2013 Central Catholic Track and Field Update:
Monday Practice @ Fernhill -
Tuesday Practice @ Fernhill -Nike Researchers coming at the end of Practice
Wednesday Sprinters, Jumpers and Hurdlers Practice at Fernhill
Distance Runners participating in the Jesuit Last Chance Meet
BOYS WIN CONFERENCE TITLE AND GIRLS PLACE 4TH!
Twenty Central Catholic Rams will be continuing their training and prepare for the OSAA State Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field on May 24th and 25th.
The Rams will bring 13 Boys and 9 Girls to compete in 19 events throughout the weekend at the State Meet.
RAM BOYS WIN MHC TITLE; DURONSLET NAMED MHC BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
GRESHAM – Senior Beau Duronslet was named the Mt. Hood Conference Boys Athlete of the Year as Central Catholic captured the MHC Boys Track & Field championship, held Tuesday and Wednesday at Centennial High School. The Rams girls finished fourth behind a strong performance by freshman Olivia Gabriel, who qualified for the 6A State Championships in three events.
All total, Central Catholic qualified athletes in 17 events for the 6A state meet. The OSAA 6A State Track & Field Championships will be held Friday-Saturday, May 24-25 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Central Catholic scored 168 points to win the boys championship, outscoring second-place Barlow by 26 points. David Douglas was third with 129.5 points, followed by Gresham, 106; Reynolds, 66.5 and Centennial. Barlow won the girls title with 134 points, followed by St. Mary’s Academy, 115; Gresham, 97; Central Catholic, 88; Centennial, 86; Reynolds, 71; and David Douglas, 66.
“We were really proud of the results,” said Director of Track & Field Michael Bergmann. “We had a very balanced attack and we scored points across the board – the sprints, distance and field events.
“It was the culmination of what we’ve been working on all year.”
Duronslet won both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles to qualify for the state meet. Duronslet won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.1 seconds and captured the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.82. Senior Lawrence Wilson finished second behind Dursonlet in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 40.86 seconds to also qualify for state.
Duronslet also was a member of the Rams’ 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays that also advanced to state. The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Cameron Scarlett, Wilson, sophomore Matt Vanoudenhaegen and Duronslet finished first with a time of 42.96 seconds, 0.4 seconds ahead of Gresham. Duronslet then anchored the 4x400-meter relay, approximately 25 minutes after competing in the 300-meter hurdles, to help Central Catholic to a second-place finish with a time of 3 minutes, 24.44 seconds. David Douglas won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:23.79.
Also running on the Rams’ 4x400-meter relay squad were Wilson, Scarlett and junior Sean Rogers.
Junior Kyle Thompson captured both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. Thompson captured the 1,500 with a season-best time of 3:57.32. Sophomore Jean-Baptiste Tooley and Sam Truax also finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,500. In the 3,000, Thompson finished with a time of 8:44.29. Freshman Daniel Thompson placed fourth, with a time of 9:02.67, and sophomore Sam Lomax placed fifth with a mark of 9:08.74.
Junior Jared Malone gave the Rams a sixth event title in the pole vault, bettering his personal best by six inches to record a mark of 13-feet.
Scarlett, juniors Connor Humphreys and Jon Nizich and sophomore Patrick Myers also advanced to the state meet. Scarlett placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 22.81 seconds. Humphreys placed second in the discus with a toss of 133-feet, seven inches and Nizich was fourth in the javelin with a mark of 176-feet. Myers, in his first year competing, placed second in the high jump, tying his season best with a mark of 6-feet.
On the girls’ side, Gabriel qualified for the state meet by capturing the 200 meters with a time of 25.49 seconds. Gabriel also anchored the Rams’ winning 4x400-meter relay team and 4x100-meter relay squad that placed second. Gabriel also placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.51 seconds.
Junior Denisha Washington, sophomore Riley Ford and senior Maheyla Molinari also were members of the 4x400-meter relay. The Rams ran a mark of 3:57.35. The 4x100-meter relay squad of Washington, Ford, senior Matija McLaughlin and Gabriel finished second with a time of 48.60 seconds to place second and advance to state.
Molinari also advanced to state by capturing the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.57.
Junior Analese Steverson-Pugh qualified for state by placing second in the pole vault with a mark of 9-feet.
Duronslet and McLaughlin also were Central Catholic’s recipients of the Art Skipper Award, given for citizenship and sportsmanship.
