Track & Field

2017: Dave Grayson, Legendary Caver, Hornet

Rick : August 2, 2017 4:28 pm : Football, Other, Track & Field

David Grayson, who retired before the 1971 NFL season as one of the pro game’s all-time defensive backs, passed away recently at age 78.

Grayson intercepted 48 passes from 1961-70 in the American Football League and NFL as a member of the Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders.

The 5-foot, 10-inch, 187-pounder with sprinter speed  was named to the all-time all-AFL team, the high point of a great career that began in the San Diego City Prep League.

Grayson was a starting defensive back and played fullback on the 11-0-1, 1955 San Diego High team that won the Southern California championship and was acclaimed the national high school team of the year.

Grayson (30) was co-captain of the 1960 Oregon Ducks. Teammate Len Burnett is  82 in second row, Cleveland Jones is 25 in second row, and Roscoe Cook is 98 in fourth row.  All played at San Diego High or Lincoln.

Grayson and teammate Luther Hayes transferred to Lincoln after their junior football seasons at San Diego and they put the fledgling program of coach Walt Harvey’s on the map the following year.

Lincoln posted a 5-2-1 record in 1956 and came within a few feet of tying San Diego and Hoover for first place in the City Prep League.

Grayson’s  45-yard pass interception return set up one touchdown in the season-ending, 26-19 loss to San Diego and his 36-yard option pass to a diving Leonard Burnett put the Hornets on San Diego’s eight-yard line with time running out in the fourth quarter.

Hayes gained five yards but then was stopped short of the goal line  as the game ended.

“I should have given the ball to Grayson,” Harvey said of the last play years later.

The coach’s reasoning was that the quicker Grayson, shorter and more compact than the lanky Hayes, would have been able to find space in the Cavers’ defensive line and get the Hornets into position to tie the favored Cavemen.

The 170-pound Grayson made the all-City League team on offense and was one of the premier sprinters in the County during the spring track season with a best time of 10 seconds in the 100-yard dash.

Grayson and Lincoln also posted a time of 1:29.2 in the 880-yard relay and qualified for the CIF Southern Section finals.

Grayson was a member of San Diego Junior College’s 1957 Metropolitan Conference football championship squad and teamed with Roscoe Cook, Bobby Staten, and Fred Lucas as the Knights set a national JC record of 1:25.6 in the 880-yard relay in 1958 at the West Coast Relays in Fresno.

Grayson won 100-yard dash in :10.1 in Lincoln’s dual track meet with Hoover on March 21, 1957. Others (from left) are Hoover’s Bill Stephenson and Arnold Tripp, Lincoln’s Russ Boehmke, Hoover’s Larry Fischer, and Lincoln’s Bill McCready.

Grayson then moved onto to the University of Oregon, competed in football and track, and was co-captain of the Ducks’ 1960 football squad.


Waibel was a passing quarterback for the 1943 Oceanside Pirates, who were unbeaten with a 6-0 record in the World War II-shortened Southern Prep League campaign.

Waibel was head coach at Fallbrook from 1959-64.

The often undermanned Warriors did not join the newly formed San Diego Section in 1960 and competed in the Riverside County De Anza League, winning the league title and posting as 6-3 record.


The most-valuable player in the 1955 Lions Club Baseball Tournament was lefthanded pitcher Vince Kilpela of the emerging Lincoln High program.

Kilpela signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and led the Sooner State League with 272 strikeouts in 1956.

Kilpela posted a 14-9 record for Ardmore, Oklahoma, pitching a whopping 231 innings and completing 25 starting assignments.

He also pitched at Fresno, Winston-Salem, and Billings, but a sore arm ended Kilpela’s career in 1957.




2017: 99th State Track and Field Finals

Rick : June 4, 2017 11:45 am : Track & Field

A decidedly thin year in San Diego Section track and field ended on a promising note in the 99th state meet at Clovis over the weekend.

Sophomore Karson Lippert, who came into the season with a best of: 49.77 as a freshman in the 400, crashed the big stage and will be billed as one of the state’s premier runners entering 2018.

Lippert caught fire into the second turn Saturday night at Clovis, ran down a couple rivals and his strong finish earned Lippert second place behind Zach Shinnick of Pomona Damien.

Startling was Lippert’s :46.91 clocking, second fastest in County history.

Junior Jalyn Jackson of Eastlake quietly posted a solid double, fourth in the long jump at 23 feet, 4 inches, and second in the triple jump at 48-5 1/4.

Junior McKenna Brown of La Costa Canyon was fifth in the 1600 meters and did not approach her Friday career best of 4:51.72, but Brown showed that she is a tough, savvy runner.


