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Articles by Phillip Brents

It isn’t every day that a coach gets to compete alongside his students in a major championship race. But that’s exactly what Cuyamaca College cross-country coach Tim Seaman and three of his students accomplished during the 20K men’s race walk final at the recent United States Track and Field outdoor national championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Seaman, a two-time Olympian, competed alongside Nick Christie, Alejandro Chavez and Michael Nemeth, all of whom he coaches, in the 12-man field.

Steele Canyon High School seniors Monique Van and Brandon Howard appear to have answered the question as to the identity of East County’s best all-around track and field athletes by their performances at the 2013 San Diego Multi-Event Championship, held June 8-9 at Cuyamaca College.

Van captured her third consecutive girls heptathlon championship while Howard finished third overall in the boys decathlon field.

Van, who will attend UCLA this fall, fell just 33 point short of setting a meet record.

The 2012 London Olympic Games weren’t especially user-friendly for the contingent of five American riders who competed on the expansive—and what proved to be, rather treacherous—course.

After earning three medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics—the first in which the sport was contested—the United States was surprisingly shut out in London.

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games are now on tap, and the eye had turned to another prize.

Grossmont Conference schools qualified 10 individuals, plus three relay teams, to compete at last weekend’s 95th annual high school state track and field championship meet in Clovis.

At the head of the class was West Hills senior Brenden Song making a return visit to Buchanan High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium after recording a meteoric second-place finish in the boys discus throw at last year’s state finals. His goal this year—the gold medal.

The San Diego Section’s new divisional playoff format for baseball — based on competition level instead of student enrollment — appears to have provided just what it was designed to do: create a level playing field.

In the play-in round, held on May 21, eight lower-seeded teams emerged victorious; in the opening round of double-elimination play on May 22, 10 lower-seeded teams won.

Those are significant numbers.

At the conclusion of the 10th annual Mustang/Phair Co. Relays, Monte Vista junior Jemeil Jackson had something dangling from his neck that few student-athletes at the 20-team track and field invitational could boast about: four gold medals.

Jackson captured first-place finishes in the boys 4x100-meter relay (43.46), sprint medley relay (1:36.85), 300 open dash (36.19) and 4x400 relay (3:34.97) at the April 20 event held at Otay Ranch High School.

CIF-Metro Conference champion West Hills High School roller hockey team has a new home next season with the opening of a new skating rink in El Cajon. Wolf Pack coach Steve Baldwin said he hopes the relocation of Skate San Diego from National City to East County helps rekindle interest in the sport locally.

The Steele Canyon Cougars and Helix Highlanders each proved they are worthy contenders for this year’s Grossmont Hills League track and field championship title when they met on the oval last Thursday, March 21, at Helix High School.

It seemed only appropriate that in his last game as a San Diego Socker that Grossmont High School alumnus Paul Wright, the team’s ageless veteran, would score the team’s opening goal in its latest major indoor soccer championship.

“This has got to be the best feeling,” said Wright, 43, amid post-game hoopla on the arena floor of the Valley View Casino Center following the Sockers’ come-from-behind 8-6 victory against the Detroit Waza Flo March 11 in the finals of the Ron Newman Cup.

The West Hills Wolf Pack roller hockey team capped a thrilling end to the 2012-13 CIF-Metro Conference season by capturing a 6-5 overtime decision over the top-seeded Rancho Bernardo Broncos on Feb. 27 at the Escondido Sports Center.

The Broncos had entered the Kiwanis Cup championship game boasting an imposing 21-1 record, with their lone loss to the second-seeded Wolf Pack. West Hills and Rancho Bernardo split their two regular season games, setting up a winner-take-all finale.