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Track and field Warriors honored at awards ceremony

Fallbrook High School’s track and field teams held their awards ceremony May 26 at the Bob Burton Performing Arts Center.

“It was very nice,” said Fallbrook head coach Troy Hamlin. “We were very pleased with the turnout.”

The ceremony was held between the CIF preliminary meet and the CIF finals. Five individuals and one relay team fared well enough in the preliminaries to qualify for the section finals.

The Most Valuable Player awards were determined by points. Separate awards for runners and field athletes were given, as were separate awards for boys and girls.

Two runners, senior Caleb Sumpter and junior Michael Froboese, shared the boys track MVP. Although Sumpter accumulated 73.5 points during the season’s dual meets while Froboese totaled 70 points, Froboese was undefeated in dual meet events. Froboese is a distance runner while Sumpter, who will seek a walk-on berth on Baylor University’s track and field team, was a sprinter.

A similar situation occurred with the girls field athletes. Senior Deanna Doss, who threw the discus and shot put, was undefeated in dual meets and had 70 points for the season, while sophomore jumper Hannah Wilson obtained 68.25 points. The two were awarded co-MVP honors.

Senior Andy Harwood was the boys field MVP, accumulating 56 points in jumping events. Junior distance runner Amanda Mulkey earned girls track MVP honors with 34 points during dual meets.

Team votes selected the Most Improved and Most Inspirational recipients. Sophomore Holly Contreras, who participated in both jumping and running events, was voted both Most Improved and Most Inspirational for the girls. Sophomore distance runner Enrique Rivera and sophomore sprinter and high jumper Chris Bernal shared the boys Most Improved award while Froboese was voted Most Inspirational for the boys.

The team members also voted for team captains to be honored. Mulkey and senior Chelsea Carpenter were the girl’s team captains, and Sumpter and junior Justin Jones received recognition as the boy’s team captains.

“It’s a special time to honor our athletes and what they’ve done over the course of the season,” Hamlin said of the awards ceremony.

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