John Muir Middle School Reigns as Kings of Track and Field

By On April 8, 2014

Julian Read of Luther Burbank (center) sprints his way into the record books in the 100 meter dash (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Julian Read of Luther Burbank (center) sprints his way into the record books in the 100 meter dash (Photo by Dick Dornan)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

John Muir Middle School proved dominant once again in the Tri-Middle School All-City Track and Field championships held last Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The Mustangs reigned supreme over Luther Burbank Middle School and David Starr Jordan Middle School.

After combining all the points from the boys and girls events for 6th, 7th and 8th grades, John Muir tallied 513 points, Luther Burbank finished with 418 and David Starr Jordan had 311. A total of 16 meet records were broken and new ones established.

For the second straight year, Muir claimed five of the six divisions (every level except 8th grade boys). It was the Mustangs’ 12th city championship over the last 13 years including eight consecutive titles.

On the eighth grade level, Luther Burbank won the boys division with 105 points led by Julian Read who won four events. Muir took second with 68 points followed by Jordan with 34.

Read is as good as they come. All he did was set a meet record in the 100 meter dash in 12.4 seconds, tied the high jump meet record at 5-feet-6 and place first in the 70 meter hurdles (10.5) and first in the 4×100 relay (50.6).

“That was awesome. I wasn’t expecting that at all,” Read said about his record in the 100 meters. “My knee was really hurting me and it hurt to walk and just stand up. When I got to the blocks, I felt ready to run. I just blocked it out of my mind. As soon as I started running, it stopped hurting.”

The pain never felt so good for Read as he clearly demonstrated his athleticism and ability to compete in different events.

As for going 4-for-4 in first place medals, Read humbly summed it up.

“My day has been pretty good,” he said.

In the eighth grade girls division, Muir took first with 87 points while Luther and Jordan tied for second with 60 points. Emily Virtue had a strong day for the Luther Yellow Jackets winning events in the 800 (meet record- 2:30), 1600 (meet record- 5:32) and mile relay.

“My coach gave me goal times. In the first race (800 meters), I gave it all I had and got the record,” said Virtue. “In the mile, it turned out really good. I got the time I wanted. Overall it’s been a good day. I was pretty proud.”

At the seventh grade level, Muir swept the boys and girls divisions. For the boys, Muir scored 107, followed by Jordan with 59 and Luther had 41.

Speedster Joshua Johnson of the Jordan Cougars won the 100 meter dash in 12.4 (tied Read for the meet record) and won the 200 meters in a meet record 25.8 seconds. He also took second in the high jump at 4-feet-8 to cap off a sensational day.

“For the 100, I had to kick it because I didn’t want to lose. I did it for the team. You can’t lose to Muir every year. We can’t have that,” Johnson said. “In the 200, I took it easy so I could kick two more gears.”

For the girls, Muir had 82, Luther 65 and Jordan 59. Samantha Eaton performed well for the Muir Mustangs finishing in second in the 4×100 relay, second in the 400 meters, second in the mile relay and third in the 100 meter run.

“At first I was really nervous,” Eaton said about the 400 meter race. “But as soon as I ran I became more confident in myself and I ended up doing really well.”

Sixth grade results: (boys) Muir 79, Luther 64, Jordan 64 / (girls) Muir 104, Luther 68, Jordan 35.

Top perfomances of the meet-

8th Boys = Julian Read (Luther) – Four 1st place with three records

8th Girls = Elizabeth Switzer (Jordan) – Three 1st place

8th Girls = Chloe Tilton (Muir) – Two 1st place with one record

7th Boys = Joshua Johnson (Jordan) – Two 1st place both records, also two 2nd place

7th Girls = Sophie Birnbaum (Luther) – Three 1st place with one record

6th Boys = Ricky Perez (Jordan) – Two 1st place with one record, also one 2nd place

6th Boys = Fernando Morales (Muir) Three 1st place

6th Girls = Katie Treadway (Muir) – Four 1st place with one record

Here are the results for the entire meet:

(8th grade)

