Morro Bay High School’s jumpers are soaring to great heights this year, as they compete in the CIF Track & Field playoffs.
According to jump coach, Greg Wilson, reports that the Pirates competed in the CIF Southern Section Div. 4 Prelims May 12 in Carpinteria and had four athletes advance to the Divisional Finals in Torrance.
High Jumper, Joey Ruddell, advanced out of a field of 28 by clearing 6-feet 2-inches without a miss, Coach Wilson said. Ruddell, a sophomore had a season best of 6’5” and “has potential to jump even better at the divisional championships,” Coach Wilson said. “Joey has been jumping on an ankle injury that he suffered early in the season. He tied the Pirates’ school record a few weeks ago and could break it at championships.”
The Pirates really excelled at pole vault when three sophomores advanced to finals. Tyler Collins cleared the bar at 12’; Tyler Brady cleared 11’6”; and Orion Solu also cleared 11’6”, he said. Solu came through in the clutch when he won a jump-off for the final spot. In the tie-breaker, he cleared 12’ for a career best, Coach Wilson said.
“The student athletes have all worked very hard this season,” coach Wilson said. “Now our jumpers are showing everyone that all the hard work is paying off. It is impressive that all four jumping qualifiers are sophomores. This Pirate jumping team’s future looks good.”
If any of the boys does well enough at the divisional finals they would qualify for the Master’s Meet, and from there, to the State Meet.
Other Pirates competing in the prelims were: Erin Des Jardins in high jump, Isaac Ruddell in shot put, Audrey McClish in the 3200 meters and Ted Crizer in Pole Vault.
In the photo pictured from left are: Ted Crizer, Tyler Collins, Coach Greg Wilson, Tyler Brady and Orion Solu. Photo courtesy MBHS.