Coronado High School's Sean Groeneveld, Jaden Banner, Nathan Ayan and Marco Velarde are pictured here. They competed in the City League Championships. Photo courtesy of George Green.

Coronado High School’s track and field program has qualified 15 athletes for the San Diego Section CIF preliminaries on May 13 at Canyon Hills High School.

It’s the qualifying event for the CIF Finals on May 20 at Mt. Carmel High School.

Meanwhile, the Islanders this past week competed in the City League Varsity Championships, where the boys scored a decisive victory in the 4 X 800 relay, according to Head Coach Cameron Gray.

Members of that team were freshman Nathan Ayan, and juniors Detrik Heidt, Jack Shumaker, and Rafael Roos.

Although being the league champion guarantees their entry into CIF, their winning time of 8:42.37 ranks them as the number two team in Division 3, according to Gray.

Winning ways

Meanwhile, the Islanders continued their winning ways when senior Saxton Sylvester scored a victory in the boys’ discus throw. His winning throw of 124 feet (even) was a personal record by more than 10 feet.

Like the 4 x 800 relay team, Sylvester is guaranteed entry into CIF due to being the league champion. However, his effort places him as the fifth seed.  

The Islanders had another medalist (top 3 finisher) when sophomore Mason Olsen finished third in the boys’ triple jump with a leap of 38’ 2.25.”

His mark qualified him for CIF, according to Gray.

Other qualifiers

For the girls, Coronado scored another victory with a 17’ 3” effort by junior Lindsey Balsley in the long jump. Aside from her being the league champion, her effort places her as the second seed at CIF.  

Other medalists were Balsley in the girls 300 hurdles, sophomore Sean Groeneveld in the boys’ 400 meter dash and the boys 4 x 400 relay of Groeneveld, Ayan, senior Jaden Banner, and junior Marco Velarde.

The Islanders had several others qualify for CIF based on their League Finals performance.

These include Groeneveld in the boys’ 200 meter dash; sophomore Reif Souder and Velarde in the boys’ 300 hurdles; juniors Tatiana Potter, Balsley, and
sophomore Charlotte Kuite in the girls’ 100 meter dash; Potter in the girls’ 200 meter dash; senior Emma Slaughter in the girls’ discus; and the boys’ 4 x 100 relay of Banner, Groeneveld, Olsen and Velarde.   

Correction: The photo caption of this story has been changed.

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