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Lions Win Historic 50th and 51st CIF Championships

Track and Field Bring Home Milestone Crowns

The OCS girls’ and boys’ track and field teams made athletic history with a one-two punch to capture the school’s 50th and 51st California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS) championship titles. Oaks Christian School has set a phenomenal record in achieving 51 championship titles in the short 21 years since the school was founded.

Coached by Wes Smith, the teams were heavily favored going into the Division 4 championship meet at Carpinteria High School on June 12. And they dominated and delivered. It was the fifth sectional title for the boys and the sixth consecutive crown for the girls.

The girls reached the 50th title by scoring 156.33 points, the most in CIF-SS history, boys or girls, since 1913. The boys were right behind them and an hour later laid claim to number 51.

“To accomplish this feat of winning CIF championships 50 and 51 in 21 years tells us a lot about the quality of student athletes we have and the quality of coaches we have,” said Head of Athletics Jan Hethcock. “I would never have imagined Oaks Christian would win this many championships in such a short time. This is a wonderful accomplishment for our athletes, alumni ,coaches and the school."

The Lady Lions won gold in the 4×100 relay (47.26) and 4×400 (3:53.74). Tenly Kuhn took first place in the girls long jump at 12’ 5.” Jahzara Richardson brought home two gold medals, winning the 100m at 12.00 seconds, and the 200m at 24.62 seconds. Teammate Brooklyn Courtnall won her first sectional title in the 400 with a time of 55.66 seconds. Right behind her for second place was Raeshell Austin at 57.40.

In the boys’ division, Oaks Christian netted a score of 79, handily beating Ontario Christian at 46 points. Lion standouts were Gabe Martin who easily captured the long jump at 24’.2.75.”  Jake Reed took the pole vault victory at 14’6.” and Ethan Bergman took third at 13’. Elijah Gibson enjoyed a personal best of 40.50 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles. Chase Farrell placed third in the 100m at 10.8 seconds, and Jalen Lewis came in fifth at 11.04.

Photos by: Jimmy Su Photography