Track & Field: Dolbec, Nguyen jump to states

June 2, 2009 — by Nandini Ruparel

After an injury derailed her junior season, senior Kiersten Dolbec returned to CCS to reclaim the championship trophy she won sophomore year. She jumped 5’6” and placed first in CCS for high jump. She will be going to the State Championships from June today and tomorrow in Clovis along with freshman Ailene Nguyen. The team as a whole placed fifth.

Nguyen placed third in triple jump and second in long jump with a distance of 17-9.75, but remains apprehensive about states due to her relative inexperience.

“I’m really nervous,” said Nguyen. “I know I won’t place very well, but I’m excited to go anyways.”

In order to compete at CCS, the team first had to qualify at the CCS trials at Gilroy High School on May 23.

Nguyen placed third in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump and Dolbec qualified for high jump with a final jump at 5’2”.

Freshman Crystal Yen placed 11th in both the 100m hurdles and also the 300m hurdles. She was third alternate for making CCS. Senior Ashley Cole placed ninth in the long jump and was chosen as first alternate. Senior Katie Nast placed 13th and was chosen as first alternate in the 3200m run.

In order to compete at the CCS trials, the team had to place at the Silicon Valley Athletic League Qualifier Meet (SCVAL). For the 4x100m relay race, the team, consisting of senior Katie Gasik, junior Danielle Conway, junior Sarah Guy and Nguyen, placed fourth. This same team placed third in the 4×400 relay. Yen placed second in the 100m hurdles. In triple jump and long jump, Nguyen won first place. Dolbec took the first in the high jump. The sole thrower on the team, senior Baylee Yates, placed sixth in shot-put.

The varsity girls did an outstanding job at the El Camino All-League, with many placing as league champions. In the 4×100, Gasik, Conway, Sullivan and Guy placed second. Junior Karen Wai placed third in the 1600m run. Yen was league champion in the 100m hurdles. In the 300m hurdles Gasik was also league champion.
Three school records were broken just this season alone. Gasik broke the record in 300m hurdles, running in 46.93 seconds. Nguyen broke two records, in triple jump (36’2”) and long jump (17’ 10 1/4”).

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