Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Freshmen All-City Victory.
Brent and Daniel invited some of their friends to ice tonight. Matt Valenzuela (Cibola) who is currently ranked #1 in the 400m and 200m races in the state. Jordan Madrid (Cibola) who just qualified for state today in the 800m. Also participating were two of Brent's friends from competing schools: Derek Montoya (Highland) and Curtis Beach (Albuquerque Academy).
Brent and Derek take turns beating each other in the 400m. Brent and Derek are #2 and #3 (depending on the week). Derek is currently ahead of Brent by 24/100 of a second. Curtis Beach has broken records at his school and is ranked 2nd in the state (4A) in the 200m, 1st in the 400m, 1st in the 800m, 1st in the 110 hurdles, 4th in the high jump, 1st in the pole vault, and will probably be ranked in the long jump by tomorrow.
Here are a few pics from their ice baths:
Sunday, April 20, 2008
CIBOLA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
April 7-12, 2008
Boys: Daniel Gooris and Brent Jorgensen, Track & Field
April 11, 2008
Thinking back to August, 2007, I felt that our nineteen sports teams at Cibola High School had a legitimate chance to produce as many as five state championships during the current school year. My hopes were sky-high, but my fingers were crossed and my optimism was guarded. Here’s how my math added up to five in our chase for those elusive blue trophies. Football and boys cross country were my picks for top-billing in the fall. I considered volleyball a long shot. Our harriers came so close and only a sudden illness by one of our top runners kept us from standing tall on the awards stand. Football gave it their best shot and lost to perennial power, Mayfield. So, it was close, but no cigar in the fall.
I felt like either of our basketball teams could bring home the bacon during the cold winter months. I knew wrestling would be a contender, but, like anyone who knew anything about wrestling, I knew that Rio Rancho would again be the prevailing favorite. As advertised, they were crowned champions. Girls basketball earned their second consecutive district banner, but stubbed their collective toes at The Pit, and the boys were starting to flex their muscles late in the season before their title hopes were derailed by the mighty Clovis Wildcats.
The season I trusted the most was warm and windy spring. After steamrolling through the field in May, 2007 with a team loaded with mostly sophomores, I figured our softball team had a decent chance to repeat this spring. This team is off to a 17-0 start. They are hitting their stride and appear to be a prohibitive favorite to win the whole shooting match again. My mom always told me to never count those chickens until they were hatched, so, I’ll hold my prediction on this one for now.
All of a sudden, the diamond girls have company at the top of their mountain. It comes in the form of their female counterparts in track and field and the enormously talented boys thinclads, as well.
We all knew the boys would be considered a pre-season favorite to challenge for top billing. These dudes can run. They can jump, and they can also throw. In other words, they have all the ingredients to do something our school has never, and I mean never, done before. Yes, I’m talking about winning a state championship in the sport of boys track and field. A year ago they started to establish themselves as a team that needed to be taken seriously when they won the district title (that too, was a first in school history) and finished third at state.
Now, that success from last spring has made this team the engine that not only thought they could, but is determined that they will. Anything short of a state championship would be disappointing for their coach, Ken Henry, his hard-working assistant coaches, and his dedicated student athletes that make this such a formidable squad.
The architect for this talented group is the aforementioned Ken Henry. After taking the helm five years ago, this mild-mannered mentor has built an average program into one of the most feared and respected programs in The Land of Enchantment. Henry has parlayed his track and field knowledge with an uncanny ability to motivate his aspiring athletes. The proof is in the proverbial pudding as this team has gotten better and better since the arrival of this former La Cueva and LSU star.
There do not seem to be any weaknesses on this team. As stated earlier, these cats have speed, they are strong in the field events, they have undeniable depth, and most importantly—they believe. This team is blessed with a cavalcade of outstanding athletes. Three of the top athletes in the city have qualified for the state meet in five events. Arguably the best athlete this school has ever produced in track and field is Daniel Gooris. The Northern Iowa bound senior is a specialist in the 300 hurdles, the 110 hurdles, the long jump, a member of the 4X100 relay team and the numero uno high school pole vaulter in New Mexico. He has broken his Cibola pole vault record (now at a height of 16’6”) several times and currently has the second best vault in the USA. His distance in the long jump is also a state best at this time. Daniel’s all-around athletic ability will allow him to pursue his Olympic dreams as a decathlete at UNI. Overall, his exploits in this sport are material for the formation of a human highlight DVD.