Pre District Coverage
PORTLAND -- The Central Catholic will look to continue its successful season when the Rams boys and girls track teams compete at the Mt. Hood Conference Championships, Tuesday and Wednesday at Centennial High School.
This spring, the Rams have set 24 marks that rank on the top 10 of the school’s all-time list – covering all events – including school-record performances by both the boys and girls 4x400-meter relay teams. With that wave of momentum, Central Catholic has high expectations for the MHC meet and will look to top last year’s total of 14 qualifiers for the State Championship meet. Second-year Director of Track & Field Michael Bergmann says the boys side will contend for the conference crown.
“Our boys team will be competing for the MHC Championship,” Bergmann said. “Our boys narrowly lost a dual meet to David Douglas in our last league meet and would like to avenge that in the district meet.”
The boys are anchored by a strong distance corps, highlighted by junior Kyle Thompson. Thompson enters the MHC meet ranked first in the conference in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. His time of 8:35.96 in the 3,000 meters is nearly 21 seconds better than any other mark in the conference this season. Sophomore Jean Baptiste Tooley is third in the MHC in both the 800 and 1,500 meters; and sophomore Sam Truax ranks fourth in the 1,500.
“The boys distance program continues to be one of the best and deepest in the state,” says Bergmann. “The combination of Thompson, leading the way in the 1,500 and 3,000, paired with Tooley, in the 800 and 1,500, should get us a few points on the board at the district and state meet. It is also great to see Truax healthy and putting down some great personal-best times.”
While the Rams’ distance group has deservedly drawn attention, Central Catholic has also been strong in the hurdles and sprints this spring. Senior Beau Duronslet has turned in the MHC’s top times in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, and senior Lawrence Wilson is second in the 300 hurdles. Duronslet also ranks second in the MHC in the 200 meters and is third in the 100 meters.
Juniors Sean Rogers and Derek Reed, and sophomores Cameron Scarlett and Matt Vanoudenhaegen have also contributed either in individual events or on relays. Rogers is a member of school-record holding 4x400-meter relay squad. His best split time this season is 50.7 seconds, 5.2 seconds off his best split last year.
“A couple of areas that we have choices to spread athletes around is in the sprints and both hurdles and relays,” says Bergmann. “Sean Rogers is an example of an athlete that has put in work through the winter and made great improvements.”
On the girls’ side, the Rams have also been buoyed in the sprints. Junior Denisha Washington and sophomore Riley Ford anchor the group, while freshmen Olivia Gabriel and Courtney Harmon have had stellar rookie years. Ford and Washington rank tied for third in the MHC in the 100 meters, while Gabriel is fifth, with marks of 12.54 and 12.57, respectively. Ford and Washington’s 100-meter time is also tied for third on the school’s all-time list. Gabriel will also challenge for the 200-meter title at the district meet, turning in a season-best 25.94 seconds ranking third on the school’s all-time list.
Gabriel and Washington are also threats in the 400 meters, ranking second and third, respectively, in the conference.
Ford also ranks second in the MHC in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.88 seconds, which is second on the school’s career list.
“Denisha has steadily improved each meet and has been very consistent with her roles on the relays and in the longer sprints,” says Bergmann. “She is passionate about those races and brings great leadership to the team.
“Olivia’s contribution on both relays and the sprints is a great accomplishment as a freshman. Riley continues to improve each week in both the sprints and the hurdles. Her 300-meter hurdle mark ranks second all-time at Central Catholic and lowered her personal best by three seconds.”
The Rams – on both the boys and girls side – have also shown steady improvement in the field events. Junior Jon Nizich ranks second in the MHC in the javelin with a long throw of 192-feet and three inches. That mark also ranks among the top 20 nationally, according to Bergmann.
Also on the boys’ side, sophomore Patrick Myers came out this spring to learn the high jump and has cleared the six-foot mark.
Freshman Cassie Job has continued to set personal bests in both the girls long and triple jumps.
“Our ability to begin to attract Central Catholic athletes to come out and compete in the field events has helped build our overall team and is a key to the success,” says Bergmann.
Also, according to Bergmann, a big key to the Rams’ success this season has been the amount of support received from parents and coaches. Parents have been volunteering to help provide a “Fuel Zone” at meets, where athletes can load up on a healthy snack between events to maintain their energy levels. The program has also had two team dinners catered by assistant coach Mike Heffernan.
With the momentum built during a season of personal-best performances, and support from the Central Catholic community, the Rams are set to try and top last year’s mark of 14 athletes qualifying for the state championships. The OSAA 6A State Track & Field Championships will be held Friday-Saturday, May 24-25 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.
