CARMEL VALLEY — Fourteen Torrey Pines athletes competed in 11 events at the San Diego Section CIF Track & Field Championships, May 31.
The Falcons earned nine medals in six events by placing in the top five with the top three athletes advancing to the state championships June 6 and June 7.
Senior Tal Braude won in the 1600-meter and placed second in the 3200-meter, a feat of endurance with only three hours between these two tough races on the hot, sunny day. He earned a new personal record (PR) of 4 hours, 13.03 minutes the 1600. In addition to receiving two medals, he was given a plaque and recognized at the meet as the recipient of the Joe Brooks Award for Excellence in Cross Country.
Joining Braude at the state CIF championships will be junior Jackie Garner who earned a berth in the 1600-meter with a PR of 5 hours, 5.11 minutes.
Six Falcons narrowly missed advancing to the state finals with fourth-place finishes. These included the 4×100-meter relay team (sophomores Kaitlin Iwanowicz, Isabella Hoang, Jayla Williams and AC Kaseberg) with a PR of 49.47 seconds; Senior Jack Kuzminksy in the 800-meter with a PR of 1 hour, 53 minutes, 44 seconds; and Junior Joey DeMarco with another PR in the shot put of 52.05 feet.
Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Kaitlin Iwanowicz in the long jump, Jayla Williams in the 300-meter hurdles and Junior Taylor Seamans in the 800-meter sprint.
Taylor was also a member of the 4×400-meter relay team with AC Kaseberg, Junior Macenzi McGuire and Senior Julia Skyhar. The other Falcons who competed in the championships were junior Christina Ellis in the long jump, junior Patty Benrey in the shot put and sophomore Spencer Dodds in the 1600-meter.