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.