- Mandatory Parent Meeting - 730pm @ TPHS Gym - February 24th
- All Non-Winter Athletes Must Report To Practice Immediately
- Thursday, Jan. 28th, Meeting @ Lunch - Monday, Feb. 1st, PRACTICE BEGINS!
- TPHS Athlete of the Year, Andrew Wilson '16 wins CIF Division IV Discus Throw Championship!
- Congratulations to our 2016 Team Captains: Lazaro, Morrissey, Morton, Walton, & Wilson!
2017 *Updated* Season Schedule
Fri, Mar 3 Friday Night Tiger Invite @ San Jacinto HS (field 1pm, track 2pm)
Sat, Mar 11 Aztec Invitational @ Palm Desert HS (field 8am, track 8:30)
Wed, Mar 15 29 Palms vs. Desert Mirage DAL Dual 3pm
Thu, Mar 30 29 Palms vs. Coachella Valley DAL Dual 3pm
Sat, Apr 1 Flying Tiger Invitational @ San Jacinto HS (field 8am, track 8:30)
Wed, Apr 5 Twentynine Palms at Rancho Mirage DAL Dual 3:15pm
Thu, Apr 13 Twentynine Palms vs. Yucca Valley DAL Dual 3:15pm
Wed, Apr 26 29 Palms vs. Desert Hot Springs DAL Dual 3pm
Thu, May 4 De Anza League Finals @ Desert Mirage (field 4pm, track 5pm)
Team facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/123930771050810/
2016 TENTATIVE Schedule
Wednesday, March 2 - Tri Meet @ Indian Springs HS
Friday, March 4 - Cougar Distance Carnival @ Beaumont HS (pending approval)
Wednesday, March 9 - DAL Dual vs. Rancho Mirage HS ** Volunteers Needed
Saturday, March 12 - Aztec Invite @ Palm Desert HS
Wednesday, March 16 - DAL Dual @ Shadow Hills HS
Saturday, March 19 - Cougar Classic @ Beaumont HS
Wednesday, March 23 - DAL Dual @ Desert Hot Springs HS
Saturday, April 2 - Flying Tiger Invitational @ San Jacinto HS
Wednesday, April 6 - DAL Dual vs. Yucca Valley HS ** Volunteers Needed
Wednesday, April 13 - DAL Dual vs. Big Bear HS ** Volunteers Needed
Wednesday, April 27 - DAL Dual vs. Desert Mirage ** Volunteers Needed
Friday, April 29 - Last Chance Distance Carnival @ Ramona HS (pending approval)
Thursday, May 5 - DAL Finals/CIF Qual. Meet @ Rancho Mirage HS
Saturday, May 14 - CIF Divisional Preliminaries @ Carpinteria HS
Saturday, May 21 - CIF Divisional Finals
Thursday, January 28, Lunchtime (in Gym) Student-Athlete Informational Meeting
Don't grab your lunch, just sign in, and collect your parent packet
Make sure your parents read the packet.
Those who waited till the last minute to get physicals can get them over the weekend with your doctor or urgent care (call around, there is a place that does them for $40).
Monday, February 1, 2:15pm - Track & Field - FIRST PRACTICE
Make sure you're properly dressed - ATHLETIC clothes.
The weather this time of year is unpredictable.
All athletes should have a gym bag specifically for their track & field gear.
Tuesday, February 2, 2:15pm - Team Meeting
This will be short & sweet.
We're voting in our officers for the rest of this season.
We're voting in our fundraisers for this month.
June 10, 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended our team celebration yesterday! Especially thank you to all the coaches who I didn't get to get all mushy over yesterday. A very special thanks to all the families who bought a dish!
For those unable to make it, we understand, it was a very hectic part of the season. We missed you all!
