FAIRFIELD — With plenty of sunshine in the area, city track and field athletes haven’t had to wait out the rains to get their seasons started.
The prep season is fully underway and athletes are getting in shape to make runs toward the postseason.
Here’s a look at this spring’s track and field teams:
The Vikings return a lot of depth and plenty of newcomers and could make a strong push to repeat as both Solano County Athletic Conference boys and girls champions.
Larry Hogue’s varsity boys team is full of talent, with Jacque Henderson, Aidan Hayes, Brandon Estrella, Erick Fierro, Aaron Pocaique, Andrew Perez, Michael Crampton and Mitchell Sibal all competing in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter events.
Xavier Penrod, Logan Griswold and Anthony Hopson will anchor the shot put and discus events, with Hopson also competing in the high jump and hurdles. Dante Bryant and Benard Caster will also run hurdles and compete in jumps, while Jadon Brisendine, Devin Bruner, Christian Pointer and Justin Alvarez will focus on the sprint events and relays. Antone Phillips will run the 200 and 400.
The girls team is also full of potential, with Jalessa Macke running hurdles and relays, Rachel Carr, Ayana Black and Julia Blackshell-Fair running the sprints and relays, and Aryel Moreland also running hurdles and competing in the long, triple and high jumps.
Malia Bryant will focus on the 200 and 400, Eileena Lewis the hurdles and relays, Mikaela York the 200 and 400 and Jalilah Phillips the shot put and discus.
“We want to compete everytime we get on the track so we put in good work in practice to compete in meets,” Hogue said. “So far we are just learning about all the different athletes and putting them in the different events. We want to get more athletes involved in the field events to balance out. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and how we finish out as a team in 2014.”
The Falcons may not big in numbers, but they are bis in talent.
Demitrius Spears (100/200/relays/LJ), J.P Siat (LJ/TJ/HJ), and Cameron Ross (400/4×400/LJ) are all back for the varsity boys after having successful seasons last spring.
Alysia Robinson (LJ/TJ/100/4×100) and Ra’Shanae Johnson (hurdles/relays) will anchor the varsity girls team.
Top newcomers for Fairfield include Kaitlyn Cook (distance events), Thyrese Webster (jumps) and Courtney Franklin (sprints/hurdles).
“The team is young and full of energy,” Fairfield coach James Macariola said. “We will build for the future and re-create the championship caliber team that was under coach (Ricky) Swift and coach (Dave) Monk.”
Coach Monk returns top talent on the varsity boys and girls teams.
For the boys, Corey Stewart (hurdles/relays), Michael Cartier (hurdles/relays), Isaiah Valentine (LJ/TJ), Rohan Saini (1,600/3,200), Delton Engel-Sorrel (hurdles/LJ/TJ), Amin Teymouri (Shot/Discus) and Alec Woodson (distance events) are all back.
Top newcomers to the boys team include Elisha Toney (100/200), Luis Grijalva (distance events) and Adrian Tenorio (sprints/jumps).
Gabriella Nathan-Funk (800/1600/4×400), Tyra Holt (400/4×400), Amanpreet Kaur (1,600/3,200), Kolbi Quist-Richard (sprints/relays) and Soso Amatoru (hurdles/sprints) all return to the girls team.
Monk is also expecting top see results from newcomers Kirah Overman (distance events), Camille Dolcee (sprints/hurdles), Lovenie Dantes (sprints/hurdles), Kira Wilson (sprints/relays), Adrien York (400/800) and Tyler Bertani (shot/discus).
“We have an incredible group of freshmen and newcomers that have come out this year to continue to build the foundation for a successful program,” Monk said. “I’m also really excited about the work put in by several returning athletes looking to elevate the expectations and re-define the culture of Armijo track and field.”
The Mustangs return a couple of girls with state meet experience in Lauren Reed and Alanna Epps, who were part of Rodriguez’s 4×100-meter state qualifying relay a season ago. Reed also runs the 200 and 400 and Epps competes in the 100 and 200.
Megan Dulaney will anchor the throws for the Rodriguez girls. Dulaney was a state qualifier in the discus in 2013. Coach Barton Smith said he expects all three to return to the state meet this season.
Salma Srour (hurdles) and Vanessa Bandaian (400, 800) also return in 2014.
On the boys side, Zachary Wright (100, 200), Rontavist Williams (200/400), Jonathan Carmichael (100/200), and Armando Day (200, 400) are all back, while newcomers Tevita Lasike (shot/discus) and Isaac Diaz (800/1,600/3,200) will also look to make their marks.
Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.