San Diego Prep Track : University City Has Top Marks to Itself

Most of the competition in Thursday’s track meet between the boys’ teams from University City and University high schools was between University City teammates.

The closest matchup of the day was in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. Jerry Black barely beat out teammate Bruce Stone, though both were clocked at 40.4 seconds.

“They were neck-and-neck the whole way,” said Coach Rick Mitchell, whose Centurions beat the Dons, 95-40. “40.4 is an excellent time for both of them.”

The Centurions won 13 of the meet’s 16 events and had all of the day’s top marks. Black also won the 110 hurdles in 15.2. Jeff Randel ran a 2:04.3 in the 800 meters.


In field events, Greg Cleveland won the shotput with a throw of 48 feet 10 inches. Kenny King leaped 20-8 in the long jump.

In other San Diego Section meets:

El Capitan 97, Valhalla 38--Brian Boggess won both the shotput (58-8) and discus (177-1) as the visiting Vaqueros beat the Norsemen. Neither throws were Boggess’ best, but they were close. Boggess has the second-best state mark in the shot (59-2) and the discus (183-9).

Mike Tapley won three events: the high jump (5-10), the triple jump (39-10) and the 120 high hurdles (16.0). Tapley was in a dead heat with teammates Kurt Wilkins and Jim Barton in the hurdles.


El Capitan’s Jim Duke cleared 13-6 in the pole vault. Mark Dani of Valhalla cruised to victory in the two-mile (9:18.7) and 880-yard run (2:03).

Southwest 114, Coronado 22--Ron Hurdle won four events as the visiting Raiders beat the Islanders. Hurdle won the 100 meters (11.3), the 200 (23.9), the 400 (54.3) and the long jump (19-6). Teammate Tim Tomlinson won the shotput (46-7) and the discus (135-5). Southwest’s Mike Serrano won the pole vault at 12-6.

Crawford 75, St. Augustine 56--The Colts’ Damion Cormier won the 100 (11.3), 220 (23.7) and 440 (52.6) on the 330-yard dirt track at St. Augustine. Michael Campbell of Crawford won the long jump at 20-3.

Granite Hills 73, Grossmont 63--The Eagles edged the Foothillers in the mile relay with a time of 3:35.8 to win the meet. Grossmont finished the event in 3:37.5.



University City 78, University 49--Laura Chapel of University City did not run anywhere near her best times, but she was still fast enough to win both the 800 and 1,600 meters. Chapel ran the 800 in 2:19.0 and had a time of 5:30.2 in the 1,600.

Among the top performances for the Centurions were Stephanie Williams’ times of 15.6 in the 100 low hurdles and 48.7 in the 300 low hurdles. Tami Clay ran the 100 in 12.6.

El Capitan 116, Valhalla 28--Jennifer Clinger of El Capitan won the 110 low hurdles in 15.9, the second-best time in the Grossmont League this year. Clinger also won the 330 low hurdles in 50.6 and high jump at 5-2.


Cindy Noriega won the long jump (16-8 1/2) and the triple jump (35-7) for the Vaqueros. Diana Bradley, running the 880 for the first time, beat teammate Kerry Wilkins by a second. Bradley’s time was 2:24.7.

Southwest 102, Coronado 24--Tracy Crawford won both the shotput (39-8) and the discus (137-4) to lead the Raiders past the Islanders. Tiffany Pendegraft of Southwest won the 110 low hurdles (16.9) and the 330 low hurdles (51.0). Shaman Dugger of Coronado won the mile in 5:45 and the two-mile with a time of 11:34.

Crawford 92, Our Lady of Peace 26--Michelle Campbell won the shotput with a throw of 35 feet as the Colts won on OLP’s track. Crawford’s mile relay team was comprised of only ninth-graders, but the Colts won with a time of 4:47.9.

Grossmont 107, Granite Hills 19--Grossmont freshman LaFrania West, competing for the first time in the triple jump, broke a school record with her leap of 36-3. Darcy Arreola won the 800 (2:21.5) and 400 (1:00.4) to pace the Foothillers.