Congratulations to everyone who completed the 2015 Track & Field Season... now on to our team honors:
Coach Katie Chouinard (Jumps): KJ Morton, Freshman
Coach Niles (Sprints): William Ledford or William Ledford, Senior wink emoticon
Coach Wilson (Sprints): Sam Robinson, Senior
Coach Walton (Distance): Synai Salgado, Senior
Team Valedictorian - Jubilee Bosch
Team Saludatorian - Kamaljot Singh
Most Improved Wildcat - Sam Robinson
Most Improved Lady Wildcat - Liana Ruiz
Lady Wildcat Rookie of the Year - Vanessa Walton
Wildcat Rookie of the Year - KJ Magwood-Morton
Lady Wildcat MVP - Kerenza Robinson
Wildcat MVP - Ronnie Rondeau
Thrower of the Year - Andrew Cobi Wilson
2015 TEAM CAPTAIN RECOGNITION: Curtis Mohn '15
2016 TEAM CAPTAINS
Seniors - Alex Morrissey '16
Throwers - Andrew Cobi Wilson '16
Female Sprinters - Kathy Lazaro '17
Distance - Spencer Walton '17
Jumps/Male Sprinters - KJ Morton '18
Finally, a special thanks to our managers who worked hard behind the scenes all season and were a great asset to the coaches and to this team. The two of your were amazing all season long and we love you and could not have had a successful season without you:
Lauryn Cabanlit & Kyle Angel Lav!
Congratulations to the Class of 2015, we love you & appreciate you! Have a great & safe summer! Good luck!
Coach Ronda S. Morton
June 10, 2014
Congratulations to the Class of 2014, good luck in your future endeavors!
Rookie of the Year: Makya Bullion '17 & D'Avion Oliver '17
Most Improved: Ronnie Rondeau '15
Lady Wildcat MVP: Adriann Miller '16
Wildcat MVP: Zach Kanlong '14
2015 Team Captains: Adriann Miller '16, Curtis Mohn '15
2013 End of the Season Celebration!
May 31, 2013
Award Winners & Recognition
2013 Boys' Team Captain - Noel Figueroa - East Central (OK) University
2013 Girls' Team Captain - Stacy Holmes - CSU Dominguez Hills
2014 Team Captain - Zach Kanlong
Golden Bar - Marcus Chestnut - United States Marine Corps
Most Improved - Laveena Benavente - Phoenix College
Outsanding Senior - Jessey Brocar - CSU San Bernardino
Rookie of the Year - David Haney - College of the Desert
Team Valedictorian - Alizabeth Ogdahl - St. Mary's (IN) College
Thrower of the Year - Alan Vander Maas - Ucla
Year 3 Letterwinner - Diante Aiken - Hampton University
Year 3 Letterwinner - Wyatt Giannini - United States Marine Corps
2014 Track and Field Schedule
May 21, 2013
De Anza League Schedule
This is only the DAL schedule. Additional duals, tri-meets, quads, invites, relays, etc will be posted at a later date. TPHS Track and Field is ALWAYS in dire need of volunteers to run home meets. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact me directly so you can be given an assignment for meet-day. Tentative Concessions (2), Long Jump/Triple Jump (3), High Jump (2), Discus (2), Shot Put (2), Clerk of the Course (1), Meet Scorer (1), Announcer (1), Timers (8), Block Crew (3), Hurdle Crew (THE MORE THE MERRIER).
Wed. Mar. 26th, 3pm, Yucca Valley Trojans at 29 Palms Wildcats
Wed. Apr. 02nd, 3pm, Desert Mirage Rams at 29 Palms Wildcats
Wed. Apr. 09th, 3pm, Big Bear Bears at 29 Palms Wildcats
Wed. Apr. 16th, 3pm, 29 Palms Wildcats at DHS Golden Eagles
Wed. Apr. 30th, 3pm, 29 Palms Wildcats at Shadow Hills Knights
Potluck Invitation List
May 29, 2013
Track and Field Team Celebration: Wednesday, May 29th, 6:30pm
DESSERT: Nichole, Synai, Madeline, Dominic SANTANELLI, Kamaljot, Taylor, and Alan
FRUIT(S): Kayla, Aijohn, Beayahn, Kelly, Curtis, Precious
OTHER: Jubilee, Zach, Alex
RICE: Laveena, Jessey, Cheryl
NON-WATER BEVERAGES: Anthony, Noel, Stacy, Caitlyn, Adriann, Keely, Alizabeth
WATER: Diante, Daneita, Marcus, Dominic, Wyatt, Ishmael, David
Go to the team facebook page for the address to Zach's house or pick up your invitation at lunch today in the TF storage shed next to the boys locker room. Don't wait till the last minute, get your lunch quickly then come immediately down OR come get your invite first THEN go eat lunch.