It was a sweltering 100 degrees with winds gusting to 20 miles an hour when the gun for the first race was heard at 6 p.m…Veterans Stadium at Buchanan  High was close to full, with hundreds more spectators lined in the end zones, bringing the crowd  total to almost 10,000…the Clovis school will be host again for the next three years…Vista’s Alia Scott (300 hurdles), LCC’s Jessica Riedman and Kristin Fahy (distances), San Dieguito’s  Kevin Ward (pole vault), and El Camino’s Nu’u Tuilefano (weights) all have another year….

Allowable wind, 2.04 meters per second.


100—Guidry, Vista Murrieta, 10.13w.  Wind, 3.8 m.p.s.

200—Cunningham, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 21.07w. 3. Ellis, Mt. Carmel, 21.25w. Wind, 2.7 m.p.s.

400—Shinnick, Pomona Damien, 46.12.   2. Lippert, LCC, 46.91, San Diego Section No. 2 all-time to 46.85, Lydell Burston, Morse, 1996.

800— Charvet, Heritage, 1:51.07

1600—Grijalva, Fairfield Armijo, 4:08.62.  10. Chinn, Poway, 4:19.42.

3200–Bolger , San Luis Obispo, 8:53.91.  13. Prince, Sage Creek, 9:18.90.  15. Suzara, Otay Ranch, 9:22.85. 27. Paul, Mt. Carmel, 10:14.66.

110HH—Anderson, Upland, 13.33, fastest in U.S. this year, betters state record 13.39, Craddock Union City Logan, 2004.

300IH—Anderson, Upland, 36.02.

4×100 RELAY—Westlake Village Oaks Christian, 40.95.

4×400 RELAY—Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, 3:14.46.

HJ—Lee, Trabuco Hills, 6-11.  9T. Marquez, El Centro Central, 6-3.

LJ—Kettels, Berkeley St. Mary’s, 24-3 ¾.  2. DeRoos (Tri City), 24-2w.  4. Jackson, Eastlake, 23-4.

SP—Wilson, Clovis, 66-2 3/4. 11. Harris, San Diego, 53-2 1/4.

TJ—Stevenson, Temecula Great Oak, 49-7 ¾.  2. Jackson, Eastlake, 48-5 ¼. (Section No. 15 all-time).

PV—Curran, Redondo Beach Redondo, 16-10.  9. Ward, San Dieguito, 14-10.  11T. Winters, RB, no height..

DISCUS—Joyner, Pittsburg, 203-8.


100—Augustine, L.B. Poly, 11.58.

200—Augustine, L.B. Poly, 23.41w.

400—Anderson, Norco, 52.91.

800—Brewer, San Ramon California, 2:07.07.  5. Sa. Roberson, La Jolla, 2:09.38 (Section No. 8 all-time). 9. McCarthy, Carlsbad,  2:12.43.

1600—Denner, El Dorado Oak Ridge, 4:44.89.  5. Brown, LCC, 4:54.39. 11. Riedman, LCC,  4:56.66.

3200—Lane, Malibu, 10:07.33.  10. Fahy, LCC, 10:33.27.  18. Loren, Canyon Crest, 11:01.15.   23. Barrett, W’view, 11:17.68 .

100H—Davis, Agoura, 12.83w, fastest ever by high school girl.  Wind 3.7 m.p.s. 9. Smith, Miss. Hills, 14.60.

300H—Anderson, Norco, 40.31. 9. Scott, Vista, 45.28

4×100 RELAY—Gardena Serra, 46.04.

4×1600 RELAY—Oakland Bish. O’Dowd, 3:46.33.

HJ—Burke, Riverside Poly, 5-8.

LJ—Davis, Agoura, 22-1 /14w. Wind 3.2 m.p.s.

SP—Amaechi, S.F. Lincoln, 47-5 ¼. 8. Tuilefano, E Cam., 41-11 ¼.

PV—Baxter, Anaheim Cyn., 14-0. 10. Myers, Poway, 12-0.

TJ—Davis, Agoura, 42-11 ¾.

DISCUS—Anumba, Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, 177-8.


2017: 19 Advance to State Track and Field Finals

Rick : June 3, 2017 7:10 am : Track & Field

CLOVIS–11 boys and 8 girls from the San Diego Section qualified yesterday for tonight’s 99th state track and field championships at Buchanan High.

Six, all-time County top 15 performances came amid gusty winds and a temperature in the high nineties when competition began at 5 p.m.

