Mainly, because of Scholastic Assessment Testing last Saturday, we took only four athletes to the Bronco Invitational at Rancho Bernardo High School. It was cold and rainy all day, but our athletes all did very well. The busiest of the lot was Ruthie Grant-Williams who competed in four events. She won the high jump with a leap of 5 foot 2 inches, set a new school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal record time of 15.39, medaled in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 8 inches, and ran the 300-meter hurdles. It's noteworthy that at this point in the season Ruthie's 100-meter hurdle mark leads the county and her high jump mark puts her in a 3-way tie for second place behind Coronado's Alysah Hickey. Alysah competed at the New Balance National indoor meet in New York last weekend where she clocked 7.83 for the 60-meter dash and high-jumped 5 feet 3 inches. In the girls' 800-meter run freshman Sofia Van Arsdale placed second with PR of 2:22.45. She was the only freshman who qualified for the event and now ranks seventh in the county behind six girls who are all juniors and seniors. The race was only the second time she'd run the 800. Obviously, she'll be one to watch over the next four years. Another freshman to watch is Abby Hundley, who placed second in the Frosh 1600-meter run. Her race was one of the most entertaining to watch as she's still trying to figure out how to pace herself. Trang Woolridge from Westview took the lead from the start with Abby and Elizabeth Gerhardt from Sage Creek battling it out for second place for most of the race. Every time Abby would challenge Gerhardt would come back. The announcer called it an "Epic battle for second." They passed each other at least six times. In the stretch, Abby took off and nearly caught Woolridge who ran 5:28.41 to Abby's 5:28.58. Had Abby started her kick a little earlier she would have easily won.
Our only boy at the meet was Ian Hurlburt who ran the 800. Ian's a closer with great foot-speed. He stayed with the lead pack for most of the race and took-off at the top of the last curve to win going away in a county-leading time of 1:57.73.