The top varsity competitors had a banner day at the Woody Wilson Invitational at UC Davis Saturday with many hitting personal bests. Senior Jacy Neczypor ran his fastest wind-legal times in the 100m and 200m. Neczypor won his heat in the 100m and placed 5th overall in 11.30 and won his heat and finished second overall to dip under 23 for the first time in the 200m in 22.80. Neczypor also ran the first leg of the victorious 4×100m relay with sophomore Chris Castelle, freshman Miguel Batilando and junior Tino Falls on anchor.
A small group of Marauders competed at the Rio Linda Invitational Tuesday to train through spring break. Junior Dominic Babich placed 8th in the 100m (12.35) and 6th in the long jump (18′ 3″) while junior Andrew Huitt was 4th in the 1600m (4:34). At the frosh-soph level, freshman Jack Angeles placed 9th in the 100m (12.33) and sophomores Niko Liberty and Robert DeLeon went 2-3 in the pole vault (8′ 6″ and 7′ 6″, respectively). Freshman Michael Baleria was 3rd in the long jump (16′ 7″) and won the triple jump (31′ 7.5″).
The Jesuit Track & Field Team splits for three meets this weekend. Juniors Michael Titherington and Chris Ruggles, two of the top throwers in the section, went to Los Angeles for the presitigious Arcadia Invitational, a meet bringing together the best athletes in the nation. Ruggles competed in the shot put in the Friday night Invitational section of the meet, placing 7th with a throw of 51′ 3.75″, a quarter shy of his personal best. Titherington placed 17th in the Saturday night portion of the meet with a throw of 51′ 10″.
Junior Michael Titherington’s massive shot put of 63′ 0.5″ hit the back board of the Ponderosa shot put ring to highlight a DRL loss to the Bruins Wednesday. Titherington’s mark ranks 2nd in the state and moves him to 2nd on the all-time list for the Marauders, 8 inches behind Jeremy Hines’ mark in 2010. His mark also makes him the top junior in the nation in the event. The Marauders swept the throw with Chris Ruggles’ PR of 51′ 4″ in 2nd and Miguel Martinez’ 46′ 11.5 for 3rd.
Several Marauders competed at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday among collegiate and professional track and field athletes. Sophomore Sean Kurdy competed first on Friday in the second heat of the 3000m, placing 5th with a time of 8:56.and 16th overall. Junior Martino Falls qualified for the long jump but ran into some unfortunate weather with a steady rain casting a cloud over the entire length of the second flight. Falls mustered a 19′ 0.75″ in rough conditions to place 24th overall.
The Marauder Track & Field team took down Pleasant Grove Wednesday in their league opener 82-40. Despite sitting out several key players with injuries, the Marauders easily began their league season 1-0. Junior Michael Titherington highlighted the meet with a throw of 60′ 2″ in the shot put to rank 6th in the state and 4th all time. Titherington also won the discus with a throw of 152′ 2″. Junior Chris Ruggles cleared the 50′ barrier for the first time in second with a throw of 50′ 11.5″ and was also runner-up in the discus.
A steady downpour cut the Thunder Invitational at Rocklin High School short on Saturday. The Marauders arrived to dry skies in the morning, but an hour into the meet, the consistent rain made conditions too wet and cold to compete. A few Marauders got a chance to compete and did well considering the weather. Senior Cody Salter won his heat of the 110m hurdles while the varsity 4×100m team of Salt, junior Denzel Perkins, junior Martino Falls and senior Jacy Neczypor was 3rd in their heat. Falls also took 5th in the long jump with a mark of 19′ 5″.
Jesuit’s distance corps took full advantage of Wednesday’s rained out dual meet against Sheldon to train ahead toward Friday’s Bronco Distance Carnival at Bella Vista High School. Running against the top distance teams in the area, the Marauders faced off against familiar cross country rivals Del Campo, Sheldon, Bella Vista and 20 other school. Sophomore Sean Kurdy ran 4:31 to place 5th in the 1600m for a 5 second personal record while Andrew Brown finished a second later for 8th.
The Marauder Track & Field team split their squad Saturday with the sprinters, jumpers and throwers competing at the Mark Macres Invitational at Monterey Trail High School and the distance runners competing at the Dublin Distance Fiesta at Dublin High School. Despite no entries in the distance events, Jesuit won the meet with 99.5 points over Monterey Trail. The throwers were again the stars of the meet with a sweep of the shot put and a 1-2-3-5 finish in the discus. Junior Michael Titherington won both titles with a 51′ 6″ in the shot put and a 137′ 10″ in the discus.
In a nonscoring scrimmage on Wednesday, Jesuit traveled to Davis High School where many athletes set their first marks of the season. The sprinters took advantage of strong winds to set several lifetime bests. Senior Jacy Neczypor placed 2nd in the 100m running 11.24 while winning the 200m in 23.14. Junior Tino Falls was third in the 100m in 11.43 with Jesuit pulling 6 varsity sprinters under the 12-second barrier. Senior Cody Salter was 2nd in the 110m hurdles in 16.67 while Falls was 3rd in 17.14. Senior Joe Gubler ran 24.23 in the 200m for 3rd.
The full varsity track team opened their season Saturday at Sacramento State at the CSUS Track Classic. Leading the way with a win and new personal record was sophomore Michael Titherington, who threw 147′ 4″ in the discus. He also picked up a 3rd place finish in the shot put with a throw of 51′ 6″. Senior and recent UC Davis signee John Hancock placed third in the discus with a 9-foot PR of 140′ 9″. The throwers continued their successes with junior Chris Ruggles taking 4th in the shot (47′ 5″) and junior Miguel Martinez in 9th (44′ 2.5″).
The 2014 outdoor track season kicked off at the Clark Massey Relays with a small contingent of throwers. Junior Michael Titherington, a recent qualifier to the California Indoor State Meet where he placed 7th, threw a personal best 54′ 2″ in the shot put to win the event over teammate junior Chris Ruggles. Ruggles also threw a personal best 47′ 9.5″ and placed 15th at the recent Indoor State Meet. Making a clean sweep of the top three, junior Miguel Martinez threw a personal best 45′ 6.5″. In the discus, Titherington took second with a throw of 146′ 3″ while Ruggles took 4th in 128′ 2″.
With a battle to the wire against Davis and Granite Bay, the Marauders earned a section title for the second year in a row and a 5th title in the last six years. The meet was highlighted by senior Austin Mitsch’s section record in the 200m. Mitsch ran 21.40 into a 1.4 m/sec headwind to break Devin Mays’ (Lincoln) 2006 record in 21.47.
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, in 1970 and Loyola University, Los Angeles in 1974 with a BA in Political Science. 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.