The breezes eventually eased and the thermometer had gradually cooled to the low eighties  when the final event was concluded near 10 p.m.

Poway’s Kayla Myers climbed to ninth all time when she cleared 12 feet, 6 inches, in the pole vault and was  one of 10 qualifiers at that height.

La Costa Canyon’s rising sophomore,  Karson Lippert, ran the 14th fastest 400 meters, closing strongly in the stretch to win his heat in :47.76.

McKenna Brown, Lippert’s teammate on the girls squad, ran smartly in a grouped pack in the 1600 meters and held on for fourth in her heat with a time of 4:51.72 that  ranks No. 12.

Brown was almost six seconds swifter than her 4:57.34 in the Section finals last week and almost three seconds better than her career best 4:55.66 in 2016.

La Jolla’s Sakura Roberson had the all-time No. 12 in the 800 with a 2:10.46 clocking.

The La Jolla girls 4×1600 relay team ran 3:53.32, which moved the Vikings to 14th  all-time, but they did not qualify.

Most impressive San Diego entry was Tri-City’s Matthew DeRoos, nursing a sore groin but outdistancing the field in the long jump at 24-4 1/4, an inch below his career best.

DeRoos, who was fifth in this event at 23-8 1/2 last year, withdrew last week from  the triple jump because of his injury and made only one other attempt in the shorter leap last night, reaching 22-10 1/2.

Mt. Carmel junior Quoi Ellis was the area’s other heat or field event winner, smoothly running a windless :21.30 in his 200 heat for No. 15 all time.



100—Heat 1:  Guidry, Vista Murrieta, 10.49w. 5. Goodwin, Christian, 10.74.  Heat 2:  Cunningham, Moreno Val. Rch. Verde, 10.39.  Heat 3: Hampton, Yucaipa, 10.44.  3. Ellis. Mt. Carmel. 10.66. Heat 4: Allen, Tulare, 10.53w.  6. McElroy, Morse, 10.88.

200—Heat 1:  Ellis, Mt. Carmel, 21.30*.  5. Gunter, Del Norte, 21.92. Heat 2:  Hampton, Yucaipa, 21.19.  2. Lippert, LCC, 21.81. 3. Huerta, RBV, 21.89. Heat 3: Cunningham, Moreno Val. Rch. Verde, :21.20.

400—Heat 1:  Shinnick, Pomona Damien, 47.14.  3. Dean. Mira Mesa, 48.80. Heat 2: Bowens, L.B Poly, 47.45.  4. Gunter, Del Norte, 48.62. Heat 3:  Lippert, LCC, 47.76* (Section No. 14 all-time).

800—Heat 1: Weaver, Elk Grove Franklin, 1:54.83.  7. Page, Eastlake, 1:57.35. Heat 2: Scales, San Jose Bellarmine, 1:53.88.  7. Hurlburt, Coronado, 1:55.69. Heat 3: Charvet, 1:55.01.  5. Chinn, Poway, 1:55.55.

1600—Heat 1: Grijalva, Fairfield Armijo, 4:14.4.  3. Chinn, Poway, 4:14.91*. 12. Stanford, LCC, 4:24.33. Heat 2—Renken, Claremont, 4:16.03.  9. Barr, SR, 4:21.69.

110HH—Heat 1:  Anderson, Upland, 13.44w. 5.Saikhon, El Centro S’west, 14.59. 6. Baker, RB, 14.72. Jordan, Steele Cyn, 15.09.   Heat 2: Samuel, Moreno Val. Rch. Verde, 13.93. Heat 3: Lightfoot, Kimball, 13.77.

300IH—Heat 1:  Anderson, Upland, 36.87.  Heat 2: Easter, Eastvale Roosevelt, 36.74.  Heat 3: Samuel, Moreno Val. Rch. Verde, 37.32.  6. Farmer, RB, 40.53. Heat 4: Rubio, Los Alamitos, 37.41. 4.  Saikhon, El Centro S’west, 39:51.   6. Shine, W’view, 40.37.

4×100 RELAY—Heat 1:  Lancaster Paraclete, 41.56 (Moreno Val. Rch. Verde, 41.15, disqualified, lane violation).  9. Olympian, 42.74. Heat 2:  Westlake Vill. Oaks Christ., 41 8. 8. Rancho Bernardo, 42.80. Heat  3: Antelope, 41.52.  5. Morse, 42.06.

4×400 Relay—Eastvale Roosevelt, 3:15.63.  Heat 2:  L.B. Wilson, 3:17.32. 8. Del Norte, 3:27.48.  Heat 3:  Studio City Harv.-West., 3:16.50.  5. RB, 3:22.48. 7. Olympian, 3:25.35.