“We qualified 14 athletes to the state meet last year, and our goal is to improve upon that,” says Bergmann. “We are strong in a variety of events on both the boys and girls side, and our boys distance squad and both relays are contenders at the district and state level.”
May 13, 2013
Week of May 13th
Monday-Practice @ Fernhill-
Tuesday-MHC Championships-Field Events begin at 3 pm
Wednesday-MHC Championships-Field Events begin at 3 pm
Thursday-Practice @ Fernhill
Friday-Practice @ Fernhill
Central Catholic Track and Field has attracted some new coaches to kick off the 2013 season that will continue to move the program toward the premier high school track and field program that is aligned with the values of the school and community.
One Team, One Vision was the philosophy that we wanted to drive. Event based coaching with organized workouts with the expectation that coaches and athletes are aligned.
Oregon is rich with experience in track and field and once we laid out our vision we had some very experienced coaches come our way and approach me with their desire to work with such a great school.
I took the feedback from our year end survey last season and have been working throughout the fall with CC’s Athletic Department and Administration to build a plan that is now in place to begin winter conditioning workouts and our ability as a coaching staff to plan the workouts that will maximize our potential as track and field program.
This is the Coaching Line up for 2013:
Assistant Coach - Sprints
Comes to us following a 13-year career as the sprint coach at St Mary’s Academy … St Mary’s won the OSAA Team title in 2012 and Paul’s athletes won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays … Paul ran in the 1996 Canadian Olympic Trials and his 4x100 relay team at BYU ran 39.85.
Assistant Coach - Jumps
Former head coach at LaSalle HS and assistant coach at Concordia University, specializing in the jumps … NCAA qualifier in the triple jump while at Portland State … She brings a great level of technical expertise through USATF certifications, taught by some of the best jump coaches in the USA.
Returns following a year away from coaching at CC … Ashley competed at Portland State and has coached sprints and high jump, in addition to competing in those events over her career. Ashley is leading the Sprinters and Jumpers with a strength and conditioning program that was initiated successfully in the off season.
Assistant Coach - Hurdlers
Returns for his fifth year as an assistant coach to lead our hurdlers, as they continue to improve in both speed and technique … Trevor was the three-time Big Sky champion in the 400m hurdles at Portland State.
Assistant Coach - Sprints
Returns for his second year with the Rams, assisting in the various technical areas of the sprints … Diamond is still competing in the sport and can still break 22 seconds in the 200 meters … Our goal is to have our athletes faster than Coach Diamond.
Assistant Coach – Boys distance
Dave Frank is in his 13th year at Central Catholic after spending 11 years teaching math and coaching at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.
Since 2005, Frank has been at the helm of the boys cross country program, which claimed its fifth state championship under his supervision this past fall. Frank coached the Rams to three straight state titles from 2005-2007 and again in 2009. His teams have also captured the Mt. Hood Conference title every season he has been at the helm. Overall, Frank has produced three individual state cross country champions and 14 first-team all-state runners.
Frank is in his second year serving as an assistant coach in the track program, after serving as head coach of the program from 2001-2011 (Frank was the head boys coach, only, in 2007 and 2008). The Rams placed in the top 10 at the big school state meet seven times under Frank. He coached eight, individual state champions, including 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Galen Rupp. Rupp was state champion in the 3,000 meters in both 2003 and 2004 and the 1,500 in 2004.
At St. Francis, Frank was the assistant boys cross country coach from 1990-1999 and the head boys track coach from 1993-2000. He worked with many CCS section champions and helped the school to the 1998 California State Division III Cross Country title.
Frank attended and graduated from Gladstone High School, where he won five state titles in both track and cross country. He then went on to attend Stanford University, where he set the former school record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8 minutes and 38 seconds. He was also a three-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the steeplechase and marathon.
Frank was also the team captain of the 1990 Hood-to-Coast champions, Black Flag.
Frank earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford in Economics in 1984 and a Masters in Education in 1985. He and his wife, Karen, live in Northeast Portland and have a son, Jackson, who is a freshman at Central Catholic and competes in cross country.
Assistant Coach- Girls Distance- Kyle will lead the Girls Distance program bringing several years of competitive running and coaching to this group. Kyle will work closely with Coach Bergmann and other coaches to maximize the potential of the Central Catholic Girls Distance team which brought in record numbers during the Fall of 2012 in Cross Country. Kristy Calhoun will help with the team when her work schedule allows to keep some continuity with the girls throughout the year.
Volunteer Assistant Coach – Horizontal jumps and assistant hurdles
J.P. Holland returns to the Ram coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, helping out in the horizontal jumps and assisting the hurdles. Holland coached the Rams’ long and triple jumpers during the 2004 season, coaching the school’s only field event qualifier for the state meet that year. Prior to rejoining the Central Catholic program, Holland spent the past six years coaching in the St. Thomas More CYO program. With St. Thomas More, he coached the boys and girls long jumpers and sprinters, coaching three different CYO long jump champions during a four-year span.
Holland also coached one year at St. Ignatius College Prep, in San Francisco, in 2002. He was responsible for the boys long and triple jumpers and hurdlers. He coached the school’s only boy qualifier to the California State Championship Meet.
Holland also coached football at St. Ignatius, in 2001, and spent five seasons, from 2007-2011, coaching in the Lincoln Youth Football program.
Holland was a two-time All-American at South Eugene High School, from 1979-1981. He competed in the long jump, triple jump, intermediate hurdles and sprints. His best of 48-feet, 10-inches in the triple jump still ranks among the best in Oregon High School history and he still holds the South Eugene record for the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 38.4 seconds. At the Oregon State Meet, Holland scored 38 points in two years and helped South Eugene set a state record with 100 team points in the 1981 OSAA Championship Meet.
After graduation, Holland went on to compete at Stanford University, where he was a varsity long jumper, triple jumper and sprinter. He was coached by world renowned coaches and former world record holders in Brooks Johnson, Remy Korchemny, Steve Williams and Milan Tiff. As a freshman, he set the school record for the indoor triple jump and still ranks on the Cardinal all-time top 10 in the event. Holland also competed in two outdoor Pac-10 Championships.
Volunteer Assistant Coach – High jump and javelin
Vince Cooney brings a wealth of coaching experience and a deep technical knowledge of the high jump to his first season at Central Catholic. In addition to working with the high jumpers, he will also work with the javelin throwers.Prior to coming to Central Catholic, Cooney spent the past seven years as a track and field coach at Cathedral, helping coach numerous events for both boys and girls. One of the most successful CYO coaches in the area, Cooney started the CYO track and field program at Holy Redeemer in 1978 and served as the head coach until 1985. His Holy Redeemer teams won three championships in 1980, 1982 and 1985.
Cooney began coaching at Hillsboro High School, in 1963, serving as a volunteer track and field coach under Elden Keller.
While this is Cooney’s first year on the Rams’ coaching staff, he is no stranger to the Central Catholic family. He and his wife, Kathy, have had three children – John, Mark and Anne – all graduate from CC. In 2013, the couple will have three grandchildren attending Central Catholic.
Cooney attended both the University of Portland and Oregon State University. He is a retired USAF Lt. Col., in the Oregon Air National Guard, serving as a fighter pilot. Cooney also served as an international airline captain for Northwest Airlines for 33 years. Currently, he is a Master Woodland Manager in forestry for OSU.
Volunteer Assistant Coach – Assistant distance
Mike Heffernan, Class of 1958, will join the Central Catholic track staff as a volunteer assistant distance coach. Heffernan competed for 20-plus years after starting running at age 38. He won national championships in races at distances from the 5,000 meters to the marathon, while setting a few national age records. At age 47, Heffernan ran a marathon in a time of two hours and 24 minutes and, at age 49, turned in a 31-minute, 9-second time in the 10,000. He won seven medals in international competition, including three in cross country. Additionally, Heffernan was on two winning Hood-to-Coast teams and 15 winning teams in the Masters division.
Assistant Coach – Pole Vault-technical assistant
Conrad McKethan is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Central Catholic track and field program. He will focus on the pole vault, while adding support to the throws, jumps and sprints. McKethan comes to the Portland-area after living in Los Angeles since 1999, where was developing his business as a videographer. During his time in southern California, McKethan worked as a sprints, jumps and wide receiver coach to several prominent athletes at Harvard-Westlake, Taft and Campbell Hall High Schools. While at Taft, he coached current Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith in the jumps during Smith’s senior year. He also assisted, his friend and former teammate, Duane Carlisle, in Carlisle’s Peak Performance Speed and Strength Camps. McKethan was also a member of the same coaching staffs that featured Quincy Watts, Maurice Greene, Felix Sanchez and Johnny Gray.