Junior Sean Kurdy came into the 2015 CIF State Championship with a calf injury, but gutted out a 27th place finish. Kurdy, the first state qualifier in the 3200m since Evan Watchempino in 2007, sustained the injury prior to last week’s SJS Masters Meet, which Kurdy won in 9:09.13. Out in lane 8 in the back alley, Kurdy pushed towards the front of that pack, making sure not to get boxed in and running in lanes 2 and 3 for the first lap. Brian Zabilski of Saugus led through the first lap with the entire pack crossing at 67-68.
Senior Miguel Martinez took 23rd place in the discus preliminaries on Friday at Buchanan High School in Fresno at the California State meet. Martinez fouled his first two attempts before throwing 142′ 6″ on his third event. Martinez did not place in the top 9 and will not advance to Saturday’s finals. Martinez ends a brilliant career at Jesuit with a personal best mark of 165′ 6″ in the discus, leaving him 11th on the All-Time list. Martinez also sits at 5th on the All-Time shot put list with his best throw of 58′ 6″.
Track and Field alumni Austin Mitsch (‘13) and Stephen Boals (‘11) both competed at their respective NCAA Preliminary rounds this weekend. Mitsch, a sophomore at the University of Colorado, competed at the West Regional, running the 200m and finished in 37th, running 21.40. Mitsch also had an article written by the CU Buffs athletic website detailing his experiences at the college level.
It was a three-man race in the 3200m on Friday night at the SJS Masters Meet at Elk Grove High School, and junior Sean Kurdy held off strong challenges from Davis’ Michael Vernau and Bella Vista’s Drew Childs to win his first Masters title. Vernau led a pack of 10 through the first mile in 4:37 with Kurdy just on his shoulder and Placer’s Moshe McCarter-Ribakoff in third. Vernau switched gears at the 1600 and by the 1800m mark, the pack had strung out and was down to eight.
Senior Miguel Martinez placed 3rd at the SJS Masters Meet Thursday at Elk Grove High School to earn a spot at next week’s State Meet. Martinez was in 3rd place after the second round with a mark of 155′ 9″ and never relinquished his spot. Martinez surpassed his own mark with a final throw of 155′ 11″ to solidify his position and his first state qualifier. Senior Michael Titherington threw 155′ 4″ in the third round to place inches behind Martinez and miss qualifying for State by one place.
The Marauder Track and Field teams made the most of their day at Section Finals, qualifying 9 out of 11 athletes who competed on Friday. Senior Sean Gorman jumped 20′ 4″ on his third attempt in the long jump, missing out on qualifying for Masters by 2.5 inches. Gorman finishes career 13th on the all-time list with a best mark of 21′ 0″. In the shot put, the throwers took places 3, 4, 5 and 8, led by senior Michael Titherington’s 56′ 4.5″ in the last round. Senior Chris Ruggles was 4th at 53′ 2.5″ and senior Miguel Martinez threw 52′ 11.25″.
The discus squad made a strong statement about the Jesuit throwing program by taking 4 of the 12 qualifying spots to next week’s Masters Meet at the Sac Joaquin Section Trials Wednesday at Elk Grove High School. Senior Chris Ruggles led the group with his last round throw of 157′ 4″, which was enough to overtake senior teammate Miguel Martinez for the runner-up position to Grant’s Darrin Paulo, who won with a mark of 174′ 8″. Martinez had four throws over 150′ with his best of 156′ 6″ coming in the third round.
The Jesuit Marauders took second at the inaugural Delta League Championships, but with an undefeated dual meet record, they tied Davis for the league title. Junior Sean Kurdy utilized his finishing speed in both of his races, getting boxed in by 5 Davis runners through the middle laps of the 1600 before unleashing his kick to win his first league championship in 4:22.78. Hours later in the 3200m, Kurdy allowed Michael Vernau of Davis to lead the first 2800m before holding him off for the win in 9:18.
The Track & Field team took to the track at Monterey Trail Friday in search of the inaugural Delta League title with an undefeated record in dual meet action. Sprinters and hurdlers were in search of a top-8 finish in order to secure a spot in next week’s Delta League Finals while some field events held trials and finals on Friday. Senior Miguel Martinez placed 2nd in the discus with a personal best 165′ 6″ throw to lead four Marauders into the Section Meet. Senior Chris Ruggles threw 155′ 9″ and senior Sands King threw a big personal best in 5th at 152′ 6″.