The versatile and talented Brent Jorgensen is a member of three state qualifying relay teams; is second in state in the 400 meters and 3rd in state in the 200. Kid can fly. You might also remember this speed burner as QB Jon Mader’s favorite deep target on the gridiron last fall.
Now there’s more speed on this team than CHS is accustomed to. There’s lots of company in the fast lane these days in Cougarville. Long known for their lack of speed in this sport, suddenly the Cougars have speed to burn. One of the bright spots is the sudden emergence of sophomore, Matthew Valenzeuela. Henry’s eyes light up when this speedster’s name is mentioned. This is one high-speed sophomore. In only his first season of high school track, Valenzuela has already established a new school record in the 400 meter dash at 48.75. That, along with his personal best in the 200 has him atop the state’s best in both events. He too is qualified in five events. Senior, Eddie Eubanks has also established himself as one of the premiere sprinters in the Albququerque area. In addition to state qualifying times in the 100 meters and the 4 X 100 relay team, Eddie can also boast of being 4th in the City in the long jump.
On the other end of the running spectrum, Cibola can boast of twins Vincent and Chris Montoya to do their usual yeoman like work in the distance races. Vince earned All-State honors at the state cross country meet in the fall and it is likely his brother would have done likewise had it not been for his late-season illness. Each of these long-distance racers is making a vital contribution to the overall success of this highly regarded team.
There’s more. As stated, these guys can not only run; they have kangaroo-like jumping skills and bionic arms for tossing the javelin, discus and shot put.
Let’s take a look. Mycah Huitron, Sam Potter, Brandon Simpson, Corey Roybal, and Daniel Fiaseau are fast becoming Cibola track and field household names for their all-around skills. Huitron, after a short sabbatical following the basketball season qualified for state in his first and only competition with a state best leap over the bar in the high jump. He’s also a top five long jumper. Simpson, another high-flyer from the hardwood, can compete in the high jump (# 3 in state rankings) and triple jump at state, while Potter is second in the state in the pole vault and Roybal is tops in state in the shot put. Fiaseu has qualified for the state meet in the javelin event.
With the district meet only three weeks away followed by the state meet a week later, I am ready to boldy predict that this 2008 version of Cibola track and field will enter UNM Stadium as the odds on favorite to take home the blue trophy.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
She ran the 100m race and won her heat. She then hurried to the high jump to make her first attempts (no warming up at all). She started off missing her first two attempts at 4 feet. I watched her pace around and search for some kind of inspiration while pondering her last attempt.
She decided to run in her 4x100m relay before making that last high jump attempt. The first two legs of the relay were a little shaky due to the addition of a new girl in the second leg. The hand offs to, and from, this girl were both not great which lost their team valuable seconds in the race. Harleigh Ruffin, running the third leg, made up a bunch of ground giving Brooke a little bit better of a chance. Brooke took the baton and made up the rest of the ground to bring LBJ first place in the event. WHEW!
After the relay, Brooke wend to talk to her high jump coach, Erica Herrera. Brooke has known Erica for a few years as Erica graduated from Cibola High School just two years ago. In talking to Erica, Brooke realized that she had been making her approaches from the opposite side of where she usually takes them. She practiced her steps, one last time, and made her jump...easily clearing on her last attempt :-) Her jump put her into a tie with another girl for 1st place.
She finished off the meet in the 200m race--The last race of the meet. This was the first time
Brooke has run this race. She ended up easily winning her heat. Her good friend Harleigh Ruffin, also won her heat in the 200m race. We are not sure who had the fastest time as the kids never get their times for some reason (?). Candace Burton's dad, David, timed Brooke and said she ran a 30.8 second 200m.
Soooo...After a nervous start...Brooke should be competing in all four of her events April 28th at the middle school city championships! Go Brooke!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Brent took Lindsey Thurgood to Cibola's prom. They went with Brent's good friend Dustin Westby and his girlfriend Danielle Ortega.
