Prep Preview: I.E. Track Championships

I’m covering the Inland Empire Track & Field Championships at Vista Murrieta High School today for The Press-Enterprise. The best part of this assignment will be seeing and speaking with Coley Candaele, Vista Murrieta’s varsity football coach, for the first time since his Broncos won their first Inland Division title in December.

THE LOW DOWN:
While this may not be the top meet of the weekend — that honor goes to the ever-prestigious Mt. SAC Invitational — some of the runners here will definitely win league titles, and there may even be a CIF champion or two in the mix. Plus, all of Vista Murrieta’s standouts (Darion Williams, Bernard Quinn, Erika Reddish et al) will be competing and (probably) leading their team to a third consecutive Inland Empire overall title. Competing athletes will be representing Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma, Apple Valley, San Bernardino Aquinas, Barstow, Beaumont, Big Bear, Bloomington Christian, MoVal Canyon Springs, Rialto Carter, Corona Centennial Temecula Chaparral, Chino, Redlands Citrus Valley, Ontario Colony, Corona, Elsinore, Apple Valley Granite Hills, Hemet, Menifee Heritage, Jurupa Valley, Riverside North, Lake Elsinore Lakeside, Temecula Linfield Christian, Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, Riverside King, Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Valley, Riverside Norte Vista, Hesperia Oak Hills, San Bernardino Pacific, Menifee Paloma Valley, Rancho Cucamonga, MoVal Rancho Verde, Eastvale Roosevelt, Rubidoux, San Bernardino, San Bernardino San Gorgonio, Phelan Serrano, Hesperia Sultana, Hemet Tahquitz, Temecula Valley, Twentynine Palms, MoVal Valley View, MoVal Vista Del Lago, Vista Murrieta, Yucaipa

STANDOUT PERFORMERS:
BOYS — 100 meters: Bryan Jones, Sr. (Great Oak); Jacob Blake, Sr. (Temecula Valley); Jordan Powell, Sr. (Corona); Elijah Mitchell, Jr., Roosevelt; Kei-Ron Long, Jr., Vista; 200: Derrez Coleman, Sr. (Carter); Napoleon Singletary, Sr., Roosevelt; 400: Bernard Quinn, Sr. (Vista Murrieta); Matt Tyson, Sr. (Roosevelt); 800: Omar Solis, Jr. (Vista Murrieta); Tyler Parrish, Sr. (King); 1,600: Evan Sheerer, Sr. (Ayala); 3,200: Tanner Thomas, Sr. (Granite Hills); 110 hurdles: Darion Williams, Sr. (Vista Murrieta); 300 hurdles: Josh Jeter, Sr. (King).

GIRLS — 100 meters: Lillie Rellin, Sr. (Canyon Springs); Jordie Munford, Jr., Rancho Cucamonga; 200: Stephanie Brown, Sr. (Rancho Verde); Audriana Holloway, Soph. (Vista Murrieta); 400: Dakota Davis, Sr. (Murrieta Valley); Katie Carlson, Sr. (Yucaipa); 800: Erika Reddish, Sr. (Vista Murieta); Morgan Brown, Sr. (Ayala); 1,600: Ayala MD runners swept medals here last year; 3,200: Robyn Munger, Sr. (Norco); 100 hurdles: Ashley Sims, Sr. (Sultana); Kerie Brown, Sr. (Granite Hills); 300 hurdles: Tatiana Martinez, Sr. (Murrieta Valley).

THE DIFFERENCE:
Pure numbers and home-venue advantage. Vista Murrieta has several hundred members of its track and field team, and is hosting the event. The formula has worked last season, when Coach Candaele and the Broncos overwhelmed all other teams, amassing 171 points en route to a 23-point margin of victory over the second-closest competitors, Temecula Great Oak.

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