Seventeen Marauders competed at the Sacramento Meet of Champions Saturday against the best talent in Northern California and beyond. Junior Sean Kurdy opened up the Invitational evening portion of the meet in the 1600m with a tough start. After getting pushed to the back of the pack, Kurdy put in an early surge on the outside to catch up to current state #3 Arturo Sotomayor of Roseville. Kurdy and 3 others tucked behind Sotomayor for the first three laps before Sotomayor, who has run 1:51 in the 800m, blasted a final lap in 60 seconds to win.
The Track & Field team made strides towards the postseason at the Bronco Invitational Saturday at Bella Vista High School. The throwers in particular had a successful day with all 11 entrants earning medals in scoring positions.Senior Michael Titherington threw a 6-foot personal best in the discus to place 2nd at 162′ 6″, tying him with senior teammate Miguel Martinez for the 4th best mark in the section this season. Martinez finished 3rd at 159′ 2″ and senior Chris Ruggles was 6th at 133′ 3″.
The Marauders came out in full force Wednesday and dominated Pleasant Grove and Franklin of Elk Grove at a home meet at American River College. The Marauders swept 8 events against Franklin to top the Wildcats 90-47 and swept 7 events against Pleasant Grove to beat the Eagles 80-46 led by the distance squad, jumpers and throwers.
The sprinters, jumpers and throwers competed at the Lancer Invitational at Cordova High School on Saturday to impressive mid-season results. In the sprints, junior Martino Falls continued to return to form after an early season injury to place 4th in the varsity 100m in 11.42. Sophomore Jack Angeles, competing in the FS 100m, ran 11.64 to place 3rd overall. Angeles also placed 5th in the 400m in 56.38.
The top Marauders competed at UC Davis on Friday at the Woody Wilson Invitational. Senior Sean Gorman kicked off the meet with an 8th place finish in the long jump at 20′ 3″. Senior Miguel Martinez led five Jesuit throwers in the discus with his winning throw of 155′ 8″. Senior Chris Ruggles took 2nd behind Martinez in 153′ 1″. Senior Kencell Nixon placed 7th in 143′ 8″ while senior Sands King threw 137′ 7″ for 10th. Junior Jordan LaBrie took 2nd for the Marauders in the shot put with a throw of 51′ 2″, a mere 2″ farther than 3rd place Martinez.
It was a banner day for the discus throwers on Saturday as the Marauders competing at the Halden Invitational at Davis High School followed up big performances by their teammates at Arcadia. Senior Kencell Nixon won his first varsity meet with a nearly 7-foot PR in the discus, launching a 151′ throw to win by less than a foot. His mark moves him into a 10th place ranking in the section, making him the 4th Marauder to do so this season. Senior Sands King kept steady in 6th place at 134′ 6″ while senior Matt O’Reilly threw 125′ 10″ for 9th.
Sophomore Jordan LaBrie, seniors Chris Ruggles and Miguel Martinez and junior Sean Kurdy traveled to the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in Southern California to compete against the nation’s best athletes. LaBrie competed in the Shot Put on Friday night, recording a personal best 51′ 1.5″ for 5th place in his section. Also on Friday night, Ruggles hit a personal best by 5 feet in the discus with his throw of 158′ 5″, moving him to a 3rd place ranking in the section and 4th place in his flight.
The Jesuit Track & Field team utilized clutch performances and scraped every point possible to edge league powerhouse Davis in a double dual meet at Sheldon. Jesuit’s sprinters earned key points, outscoring the Blue Devils 9-0 in both the 100m and the 200m with junior Stephan Reynolds (2nd, 11.22), senior Martino Falls (3rd, 11.34) and sophomore Miguel Batilando (4th 11.39) sweeping the 100m behind Sheldon. Reynolds (2nd, 22.43), Batilando (3rd, 23.02) and junior Nick DiRe (5th, 25.53) swept the 200m with Sheldon in 1st and 4th.
Junior Sean Kurdy proved to be among the state’s best at the Stanford Invitational Saturday as he placed fourth overall in the mile, winning his heat in 4:18.13. Though the mile is not generally contested in high school track, Kurdy’s time converts to 4:16.63, a personal best for Kurdy by 4 seconds, putting him in the top-25 runners in the state and in the top ten among juniors.
A small contingent of Marauders competed at the Metro Invitational Saturday at Luther Burbank High School. Junior Stephan Reynolds won his first invitational of his career, running the 100m in 11.58. Junior Jordan LaBrie won the shot put with a throw of 49′ 2″ with junior Matthew O’Reilly placing third in 44′ 5.5″ and senior Sands King placing 4th in 42′ 0.5″. Freshman Sebastian Garcia placed 3rd in the frosh-soph shot with a throw of 39′ 9.5″ and freshman Bill Porter threw 37′ 2″ for 5th.
