FIREBIRD RELAYS: RESULTS & Thank You's
The Firebirds posted many stellar performances on Saturday, March 30th, and not all stellar-performances were on the Track & Field, as the Fremont community worked hard to complete another successful FirebIrd Relays.
Results; Athletic.Net and Lynbrooksports.com
On the Track & Field:
- The Firebirds finished 7th out of 35 schools in total points, with the FS Girls finishing the highest with a 2nd place out of the 33 schools in the FS girls division.
- Large teams have an advantage in the Firebird Relays as they can cover all of the relay scoring. Evergreen Valley won the team trophy again, as they bring close to 200 student athletes to our event (their team eating habits also make them a Snack Shack favorite). Their coaches have brought their team (and their revenue) to each of the Firebird Relays
- For Fremont, there were over 30 individual PR's or season bests, with the Firebirds cranking up the heat in Relay events.
- Topped-off by the F/S Girls foursome of Briana Fedkiw, Hanna Chellali, Natalie Waelty and Rakhi Chaladavada shattering the meet record in the Speed Medley Relay. The girls time of 1:58.49 put them at #3 all time in the Fremont record books
- Cassius Fiaui, once again cleared 35-feet in the varsity girls shot put, exerting her dominance over a talented girls shot put field, and proving her #13 CCS shot-put ranking
- Idreece Barnes won both hurdle events; maintaining his #6 ranking in CCS for the 110m High Hurdles and moving up to #5 in CCS for the 300m Hurdles. Idreece hauled away a total of 3-medals, and points in all 4 of his events, when teamed with other point-scoring/medal winning teammates, Zach Oren, Jules Merigot, Alex Cassidy, Yash Gajula and Rohan Kale on two sprint relays
- FS Girl horizontal jumpers Briana Fedkiw, Hanna Chellali, also carted-off plenty of hardware with 4-medals a piece
Throughout the day:
Together, last Saturday, we successfully completed another Firebird Relays.
Raising funds to support the T&F/XC programs and the Firebird Relays Scholarships, with other FHS Athletic teams supported through the Boosters concessions.
Saturday, March 30th, we hosted 36 out of the 42 high schools which initially registered for the meet. The 36 high schools brought over 1300 student-athletes, entered in over 2400 events, accompanied by approximately 150 coaches, and maybe 800-1000 spectators! Unlike most other sports, competitors are also spectators and paying customers in a large Track & Field competition. The result was an active, moving, sometime transient, crowd of about 2000-2500 people making their way around our fields, through our stands, bathrooms and Snack Shack for probably 8 out of 12 hours
From the feedback of the other Coaches, Hank Lawson (the top timer in northern California and CCS) and the USA Track & Field Officials (who work high school, NCAA and World-Class track meets), we did a great job!
Meets of this size often run 1-2- hours late: we finished 30-minutes early. Padding our positive meet management reputation due to our +/- 5-minutes-of-schedule finishes in 2018 and 2017
Timely meet management and successful, positive, representation of Fremont High throughout such an all-day event, could only be accomplished by a massive team effort of committed volunteers
Special thanks to all mentioned below, and sincere thanks/apologies to anyone I missed in the below shout outs;
Team Super-Mom; Anna Oren (Zach, 2020) for tirelessly working to fill volunteer positions. Showing up at 7:00am. Then during the meet, she made it around to all posts, with her cape flapping in the wind, to help out at each location. Finally shutting down around 8:30pm as she, and us remaining coaches, picked-up random trash on our way out of the stadium
Student-athletes who helped all-day, even though they did not compete
· Sam Tiscareno (2021)
Chris Gough (2019)
· Yadi Set (2021)
· Thomas Le (2021)
· Jonray Collado (2021)
Current student-athlete parents who volunteered;
· Lisa Tsuchitani (awards) (Kohei, 2021)
· Karen and Bill Gough (tickets, awards) (Chris 2019, Kate 2021)
· Anahga (and Anil) Kale (t-shirts) (Rohan, 2021)
· Shaheen and Aditya Dayal, registration and other (Zara, 2019 (also see “Power Parents”))
· Janet Nixon (tickets) (Ethan, 2021)
· Abe Oren, tickets (Zach, 2020)
· Christine Pepin, long jump (Jules, 2019)
· Fariha Barnes, bbq grill (Idreece, 2019)
· Meena Juttukoonda, t-shirts (Yash, 2020)
Alumni Student-athlete volunteers
· Luis Cordero (2015, Rochester Institute of Technology)
· MacKenzie Cox (2016, Cal Poly SLO)
· Coach Alejandra Flores (2014, De Anza /Aurora Univ (Chicago), SCUSD)
· Coach Chuck Herrera (1998, De Anza, FUHSD)
· Samantha Louie (2018, UC Davis)
· Coach Lewis Louie (1978, retired man of leisure & USATF Certified coach (STILL highly ranked in FHS record books for T&F and Basketball)
· Warren Liu (2018, UC Santa Cruz)
· Coach Adam Miranda (2013, SJSU, Facebook)
· Coach Fitzgerald Nocon (2008, SJSU, O’Connor & Stanford hospitals)
· Heather Rohrer (2013, University of Hawaii, Apple)
Alumni Power-Parents (and their FHS T&F/XC graduates)
· Steve Meier, "the voice of FHS T&F", announcer/photographer (Lauren 2017, UC Berkeley)
· Molly Cox, awards, results, registration (Shelby, 2014 UMass/Michigan State, MacKenzie, 2016 Cal Poly SLO)
· Cathy and Gus Gomez, front & back gates, t-shirts (Tommy, 2018, Columbia Univ., NY)
· Deepa Balgi, registration and inspirational hip-number design (Pranav, 2017, UCLA). Also thanking Ganesh Balgi for years of great photos, along with the photos from Steve Meier.
· Shaheen and Aditya Dayal, registration (Sabina, 2015, UC Santa Barbara, Zara current coed Team Captain, 2019)
· Coach Lewis Louie, Medals-coordinator for the last 4-Firebird Relays (Samantha, 2018, UC Davis)
Coach Jeff Rohrer, out sick, but has worked all 7 previous Firebird Relays (Heather 2013, Univ. of Hawaii, Jackie 2013, UC San Diego)
Other key supporters
Sylvie Jannon-Shields, t-shirts and creator of “Run like a girl” stickers, 8th Firebird Relays (patient supporter of Coach Shields)
· Julia Jannon-Shields, 8th Firebird Relays: has worked t-shirts, awards, announcers’ booth, results-shuttling. Supporting Fremont T&F since she was 5-years old (AMHS 2017, University of Washington, Seattle)
· Athletic Director Jason Townsend, who, in his first stint as AD, believed me when I told him we (Fremont) could pull-off this huge track meet
- Johanna Moyoli: whose timely handling of invoices, from all angles, keeps our reputation strong and payments on time
- Coach Rand Crippen: currently a volunteer coach, has officiated the HJ at all Firebird Relays and all Fremont dual meets over the last 10+ years.
· Athletics Boosters leader, Lenora Heuchert and her Booster's Dynamic Duo - Lisa and Jeff Hiatt: They all worked at the concessions area for 12 hours starting at 8 am and finished clean up at 8 PM. They did an outstanding job purchasing, prepping, cooking and selling all the food items to support a hungry crowd all day long! Lisa does a fabulous job managing her team and Jeff was busy grilling everything. He even trained kids and parents how to flip burgers and grill chicken! Well done (Especially well done, considering the length of our event, some of our guest had breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Snack Shack)!