first place in the field events. Sophomore Hannah Wilson won both horizontal jumping events with Ramona’s Becca Hickle placing second in both and Fallbrook’s Sarah Lopez taking third in both. Wilson had personal records of 16’4” in the long jump and 31’8” in the triple jump. Hickle had a long jump of 15’0” and a triple jump of 29’9.” Lopez had distances of 14’2” in the long jump and 27’10” in the triple

jump.

Fallbrook senior Deanna Doss won both throwing events, hurling the discus 99 feet 7 inches and the shot put 28 feet 3/4 inches. Fallbrook senior Galen Gomez was second in the shot put with a distance of 26’2” and third in the discus with a throw of 74’9.”

Fallbrook took all three scoring positions in the girls’ pole vault. Kyle Little cleared 8’6,” Emily Kenner vaulted 7’0”, and Julie Lim reached 6’0.”

Fallbrook sophomore Holly Contreras won the girls high jump by clearing 4’6.”

“We did very well in the field,” Hamlin said. “We need to get stronger on the track to compete against the Avocado League teams.”

Contreras also won the girls 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.9 seconds while Fallbrook sophomore Briana Rothert was second at 52.2 seconds. Ramona’s Kelly Helman won the girls 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.3 seconds while Contreras was second at 18.6 seconds.

The Bulldogs swept the scoring positions in the girls’ 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Ramona’s Kendal Koohler won the girls 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.4, although Warrior sophomore Sarah Samaradivakara was second at 1:05.6 and Rothert placed third with a time of 1:06.3.

Marquis Sumpter now plays football for Western New Mexico University, but his brother Caleb ran the boys 400-meter run against Ramona and placed second to Ramona’s Tim Wertz. Wertz had a time of 53.0 seconds while Sumpter took 53.7 seconds.

Sumpter won the boys 200-meter dash with a time of 23.2 seconds. Although Drake’s time of 11.3 seconds gave Ramona a win in the boys 100-meter dash, Fallbrook junior Victor Lopez was a close second at 11.4 seconds.

Ramona’s Quincy Watts won both boys hurdles events, but Day took second in both with times of 17.4 seconds in the 110-meter event and 44.6 seconds in the 300-meter race. Fallbrook senior Tommy Bunts was third in both events, taking 17.4 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and 45.9 seconds in the 300-meter competition.

Fallbrook senior Anthony Pando cleared 13’6” in the boys’ pole vault to take first place while Fallbrook sophomore Joe Curran was third at 11’6.”

“I was pleased with the way the team stepped up,” Hamlin said. “We’re much improved from where we were last year.”

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