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Metts, Watson win league championships

Fallbrook High School seniors Caiden Metts and Darius Watson won league championships at the Valley League track and field meet May 3 at Valley Center High School.

Metts won the long jump at the league meet to take home the league championship, and he was second in the triple jump. Watson was the Valley League's shot put champion and placed second in the discus throw.

"We did really well," Fallbrook head coach Marco Arias said of the league meet.

Individual championships are determined at the league meet, which also determines which athletes qualify for the CIF section meet. The team league championship is determined by league dual meets (including tri-meets) only.

San Pasqual won all five dual meets to give the Golden Eagles the league championship. Ramona's only league loss was to San Pasqual. Fallbrook's 3-2 record which reflects losses to San Pasqual and Ramona gave the Warriors third place.

"It was really competitive. We did really well pretty much all year long," Arias said. "We had a lot of good performances."

During the league meet eight different Fallbrook boys placed in the top six of an event with Metts and Watson placing in two events apiece.

Metts had a long jump of 21 feet 5 1/2 inches. "It was a good performance," Arias said.

The second place distance of 21 feet 0 inches was obtained by San Pasqual sophomore Quinn Carter.

Carter won the triple jump by totaling 41 feet 11 1/2 inches. Metts traveled 40 feet 9 1/2 inches.

Arias noted that Metts obtained a job during the season. "It took away from his training," Arias said.

Watson threw the shot put 46 feet 11 inches. Escondido senior Lance DeSorbo had the second-place distance of 46 feet 0 1/2 inches.

DeSorbo won the discus throw with a distance of 133'0". Watson landed a discus 118'1" past the throwing circle for second place.

"It was good. It put him in a great place," Arias said of Watson's throws.

Watson split the spring sports season between the track and field team and Fallbrook High School's lacrosse team. "He had a very good season," Arias said.

Fallbrook had three pole vaulters in the top six. Both junior Ian Whadford and sophomore Gavin Weber cleared 11'3" and the tiebreaker of fewer misses at lower height gave Whadford third place and Weber fourth. The sixth-place height of 10'3" was achieved by sophomore Ryan Kendall.

"The pole vaulters are going to be pretty good for the next couple of years," Arias said.

Weber was not a pole vaulter as a freshman. The 11'3" height at the league meet was a personal record."That's a tremendous mark," Arias said.

A personal record of 2:01.94 in the 800-meter run was set by junior John Regan, which gave him fourth place at the league meet in that event.

The fourth finisher in the 3,200-meter run was junior Josh Hernandez, whose time was 10:10.15. Fifth place went to sophomore Danny Contreras, who finished the race in 10:28.57.

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Joe Naiman, Writer

Joe Naiman has been writing for the Village News since 2001


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