The Huskies make a run at the competition

San Jacinto Valley Academy’s track and field teams made big waves at local and state championships on May 1

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Left to Right: Tiffany Ruddell, Savannah Naasz, Kana Lesa and Susie Ibarra

■ By Corey Evan / Sports Reporter

It’s good to dream big. But to make your dreams a reality, you have to get up and move your feet in that direction. The track and field teams at San Jacinto Valley Academy are doing just that.
The Husky boys and girls took to the track in San Jacinto on May 1 as they worked to make their mark. They all trained hard, about two hours at a time as a group and often more on their own, to get to this point. And this month, the fruits of their labors are ready to be harvested, because the boys finished in third place, while the girls ended up in first place (Go girl power!)

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
The SJVA Huskies boys and girls.

When asked where they go beyond high school, Tiffany talked of Olympic dreams: “I want to be a gold medalist for long jump and triple jump. I’m definitely gonna work my hardest to get myself to that level.”
While Savannah loves running, she plans to express herself through the arts in future years. That’s not to say she’d give up sports: “I do want to go to art college, but…when I get older I want to coach many sports. I want to coach soccer and I want to be involved in track, because I still want to help people.”
Kana plans to keep throwing everything she has at her sporting career: “I definitely want to go on and pursue sports in college, so I’m looking for a scholarship to try that. And I want to try and move on to the Olympics.”
Susie plans to follow her Olympic counterparts and join Team USA: “I would love to go to the Olympics, do something to show my parents that I’ve done really well and show them what I do every day.”
Assistant Coach Bob Summers has this to say about his teams making it this far: “We peaked very well, the kids did almost everything I asked these last months… The girls won the league championship in the Warrior league. Fifteen kids, for any program, is a lot of kids to go on to the CIF relay!”
These Huskies made their run to Carpinteria on May 13 for the CIF Preliminary events. Here are their results, from the desk of Coach Summers:
For the boys team, Caleb Spranger competed in the high jump and ran on the 4×100 meter relay team with Tyrell Robinson, Seth Gomez and Nestor Lopez. The team ran a school record of 50.82 seconds. Connor Farrell and Juan Salinas were alternates on the team.
And for the girls, Kana Lesa finished second in the shot put with a school record throw of 37’ 4.75”. She will compete at the CIF Finals at Cerritos College on May 20. She is the first SJVA athlete to compete at the CIF Finals; she also finished 14th in the discus throw.
Susie Ibarra, Hannah Libeu, and Marissa Ruddell teamed up in the 4×100 meter relay to finish in 35th place with a time of 55.39. The team of Ibarra, Ruddell, Libeu and Chasari Calvillo in the 4×400 meter relay finished 36th in a school record time of 4:45.82. Samantha Prudencio was an alternate for both relay teams.
SJVA sent a valley record of 12 athletes/teams to the CIF prelims, led by a valley high of 10 girl’s athletes/relay teams and recorded the most marks of any school in the valley in the CIF prelims, said Summers. Kana Lesa is one of two athletes – male or female – in the valley to make it to the CIF Finals, according to Summers.

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