Lancer Track & Field: Road to CIF

At Trinity League finals, the culmination of the track & field regular season, Orange Lutheran's track & field team produced individual league champions in 4 separate events.

Boys 4x100 Relay

In the 4x100 relay, the group consisting of Desmin Jackson, Matthew Kalousitan, Xane Uipi, and Deuce Frierson-Cotter PR'd (personal record) with a time of 42.56 to notch victory by only 0.02 seconds over Servite.


Girls Long Jump

In the long jump, junior Hannah Wons took home the title with a 16' 11" jump. Her jump was 6" in front of her closest competitor.


Girls High Jump

Senior Kennedy Cunningham, a Purdue-Northwest commit, won the girls high jump with a mark of 5' 1". She won the competition over the scores of 4' 11".


Girls Shot Put

Senior Pesi Tauaika took home the title in the shot put with a mark of 40' 1 1/2". She beat out her teammate and fellow senior Rebel Tuinuknafe, who had a mark of 39' 8". Leah Gilmore finished 3rd, and Heaven Johnson finished 4th. All 4 of them will advance to CIF Prelims.


Moving Onto CIF Prelims

Overall, the Lancers have 21 athletes moving onto the CIF Prelims in 12 different events. The prelims will be held Saturday, May 7, at Estancia High School. Below is a list of the athletes and the events they will be competing in:

  • Boys 4x1 - Desmin Jackson, Matthew Kaloustian, Xane Uipi, and Deuce Frierson-Cotter
  • 400m - Jaylen Lynch and Alex Vasquez
  • 100m - Matthew Kaloustian and Desmin Jackson
  • 300H - Amelia Trautman
  • 3200 - Lauren Landrith
  • Boys 4x4 - Desmin Jackson, Gavin Gallegos, Alex Vasquez, and Jaylen Lynch
  • Girls 4x4 - Amelia Trautman, Caroline Kargenian, Shelby Perez, Kennedy Cunningham
  • Shotput - Pesi Tauaika, Rebel Tuinuknafe, Leah Gilmore, and Heaven Johnson
  • Discus - Rebel Tuinuknafe and Pesi Tauaika
  • High Jump - Kennedy Cunningham and Blake Brewer
  • Pole Vault - Nicholas Ling and Van Rhodus
  • Long Jump - Hannah Wons, Kennedy Cunningham, and Samson Seiler
CIF Prelims

The Lancers had 21 athletes compete in the CIF Prelims on Saturday, May 7, at Estancia High School.  To qualify for the CIF Finals, an athlete had to finish in the top 9 of their event to advance. A total of 17 will be headed to Moor Park for the CIF Finals on Saturday, May 14, after qualifying at the CIF Prelims.  

Boys 4x100 Relay
The group of Desmin Jackson, Matthew Kaloustian, Xane Uipi, and Deuce Frierson-Cotter ran 42.74, which was good for 2nd place. Only Cathedral had a better time than the Lancers.
Boys 400M
Jaylen Lynch ran a 49.42, which was good for 6th.  Alex Vazquez just missed qualification with a 50.90, which was 10th.
Girls 4x4
The team of Amelia Trautman, Caroline Kargenian, Shelby Perez, and Kennedy Cunningham just slipped into the Finals finishing 9th with a time of 4:11:14.  
Three Lancers are off to the Finals in the shotput. Rebel Tuinunnakfe and Pesi Tauaika tied for 3rd with a 41' 5".  Leah Gilmore finished 9th with a 34' 1".  Heaven Johnson just missed qualification but had a great throw of 32' 3".
High Jump
Both Kennedy Cunningham and Blake Brewer advanced in the high jump. Cunningham advanced with a jump of 5' 00".  Brewer advanced with a jump of 6' 00". 
Pole Vault
Two Lancers are through in the pole vault.  Nicolas Ling and Van Rhodus both vaulted an 11' 6". 
Long Jump
Three long jumpers advanced to the CIF Finals after qualifying on Saturday.  Hannah Wons finished 2nd with a jump of 17' 1".  Kennedy Cunningham advanced in her 3rd event with a 16' 0".  On the boys side, Samson Seiler just squeaked through in 9th with a jump of 20' 3/4". 
CIF Finals

17 Lancer Track & Field Athletes competed in the Division 3 CIF Finals held at Moor Park High School on Saturday, May 14. Three of those 17 are headed to the CIF Masters meet. 


Girls High Jump

Kennedy Cunningham had a jump of 5' 2", which was good enough for 4th place and a Masters qualifying spot.  



Pesi Tauaika was 4th in the discus with a throw of 126' 10". The throw was 17 feet longer than her prelim throw at Estancia. She qualified for Masters in the discus.


Shot Put

Both Tauaika and Rebel Tuinuknafe qualified for Masters in the shotput. Tuinuknafe finished 4th with a 40' 1" throw. She was only 1 foot off the lead. Tauaika was 6th with a throw of 39' 2'. Leah Gilmore also competed in the shot put and finished 9th with a throw of 34' 6".


Boys 4x100 Relay

The boys 4x100 relay team consisting of Desmin Jackson, Matthew Kaloustian, Xane Uipi, and Deuce Frierson-Cotter, finished 5th with a time of 42.70, which was 0.04 faster than their prelim time.  


Boys 400M

Senior Jaylen Lynch ran a blazing 48.84 400, finishing 5th in the competition. His time was 0.58 faster than his prelim time the weekend before.


Girls 4x400 Relay

The girls relay team of Amelia Trautman, Caroline Kargenian, Shelby Perez, and Kennedy Cunningham ran a PR of 4:05:87, finishing 9th. The time was 6 seconds faster than their prelim time. 


Girls Long Jump

Hannah Wons jumped 17' 3" in and finished 5th in the meet. She just missed a Masters qualifying spot. Her jump was 2 inches longer than her prelim jump. Cunningham also competed in the long jump and hit a mark of 15' 10" good for 9th place.


Boys High Jump

Blake Brewer finished 5th in the boys high jump with a mark of 6'.  


Boys Pole Vault

Van Rhodus PR'd at the CIF Finals with a 12' 9" mark. He finished 6th. Nicolas Ling hit 11' 9" and finished 9th.


Boys Long Jump

Samson Seiler finished 7th in the boys long jump with a mark of 20' 1". 


Off to Masters

The trio of Cunningham, Tauaika, and Tuinuknafe will all take part in the CIF Masters meet at Moor Park on Saturday, May 21. 

CIF Masters Meet At Moor Park

On Saturday, May 21, Kennedy Cunningham, Pesi Tauaika, and Rebel Tuinuknafe competed in the CIF Masters meet at Moor Park with the hopes of advancing to the CIF State Meet.

Rebel Advances to State

Tuinuknafe placed 3rd at the Masters meet with a shot put throw of 41' 10", a season record.  Her mark was enough to advance to the State Meet in Fresno, California, over Memorial Day weekend. 

Pesi & Kennedy's Season Concludes

Tauaika fell just short of the State Meet in the shot put and discus.  She put up a 37' 6.5" mark in the shot and .125' 8" in the discus.  Pesi finished 10th in both.  Cunningham no heighted a jump of 5' 1".  Both wrap up successful senior seasons. 


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