Five seniors made it all the way to the Finals at the SJS Masters Meet to close out fine Jesuit careers at the Section’s highest level. Senior John John Hancock, a three-year varsity competitor who has committed to throw at UC Davis next year, started the meet with a throw of 131′ 8″ to place him 15th overall in the meet. He finished his season with a personal best 140′ 9″ in the event.
Junior Michael Titherington placed third in the shot put at the SJS Masters Trials Thursday, marking the 10th year in a row that Jesuit has sent an athlete in the shot put to the State Meet under the guidance of Coach David Badovinac. Titherington took until the third throw to make it into the final round and furthered his mark to 56′ 10″ on his 5th throw. Titherington currently ranks 4th in the state with a season best of 63′ 0.5″. Junior Chris Ruggles also made it to the final round on his third throw and finished with a best mark of 53′ 7″ to place 6th.
The Marauders finished in a tie for 5th place at the SJS Division I Section Championships Friday where several meet records were taken down around the stadium. Juniors Sean Gorman and Martino Falls began the meet in the triple jump, with Gorman fouling his first two jumps by an inch. Gorman pulled out all stops on his last attempt, landing at 40′ 10″, a new personal best. Falls was unable to hit the take off board in his attempts, also jumping 40′ 10″ from 2 feet behind. Falls finished in 15th and Gorman in 16th.
Junior Michael Titherington’s 2nd place finish in the shot put highlighted a productive day at the SJS DI Prelims. The throwers had a rough first round of throws with only Titherington and junior Miguel Martinez making the finals, but junior Chris Ruggles did enough to place in the top 12, advancing him to next week’s Masters Meet. Ruggles placed 10th with a 3rd round throw of 47′ 10.25″ while sophomore Mathew O’Reilly placed 14th in 46′ 9.25″, a mere 5 inches from a qualifying position.
With an 8th consecutive and final Delta River League title on the line as well as section berths, the Marauders pulled out clutch performance after clutch performance to prevail over Sheldon and win the title 133-113. A total of 17 athletes qualified for next week’s SJS DI Section Meet for a total of 21 entries in 13 of 16 events by finishing in the top 4 in their event or earning an automatic qualifier by hitting a predetermined mark.
The Marauders entered the post-season Saturday at the Delta River League Trials at Oak Ridge High School. While most athletes competed for a spot at League Finals, the discus and long jump athletes competed for the league title and one of four spots to the SJS Division I Meet. The discus throwers swept 2nd through 7th place at the meet and 3 athletes qualified to sections. Junior Michael Titherington was the league runner-up with a throw of 149′ 2″.
Junior Michael Titherington regained form Saturday at the Sacramento Meet of Champions with a big win in the shot put. His first round throw of 59 feet put him in a comfortable lead and he extended the mark in the third round to 62′ 8.5″, the second best mark in meet history. junior Chris Ruggles also did well, placing 4th with a personal best 54′ 8″. Also competing in the invitational section of the meet were sophomore Sean Kurdy and senior Andrew Brown in the 3200m. Kurdy stayed with the lead pack through the first 7 laps and had a strong finish to take 6th in a personal best 9:27.
The Jesuit distance corps had a strong outing on Friday at the Sheldon Distance Carnival. As the Track & Field Season winds down, the young Marauders made a big statement about the coming cross country campaign. In the 1600m, The Marauders took 5 of the top 10 places with all guys going under 4:50. Freshman Brendan Jones led in 4:44 with sophomore Kyle Guthrie right at his shoulder (4:44) in 5th and 6th. Sophomore Evan Cross came through in 4:48, bringing sophomores Patrick Cummings and Matthew Sickman in 9th (4:48) and 10th (4:49), respectively.
Though the Huskies won most of the running events, the Marauders kept it close by taking 2nd and 3rd place and sweeping several field events at the final Delta River League dual meet. Junior Martino Falls led the way with big marks in the triple and long jumps to win both events. Falls had a 2-foot personal best by jumping 42′ 0.5″ in the triple. Falls also won the long in 20′ 9″. Senior Cody Salter picked up 11 points on his own, winning the 110m hurdles by a nose in 16.11 and the 300m hurdles by nearly a set in 43.31. He also picked up a 3rd place finish in the triple jump in 38′ 10″.
The rain ceased for the Bronco Invitational Saturday where the frosh-soph boys team, led by the throws contingent, took second to Del Oro. Sophomores Matthew O’Reilly and Jordan LaBrie went 1-2 in the shot put in 51′ 1″ and 50′ 10.5″, respectively. O’Reilly also was 4th in the discus in 124′ 7″, followed by freshman Jack Murphy with a throw of 121′ 6.5″ in 5th. Sophomore Nathaniel Huck placed 5th in the shot in 46′ 6″. Freshman Soloman Bannerman picked up a point in the long jump in 8th with a leap of 17′ 1.5″.
The Marauder Track & Field team defeated Oak Ridge and Folsom at a double-dual meet Wednesday at American River College. With the win came notable marks from senior Jacy Neczypor in the sprints, who won the 100m and 200m in personal best times. A 0.2 second PR in both events gave Neczypor the wins with an 11.09 in the 100m and 22.60 in the 200m, ranking Neczypor in the top-10 in the 100m in SJS Division 1.
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″.
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.
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.