Junior Lindsay Balsley and freshman Nathan Ayan were named this season’s female and male Most Valuable Players on the Coronado High School track & field program, according to the coaching staff.
Although the selection was based on points scored, both athletes performed well at the season’s cluster, invitational, and championship meets, according to the coaches.
At the CIF Division 3 finals, she placed third in the long jump and fourth in the hurdles.
She also placed first or second in her events at all invitationals, including the Viking Relays, Elmer Runge Invite, and Jim Cerveny Invite.
At the Jim Cerveny Invite, her 17 feet 8.25 inches long jump distance ranks her
seventh among all San Diego Section long jumpers this season.
Led relay team to league title
Ayan ran the 400, 800, and 1600-meter runs throughout the season, but towards the end, he led the 4×800-meter relay team to a league championship and a fifth-place finish at the CIF finals.
Because the 4×800 relay is a new event for CIF dual meets, their time of 8:42.37 at the league finals established a school record.
The four athletes who comprised the team were Ayan, and juniors Detrik Heidt, Jack Shumaker, and Rafael Roos.
All received School Record Plaques.
Most Improved Athlete
Roos received a Most Improved Athlete award for a 25-second improvement under his best 1600-meter run last year. He also ran a 2:04 leg in the 4×800 relay.
At the San Diego County Frosh/Soph meet, which only the top grade-level runners qualify for, Ayan placed fourth in the 800-meter run and sixth in the 1600-meter run.
He also placed among the top Frosh/Soph finishers in the Elmer Runge Invite, the University City Track Classic, and the Jim Cerveny Invite for the 1600-meter run.
Senior Saxton Sylvester received a Coaches Award for a significant improvement in the
discus throw over last season that netted him a league championship and fourth-place finish at CIF finals.
New Comers of the Year Awards
Senior Emma Slaughter received a Most Improved Athlete award for big PR marks in the shot put and discus throws. She advanced to the CIF prelims in the discus throw.
Senior Jaden Banner received a Coaches Award for his 100, 200, 400, 4×100, and 4×400 efforts.
Sophomore Sean Groenveld and junior Tatiana Potter received New Comers of the Year Awards for their performances in the sprints.
-Submitted by George Green