Maria Carrillo High ran away with both the girls’ and boys’ North Bay League team track titles Friday night at Santa Rosa High School, dominating in a way that is starting to give rise to a feeling of déjà vu.
The Puma girls ran up 195 points. The next nearest competitor, Montgomery, had 87 points. On the boys’ side, the Pumas earned 168 points to second place Casa Grande’s 95.
“It was awesome,” Pumas track and field coach Greg Fogg said. “It was kind of what we expected but it got bigger than we expected. The boys have won the last six years. The girls, they have won 16 of the last 19 years.”
What’s better if you are Pumas fan, or worse if you are anybody else in the NBL, is they are incredibly young. Of the 11 individual titles won by Maria Carrillo (including double wins by Aimee Armstrong and Habibah Sanusi) only one was tallied by a senior: Amani Baker. The rest were won by underclassmen.
“That part of it is really exciting,” Fogg said. “We are already loaded for next year.”
“They are just dominant,” Santa Rosa coach Carrie Joseph said of the Pumas. “They have a lot of people and they have a lot of good people. They are going to be a real force for sure.”
Distance specialist Armstrong won both the 800- and 1,600-meter races in commanding fashion. The sophomore clocked in at 2 minutes, 20 seconds in the 800 and 5:14 in the 1,600.
“She is getting what she deserves,” Fogg said. “She put the work in.”
Junior Habibah Sanusi seemingly rewrites her own records every time she clears a hurdle, Fogg said.
The junior won the 100 high hurdles in 15.80 and the 300-meter low hurdles in 46.26 — almost three seconds faster than her nearest competitor. She won the shorter race by a full second.
Assata Polk, a junior, ran the 400 meters in 59.34, head of teammate Kiely Rowe who finished in 1:01.
In the 3,200-meters, junior Sydney Rivas won the 3,200 meters in 11:39, ahead of Jasmine Becker of Montgomery who clocked in at 11:58.
Senior Amani Baker won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 4 inches and was in the hunt on a number of other events, finishing second to Santa Rosa’s sprint wiz Kirsten Carter in both the 100- and 200-meter races. Baker ran the 100 in 12.41 to Carter’s 12.24 and finished the 200 in 25.60 to Carter’s meet record of 24.69. Last season at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions, Baker’s leap of 17 feet, 1 inch was an inch short of the distance needed to make the state meet.
Fogg guessed Baker won’t let that happen again. “She is pointed toward state,” he said.
On the boys’ side, it was all about the young guns from Carrillo. It was sophomore wins all around.
Severin Ramirez pulled off upset when he beat Montgomery’s ace sprinter Jaymes Tischbern in the 100-meter dash 11.09 to 11.10. It was the fastest Ramirez has gone all season, but not for Tischbern. The junior posted a 10.85 earlier this spring.
“On one level it wasn’t surprising but it was one of the coolest moments because he’s only a sophomore,” Fogg said. “It’s a little like Rocky Balboa because Tischbern has been dominating.”