Final uniform turn in today (Wed.) at lunch. No exceptions, the last list will be turned in today at 2pm and you will be billed accordingly.
AmericAsian Fusion Inspired Potluck!
May 19, 2013
2013 Track and Field End of Season Celebration
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 6:00pm
Our team celebration will be May 29th. Invitations will be given out after Wednesday the 22nd. This is a potluck style event and you will be given a category to bring items: rice, dessert, beverages, fruit. If anyone can think of anything else, please feel free to post information on our FACEBOOK PAGE or email me directly email@example.com
We are sending off an amazing senior class and we want to recognize all the underclassman for their contributions and accomplishments this season. Wear your lettermen's jackets, invitational t-shirts, bring your bathing suits, kimonos, ninja costumes, and anything else to make this thing as festive as possible! This is a CELEBRATION not just some boring awards dinner.
I WILL BE ACCEPTING UNIFORMS BETWEEN LUNCH UNTIL 2:15 AFTER SCHOOL ON THURSDAY, MAY 23RD!
Please make sure you are there, if you are not there to turn in your uniform you WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR CELEBRATION INVITATION nor will you get your end of the season AWARDS.
May 18, 2013 - Aiken, Chestnut score 18 points at Mt. SAC
May 19, 2013
Aiken and Chestnut Earn All CIF Honors at Southern Section Finals
Diante Aiken and Marcus Chestnut wrapped up their careers as high school athletes on Saturday May 18th at Mt. San Antonio College. Both returned to CIF Finals earning 18 points for the Wildcats. Chestnut earned 4th place in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 14.99 Aiken scored in two of his three events, high jump and 300m hurdles. Aikens time of 40.62 placed him 5th overall good for 4 points and another medal. The top performance of the day was turned in by Marcus Chestnut who brought home a silver medal in the triple jump. Up next for the Wildcats is their end of the season team celebration held on May 29th!
Thank you to Jubilee Bosch, Stacy Holmes, Jerek Silvas, Hailey Husung, David Haney, Jessey Brocar, Breanna Morrissey, Noel Figueroa, and Alizabeth Ogdahl for going all the way out to Walnut to show support for Diante & Marcus!
Marcus Chesnut and Diante Aiken were both named Wildcats of the Week for their career contibutions to the program!
Coach Buckles contract to coach XCTF not renewed...
May 21, 2013
May 17, 2013
CIF FINALS TRAVEL INFORMATION
Please bring enough money for the entire day.
We will make a stop close to the stadium for a quick affordable breakfast.
The day is long, bring your own ice water jugs to last, we are NOT taking the large blue team cooler because I doubt any of you are going to carry it. We are not taking the E-Z up so pack your umbrella, dress for summer, bring sun screen, and wear a hat/visor.
There are many souvenirs available for purchase and awesomely priced discounted track and field apparel as well. CIF t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats will also be on sale.
Each of you will carry ONE HURDLE to load to the back of the van for hurdle practice/warmup. They will be locked up (bicycle style) when they aren't being used by TPHS runners.
Finally, once the meet is over, we will head somewhere affordable for dinner.
We will depart from the 29 Palms HS parking lot at 7am.
Do not be late, or you will be left behind.
14 Wildcats Attend CIF in Carpinteria
May 16, 2013
Aiken & Chestnut Advance, Kanlong runs Personal Record, East Central University bound Figueroa completes HS career!
CIF Preliminary Meet - May 11, 2013
29 Palms High School Track and Field to Ventura County to compete in the CIF Preliminary meet held at Carpinteria High School. 14 team members traveled to face some of the top talent in the state and nation.
Stacy Holmes lead the girls 4x400 meter relay to a sixth place finish in their heat.
David Haney earned a second place in his heat in the 100m and Zach Kanlong ran a personal best time of 4:36 in the 1600m run for a top 20 finish.