I took pictures of them before the dance.
Here are two:
Check out this picture of Brent running the anchor leg of the 4x400 m relay. He has local phenom, Ronnie Daniels, on his tail but he never let Ronnie overtake him. Cibola ended up breaking the Wilson Relay 4x400 relay Meet Record AND also broke Cibola's record for the 4x400 relay! Their time was 3:21.88. This means Brent will get his name painted on the wall in the Cibola High School gym!
BTW...Greg took this picture!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Here's Daniel profiled wearing Abercrombie clothes. They took the film off their site, but it still lives on YouTube! Coach Kenny Henry narrates part of the video.
Life of a decathlete (Abercrombie & Fitch)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
We had the usuals sleep over last night: Daniel Gooris, Mycah Huitron, Brandon Simpson, and Hayden Schaap. They all spend the night and we fix them our famous French toast before their meet. Coach G (Norbert Gabaldon) and Terrance Motley showed up for the French toast too :-)
Brent and Hayden Schaap had decided they wanted to fly to Utah for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Priesthood meeting and figured their track meet would be over at 1 or 2 PM as every track meet so far has ended. Well, this meet had prelims and finals and something like 22 teams in attendance. Needless to say, we ended up leaving at 2 PM so the boys (with Greg) could make their 3:20 PM flight.
The meet started off scary for Cibola. Brent waited for the baton in the 4x100 relay in the 3rd leg...Eddie Eubanks started off the leg and was looking great and somehow in the handoff between he and Tyler Jaramillo, they dropped the baton. Brent was devastated as he was so pumped for that race and was hoping to improve their overall time. Then, almost immediately after the 4x100, Daniel Gooris barely made it into the finals for the 110 hurdles which he usually excels in.
The guys finally shook off the bad luck and began winning events (We were guessing the French toast finally kicked in...LOL).
Brent and his teammate Matt Valenzuela KILLED in the open 400m race! Brent PRed (personal record) with a time 49.75 seconds! He had to leave before the finals where his buddy Matt ran what probably was his PR of 48.75! Brent was sad because he was guessing he could have improved on his time running with Matt at that fast pace of a race but he was on that plane to Utah. Brent's time today has moved him from 3rd to 2nd place (right behind Matt) in the state which is really cool.
Brent was supposed to run in the 4x200 relay but it didn't take place til way after 2 PM. Cibola entered some other sprinters and came in 3rd I think (we would have came in 1st with Brent but it didn't end up mattering).
Hayden Schaap PRed in the javelin with a 166' throw. He's about three feet from qualifying for state.
Mycah Huitron and Brandon Simpson competed in their first meet of the season due to basketball just ending a few weeks ago. They both qualified in their jumping events. Mycah actually WON today shocking us with a 6' 5" high jump. Simp came in 2nd with 6' 3"...Some nice points for the team! Simp qualified for state in the triple jump and is currently 4th in the state with a jump of 44' 0.5" Mycah also jumped 21' 8.75" in the long jump putting him 3rd in the state. Gooris surprised us all with a 22'4" long jump which I think is a PR for him and puts him 1st in state.
Gooris also KILLED in the pole vault. He jumped 16'6". He's first in the state by almost three feet!
Corey Royball also PRed in the shot put today with a 51' throw! He is first in the state!
So...Cibola ended up winning the meet by about 30 points without any of Brent's points. Had he competed in his events, he could have helped us get probably 19 additional points. CRAZY!
I am so proud of the coaches and kids. They have been working so hard. I see us winning state for the first time ever if these boys stay healthy and keep their grades up!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Her coach entered her in the 100m race for the first time this year. She came in first out of all three of the 7th grade girl heats.
She then ran right over to the high jump pit and easily cleared 4 feet. She had to then go practice for the 4x100 relay so she didn't get back to the high jump before they raised it to 4' 6". That was a little too high for her (she came close to getting it though). But no worries...no other 7th grade girl beat 4 feet so she won the high jump again (she's won it at every track meet so far this year).
THEN...she ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay. They were missing the other fast girl (Harleigh) on the team due to her being sick. But the girls pulled through and won that too!
Here are three short videos of her events: