By Leonard COUTIN
On Thursday, the Falcon track athletes hosted the Mustangs in a Pacific League dual meet at CV. The strength of the Falcons proved too much for Muir and the boys’ varsity took the win 111-25.
The Falcons not only succeeded in winning most of the races, but scored many second and third placements as well. Coach Mark Evans reported several outstanding performances for the afternoon.
Josh Straschewski had an impressive dual win in both hurdle races, 110HH (15.3) and the 300LH (40.6). Evans remarked on the continued improvement of Nick Beatty who ran 2:00.4 in the 800m race.
The 1600 relay team also did well, logging an impressive 3:34.0.
“One of our better times,” commented Evans.
Justin Springfield took wins in the 200 and long jump as well as anchoring the 1600 relay. Matt Williams had a big win in longest sprint of the day, the 400m run (53.0). Tyler Bradshaw won the pole vault 11-3 and triple jump 36-9. Parker Averill nailed the discus 119-7.
Girls varsity score was CV 116 over Muir 14.
Winning the first race, the Falcon girls executed one of their best 4x100m relays. The team ran a time of 50.7.
“One of our better times of the season,” said Evans.
Erika Johnson ran her first race of season and won the 1600m (5:54), seemingly effortlessly.
Claudia Sepulveda celebrated a dual win in the 110HH (16.5) and 300LH (49.4).
Courtney Iannello raced to the win in her first open 400m (62.0). Kayleigh Carrillo had dual wins with impressive times in the 100m (12.4) and 200m (25.5) and was the anchor leg in the 1600m relays with her teammates.
High jumpers Emmie Walker and Emily Beglarian both soared over 5’0” at the bar.
Other reported wins for the Falcons
Frosh Soph scores Boys CV 115, Muir 20; Girls CV 114 Muir 10
The rich athletic heritage of Muir may be history at this point. The Mustangs at one time dominated the Pacific League with an abundance of raw talent that included legendary Jackie Robinson who attended Muir High School in 1935. His contribution to end segregation in sports marked the beginning to a new chapter in history.
Jerry Proctor, class of 1967, ran and won all hurdles races and set the long jump records from the CIF Finals to the State Meet. His jump of 26’ 11-¾” at the University of Redlands became only second to Ralph Boston.
From 1979 to 1999, the Mustangs won 169 consecutive dual meets – thought to be a world record and indeed the people at the Guinness Book of World Records are interested – if the streak can be fully documented.
Today, Muir’s principal Sheryl Orange has been removed from her duties and the athletic program has been placed under investigation for players participating that were deemed ineligible.