BEASLEY UPS HIS OWN RECORD AS KING GAPS CORONA
RIVERSIDE: The only thing “close” about the track and field meet against Corona High School on Wednesday was the narrow miss Jared Beasley (Sr) had at his 15-0 attempt in the pole vault. Every other event of the meet had been completed, Corona High’s team had left the facility and the entire King team was assembled on the sideline to watch the talented pole-bender take his own school record up for a second time on the day. Beasley, who set the SR last week against Roosevelt, then failed to clear any height on Saturday at Ramona, had already bumped up his record to 14-6 some 10 minutes earlier.
The spectator-teammates hushed as he stormed down the runway and launched. He grazed the bar sending it and himself earthbound to appreciative applause.
“I was pretty tired” he said afterward, having climbed up numerous bar-placement levels in order to avoid the “no-height” from Saturday.
Throughout the 2 1/2 hour meet, the Wolves easily cleared the competition the Panthers posed as Corona had few athletes who could mount a challenge. With no JV scoring, the girls won by 118-11 and the boys 98-29.
That said, there were solid performances nonetheless. Andrea Guadian, bucking to be the most improved athlete of the year, dropped two lifetime PR’s in the 800 and 3200. Coryssa Hope, Kyla Smith and Josephine Scales all PR’d in the 200 to sweep, this despite a significant headwind. Kaylee Magno (Fr) was second in the 800 with a lifetime PR and Alyssa Hope won the triple jump with a PR of 35’9".
Behind Beasley’s great day, the boys’ team was also humming along nicely. In the throws Jacob Cook and Anthony Foye both PR’d over 40’ to take 1-2 in the shot. Kyrien Strickland had PR’s in both hurdle races, winning both as well. Bohdin Rush had a terrific season best time of 4:43 in the 1600 to place second behind Corona’s Victor Ceja. Isaiah Donnhauser was victorious in the 400 and ran well in the 100 and 200, finishing second in both. Jonathan Weaver won the 800 in 2:14.