The Otay Ranch and Eastlake high school track and field teams appear to have a mutual date with destiny on Thursday, May 7, when the Mesa League juggernauts collide to determine this year’s league championship.
The Mustangs and Titans offered a preview of things to come at last Saturday’s Mustang/Phair Co. Relays at ORHS. If those results are any reliable indicator, the teams’ upcoming dual meet is something not to be missed for South Bay track and field fans.
Otay Ranch and Eastlake were separated by just two points in the Blue Division boys team standings at last weekend’s Mustang Relays while the teams finished nine points apart in the girls standings.
Otay Ranch finished runner-up to team champion Steele Canyon in the boys standings. The Cougars out-pointed the Mustangs 107-86.
Eastlake finished second to team champion Steele Canyon in the girls standings. The Lady Cougars out-pointed the Lady Titans 119-100.
Eastlake finished third in the boys standings with 84 points while Otay Ranch finished third in the girls standings with 91 points.
The upcoming Otay Ranch-Eastlake match-up stands as a tune-up for the following week’s league prelims and finals when top marks will become even more of a premium.
The Mesa League prelims are scheduled May 12 at ORHS, starting at 3 p.m.
The Mesa League finals are scheduled May 14 at the same site, also starting at 3 p.m.
Eastlake captured first-place finishes in the girls 4×400 relay (4:09.23), girls sprint medley relay (1:54.07) and boys 4×800 relay (8:08.22).
The EHS girls 4×400 foursome included Anissa Vera, Mia Costello, Emily Bonilla and Jackie Villalobos. Running legs of half-mile each in the boys 8×800 relay for the Titans were Andres Correa, Jeffrey Page, Williams and Jake Barr.
Eastlake finished second in the girls 4×100 shuttle hurdles (1:13.90), second in the girls 4×200 relay (1:49.34), second in the girls 4×800 relay (10:09.97), second in the boys distance medley relay (10:56.64), second in the girls distance medley relay (12:58.63), third in the girls 4×100 relay (51.12) and third in the boys 4×200 relay (1:36.39).
Eastlake and Otay Ranch tied for second in the boys 4×110 shuttle hurdles with identical times of 1:09.99.
Otay Ranch captured first place in the girls 4×100 relay (51.00), second in the boys 4×800 relay (8:14.57), third in the boys 4×100 relay (44.36), third in the girls 4×100 shuttle hurdles (1:15.60) and third in the girls distance medley relay (13:07.55).