8th BoysOverall Points
Muir – 68Muir – 513
Luther – 105Luther – 418
Jordan – 34Jordan – 311
800Kasen Barraclough-2:29 MJimmy Chahal-2:31 LAsif Chowdhury-2:32 LRakat Raman-2:32 JAshwin Roy-2:32 L
70 M  HJulian Read-10.5 LDarnell Williams-10.53 LXavier Dixon-10.75 MCarson Clark-11.34 JGavin Aguilar-13.2 J
4×100Carvajal, Read, Williams, Cruz-50.6 L recordWilkerson, Kahan, Truong, Carbajal-52.24 MHerndon-Hummel, Varela, Clark, Hebri-52.57 J
1600Alex Hirsch-4:57 L recordKasen Barraclough-5:44 MRafael Lopez-5:46 MAsif Chowdhury-5:56 LBilly Singleton-5:59 J
100Julian Read-12.4 L recordMakai Wilkerson-12.9 MJaden Varela-13.12 JSpencer Herndon-Hummel-13.13 JDarnell williams-13.32 L
400Drew Gorsuch-59.1 LAlex Carvajal-59.3  LHakob Anassian-63.0 MRafael Lopez-66.4  MKevin Rickman-68.4  J
200Makai Wilkerson-26.7 MDrew Gorsuch-26.8  LJaden Varela-27.3 JSpencer Herndon-Hummel-27.68 JAsif Chowdhury 27.82  L
Mile RelayArroyo, Cavajal, Gorsuch, Calderon-4:13.1 LLopez, Anassian, Edgar, Aguilar-4:21.3  MVilligran, Rahman, Rickman, Singleton-4:26 J
High JumpJulian Read-5’6″ L  tied recordBryce Upshur-5’2″ JErwin Hartoonian-4’8″ MHamlet Garibyan-4’8″ MRory Ricky-4’8″ M
Long JumpAlex Carvajal-17’2″ LBen Kanan-15’9″ MChristian Arroyo-15’3″ LBryan Sosa-14’6″ MJaden Varela-13’7″  J
Shot PutErwin Hernandez-35’2″ LJacob Real-35’1″ JJulian Renaud-33′ 0″ MDarnell Williams-32’7″ LDale Osborne-32’5″ M
Pole Vault
8th Girls
Muir – 87
Luther – 60
Jordan – 60
800Emily Virtue-2:30 L recordBene Snyder-2:43 MHannah Fierro-2:57 LMonica Labib-3:02 MAbril Leonyuelez-3:06 M
70 M  HChloe Tilton-11.3  M recordMarin Grote-11.66 JGabby Perrz-11.71 JErin Lashkari-11.89 MAlice Martinez-12.2 L
4×100Talavera, Kasper, Kasim, Switzer-57.5 JLashkari, Hernandez, Verhoeven, Torosyan-58.4 MRendon, Mancilla, Sanchez, Akobian-59.65 L
1600Emily Virtue-5:32 L recordAmanda Kim-6:20-MAllie Benson-6:25 MCatrina Villapando-6:42 JMonica Labib-6:55 M
100Elizabeth Switzer-14.1  JKate Jones-14.5  LErin Lashkari-14.1 MNoor Kasim-15.13  JKamryn Hernandez-15.37  M
400Chloe Tilton-67.9  MAmanda Kim-70.5  MCatrina Villapando-74.3  JHannah Fierro-76.3  LSamantha Frias-79.1  J
200Bene Snyder-30.7Erin Lashkari-31.3  MMaya Paredes-31.5 JAlina Portillo-33.01 LHannah Fierro-33.4  L
Mile RelayVirtue, King, Staub, Jensen  MBroderick, Morlian, Temurian, Cowart LWilson, Villapando, Manahan, Romano J
High JumpMarin Grote-4’10”  JRachel Rushing-4’2″ MAmy Tran-4’2″ MRose Felichia-4’0″Faith Ricotta-4′  L
Long JumpElizabeth Switzer-13’7″  JAlexandra Akopbian-12’8″ LCamryn Thompson-12’6″ LNicole McCord-12′ 3″  MMacie Jensen-12’2  L
Shot PutMacie Jensen-32’1″  LZoe Hellwig-30’7″ JAmber Kassens-29’6″ MJulia Hank-27’6″ MCassidy McNeal-26′ J
Pole VaultAlexandra Akobian-7’6″ L record

(7th grade)

