All Bee girls track and field: First team, honorable mention, coaching kudos

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2013 

ALL BEE FIRST TEAM: GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

HANNAH BENOIT

Vitals: Sophomore, Buchanan

Stopwatch: Her 4:56.13 1,600 was No. 1 in the section for the season and No. 7 all-time. She also clocked the section's fourth-best 3,200 (10:51.42) for the season.

AMARIE BREMEL

Vitals: Senior, Kingsburg

Stopwatch: Hung silver medals around her neck in the section shot put and discus, and departs with Vikings records in both — 42-9 and 155-11.

JAZMEN BUNCH

Vitals: Junior, Edison

Stopwatch: Tied for fourth for most individual points scored in the section Masters meet with 18.5 by winning the 100 (11.80), placing third in the 200 (24.47) and running opening leg on a championship 400 relay (section-record 46.04). The same quartet then placed second at the state meet.

CASEY CAMPOS

Vitals: Junior, Clovis East

Stopwatch: Her section season-best 12-3 in the pole vault is a school record and No. 9 all-time in the section. It ranked No. 10 in the state for the season.

MELESE CROZIER

Vitals: Senior, Edison

Stopwatch: Ran leg on section-record 1,600 relay (3:44.19) that placed fourth in the state and finished ranked eighth nationally. She also finished fifth in the section 400.

TIA EDWARDS

Vitals: Senior, Edison

Stopwatch: Launched lead leg on 1,600 relay that clocked section-record 3:44.19 and placed fourth in the state. Also ran 15.31 and 45.53 times that ranked Nos. 7 and 4 in the Central Section for the season. Next: Fresno Pacific.

NAILAH HARRIS-MURILLO

Vitals: Senior, Edison

Stopwatch: Ran second legs on section-record 400 (46.04) and 1,600 (3:44.19) relays that swept the section and placed second and fourth in the state. And those times ranked ninth and eighth nationally. She also finished fifth in the section 200.

CANISHA LEWIS

Vitals: Junior, Edison

Stopwatch: Anchored section-record 400 relay (46.04) that placed second in the state and finished ninth-ranked nationally.

LYNDSEY LOPES

Vitals: Sophomore, Clovis West

Stopwatch: Established herself as a section star to watch by scoring the third-most points (20) among girls at the Masters meet with a silver in the 300 low hurdles and bronzes in the 100 high hurdles and high jump.

LEIGH MOFFETT

Vitals: Junior, Clovis North

Stopwatch: Her 10:36.42 3,200 was No. 1 in the section for the season, No. 6 all-time and a school record. She placed 10th in the state.

NASHEDAH MU-MIN

Vitals: Freshman, Mission Oak

Stopwatch: Won the Masters triple jump at 39-91/2 — No. 2 among rookies nationally, a school record and No. 6 all-time in the section.

MACIAH MURRAY

Vitals: Junior, Edison

Stopwatch: Delivered the section's No. 1 and No. 2 marks for the season in the high jump (5-10) and long jump (18-81/2). The high jump was No. 8 nationally for the season, tied for No. 4 in the state, and is a school record and No. 7 all-time in the section.

MADDY NIKKEL

Vitals: Junior, Buchanan

Stopwatch: Among section's best marks this season, she was No. 2 in the 800 (2:13.64), No. 6 in the 1,600 (5:01.54) and No. 7 in the 3,200 (11:11.58). Her third- and fourth-place finishes in the 800 and 1,600 at the Masters provided 11 of the Bears' winning 89.70 points.

HAGEN REEDY

Vitals: Senior, Buchanan

Stopwatch: For all of her accomplishments in one of the greatest long-distance running careers the section has seen, one of her most gratifying had little to do with time of race — a section-winning 10:49.52 in the 3,200 a few weeks after battling through a severe tendinitis leg injury. She leaves for the University of Colorado with the No. 2 time in the 3,200 (10:21.68) in section history.

YESENIA SILVA

Vitals: Senior, Exeter

Stopwatch: Closed a school long-distance career rivaled only by 2011 graduate Katie Fry by winning the Masters 1,600 (4:57.33) with the 10th-best time in section history. Also ran the section's fifth-fastest 3,200 (10:56.37) of the season.

MIKAELA SMITH

Vitals: Sophomore, Clovis North

Stopwatch: Became the Broncos' first state champion by winning the 800 in 2:08.39, the 11th-best time in the nation for the season and No. 5 among sophomores. Only North's Linda Goen (2:05.43, 1977) has circled two laps faster in section history. Also placed third in the section long jump.

ALI TELIHA

Vitals: Senior, Bullard

Stopwatch: Greatest half-miler and miler in school annals placed second in the section 1,600 and broke her mother's (Linda Hooke) 31-year school record in the 800 with a 2:14.55. Mom ran 2:15.65. B'nai B'rith winner Teliha also will take with her to Saint Mary's College the third-best 1,600 (4:49.73) in section history.

HANNAH WALLER

Vitals: Freshman, Buchanan

Stopwatch: Clocked the fastest 400 (54.42) in the nation for a freshman. Won the section and placed fourth in the state in the event. Also, in the section finals, placed fourth in the 200 and ran legs on 1,600 and 400 relays that finished second and third.

JENNY WILSON

Vitals: Sophomore, Buchanan

Stopwatch: Captured the Masters gold in the pole vault for the team champion. Her season-best 12-2 is a school record and No. 10 all-time in the section.

— Andy Boogaard

 

Honorable mention

Courtney Moore, senior, Sierra Pacific

Katie Reeves, senior, El Diamante

Kennedy Kruger, junior, Clovis North

Nicole Ballestero, senior, Clovis North

Mikayla Sodersten, freshman, Clovis

Maddie Hiatt, junior, Clovis North

Rianna Chavez, senior, Mt. Whitney

Idalis Rubalcava, sophomore, Sierra Pacific

Tiera Simpson, senior, Sunnyside

Cyinna Booker, junior, Tulare Western

Sara Arias, senior, Madera

Malerie Crenshaw, junior, Clovis

Coryne McKenney, junior, Buchanan

Tara Edwards, senior, Edison

Annette Acosta, junior, Exeter

Moesha Davidson, junior, Kings Christian

Corissa Turley, senior, Redwood

Coaching kudos

Brian Weaver, Buchanan: Key to prep track and field coaching success is numbers — i.e., depth — a concept launched by Bakersfield's JB "Cap" Haralson in the 1920s and, now, extended by Weaver nearly 100 years later. No one in the Central Section continues to add layer upon layer on a foundation as Weaver, who won his section-record fifth girls team title and 10th overall, counting boys.

Danny Alberty, Edison: The face of Tigers track and field, in his 20th year at the school and 10th as head coach, politely plowed forward while placing second in the section as teams in both girls and boys.

Rich Brazil, Clovis North: Won the Tri-River Athletic Conference title and fell short by a dropped baton of capturing the Central Section Masters championship as well.

 

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