YHS track and field record-setting athletes help girls, boys teams defend CBL championships

Record setting YHS track star Julia Smith with another school record breaker Asani Hampton.

The versatile Patrick Cundieff and Julia Smith will graduate as holders of Yucaipa High School track and field records as another challenging season ceremoniously came to an end. Cundieff and Smith showcased their skills for the last time at the CIF-Southern Section, Division 1 Prelims at Trabuco Hills High School where both finished among the top-15 in a strong field of 33 competitors. Cundieff holds the YHS mark in the 300 meter hurdles and Smith the 100 hurdles. Smith was a member Yucaipa’s girls Citrus Belt League championship track teams for four years. Cundieff helped the boys to a third league title defense.

Along with being a CIF-Masters qualifier as a member of the school’s 4x100 meter relay, Smith was a CIF-qualifier in the triple jump. Cundieff was busy in the postseason as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Cundieff holds the Thunderbirds second best time in the 110 hurdles at 14.98 seconds behind Jordan Morris at 14.2 set in 2011. Smith is second all-time in the long jump and triple jump behind the amazing Kodi Lavrusky. Smith tacked on a Citrus Belt League title in the triple jump and as member of the 4x100 relay team. Teammate Danielle Gee won league titles in the 1,600 and the 3,200 meter runs.

Cundieff's work ethic was displayed further as a member of the CBL championship 4x400 meter relay team along with Jakob Fermanian, Isaac Ganly, and Blake Rodriguez, who added the league championship in the 800 meter. Ganly also advanced to the CIF-Prelims in the 800 where he holds Yucaipa’s second best all-time record.

With two years of high school left, Eryn Burke and twin sister Jordan have already etched their names in the books. Eryn's run of 56.95 seconds in the 400 meter is approaching the school’s all-time record of 56.34 set by Pam Chandler in 1979. Along with Jordan, Alex Abreau, and Brooke Dalgity, she has already established a new school record in the 4x100 meter relay. Eryn has moved up to third all-time in the 200 and Jordan up to fourth. The twins are also among the top-10 in 100 meter. With a time of 12.67 in the 100 meter, Abreau, a ninth grader is fourth place all-time and nearing the record of 12.31 set by Lavrusky in 2012.

In addition, the Thunderbirds 4x100 meter relay team comprised of Ryan Grammer, Samuel Romero, Israel Diaz, and Elio Botello earned entry into the inaugural CIF-SS Unified Track and Field Championships. The four advanced from the Prelims at Trabuco Hills HS to the CIF-SS Masters Meet, May 18, at El Camino College where they won a second place medal.

The event is produced by U.S. Special Olympics Unified Sports and CIF-SS to promote inclusion through sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Teams are comprised of both general education and special education student-athletes who play alongside each other.

TRACK and FIELD STATS: Sidney Graham No. 4 all-time Long Jump, No. 5 triple Jump; Girls 4x100 relay team finished 12 out of 41 at D-1 Prelims; Jake Elwell No. 2 CBL finals in 1600; Parker Martin No. 14 of 37 in 110 hurdles at D-1 Prelims; Corbin Zucco No. 3 all-time triple jump; Tied No. 6 long jump, second in triple jump at CBL finals; Joshua Weghorst runner-up in 3200 meters in CBL finals, third in 1600; Justin Briscoe third CBL in 3200; Logan Alexander, Harrison Heaton set personal records in long jump at CBL finals; Zoie Hollinger No. 3 all-time 100 hurdles; 4x100 relay team (Seth Rodriguez, Tyler Burke, Austin Bolinger, Brody Barton) CIF-Masters qualifiers. Atalie Bogh, Audrey Selvaggio, CIF-Prelim qualifiers in 800 meters. Finished second and third respectively in 800 meters at CBL finals.

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