HJ—Eight qualified at 6-5.  9T.  Marquez, El Centro Central, 6-3*. McEwan, RBV; Dumas, El Capitan, No height.

LJ—DeRoos (Tri City), 24-4 1/4w*. 4. Jackson, Eastlake, 23-4*.  9. Sample, RBV, 22-11 ¼*. 17. Farmer, RB, 21-11 ¼.  24. Hull-Littlejohn, Olympian, 20-9 ¾.

SP—Wilson, Clovis, 61-3 ¾.   11. Harris, San Diego, 55-3*.  20.  Woods, Steele Cyn. 49-3 ½.
PV—Eight qualified at 15-4.  10T. Ward, San Dieguito; Winters, RB, 14-10. Sperry, RB, No height.

TJ—Stevenson, Temecula Great Oak, 47-7 ½.  11. Jackson, Eastlake, 46-0 ¼*. 19. Ruth, O’side, 43-4 ¼. 25. Bornes, San Marcos, 41-10 ½.

DISCUS—Otal, Oak Park, 206-11.  18. Navarrette, El Capitan, 158-01.  20. Smith, El Camino, 147-5.  21. Hernandez, E Cam. 147-5.


100—Heat 1: Nowling, Calabasas, 11.52w. 6.  Dougan, Mt. Carmel, 12.29. Heat 2: Reed, Gardena Serra, 11.52w.  7. Yarbrough, Fallbrook, 12.35. Heat 3: Augustine, L.B. Poly, 11.57.  Heat 4: Wilson, Bakersfield Stockdale, 11.75.  4.  Hickey, Coronado, 12.01.

200—Heat 1:  Roberts, Carson, 23.61. Heat 2:  Augustine, L.A. Poly, 23.58w.  6. White, Valhalla, 25.20.  Heat 3: Reed, Gardena Serra, 23.68.  8. Salongo, Mira Mesa, 25.54.

400—Heat 1: Anderson, Norco, 53.73 . 5. Firsching, Cathedral, 56.12. 7. Noble, Olympian, 56.91. Heat 2: Roberts, Carson, 53.96.  6. McFarland, Eastlake, 57.17. Heat 3:  Surrell, Newark Mem., 53.90.

800—Heat 1: Brewer, San Ramon California, 2:09.12.  Heat 2:  Sakura Roberson, La Jolla, 2:10.46*.  2. McCarthy, Carlsbad,  2:11.36*. Heat 3: McIntosh, Loomis Del Oro, 2:09.84.  5. Sierra Roberson, La Jolla,  2:13.93.

1600—Heat 1: Skahill, Mtn. View St. Francis, 4:52.47.  7.  Riedman, LCC,  4:57.33*.  Heat 2—Denner, El Dorado Oak Ridge, 4:51.29. 4. Brown, LCC, 4:51.72* (Section No. 12 all-time). 11. Watkins, LJCD, 5:14.93.

100H—Heat 1: Davis, Agoura, 13.31.    5. Oliver, Mira Mesa, 15.18. Heat 2—Robinson, El Cerrito, 13.36. Heat 3—Woodward, Vacaville, 13.44w.  4. Smith, Miss. Hills, 14.25*. 6. O’Donnell, LCC, 15.01.

300H—Heat 1: Anderson, Norco, 42.17.  3.  Scott, Vista, 43.67*.  4. Thomas TP,  44.86.  Heat 2:  Woodward, Vacaville, : 41.99. 4. Mattson, Sage Creek, 45.11.  Heat 3:  Robinson, Manhattan Bch. Mira Cos., 41.94.

4×100 Relay—Heat 1:  Carson, 45.81.  7. Scripps Ranch, 48.81. Heat 2:  Oakland Bish. O’Dowd, 46.80.  Heat 3:  Gardena Serra, 46.39.  7. La Jolla, 48.44.  8. San Marcos, 48.62.

4×1600 RELAY—Elk Grove Sheldon, 3:46.47. 4. La Jolla, 3:53.32. (Section No. 14 all-time). Heat 2: Fairfield Armijo, 3:48.98.  6. Poway, 3:58.96. Heat 3:   Quartz Hill, 3:46.66. 7. Olympian, 3:54.97.

HJ—11 qualified at 5-4.  13T, Cany, TP; Hickey, Coronado, 5-2. Smith, Miss. Hills, No height.

