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Pitman, Turlock Track Previews 2010

POSTED March 19, 2010 11:39 p.m.
Pitman Pride
Head coach: Thad Moren (eighth year for boys, fifth year for girls)
2009 record: 6-0 for both boys and girls
Top returners: Markus Sanders (throws), Daniel Washington (sprints), DJ Grady (throws), John England (vault), Kelly Ensey (jumps), Frank Finch (distance), Nathan Romo (sprints), Michael Porter (throws), Rayan Vartanian (distance), Caleb Wittstruck (vault), Eddie Zepeda (throws), Ben Sederquist (jumps), Steven Nava (throws), Alex Kajioka (jumps), Josh Neri (jumps) and Mario Garcia (sprints) for boys. Aman Hundal (sprints), Caitlin O'Connell (jumps), Vickie Rouse (sprints), Erica Sickert (throws), Jenna Fontes (distance), Devyn Prather (throws), Kyndel Fletcher (vault), Ashley Lair (jumps), Laura Aronson (jumps), Vicki Alvarado (distance), Esther Elia (hurdles), Karli Matter (sprints), Jasmine Roberson (sprints), Alexis Gimeno-Brown (hurdles), Keni Edge-Perry (throws), Morgan Renshaw (sprints), Ambriana Thompson (throws) and Nicole Kent (distance) for girls.
Top newcomers: Francisco Madrigal (sprints), Jaime Lemus (sprints), Dominick Walker (sprints), Josue Solorio (jumps), Josh Rodrigues (sprints), Brandon Augusto (jumps), Luke Isaac (jumps), Frosh Brent Nelle (jumps) for boys. Hailey Stroud (sprints), Kelsee Derr (hurdles), Marina Marquez (vault), Jami Ford (distance) for girls.
Outlook: The Pride boys earned their third straight conference title last season. But this year they will have to do without All-Americans Kenny Gimeno-Brown, Kanwar Dhaliwal and Nick Jackson. Markus Sanders leads this year’s boys as the reigning two-time league champion in the discus, and is currently ranked 10th in the state. “We have a tremendous group of boys that spent the winter months putting in the work to be successful on the track this spring,” coach Thad Moren said. The Pride return two members with national level experience in steeplechase medalist Dillon Tennison and distance runner Frank Finch. The girls are looking to make a run at the conference title again, with this year's sophomores making an impact as freshmen during last year. Along with a solid group of juniors, incoming freshmen Kelsee Derr will also make contributions in the sprints. Eleven athletes have competed in national competitions, including eight national medalists. Shot-putter Erica Sickert was ranked in the top 20 in the nation as a freshman last year, and followed that up with an eighth place finish at the California indoor state meet last month. “Our success can't be attributed to just one athlete,” Moren said.
 
Turlock Bulldogs
Head coach: Mike Brown (19th year, boys), Ed Schollenberg (first year, girls)
Top returners: Jeffery Severson (long jump and triple), Eric Larsen (high jump), Anthony Rodriguez (hurdles), Kyle Foreman (pole vault), Jorge Guzman (distance) for boys. Kenya Garcia (distance), Amanda Garcia (distance), Lauren Young (sprints) Hannah Bertomen (long jump) for girls.
Top newcomers: Anthony Souza (sprints) for boys. Camille Roberts (sprints), Kayla Schumann (distance) for girls.
Outlook: There’s not much to say about the Bulldogs at this point, coach Mike Brown said, since they haven’t had a competitive track meet this season. Their first true indication of where the athletes stand comes today, when the Bulldogs and four other local schools will meet up at the Al Brenda Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus. But Brown, the boys coach, and girls coach Ed Schollenberg, believe they have a few prospects this season. Jeffery Severson and Eric Larsen will lead in the field events, while Kenya Garcia, Camille Roberts and Kayla Schumann are expected to make an impact for the Turlock girls. The boys are young, however, which means this season will be filled with some up-and-downs. In addition, the Bulldogs will have to get creative with their training starting April 1, when construction for renovation of Debely Stadium begins. That means they might have to run on the city streets and use the facility at Cal State Stanislaus and Pitman High to stay fit.

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