Sports Digest:Ukiah High Track and Field compete at Santa Rosa Jamboree – The Ukiah Daily Journal

After practicing mostly in rain for a month, Ukiah High’s and field throwers and jumpers got their feet dry March 9 at Santa Rosa High School’s Field Event Jamboree. Discus and shot put coaches Coreena Christiansen and Jennifer Andres saw promise for the Wildcats’ upcoming season in the performances of several veteran athletes and some newcomers.

Senior Arlena Franco and junior Savannah Nelsen led the varsity weight throwers, with Nelsen 1st in shot (32′ 5″), 2nd in disc (95′ 9-1/2″), and Franco 2nd in shot (31′ 1-1/2″, 7th in disc (80′ 1″).   With limited practice this year, Jessica Kraemer and Bennett Gaylord placed 14th & 18th in disc (66′ 8-1/2″ & 52′ 11″) and 15th & 9th in shot (20′ 7″ & 23′ 11″).  All four expect big gains with better weather coming.

Two JV boy throwers got their first tastes of competition.  Soph Jordan Schwarm was 2nd in shot (43′ 7″) and freshman Blake Christiansen 9th (35′ 6-1/2″).   Schwarm won the discus (112′ 11-1/2″) and even got off a nice 16′ plus long jump.

Speaking of jumpers:  Junior Nicole Muniz won the varsity girls long jump (16′) and was 2nd in the very technical triple jump (31′ 9-1/2″).  She was a North Bay League placer in both events last season, and qualified for the Meet of Champions in long jump.  She’s also member of the strong girls sprint crew – including Nelsen – which will be seeing action soon.

Junior Andrew McNeil and soph Chevyo Minz-Kammer were 3rd & 4th in varsity high jump at 5′ 8″ and 5′ 6″, still working on form with limited practice.  McNeil had a 16′ plus long jump and 32′ 5-1/2″ triple jump, both well off his ’23 best, and bound to improve.  He and Minz-Kammer are taking on tough 110 meter hurdle practices these days.  Versatile junior Kobi Hasunuma, with only a few sunny days of practice, was 6th in varsity pole vault at 8′ 6″, showing promise of considerably higher.  He’s a and cross country runner, too.

Sophomore Grayson Rosenburg led JV boys with a 6th place 17′ 4-1/2″ long jump, with frosh Chris Thompson and Kaden Shaw close behind in 16′ 9-3/4″ & 16′ 6-1/2″ for 9th & 11th places.  Rosenburg’s a talented novice pole vaulter, Shaw a budding 300m hurdler, Thompson a sprinter and thrower.

This field-events-only pre-season meet started off the and field season, beginning with a Friday April 5 NBL Redwood Division dual meet at Piner, with weekly meets through April, toward the NBL Championship Finals May 2.

The only other competition so far has been a long trip to Dublin, Contra Costa County, for a huge distance meet, also March 9.  New Head Boys Coach Michael Teagardin took our distance ace, senior Jack Rahn, for a test in one of the fastest flights in the 1600 meter race (1 mile).  in a huge pack, with a nagging minor injury, Jack was tripped up early and though finishing with a respectable time, is training with team mates towards faster races in the NBL and beyond.   Also competing in the big Dublin meet were promising junior varsity athletes, soph Carlos Orozco and frosh Josette Mealey, who ran well in their 800m flights, gaining valuable experience.

The 2024 Wildcats will be competitive in their league and beyond this season.  Though not great in number, they’re talented and hard working, and with the sun coming out, will be loosening up to throw, jump, and farther and faster,  with a mix of seasoned veterans and novices.

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