LJ– Davis, Agoura, 20-8 ½.  18. Smith, Mission Hills, 17-9. 19.  Beckham, O’side, 17-8.  20. Cross, Steele Cyn., 17-6 ¾. 27. Campbell, Mt. Carmel, 17-2.  30. Zappia, Val. Ctr. 16-11 ¼.

SP—Amaechi, S.F. Lincoln, 47-5 ½.  10. Tuilefano, E Cam., 41-8*.  17. Lagoy, RB, 38-4. 20. Coronado, U. City, 37-0.

PV—10 qualified at 12-6, including Myers, Poway* (Section No. 8 all[-time).   23 Burkhardt, Del Norte, 11-6.  Cervantes, Poway, No height.

TJ—Davis, Agoura, 43-4.  16. Beckham, O’side, 37-10 ¼.  24. Scott, Gompers, 36-9 ¾. 27. Cany, TP, 36-4 ¾.

DISCUS—Amaechi, S.F. Lincoln, 174-7.  16. Tuilefano, El Cam. 131-5. 19. Lacy, G. Hills, 125-0. 20. Devore, West Hills,125-0.

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2017: Tracksters Warm Up With Weather

Rick : May 15, 2017 5:20 pm : Track & Field

Top performances in  seven events and 79 efforts earning 2017 top  10 distinction highlighted 11 league championships last week in San Diego Section boys’ and girls’ track and field competition.

Qualifiers from those meets will meet at Mt. Carmel High Saturday in Section trials.  Finals are scheduled at the same site on May 27, followed by the state meet in Clovis June 2-3.

The girls were the most aggressive, with the 4:57.08 in the 1600 meters by La Costa Canyon sophomore Jessica Riedman in the Avocado West finals at Canyon Crest leading the way.

Other elevated efforts came from the San Marcos 4×100 relay squad (:48.30), El Camino 4×1600 relay squad (3:59.76),  pole vault, 12-4 by Poway’s Jazmine Scott, and discus, 145-06 by El Camino’s Nu’u Tuilefano,.

Boys’ bests were the :10.64 in the 100 meters by Christian’s Benjamin Goodwin and  24-foot, 5 ½ inch long jump by Tri-City’s Matthew DeRoos.

DeRoos maintained his state lead  and Goodwin moved into 10th place among the state’s short sprinters.

A trio from Morse, although off state top 10 pace, turned in promising times in the Western League meet at University City.

Phillip McElroy ran: 10.70 in the 100 meters and: 21.84 in the 200, trailing teammates Richard Benson (:21.74) and Shamar Martin (:21.74).  Along with Rayvon Benson, the Morse 4×100 team ran: 42.68, below its seasonal best of :42.32.

The Morse sprinters, off those times, should be much faster in the short relay in the next couple weeks when the competition heats up.

The boys’ 400 is warming to a potentially big event, with sophomore Karson Lippert, running a comfortable :48.49 last week and with a Section No. 17 all-time best and state 2017 No. 4 ranking of :47.83,  the favorite but others are zeroing in.

Del Norte’s DeAngelo Gunter, competitively comatose since running :48.64 in March, got back on point with a :48.78 in the Palomar finals.  Morse’s Richard Benson ran :48.52 in the West.

San Diego Section athletes in among state top 10’s:


Event Name Mark State
800 Roberson, La Jolla 2:11.28 (5) 2:07.90, Brewer, San Ramon California.
300 Hurdles Scott, Vista :43.79 (10) :40.41, Anderson, Norco.
High Jump Hickey, Coronado 5-6 (9T) 5-10,  Hamm, Bakersfield Stockdale
Long Jump Scott, Gompers 19-1 (10T) 21-8 ¾, Davis,  Agoura


100 Goodwin, Christian :10.64 (10) :10.32, Cunningham, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde
400 Lippert, La Costa Canyon :47.83 (4) :47.32, Bowens, Long Beach Poly.
800 Chinn, Poway 1:53.21 (4) 1:50.64, Scales, Bellarmine Prep
Barr, Scripps Ranch 1:53.8 (8)
1600 Barr 4:14.51 (10) 3:59.80, Teare, Alameda St. Joseph
Shot Put Hardan, San Marcos 58-1 ¾ (9) 66-5 1/2 , Wilson, Clovis Buchanan
Long Jump DeRoos, Tri-City 24-5 ½ (1) 23-11 ½, Enoch, Yucca Valley
Hull-Littleton, Olympian 23-9 ¾ (4)
Olave,  Mission Hills 23-6 (9)
Triple Jump DeRoos 47-2 ½ (4) 50-4, Stevenson, Temecula Great Oak
Jackson, Eastlake 46-8 (7T)


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2017: Tri-City Jumper Takes State Lead

Rick : May 1, 2017 8:28 am : Track & Field

Matthew DeRoos of Tri-City Christian long jumped 24 feet, 4 1/4 inches in the Coastal League finals at Orange Glen and took the state lead in that event.

