PLHS track & field teams sprint to success
by SCOTT HOPKINS
May 08, 2014 | 1468 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeAndre Benson of Point Loma High clears the bar in the high jump during the recent Encondido Invitational, where he has recorded a season-best 6 feet, 5 inches.
                                                     Photo by Scott Hopkins
DeAndre Benson of Point Loma High clears the bar in the high jump during the recent Encondido Invitational, where he has recorded a season-best 6 feet, 5 inches. Photo by Scott Hopkins
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A team win in the recent Mustang Relays highlighted the season for Point Loma High’s track team.

Officially known as the Mustang Track & Field Relays, the annual event was hosted by Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

Pointer boys and girls finished atop the standings in the Varsity Division, while each placed second in the Silver Division. Ten schools entered the meet.

In boys’ track events, Matthew Duke won the 1500-meter race (4:16.24).

Pointer girls swept their 1500-meter event, with Taylor Doonan (5:19.12) taking first place. Faye Huber (5:26.79) and Allyah Harrison (5:52.68) followed in second and third.

The girls also took first in the 4x200 relay event. The team of Vivian Loewer, Portya Rush-Dunigan, Sharifa Quinland and Ki’arah Johnson took just 1:51.77 to cover the distance.

Another first place went to the ladies in the 4x800 relay. Katriana Schwartz, Emma Smith, Tiernan DeMore and Aliyah Harrison won by a huge 39-second margin with a time of 10:25.22.

In the 4x100 shuttle hurdles, the Pointers had a near 8-second margin of victory with a time of 1:11.35. Team members were Allison Detrick, Courtney Justus, Laurel Sherman and McKenna Sanders.

In boys’ field events, Jared Polonitza won the discus throw with a toss of 119 ft, 7 in.

Pointer Micah Karahadian took first in the pole vault at 10 feet.

Versatile DeAndre Benson won the triple jump by nearly three feet with a distance of 42 feet, 3.5 inches. and also took second in the long jump (19 feet, 11.5 inches) and high jump (6 feet, 4 inches).

On the girls’ side, the Pointer ladies swept the pole vault, as Rowan Griffiths soared 9 feet, followed by Georgiana Cassell and Samantha Coon (8 feet each).

Detrick, Justus and Isabella Polese finished second, third and fourth in the triple jump.

2014 MUSTANG TRACK & FIELD

RELAY RESULTS

Top three teams, (out of 10), by division:

• Boys, Varsity Division

1. Point Loma 56.95 points

2. Serra 32.97

3. Hilltop 21.96

Boys, Silver Division

1. Monte Vista 78 points

2. Point Loma 54

3. Central Union 36

• Girls, Varsity Division

1. Point Loma 42.95 points

2. Serra 35.94

3. Monte Vista 23.95

• Girls, Silver Division

1. Hilltop 50 points

2. Point Loma 45

3. Serra 39
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