The distance crew hit big marks Friday evening at Bella Vista at the Bronco Distance Carnival. Brendan Jones kicked off the slew of personal bests, running the fastest 1600m for sophomores of the evening. Jones placed 7th overall in 4:28, a personal best by 7 seconds. Junior Patrick Cummings also had a 7-second PR in 14th, running 4:32.
The Marauder Track and Field team won a decisive victory over Elk Grove to move to 3-0 in the Delta League. Senior Sean Gorman won the long jump (19′ 11.5″), triple jump (38′ 1.5″) and high jump (5′ 8″) to score 15 points in the Marauders 76-56 win over the Thundering Herd. Junior Sean Kurdy added 10 points in his double victory in the 1600m (4:50) and the 3200m (10:39) while senior Michael Titherington added another 10 with wins in the discus (154′ 10″) and the shot put (58′ 5.5″).
Junior Sean Kurdy placed third in the top section of the 3200m Saturday, qualifying him for the prestigious night meet of the Arcadia Invitational where the top runners in the nation will coalesce on April 11. After a tough start, Kurdy surged from the back of the pack into second place, tucking in behind Granite Bay’s Paul Zeiss 600m into the race. The field crossed the half mile at a pedestrian 2:25. The pace picked up to cross the 1600m at 4:43 when Kurdy made a strong move to keep the race honest.
Jesuit opened up league competition at Monterey Trail High School against Monterey Trail and Grant in the first Delta League meet and ran away with victories. Junior Stephan Reynolds highlighted the meet with wins in the two sprints. Reynolds ran 11.32 in the 100m and 22.92 in the 200m despite a poor start. Junior Sean Kurdy was also a double winner in the distance events, taking the 1600m in 4:40 and the 3200m in 10:26. Senior Michael Titherington threw over 60 feet for the first time this season to win the shot put in 61′ 1.75″.
Senior Chris Ruggles had a breakthrough performance on Saturday at the Mark Macres Invitational at Monterey Trail HS. Ruggles threw a 10 foot PR in the discus to win the event with a throw of 153′ 4″, a mark that ranks him 6th in the section. Senior Michael Titherington also cleared 150 feet to take 2nd in 151′ 2″ and senior Miguel Martinez was 5th at 137′ 1″. Ruggles also won the shot put with a throw of 52′ even with Martinez in 2nd (50′ 9″) and junior Jordan LaBrie in 3rd (49′ 5″).
The full Marauder squad saw action for the first time in 2015 in a non-league dual meet at Oak Ridge Wednesday. New athletes showed promise while returning athletes dominated the competition. Senior Sean Gorman jumped 40′ 4″ to win the triple jump and 19′ 3″ to win the long while placing 2nd in the high jump with a clearance of 5′ 8″. Sophomore Soloman Bannerman took second in the long jump in 18′ 9.5″. The throws squad maintained their dominacne by sweeping the top 5 spots of the discus and top four spots in the shot put.
The Track & Field team opened up the 2015 season with strong individual performances at the Hornet Invitational at Sacramento State. Senior Michael Titherington won the shot put with a throw of 58′ 4″ which currently ranks him 4th in the state. Senior Miguel Martinez threw 53′ 7″, which puts him at 15th in the state, placing 4th in the meet. He outdistanced senior Chris Ruggles by half of an inch which put Ruggles at 5th place and 16th in the state. Titherington also placed 2nd in the discus at 156′ 3″, good for a state ranking of 16, and Martinez was 6th at 143′ 8″.
The Jesuit Athletics Department and Track and Field Program hosted the Bell Lap Mile on Saturday, February 22, in conjunction with the groundbreaking events for the Stadium Project. With the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for March 1st, the Bell Lap Mile signified the last competitive event in the current stadium and the 440 yard track.
A Sacramento native, Rod graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in 1984, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. While at Cal, Rod was a three time All-American in the high hurdles. Rod competed professionally in track and field from 1989-1997, going to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996. Rod began teaching and coaching in 1997 working at Sheldon High School (Elk Grove) and St, Mary’s High School (Berkeley) before coming to Jesuit in 2002. Rod currently teaches U.S. History and Global Studies.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tom graduated from Jesuit Prep, Dallas, and Loyola University, Los Angeles. After completing a credential the following year, he accepted a position at St. Paul’s High School in Whittier. Between 1976-81 he juggled a variety of duties, teaching Social Studies, moderating Student Activities and finished the stint as Boy’s Dean of Discipline and head golf coach.