Scripps Ranch’s Alex Barr was displaced as the state leader in the 1600-meter run.  Barr ran 4:14.51 in an early outdoor meet  and now is ninth inn that event.

Sophomore Karson Lippert logged :21.57 in the 200 at the Dick Wilkins Frosh-Sophomore meet last week at Granite Hills and also is the leader at :47.83 in the 400.

Events in which San Diego Section athletes are among the first 10 in the state are listed accompanied by state leaders:


200 Lippert, La Costa Canyon, :21.57 (8T) Cunningham, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde :20.98
400 Lippert :47.83 (2) Bowens, L.B. Poly :47.34
800 Chinn, Poway 1:53.21 (4) Scales, San Jose Bellarmine 1:50.64
Barr, Scripps Ranch 1:53.88 (8)
1600 Barr 4:14.51 (9) Bolger, San Luis Obispo 4:07.09


Chinn 4:15.27 (10)
Shot Put Hardan, San Pasqual 58-1¾ (8) Wilson, Clovis Buchanan 66-1
Long Jump DeRoos, Tri-City Christian 24-4¼ (1) Enochs, Yucca Valley 23-11 1/2
Olave, Mission Hills 23-6 (10)
Triple Jump Jackson, Eastlake 46-8 (3) Stevenson, Temecula Great Oak 48-6
Mitchell, Point Loma 46-6 ¼ (9)


400 Firsching, Cathedral :55.78 (10) Anderson, Norco :51.99
800 McCarthy, Carlsbad 2:10.25 (3) Brewer, San Ramon California 2:07.90
Robertson, La Jolla 2:11.28 (5)
100 Hurdles Smith, Mission Hills :14.26 (10) Davis, Agoura :13.01
300 Hurdles Scott, Vista :43.79 (9) Davis, Agoura :40.41
High Jump Phillips, Santa Fe Christian 5-6 ½ (7) Herman, Bakersfield Stockdale 5-10
Hickey, Coronado 5-6 (T8)
Long Jump Scott, Gompers 19-1 (T7) Davis, Agoura 21-8 3/4
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2017: San Diego Thinclads Rate in State

Rick : April 14, 2017 6:05 pm : Track & Field

With Arcadia behind them, San Diego Section track and field athletes settle into  three more weeks of dual meets, weekend invitationals, and league trials before Section trials May 20 and finals May 27 at Mt. Carmel, and the state meet in Clovis on June 2-3.

Scripps Ranch’s Alex Barr ran :4:14.51 in the 1600 meters last month in the Mt. Carmel Invitational and holds the state lead. Equally impressive was sophomore Karson Lippert of La Costa Canyon.

Lippert’s :47.83 clocking in the 400 at Arcadia ranks No. 17 all-time in San Diego County and is the best ever for his class. Rashid Shaheed of Mt. Carmel was the San Diego Section leader at :48.47 in 2016.

Leading among the girls is the 2:11.24 800 by La Costa Canyon’s Kiley M cCarthy,  fourth in the state.

San Diego performers in the state top 10, followed by the state leader in those events:


100 Fletcher, Scripps Ranch :11.91 (10T) Reed, Gardena Serra :11.58
800 McCarthy, La Costa Canyon 2:11.24 (4) Brewer, San Ramon California 2:07.90
Roberson, La Jolla 2:11.54 (10)
1600 Brown, La Costa Canyon 4:58.77 (9) Herberg, Capistrano Valley 4:52.06
300 Hurdles Scott, Vista :44.26 (10) Anderson, Norco :40.41
High Jump Phillips,  Santa Fe Christian 5-6 ½ (6) Trupe, Santa Ynez 5-10
Hickey,  Coronado 5-6 (7T) Hamm, Bakersfield Stockdale 5-10
200 Ellis, Mt. Carmel :21.6w (8T) Hampton Yucaipa, :21.20
400 Lippert, La Costa Canyon :47.83 (2) Bowens L.B. Poly, :47.34
800 Barr, Scripps Ranch 1:53.8 (4) Scales San Jose Bellarmine 1:50.64
1600 Barr 4:14.4 (1)
Shot Put Hardan, San Pasqual 58-1 ¾ (6) Wilson, Clovis Buchanan 66-1
Pole Vault Sheldon, Mission Hills 15-7 (8) Curran, Redondo Beach Redondo 17-1
Long Jump Hull-Littleton, Olympian 23-9 ¾ (4) Enochs,  Yucca Valley 23-11 1/2
Olave, Mission Hills 23-6 (7)


Taylor-Stewart, St. Augustine 23-4 ½ (10)
Triple Jump Mitchell, Point Loma 46-5 ¼ (6) Stevenson, Temecula Great Oak 48-6
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2016-17: Saints Rise to No. 6 in Final Ratings

Rick : April 6, 2017 10:55 am : Basketball, Track & Field

Another good season of San Diego Section basketball is in the books.