Jessey Brocar and Wyatt Giannini ran their fastest splits in the 4x400m relay to lead the boys to a third place heat finish. East Central University bound Noel Figueroa ran a 10:02 3200m for a seventh place heat finish.
Two athletes advanced to CIF Finals meet in Mt. SAC, Seniors Marcus Chestnut and Diante Aiken. Chestnut finished third overall in the triple jump with a 43'1 mark and also ran a 15.45 Aiken qualified in three events the high jump, 300m hurdles, and is the top time in the 110m high hurdles with a 14.95 mark.
The pair will head to Mt. San Antonio College this Saturday.
Senior Captains Noel Figueroa & Stacy Holmes were named Wildcat of the Week!
The coaches would like to thank the remaining athletes who also finished their seasons for their contributions to the team this year: Laveena Benavente (Senior), Jubilee Bosch (Sophomore), Adriann Miller (Freshman), Taylor Thacker (Sophomore), and Precious Zackery (Senior).
May 2, 2013 - Wildcats Step Up to the De Anza League Finals Challenge!
Wildcats Take First Place at the De Anza League Finals Challenge!
The Twentynine Palms HS Track and Field team traveled to Shadow Hills for the De Anza League Finals CIF Qualifying Meet last week. Twenty-three athletes competed in a meet that saw numerous personal records set.
The girls squad had a small contingent of nine athletes. They earned 60 points for a fourth place overall finish. The top scorers were team captain, senior, Stacy Holmes who scored 18.5 points, and Laveena Benavente who scored 16 points, both seniors. Holmes also qualified in the 200m with her time of 27.04.
The boys were victorious with a 113 points and saw 4 athletes earn De Anza League Championships.
Seniors, Marcus Chestnut (triple jump) and Alan Vander Maas (discus) each earned their third consecutive DAL title. Chestnut also qualified in the 4x4m relay, 110m high hurdles, and long jump.
Senior, David Haney, left no doubt in the 100m. His victorious time of 10.91 was his third sub-eleven second performance of the season.
Boys team captain, senior Noel Figueroa was the final individual qualifier for his efforts in the 3200m with a time of 10:07.
2012 league MVP, Diante Aiken advanced in four events. Aiken won all 3 of his individual events. The senior started the day breaking his fifth school record with a time of 14.62 in the 110m hurdles. He followed that up a victory in the high jump and also ran 40.54 in the 300m hurdles. He also ran the second leg of the CIF bound 4x400m relay. Aiken earned 31.25 points at the meet, the most of any male competitors and was named a De Anza League MVP for his efforts.
Senior, Laveena Benavente earned the sole championship for Lady Wildcats with a fourteen foot personal record in the discus throw. She also took second place in the shot put and advanced to CIF in both events.
Alizabeth Ogdahl, Jubilee Bosch, Caitlyn Husung, Aijohn Carrllo, Dominic Dolman, Ishmael Goldsmith, Beayahn Carrllo, Curtis Mohn, and Dominic Santanelli saw their seasons come to a conclusion but were thanked for their tremendous season.
A total of fourteen Wildcats qualified for the CIF Preliminary meet next week in Carpinteria.
Freshman: Adriann Miller (4x400m), Alex Morrissey (4x400m). Sophomores: Jubilee Bosch (4x400m A), Dominic Dolman (4x400m A), Taylor Thacker (3200m). Juniors: Zach Kanlong (1600m). Seniors: Precious Zackery (4x400m)
Senior Throwers Benavente & Vander Maas were named Wildcats of the Week!
Wildcats bring home 2 wins from Shadow Hills!
29 Palms' Track and Field teams came away with two victories in Indio against the Shadow Hills Knights
The Lady Wildcats were paced by Stacy Holmes and her four first place performances. Freshmen Jubilee Bosch (in the 800m) and Caitlyn Husung (4x1 relay & shot put) also turned in notable performances in the victory. Bosch's personal record performance qualified her for the De Anza League Finals meet next week!
Caitlyn Husung who fought injuries for the majority of the season, stepped up to the challenge and ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay to ensure the Varsity girls an entry for the coveted race.
Laveena Benavente scored in all four events and placed first in the shot put. Alex Morrissey earned two first places in both hurdles races and Adriann Miller kicked off the girls 4x1 to victory with her oustanding anchor leg.
Multiple first places were earned by Alan Vander Maas (shot put, discus), Diante Aiken (hurdles, high jump), and Zachary Kanlong (1600m, 800m).
Senior, David Haney ran the 100m in a record breaking wind-aided 10.87.
The girls score was 74-41, the boys won 12 of 15 events with a final score of 79-48.
Dominic Dolman and Jubilee Bosch were named Wildcats of the Week for peak performances!
Wildcats Host Bears in Yucca... Nailbiter
29 Palms Track and Field faced the Big Bear Bears yesterday in a De Anza League matchup.
The girls battled in a back and forth nailbiter. The final race of the day saw the girls 1600m relay edge the Bears as Stacy Holmes anchored the victory. Sia Faletagaloa earned two first places in the shot put and discus as the Lady Wildcat throwers swept the Bears and Martini Dogan took first in the long jump, 4x1, and 4x4. The team awaited the results of the triple jump: the final score Bears 60, Lady Wildcats 58.
On the boys side, the Bears jumped out to a 13-1 lead after the first two events. After the 200m run, the score was 33-35 in favor of the Bears. After the first place victory by Noel Figueroa in the 3200m the Cats started to pour points in. Freshmen Alonzo Tate and Dominic Santanelli helped the jump squad sweep both events. Jessey Brocar, Diante Aiken, and Marcus Chestnut swept both the 110m high hurdles and the 300m hurdles. The final score was Bears 47, Wildcats 80.
Oustanding seniors Marcus Chestnut & Stacy Holmes were named Wildcats of the Week for their hardwork, dedication, and meet performances!
Wildcats Return Victorious from Sparta!
WILDCATS HOIST TROPHIES IN SPARTA!
The Wildcats Track and field traveled to Desert Hot Springs for a De Anza league matchup. Led by 400m relay opening leg, freshman Adriann Miller, the girls dominated by a score of 82-40. The boys defeated the golden eagles 85-42. Noel Figueroa and Zach Kanlong both earned personal records in the 800m and 3200m respectively.
Newcomer, sophomore, Dominic Dolman was also named meet standouts.
Two days later the Wildcats traveled to San Bernardino to compete in the San Gorgonio High School hosted Sparta Relays! This event combines comaradarie and competition for the team and is an athlete favorite. Despite the loss of the throwers pentathlon events, a good time was enjoyed by all.
Alizabeth Ogdahl and Noel Figueroa kicked off the competition in the 2x3200m run with a 62 second and 17 second personal records.
The boys held off Canyon Springs to earn third place led by the efforts of the boys hurdlers and the young boys sprint corp. Diante Aiken, Wyatt Giannini, Jessey Brocar, and Marcus Chestnut earned gold medals in the shuttle hurdles with a time of 1:03.14.
The girls were led by senior Laveena Benavente who earned the most hardware a bronze in the high jump and 400m throwers relay and gold in the shot put relay and discus relay for a total of 4 medals. The throwers and sprinters paced the girls a third place finish.
After events like the 2x3200m race, 8x200, 4x1600m and the "hamburger" relays (also known as the throwers 4x1) the final points were tallied and the girls and boys earned third place trophies facing schools more than double their size!
Wyatt Giannini was named Wildcat of the Week for his performances in the distances, sprints, and hurdles.
Laveena Benavente was named Lady Wildcat of the Week for earning 4 medals and for breaking 2 school records in the throwing events!
Wildcats Protest Controversial Ending...
Controversy Ends Wildcat Undefeated Streak
29 Palms track and field teams traveled to Yucca Valley to face off with the Trojans. The girls were defeated by a heavy trojan squad but Exodus Blauel and Alex Morrissey earned first place victories in the shot put and 100m hurdles. Multi event point scorers included Laveena Benavente and Stacy Holmes.
In what was slated as the De Anza League Title Battle of the season the meet was hotly contested down to the final race, 1600m relay.
The score was 61-61 entering into the race 66-61. Top performances were turned in by Noel Figueroa (3200m), Alan Vander Maas (discus throw), Diante Aiken (110m hurdles/300m hurdles/high jump), and Marcus Chestnut (triple jump).
Senior Noel Figueroa and Freshman Alex Morrissey were named Wildcats of the Week for their oustanding performances!
Wildcats earn personal records and medals at Chet Nicholson Relays
Vander Maas Wins Discus in Norco
29 Palms track and field team traveled to Norco high school for a relays meet. The Chet Nicholson Relays is a large school event that consists of opponents like Vista Murrieta to name a few.
Zach Kanlong earned first place in the mile and Alan Vander Maas won the discus. On the girls side Sia Faletagaloa (fall eh tong ah low ah) earned two medals for her efforts in the shot put and discus.
Up next, the Wildcats will travel to Desert Mirage for their first league meet of the season on Wednesday.
Jessy Brocar and Seia Sitagata were named Wildcats of the Week!
Wildcats travel to High Country to face Division 4 Foe Hamilton!
Haney Wins Four Events
The 29 Palms HS Wildcats traveled far to Anza to face off against Division 4 foe Hamilton HS.
The girls tried to avenge last years 1 point defeat on the mountain. The girls battled but lost 78-48. The day was not without solid performances.
Stacy Holmes won 3 of her events with victories in the 100m, 200m, and the 4x4 relay.
Laveena Benavente, Martini Dogan, and Alex Morrissey were all multi event point scorers for the ladies as well.
The boys feasted on a dominating victory. David Haney also dominated with 4 first place performances in the 100m, 200m, long jump, and 4x1 relay.
Zach Kanlong led the distance crew to a 1600m sweep and Wyatt Giannini lead the 800m sweep. The distance team scored 26 of the 27 points.
Alan Vander Maas continued his victorious discus streak. The boys swept the discus throw.
Marcus Chestnut also reigned supreme with a 41 foot jump in the triple.
Alex Morrissey and David Haney were named Wildcats of the Week for their efforts!
Track Opens Season with Two Victories: Defeat Banning Broncos!
Wildcats Renew Rivalry With Broncos
Track and Field earned 2 victories on the road against Banning yesterday.
Varsity boys led by Zach Kanlong dominated the Broncos 106-16. While Taylor Thacker and Stacy Holmes pushed the girls to a narrow victory 64-61.
This is the second year the Wildcats have traveled to the brand new facility at Banning HS. Coaches hope to renew old DAL rivalries with an annual meet. Banning is soft-scheduled to face the Wildcats in 29 Palms next season.
2012 Team Celebration Awards
Team Celebration Says Goodbye to Four Year Seniors and Welcomes Class of 2013!
Team Valedictorian & Lady Wildcat MVP, Jeff Burnett Award Recipient ((also 2011 De Anza League MVP)): Sara Roberts (Fullerton)
Golden Bar, Jeff Burnett Award Recipient: Lenore Roberts
Rookie of the Year, Jack Sunderland Award Recipient: Taylor Thacker
Jeff Burnett Award Recipient: Colton Byers
Martha Antoinette Taufa'asau Barber Memorial Scholarship (Polynesian & Pacific Islander Student-Athletes): Jacque Morrissey
Jack Sunderland Award Recipient: Curtis Mohn
Wildcat MVP, De Anza League MVP, 2 Time Wildcat of the Week: Diante Aiken
Top Fundraiser: Anthony Arias
Golden Bar Recipient: Zach Kanlong
2011 Team Captain Recognition:
Junior, Stacy Holmes
Junior, Wyatt Giannini
Thank you to Clay & Pam for being wonderful hosts!
2012 CIF Finals @ Mt. SAC
Wildcats earn a 17th Place in CIF
Wildcat athletics came to a conclusion last weekend at Mt. San Antonio College, where the boys track and field team represented 29 Palms at the CIF Finals meet. Alan Vander Maas, Marcus Chestnut, and Diante Aiken traveled to compete earning a combined 17th place out of the 42 schools represented at CIF and over 100 in the division.
Diante Aiken and Marcus Chestnut earned third and eighth respectively with times of 15.13 and 15.66.
Alan Vander Maas earned a fifth place finish and All CIF Honors with a 149'2" throw.
In the 300m hurdles, Aiken finished 9th. Aiken also added All CIF Honors to his De Anza League MVP title.
2012 CIF Prelims @ Carpinteria
Three Wildcats Head to CIF Finals
Track and Field traveled Carpinteria to compete in the CIF Preliminary meet. Lady Wildcat of the Week is Ashlee Nixon and Seth Deitz was named Wildcat of the Week. Diante Aiken, Marcus Chestnut, and Alan Vander Maas all qualified to CIF Finals this Saturday!
Sixteen wildcats will travel to Carpinteria next Saturday to compete in the CIF Division IV preliminary meet
Track and Field competed in the De Anza League Finals last week. Oustanding performances were turned in by seniors Ashlee Nixon 1600m relay), Lenore Roberts (1600m relay), and Jared Bowling (shot put).
Sara Roberts, Marcus Chestnut, Alan Vander Maas, and Diante Aiken all claimed DAL championship crowns. Wildcats of the Week are Jacque Morrissey (a two event qualifier) and Marcus Chestnut (a four event qualifier). Diante Aiken was named a 2012 De Anza League MVP.
Wildcats Earn 36th League Title!
Cats Claim 36th De Anza League Track and Field Title!
The 8 Lady Cats split the day defeating the Rams 85-31 and were edged by Big Bear 48-77.
Led by the courageous effort of Jessey Brocar, the Wildcats battled to victories defeating the Rams 106-16 and the Bears 79-46.
The team laid sole claim to their first De Anza League title since 2009 and the 36th overall championship for the program.
The Wildcats will next travel to Shadow Hills to compete in the De Anza league finals.
Wildcats defeat Trojans & Knights
29 Palms track and field traveled to Indio for a double dual last week, to face Yucca Valley and Shadow Hills
Eleven Lady Wildcats battled vigorously earning a dominating victory against the Knights 83-24 but came up short against the Trojans 44-73. The top Lady Wildcat performance was turned in by Senior Sara Roberts. She earned 3 first place finishes.
The boys' meet was a close 3 way affair. All 3 teams battled back and forth with the deciding factor coming down to the last 2 events of the day. Led by Kelly Green and Wyatt Giannini the Wildcats defeated Yucca 69-58, and Shadow Hills 60-67.
Next week, the teams will head to Desert Mirage, where the boys will be looking to earn their first De Anza league title since 2009.
2010-11 End of the Season Awards
May 23, 2011
Athletes Recognized for Contributions to 2011 Season
WILDCAT MVP - Diante Aiken
LADY WILDCAT MVP - Sara Roberts
OUSTANDING SENIOR - Billy Smith
THROWER OF THE YEAR - Alan Vander Maas
MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE - Martini Dogan
JOG-A-THON 1ST PLACE - Anthony Arias
GOLDEN BAR RECIPIENTS -
Noel Figueroa (2nd bar)
ALL DE ANZA LEAGUE ATHLETES
DE ANZA LEAGUE MVP
Sara Roberts, Distance
Marcus Chestnut, Triple Jump
Alan Vander Maas, Discus Throw
WILDCAT OF THE WEEK:
2010 End of Season Celebration
Wildcats Honor Golden Bar Recipients
Golden Bar: Most Oustanding Hard Worker
Lady Wildcat = Lenore Roberts
Wildat = Joe Kappus
Golden Bar: Most Improved
Lady Wildcat = Breanna Morrissey
Wildcat = Noel Figueroa
WILDCATS TAKE TITLE FROM TROJANS
April 22, 2009
WILDCATS CLAW TROJANS FOR 35TH DE ANZA LEAGUE TITLE
It wasn't pretty, nor smooth, nor graceful, and at times it was downright ugly. At the end of the day it was one thing, a victory.
For the first time in 9 years the Wildcat boys track and field team was able to take home the De Anza League championship. Home to a place where it had been more than 20 times.
In a season full of peaks and valleys the meet ran much the same way. The Wildcats started out by losing the first race in a blowout fashion. The Trojan 4x1 team dominated out of the gate and gave senior Jared Demoss no chance for a comeback victory in the back stretch.
