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Two Fallbrook High athletes, one relay team medal at CIF meet

Fallbrook High School’s track and field teams had five individuals and one relay team in the CIF finals meet May 29 at Mount Carmel High School, and three of those entries medaled for being among the top six Division I finishers.

The boys 4x400 relay team was sixth among Division I schools, junior Amanda Mulkey placed sixth among Division I girls in the 800-meter run, and sophomore Hannah Wilson finished sixth in the girls long jump.

“There were some great things that happened for us and some not-so-great things that happened for us,” said Fallbrook head coach Troy Hamlin.

Fallbrook’s boys were a jump away from sharing the league title -actually a triple jump away. Prior to the May 6 dual meet against Mission Hills, Fallbrook’s only loss in league dual meets was by 10 points to Torrey Pines, which had been defeated by Mission Hills. A Fallbrook win over Mission Hills thus would have created a three-way tie for the Avocado League championship.

“We had a great season, great dual meet season,” Hamlin said. “It was a team of guys that bonded together.”

Fallbrook ended up losing to Mission Hills by five points. “It was a dogfight the whole way through,” Hamlin said.

Mission Hills triple jumper Nigel Westbrooks was third entering his final attempt but moved into first place on his final jump, altering the points for that event and giving the Grizzlies enough points for the margin over the Warriors.

“We put up a good fight in our league,” Hamlin said.

Overall Fallbrook’s boys were 5-2 in dual meets. The Warriors opened dual meet competition March 11 at home against Ramona. Fallbrook’s boys took a 75-61 victory over the Bulldogs, who would subsequently win the CIF Division II championship. Ramona senior Ryan Morgan, who won the 400-meter run at the CIF meet, was studying for the Scholastic Aptitude Test and did not participate in the meet against Fallbrook and Bulldog senior Walker Poortinga, who joined Morgan on Ramona’s winning 4x400 relay team at the CIF finals, had a soccer commitment, but Ramona senior Tyler Jordan, who won the CIF high jump, participated in all three jumping events against Fallbrook, winning the high jump while placing second to Fallbrook senior Andy Harwood in the long jump and the triple jump.

“We were an absolutely fantastic dual meet team,” Hamlin said. “The boys had depth.”

Two individuals were undefeated in dual meet events. Junior Michael Froboese won two boys’ distance events each meet while senior Deanna Doss won every girls shot put and girls discus event during Fallbrook’s dual meets. “Can’t complain about that,” Hamlin said.

The league meet saw Fallbrook qualify the boys 4x400 relay team into the CIF preliminaries along with four individual boys in six events and five girls. The preliminaries were held May 22 at Mount Carmel.

Seven performances fared well enough at the preliminaries to advance to the CIF finals, although Froboese qualified in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs and scratched out of the 1,600-meter run at the finals in order to focus on the 3,200-meter event.

During the preliminaries Wilson had a long jump of 17’6” to set a personal record. That placed seventh in the preliminaries, although her jump of 17’5” in the finals placed sixth and earned her a medal. “Hannah has had an absolutely wonderful season,” Hamlin said.

The school record in the girls long jump is 18’3”, which was set by Naomi Matthos. “I see no reason why she can’t go after that record in the next couple of years,” Hamlin said of Wilson.

Mulkey’s time of 2:18 in the preliminaries placed her in the “A” race for the 800-meter finals. Her personal record of 2:17.41 in the finals placed sixth both in the “A” race and among Division I runners. “Pretty solid performance for her,” Hamlin said.

Fallbrook’s 4x400 team had a time of 3:25.52 in their preliminary heat, relegating the Warriors to the “B” race. The team of junior Juwan Sumpter, Harwood, senior Caleb Sumpter, and junior Justin Jones won the “B” race with a time of 3:24.11 and gave the Warriors sixth place among Division I schools and eighth overall. Ramona had the fastest 4x400 time at 3:17.80 while El Camino, which is in Division I, was second at 3:21.17.

The hand-held lap times for each runner gave Juwan Sumpter a lap of 52.5 seconds, Harwood a time of 51.2 seconds, Caleb Sumpter a segment of 50.6 seconds, and Jones an anchor leg of 49.7 seconds.

“It was a great performance for them,” Hamlin said. “It was a great way for them to end the season.”

Cathedral Catholic finished second in the “B” race, followed by Kearny and Rancho Bernardo.

Caleb Sumpter plans to seek a walk-on berth on Baylor University’s track and field team while Harwood’s collegiate plans will start with Palomar College. Caleb Sumpter also qualified for the CIF preliminaries in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, although his time of 11.30 seconds in the 100-meter race placed him 16th among Division I runners and his 200-meter time of 22.55 seconds was 11th among Division I competitors. The top nine Division I finishers in the preliminaries advanced to the CIF finals, although for the distance races the top 12 qualified for the finals.

Froboese placed 11th among Division I runners with a preliminaries time of 4:25.26 in the 1,600-meter run, which would have put him into the “B” race in the finals, but he scratched out of the metric mile to run the “A” race in the 3,200-meter run after a preliminaries time of 9:38.99.

“He had a bad day at CIF finals,” Hamlin said of Froboese. “It just didn’t happen for him in the second mile.”

Froboese had an opening mile of 4:41, but heat exhaustion affected Froboese as well as other runners and he finished with a time of 10:11.80.

His personal record in the 3,200-meter run is 9:36. “He’s emerged as a threat around the county,” Hamlin said.

Although Harwood didn’t qualify for the CIF meet in the high jump, the Warriors had five boys in the high jump at the league finals and senior Lee Masten qualified for the CIF meet. Masten’s personal record of 6’2” in the preliminaries put him into the “B” flight for the finals, where his distance of 5’10” shared fourth among the “B” jumpers.

“Lee had an absolutely exceptional season,” Hamlin said.

Masten will try to join the Chico State University track and field team next year.

Holly Contreras represented Fallbrook in the girls high jump and cleared 4’11” at the preliminary meet to advance to the finals, but she did not clear the bar during the finals. The sophomore’s personal record of 5’0” was set at this year’s Jaguar Invitational.

Jones qualified for the preliminaries in the boys 800-meter run, but his time of 2:00.93 placed 11th among Division I competitors. Doss threw the shot put 31’6” in the preliminaries to share 23rd place among the participating girls. Kyle Little cleared 9’3” in the girls pole vault to place 16th in the preliminaries; the senior who will play field hockey at Kent State University cleared 9’7” earlier in the year.

Hamlin handles the hurdles and sprints as well as the administrative duties of a head coach. Jake Jorde also coaches the sprinters, Marco Arias and Lisa Hasvold are the assistant coaches for the distance runners, James Ungricht coaches the high jumpers, Jim Curran teaches the pole vaulters, and Casey Sovacool instructs the throwers.

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