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|Posted on Sat, Jun. 03, 2006|
Mustangs' Krychev comes up short
He finishes 11th in the shot put trials and has three fouls in the discus
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
SRV/VT state track
NORWALK - Monte Vista High School's Chris Krychev watched his first shot put attempt sail through the warm air of Cerritos College Friday at the California Interscholastic Federation state track and field championship preliminaries.
But he couldn't keep both his feet in the ring, and one touched the ground just in front of the ring.
Monte Vista throws coach Dave Spitz estimated that throw was over 59 feet.
Krychev's next two throws were 56-91/2 and 55-1, both of which were better than his top North Coast Section Meet of Champions mark of 53-61/4. But his best mark was still 81/4 inches shorter than the final qualifying mark for today's boys shot put finals. He finished 11th.
Today's finals start with field events at 2 p.m. Track events start at 4 p.m.
"That first throw I had, if I didn't watch that shot and found a focal point (instead), I would have definitely had it in," Krychev said. "It put a good amount of pressure on that (second throw). I wanted it badly the next two throws.
Krychev, who had three fouls in the discus, nevertheless took a lot away from the state meet experience.
"This has been one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Lots of great competitors," said Krychev after the shot put. "This will be a good thing for next year, that I will be prepared."
One of the most anticipated competitors in Friday's trials was California's David Klech.
On his first long jump attempt, he sailed a wind-legal personal record of 23-91/2 to take the lead. He never relinquished the lead, as he jumped 22-63/4 on his second attempt and passed on his third attempt.
"We have been working so hard on me getting on the board," said Klech about his long jump approach. "Last week (at the NCS Meet of Champions) I had some huge jumps but I wasn't on the board."
In Klech's heat of the boys 110 hurdles, the field was called up initially from the blocks when it appeared that Spencer Phillips of Rancho Cucamonga, who was in lane six directly to the left of Klech, flinched. On the ensuing start, Klech was behind from the start and moved up throughout the race to finish second in 14.41 seconds.
Klech walked off the infield limping with an ice bag taped to his right hamstring. After conferring with trainers and his coaches, and warming up, he decided to compete in the 300 intermediate hurdles trials.
Klech was first to the first hurdle and won his heat in 37.45 seconds, the third-fastest time of the trials. Despite being injured, he ran a time that has been bested by only five high school athletes this year in California, including himself.
"I'm actually doing a lot better than after the 110s," said Klech as he iced the hamstring while sitting on the bleachers. "My coaches and the trainers, we just tried to get me as prepared as I could. I just wanted to make the finals so bad."
Klech has the fastest times in the state in the 110 high hurdles (13.69) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (35.45) this season. His long jump mark Saturday was the fifth-longest in the state this season.
San Ramon Valley high jumper Brandon Adams, who entered Friday's preliminaries with the top boys high jump mark in the state (6-111/4) did not make today's finals in the event. He finished in a tie for 10th with a jump of 6-5.
The largest contingent of Monte Vista T&F athletes in recent memory headed down to Southern Cal to represent MVHS at the 2006 CIF State Meet. Hot weather greated all the teams, with temps reaching 95 degrees on Saturday. The bright blue track of Cerritos College was a indication to all that this meet was going to be special.
California has many of the best individuals and teams in the country, and our gallant Mustangs found out just how tough the competition was going to be right away. Junior captain Chris Kyrchev threw his second best mark of the season - 56' 9" - but it was not quite enough to make the final on Saturday. Chris finished 11th, which turned out to be the highest finish for any of the Mustangs over the two day event. In the discuss, Chris had trouble with his technique, and was unable to register a mark. See his story in the Conta Costa Times article (Team News)
Sienna Brown finished 22nd with a best throw of 114. It took an amazing 136' just to make it into Saturdays finals. Sienna has set her sights on a return trip in 2007.
Chris Simpson went out with the leaders in his heat of the 800, but could not quite hang on to the torrid pace in the end. In his heat, a national record five runners ran in the 1:52's! Chris ended up 22nd overall as well.
Brett Zorich ran her second fastest 800 of the year - an outstanding 2:16 time (which would have broken the previous school record). However, it took a low 2:11 to qualify for the finals, and area leader Ashley Hodges of Deer Valley found herself out of the finals as well (running a high 2:11 herself). Brett ended up 6th in her heat - 16th overall.
On Saturday, in 90 degree heat, Daniela Gergley finished 18th in the 3200, in a time of 11:24. To illustrate the level of competition, Daniela came through the first lap a full 5 seconds faster than her usual 'per lap' pace, and was in last place! However, she didn't stay there, as she moved up past several runners during the race.
The group enjoyed multiple meals at the Elephant Bar Restaurant (Coach Hodzic's favorite you know), and had a great time during the long weekend. While Chris Simpson and Daniela will be graduating, the rest of the squad is already making plans to come back in 2007 and crack into the finals!
Great job to all - we could not be prouder of your seasons.
Area high school track and field leaders
Through May 31
(key: w: wind-aided, I: indoor, c: converted from yards, y: race in yards)
Upcoming Outdoor T&F Meets:
Thurs/Sat., 25-27 May: NAIA National Collegiate T&F Championships, Fresno Pacific University
Up to $15,000 in prize money available. Entry open to all athletes. Pre-register at: http://www.directathletics.com/meets/track/4641.html, or register day of the meet.
Fri/Sat., 2/3 June: H.S. State Championships at Cerritos College, Norwalk
Wed/Sat., 7/10 June: NCAA Div. I Championships at Sacramento State
Sat/Sun., 10/11 June: PA Youth Championships at Pinole H.S.
Sunday, 11 June: Golden West H.S. Invitational at Folsom H.S.
Fri-Sun, 23-25 June: PA Junior Olympic Championships at Granada H.S.-Livermore
Saturday, 1 July: PA-USATF Masters T&F Championships at Sacramento State
Information: www.ffsac.com/racing/ or contact Randy Sturgeon at 916.983-3278
Friday, 7 July: Region 14 Junior Olympic Championships at Folsom H.S.
Complete youth information can be found at: www.pausatf.org
High School Notes:
With the state meet 2-3 June at Cerritos in Southern California, these websites provide detailed information: www.cifstate.org and www.dyestatcal.com. Watch for the state meet to be televised on FoxSportsnet sometime in June!
The State Cross Country Championships will continue to be held at Fresno’s Woodward Park.