St. Augustine finished sixth in the final, expanded Cal-Hi Sports listing of the top 40 teams in the state and the Mission Hills girls were seventh in rankings of the top 35.

The Saints (28-5) were a preseason No. 21 in the newsletter’s top 25  but rolled through local games and showed continued improvement.

An example of the Saints’ rise came in the three losses to No. 2 Mater Dei.  Coach Mike Haupt’s team lost by 23, 12, and finally by 6  to the Monarchs in the Southern California semifinals.

Torrey Pines (28-5) rose to 13th after not being in the preseason top 25.  Preseason-ignored Vista (28-5) finished 24th  and Foothills Christian (24-7)  26th after starting No. 16.

Foothills was third in Cal-Hi’s final rankings for the 2015-16 season, with Cathedral 14th, and St. Augustine 23rd.

St. Augustine was 23rd, Torrey Pines 24th, and Foothills Christian 36th in 2013-14.

Helix, the winningest San Diego team this season with a 31-6 record and a state finalist in Division IV, was not in Cal-Hi’s  top 40.

Schedules matter.  The Highlanders annually do not play the level of opponents of the section’s big three.


The girls’ team at Mission Hills repeated its third place rating of a year ago.

The Bishop’s (30-4), with state career scoring leader Destiny Littleton,  was 12th.

La Jolla Country (18-12) was ranked 26th, “the best 12-loss team in the state,” according to Cal-Hi Sports, which respects the schedules and teams annually turned out each season by coach Terry Bamford.


The spring thinclad season officially commands center stage this week at the Arcadia Invitational, where dozens of San Diego Section runners, throwers, jumpers and vaulters will compete in a variety of classes.

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2017: Charles Sanford, Anchor of Cavers’ Great Relay Squad

Rick : April 2, 2017 9:37 am : Track & Field

Charles Sanford finished the perfect race.

Etched in my memory: Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, 1963 state track meet, final event, 880-yard relay. San Diego High against the field at the end of the two-day program.

Sanford and teammates Walter (Buddah) Blackledge, Gordon Baker, and Raymond Dixon, were considered one of the better entries coming into the meet with a best time of 1:27.2, but there were other, more favored teams  from the Los Angeles City and Southern sections.

Sanford, who passed away at age 72 recently, was an attacking sprinter, grinding out his races with each stride, and the best at San Diego High since the days of Roscoe Cook and Bobby Staten a decade before.

Sanford had set a San Diego Section record of :09.6 in the 100-yard dash the week before and had a best of :19.2 in the 180-yard low hurdles.

He qualified in neither event in the Friday trials  but was fresh and ready for the baton chase the next day.

The Cavers got off to a good start when Blackledge came out of the blocks with a :22-flat first 220, handing off to Gordon Baker, who put some distance between himself and the pack with a :21.3 second leg.

Gordon Baker, Charles Sanford, Walter (Buddah) Blackledge, and Raymond Dixon (from left) reached perfection in 1963.

Baker a sometimes erratic sprinter-quartermiler, ran  the most important leg, because he was able to make the second pass from the pole position to Dixon.

With the posse in hot pursuit, Dixon held the inside lane, running his furlong in :21.7, and maintaining  Baker’s lead as Dixon passed to  Sanford.

Anchor man Sanford closed with a :21.3 leg, increasing San Diego’s winning advantage  to about five yards.

The Cavers had covered the distance in 1:26.3, second fastest in the country that year; almost one second faster than they had run the week before,  and bettered the record they had shared with the 1957 Cook-Staten-Charles Davis-Willie Jordan team.

Los Angeles Manual Arts was second in 1:26.8.

What I remember most were the flawless handoffs as the Cavers protected the baton amid the pressure of  flying spikes, and streaking bodies in a high-powered race.

Sanford, who also was a football standout at San Diego, will be honored in a funeral service Monday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Missionary Baptist Church in Logan Heights.