Over the course of the day the Trojans and Wildcats battled back and forth. If we won first, they won second and third, and vice versa. Each event played out like a chess match, an extra point here and there for both sides.
In the 1600 meters Isaac Zapata squeezed in a second place finish while running injured. In the 800m the distance corps ran another two man finish with points earned by seniors Caldwell Perrine and surprise 3rd place Alex Boice who earned valuable points by running a strategically masterful race against the Trojans.
Elvis Percy PR'd in the shot put with a heave of 46 feet and despite a down day at discus it was enough to win the coveted 5 points with a toss of 125 feet. He beat out his best friend and former Wildcat athlete, Trojan senior, Daniel Evans by a couple of feet.
Towards the end of the meet, after the field events results came in the Wildcats were holding on to a slim lead with only 3 events left.
Junior newcomer, Zach Zeitz garnered cheers from the Wildcat crowd with a valiant 5-2 effort to have the bar moved up to 5-4 and remain in contention for much needed points. He wasn't able to clear the height, but still earned the coveted 3 points, with Billy Smith earning 1 for his third place finish.
Up next once again was captain Isaac Zapata with a courageous 3200m effort. He remained in the middle of two Trojan runners throughout the race only to come up short for first place in the last 200m of the race. However he earned valuable points to keep the Wildcats ahead by 2 points heading into the final race.
The 4x4 relay team consisted of 4 seniors, first leg Keith Ross, second leg Gabe Tafoya, third leg Caldwell Perrine, and anchor Jared Demoss. As each athlete performed wonderfully throughout the day in their respective individual events, it came down to this single 4 man effort. The title hopes rested on these legs.
Out of the gate Yucca went with one of their stronger runners to give the Trojans a 40 meter lead. Gabe Tafoya cut the lead quickly meeting up with the Yucca runner on the second, passing him, then giving gave Caldwell Perrine a 20 meter lead. At this point Caldwell came scorching out of the gate maintaining the lead and finally passing the baton to Jared Demoss. "White Lightning" flew out of the first turn and began to hit a wall on the straight away as the Yucca runner began to creep up intensely. Finally as Demoss hit the final turn, his hunting ground, he maintained his lead and cruised in to claim himself, the relay, and the Wilddcats
The 29 Palms crowd began to cheer but awaited for the official results before the real celebration started, the announcer made it official: Wildcats 66, Trojans 61.
The Lady Wildcats competed earnestly throughout the meet but in the end came up short. The Trojans had too many horses against our 15 women. There were entire events where the Lady Wildcats didn't have a single competitor and in a dual that makes all the difference. Despite that, the Lady Wildcats finished their season with a respectable 2nd place finish in league, better than the third place from last season.
Outstanding Lady Wildcats were Monica Tree and Shontae Brown, both distance runners who truly forced the hand of Trojan runners making them run their race.
Other meet highlights:
Senior, Jared Demoss, double 1st place, 100m, 200m
Freshman Nofo Fe'ao, double PR, LJ (16-5) and TJ (34-6)
Senior, Stephanie Orozco, in her 2nd to last performance DT PR (57-5).
Senior, Keith Ross, double 1st place, 110HH and 300IH
Senior, Gabe Tafoya, double second place, 110HH and 300IH 2nd places
We got points from unlikely sources and it feels good to have kids step up when others stumble. A meet like this really reminds us that track and field really is a team sport. At this meet we were as close a team we've ever been this year and it's a nice feeling. It reminds me of the good old days.
At this point I'd like for Elvis to be further along. Maybe I am not pushing him enough. This weekend will help me gauge his progress and how we will approach training for league finals.
Jared Demoss asked me for words of encouragement right before the 4x4 race. A kid like that doesn't need words. Once I told him that I think he realized that at this point words don't do anything. He knows what needs to be done and they dig down deep and just do it. You either will or you won't. He decided that he would. I felt complete confidence that our relay team would bring it home for us because they simply had no other option. For seniors, there is no next year.
Our girls have made strides this year and if we can keep this group together and just make a couple of additions so we can have a few more girls doing field it will help out tremendously. They did all they could considering we started the meet automatically down 27 points.