7th Boys
Muir – 107
Luther – 41
Jordan – 59
800Luke Johnson-2:34 MEthan Galloway-2:36 LTim Gibbs-2:38 MChase Legorreta-2:38 JJade Martin-2:38 M
70 M  HChristian Ramos-10.7  MChance Van Hook-11.16 MReigh Abaoag-11.17  JJake Panikowski-12.21 JNico Chuidian-13.03 L
4×100Rozo, Van Hook, Ramos, Harutyunyan-52.89  M recordBrenes, Johnson, Galloway, Ruiz-56.07 LPanikowski, Terry, Johnson, Abaoag-DQ J
1600Luke Johnson-5:37 MChris Stanis-5:57 MJae Lee-5:57 MBlak Sprow-6:07  JCesar Cuevas-6:11 J
100Joshua Johnson-12.4 J  recordMaurice Rozo-12.9 MChance Van Hook-12.91 MNico Chuidan-13.27 LJose Brenes-13.46 L
400Estavan Solis-63.3 JMaurice Rozo-63.6 MNico Chuidian-65.7 LLuke Kvarda-67.9Sebastian Rodriguez-67.96 M
200Joshua Johnson-25.8 J  recordNico Chuidan-28.2 LJake Panikowski-28.3 JChristian Ramos-28.34 MMaurice Rozo-28.35 M
Mile RelayRodriquez, Gibbs, Reyes, Melkomian  MBrenes, Johnson, Galloway, Ruiz  LOlson, Protzman, Lugerreta, Solis J
High JumpChance Van Hook-5’0″ MJoshua Johnson-4’8″ JEric Harutyunyan-4’8″ MCody Winters-4’6″  MSteve Johnson-4’6″ L
Long JumpReigh Abaoag-16’5″ JJose Brenes-14’6″ LCarter Kissinger-14’4″ MJesse Rodriguez-13’4″Chase Legorreta-13’2″ J
Shot PutCarter Kissinger-36’3″  MJake Barraza-35’3″ LKalam Park-35″0″ MJohnathon Chavez-34’5″ JReigh Abaoag-34’3″ J
Pole Vault
7th Girls
Muir – 82
Luther – 65
Jordan – 59
800Sophie Birnbaum-2:44 L recordEmily Udall-2:51 MJamie Levin-3:02 MLindsay Galiardi-3:03  MKimberly Ochoa-3:21 M
70 M  HJada Martinez-Rees-12.1 LMikayla Gardner-12.81 JNina Agaroian-12.89 MSamantha-Leano-13.01 LGala Chirino-15.25 J
4×100Rievers, Brown, Erickson, De Herrera-56.8 J  recordEaton, Urrego, Davis, Rigor-1.00.13-MDickens, Escamilla, Martinez-Rees, Nealis-1.00.65  L
1600Sophie Birnbaum-6;04  LIsabel Partida-6:12 JLakely Nealis-6:17  LAlex Davis-6:38 MEmily McHorney-6:39  L
100Nyilah Brown-14.3 JPhoenix Rievers-14.41 JSamantha Eaton-14.08- MJada Martinez-Rees-15.01  LNicole Urrego-15.2  M
400Lakely Nealis-67.9 LSamantha Eaton-70.8  MIsabel Partida-71.1 JPenny Yokas-77.3 MCamila Panzo-88.4 J
200Kaitlion Escamilla-31.1  L recordJazmine Chavez-31.5 JAshleigh Martinez-31.9  MDesiree Gomez-32.7  M
Mile RelayNealis, Birnbaum, McHorney, Avendano  LEaton, Yokas, Martinez, Geerlings MGonzalez, Chavez, Ellingwood, Jackson  M
High JumpAlejandra Diaz-4’2″ MPenny Yokas-4’0″  MKaitlin Escamilla-4’0″ LSophia Kestenian-3’10” MHannah Macaranas-3’8″ L
Long JumpMikayla Gardner-12’4″ JMarine Keshishyan-11’8″  MJada Martinez-Rees-11’7″ LNikki Sabo-10’11” JKazz Balanos-10’6″ M
Shot PutRobin Kassens-31’8″ MGariden Dixon-25’6″ MJulianna Van Loo-25’1″ JMarly Khanlerian-24’7″ MSofia Aslanyan-24’6″ L
Pole VaultEmily McHorney 4’5″ L

(6th grade)

