Stars align, rise at meet

Girls are racing.

Move over, Marion Jones. The track legend’s 100- and 200-meter Ventura County Track and Field Championship records came crashing down on May 1 at Moorpark High. Rio Mesa junior Zaria Francis won the 100 in a blistering 11.41 seconds. Oaks Christian sophomore Lauren Rain Williams surpassed the former Olympian’s time in the 200 in an […]

Devyn is dynamite

Devyn Weisenberger is smiling.

Devyn Weisenberger turns running into art. The sophomore track and field standout for Rio Mesa High has perfected her running form as a masterpiece of movement. “She runs like a gazelle,” head coach Brian FitzGerald said of Weisenberger. “She’s a natural athlete. It’s hard to determine where she can fit in. If we needed to, […]

Rio Mesa’s Greg Vann is one of the best long jumpers in California

Greg Vann is looking ahead.

Greg Vann is not in Spain anymore. He’s back to riding the bus to track meets instead of flying to his destinations. Vann doesn’t need an airplane to fly high. “He likes to hang in the air,” said Rio Mesa High track and field head coach Brian FitzGerald about Vann’s long jump technique. “He stays […]

Zaria Francis has quickly become one of best sprinters in VC

Girl is running on the track.

The six Francis siblings are a competitive bunch. If one Francis picks up a new hobby or sport, the other five family members see it as a challenge. It becomes a game of “anything you can do, another Francis can do better.” Zaria Francis, the fourth-born of the six, was a standout soccer player growing […]

Spartan track star creates own legacy, with some help from his mom

Anthony Teart was running for his life a year ago. Teart joined Rio Mesa High’s talented boys’ 4×400-meter relay quartet before the 2012 CIFSouthern Section preliminaries. He didn’t want to be the weak link on a relay squad with state championship aspirations. “I was nervous the whole time. . . .” said Teart, who replaced […]

State track recap

Girl is smiling.

Rio Mesa’s Raegan Nizdil finished sixth in the girls’ high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches at the CIF State Track and Field Championships last weekend at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Nizdil, a senior, is one of only two Spartans to compete in the state meet for four straight seasons. Camarillo […]

Star Athlete of the Week: Jelani Legohn

Smiling boy, headshot.

Was dominant on a big stage Friday. He won the 110 hurdles in 14.47 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 38.45 to emerge as a double champion at the Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark High. He now takes aim at the Pacific View League finals and the CIF-SS postseason meets. Quotable:“He’s awesome. […]