Thursday, January 26, 2023

Track and Field: End of Season Banquet Awards

Coronado’s Girls’ Varsity Track and Field team were named CIF Division-II San Diego Section Champions. (From left to right) Ruthie Grant-Williams, Abigail Hundley, Madison Shanks, Teresa Perez, Madden Hundley, Victoria Perez, Sofia Van Arsdale, Abi Whittemore, and Alysah Hickey. Photo by George Green

After a very high-performing season, Coronado’s Track and Field team hosted its end-of-the-year banquet. With multiple school records broken, Coach George Green put together several awards, reflecting on their great season.

First, each of the athletes pictured above has a school record in their name and they received the CIF San Diego Section Div. II Championship Award at the CIF Finals. Ruthie Grant-Williams currently holds the record for the 100-meter hurdles. She also went to the State Meet in the High Jump, her top mark of the season being 5 feet-5 inches. Teresa Perez also had quite a successful season in breaking the school record for the 1600-meter with a time of 5:03.67 at the Escondido Invite on April 27th, which she then lowered to 5:03.22. At the City League Finals, Perez was also a three-event champion in the 800-meter, 1600-meter, and 3200-meter. Also holding school records in the 800-meter and 2-mile run (Cross Country event), she has an excellent range as an athlete.

With all of these accomplishments, both Teresa Perez and Ruthie Grant-Williams won Coach’s Awards at the end-of-the-season banquet.

In field events, Victoria Perez dominated in the Shot Put and Discus Throw all season, winning all dual meets as well as the City League Finals. She broke both records, with a distance of 34 feet-7 inches (Shot Put) and 119 feet-2 inches (Discus Throw).

In the relay events, Grant-Williams, Madison Shanks, Abigail Whittemore, and Alysah Hickey ran in the 4×100-meter relay that won at the CIF Finals. Their time of 48.22 seconds also broke the school record for this event. In the Distance Medley Relay, comprised of a 1200-meter leg, 400-meter leg, 800-meter leg, and 1600-meter leg, Madden Hundley, Abigail Hundley, Sofia Van Arsdale, and Teresa Perez ran those respective distances, with a collective time of 12:50.36 at the Mt. Carmel Field and Distance Meet.

Receiving the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award among the female athletes was Alysah Hickey. Dominating in multiple events, she was strongest in the Long Jump, which she won at the CIF State Meet, with a mark of 19 feet-9.75 inches—ranked No. 5 of all time in the San Diego Section. Hickey also ranks No. 4 in San Diego in the High Jump, in which she placed fourth at the State Meet, her record jump was 5 feet-10 inches, missing the school record by a quarter-inch. Due to her great performance in both of these events, she was named San Diego Section Female Field Athlete of the Year. Hickey also holds school records in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, as well as running as anchor on the record-breaking 4×100-meter relay team.

Among the male athletes, the MVP Award was given to Ian Hurlburt, who was the top 800-meter runner in San Diego all season. Defeating all of his competitors, he qualified for the CIF State Meet in this event and currently holds the school record of 1:54.17. At the Arcadia Invite on April 7th, he broke the previous record set by Erik Armes, clocking 1:55.15. At the Mt. SAC Invite, he bested his time by almost full second—his current school record. Any athlete who broke a school record also received a School Record Award.

Other male athletes who received an award at the banquet were Brad Busby, receiving the ISF Award, and Luke Klingenberg, receiving the Coach’s Award.

Coach Green gave a new award this year called Frosh to Watch Award for top competitors in the freshman class. Recipients of these awards were Abigail Hundley (1600-meter), Annie Holland (800-meter), Jessie Ehret (3200-meter), Leo Adams (100-meter dash), Max Fuller (400-meter and relay races), Sofia Van Arsdale (800-meter), and Jack Weisbrod (Discus Throw).

Looking at this year’s seniors, Coach Green gave the Four-Year Cross Country and Track Award to Natalya Gomez for her tireless dedication to the sport.

Congratulations to the entire track team for an extremely competitive season!

Below is a sample of the many awards presented to the athletes:

Andres de la Lama
Andres de la Lama
Andres is a senior at Coronado High School and has written for the Islander Times and The Coronado Times throughout his high school career. He has also been a proud part of Coronado’s Days for Girls chapter and this year’s president. Andres aspires to be a screenwriter will go on study creative writing in college. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]