6th Boys
Muir – 79
Luther – 64
Jordan – 64
800Ellington Simmons-2:43 JBenjamin Burnham-2:44  MAutin Barrondo-2:45  LHudson Bartram-2:50 JByran David 3:00 M
70 M  HFernando Morales-11:59  MRyan Thomas-11:57  LEmery Goulet-11:59  LNathan Mai-12:00 MAbihud Munoz-Vargas-12.5 J
4×100Goulet, Workman, Gerlach, White-58.9  LMacDonald, Dolatshahi, Mai, Arsenian-59.9 MMunoz-Varga, Perez,Bartram Smart-Robinson 1.00.2 J
1600Nicholas Santizo-5:47 LDaniel Nelson- 5:49 JAustin Barrondo-5:50 LBenjamin Burnham-6:16 MGabe Gott-6:19 L
100Kourosh Dolatshahi-14.6  MRicky Perez-14.7 JQuentin White-14.8 LAjaidyn Smart-Robinson-14.9 JCole Workman-15.1 L
400Fernando Morales-67.4  MEllington Simmons-67.5 JCole Workman-71.1 LAustin Barrondo-74.5 LTrent MacDonald-78.09 M
200Ricky Perez-29.8 J  recordIan Miller-30.9 LLogan Berger-31.3 LJustin Robinson-32.3 MAjaidyn Smart-robinson-37.2 J
Mile RelayMunoz-Vargas, Conlan, Perez, Simmons-4:75.6 JCardenaz, Smith, White, Arrondo-5:00.2 LMorales, MacDonald, Burham, Loera-5:01.7
High JumpFernando Morales-4’4″ MEllington Simmons-4’2″ JEmery  Goulet-4’0″ LMalakai Rojas-3’10” MObed Estrada-3’8″ J
Long JumpLuis Martinez-13’9″-MNathan Mai-13’5″ MCole Workman-12’2″ LObed Estrada-11’4″ JAdan Perez-10’8″ L
Shot PutChris Rodriguez-32’7″ JEmery Goulet-31’7″ LNaseer Habeeb-27’4″ LQuinton White-27’0″ LCarlosMora Martinez-25’2″ J
Pole Vault
Kevin Herrera-5’0″ L
6th Girls
Muir – 104
Luther – 68
Jordan – 35
800Ava Kramer-2:58 LMariana Valadez-3:01 LJulia Skillsky-3:02 MMadeleine Lingad-3:03 LNatalie Linlow-3:06 M
70 M  HKiara Teixeira-12.2 MKendall Jensen-12.6 LOrla Giffen-14.0 JElyse Cervik-14.2 LMichaela Haas-14.4 J
4×100Miller, Treadway,Azurin-Sugars, Winfree-1.00 MHeschong, Hickman, Giffen, Cashman-101.65 JJensen, Green, Cervik, Valadez-1:03.45 L
1600Olivia Cashman-6:16 JAva kramer-6:34 LSol Fernandez-6:43 MNatalie Kinlow-7:08 MGayne Mkrtchyan-7:20 M
100Katie Treadway-14.8  MLindsay Miller-14.9 MElyse Cervik-15.1 LAsha Hickman-15.2  JMadeleine Lingard-15.3  L
400Christine Briones-1:17.1  MAva Kramer-1:18.5  LAsha Hickman-1:19  JMadeleine Lingard 1:21.1  LSol Fernandez 1:21.4 M
200Katie Treadway-31.9 M  recordOlivia Cashman-33.1  JLindsay Miller-33.3 MEliza Herchong-34.2  JMikayla Hayes-34.9 J
Mile RelayFernandez, Briones, Lopez, Teixeira-5:20.4  MGreene, Saroyan, Haas, Wilson-5:48  JKramer, Burras, Leiva, Beltran-6:08 L
High JumpKatie Treadway-4”2″-MJossie Anderson 4’0″-LAlyssa Torres-3’10” MKendall Jensen-3’10” MKiara Teixeira-3’8″ M
Long JumpKiara Teixeira-12’1″ MAlice Weber-12’0″ MLindsay Miller-11’10” MVictoria Ramirez-11’8″ MHanna Savola-10’2″ L Tied
Shot PutKendal Jensen-25’1″ LJacquelina Garcia-23’1″ MSabrina Englebrecht-23’1″ LDanielle Morejan-22’4″ MHanna Savola-22’1″ L
Pole Vault