2016: Dick Coxe, 95, Coached Many Champions

Rick : September 9, 2016 4:30 pm : Other, Track & Field

There was not a track and field event in which Dick Coxe did not have expertise, but he probably preferred the grueling discipline of cross country.

Friends and former athletes will honor Coxe with their recollections of the demanding, straight-shooting and compassionate mentor in a celebration of his life on Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. in the Captain’s Room of Marina Village, 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego, 92109.

Coxe, who recently passed  at age 95, coached 30 years at area high schools Mar Vista, Sweetwater, and Lincoln, and at San Diego Junior College and Mesa College

“He had champions in events ranging from distance, jumps, relays, weights and sprints (as a college volunteer assistant at Hoover in 1952, Coxe even coached pole vaulters),” remembered Mesa distance runner Rich Cota.

“Dick Coxe was organized, structured, and focused,” said Cota.  “He took great pride in having well-rounded dual meet teams. To him, this proved your coaching ability.  Plus, there was a winner and a loser.”

Mesa's first-year championship track squad. Front row, from left: Raymond Dixon, Pete Folger, Bob Oliver, Jerry Crites, Jimmy Fox, Doug Wright, Harold Moore, Ronald Ivory. Middle row, from left: Bob Hose, Dennis Christian, Dave Roman, Bill Trujillo, Rudy Knepper, Larry Rinder, George Watson, Frank Valenti, Jim Eddington. Top row, from left: Rex Ellis, Steve Lees, Bob Odom, Bob Millar, Howard Butler, unidentified, Ken Krause, Coxe.

Mesa’s first-year, 1965 championship track squad. Front row, from left: Raymond Dixon, Pete Folger, Bob Oliver, Jerry Crites, Jimmy Fox, Doug Wright, Harold Moore, Ronald Ivory. Middle row, from left: Bob Hose, Dennis Christian, Dave Roman, Bill Trujillo, Rudy Knepper, Larry Rinder, George Watson, Frank Valenti, Jim Eddington. Top row, from left: Rex Ellis, Steve Lees, Bob Odom, Bob Millar, Howard Butler, unidentified, Ken Krause, Coxe.

The graduate of Hoover High and San Diego State developed, among dozens of others, 1972 Olympic long jump bronze medalist and 1976 Olympic gold medalist Arnie Robinson at Mesa, where Coxe’s  teams produced 15 state and 4 national community college champions from 1964-65 through 1981-82.

His first-year programs in 1964-65 at the school on Kearny Mesa won the Pacific Southwest Conference and state cross country championships in the fall and the conference track championship the following spring.

“I know I’m biased,” Cota said, “but I believe Coach Coxe thought his greatest accomplishment was winning the state cross-country title in ‘sixty-four, our first year.”

Included among Coxe’s  standouts were Bob Hose, who set an American community college record of 1:48.3 in the 880; Wesley Williams, and James King, who went on to become world-ranked 440-yard intermediate hurdlers.

Williams, who won the state 300 intermediate hurdles championship in 1967,  claimed  the National AAU indoor 600-yard title in 1974 and ’75 and King was the Pan American games winner in 1975.

Williams anchored the state mile relay championship quartet in 1968.  King was leadoff man in 1968 and the first runner on the title-winning 1969 foursome.

Bill Trujillo was a state individual champion in 1964 and

Coxe was an active observer at Mesa during retirement.

Coxe was an active supporter of Mesa programs in retirement.

Mesa’s mile relay squad of Bill Millar, Jay Elbel, Wes Williams, and Harold Moore set a national community college indoor record of 3:20.9 in the inaugural 1966 San Diego Indoor Games.

A scholarship in Coxe’s name is being established at Mesa College, c/o Simone Sherrard, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111.


2016: Siegler, Alvarado, Altice Lead Way in 98th State Meet

Rick : June 6, 2016 4:50 pm : Track & Field

San Diego Section track-and-field entries placed in eight of 32 events at the 98th state track championships in Clovis Saturday.

–About 26 per cent of the entries scored points amid the 102-degree heat of Buchanan High.

–Out of 96 total at the beginning of Friday’s trials.

–And with no individual champion for the first time in 14 years.

It wasn’t a total loss.

Fourteen boys and nine girls produced season bests.


University City’s Allen Siegler represented to me what the state meet is all about, competition and the opportunity to improve.

Siegler took a 1600 season best of 4:14.09 into the trials and qualified fourth at 4:12.22. He was eighth in the finals, but Siegler came to compete.

The wiry senior hung tough against a demanding pace and whacked another three seconds off his best to close at 4:09.29, eighth all-time in the San Diego Section.


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