A fourth Stuart Hall North Coast Section Class A Championship tops the list of individual and team accomplishments this season.
The Stuart High High School track and field team captured the North Coast Section Class A Championship on May 19 at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, edging out two BCL West competitors in a field of more than 30 teams from Northern California schools with 525 students or fewer.
With the title, Stuart Hall continued its run of success at the section championships, winning their fourth crown in the last five seasons, a stretch in which the team has also claimed five straight BCL West titles.
At this year's Class A Championship, Stuart Hall was the only team to score points in all 15 track and field events. "Our team stands out for its balanced attack," says head coach Mike Buckley, noting that "Our consistency speaks to our emphasis on the 'nurture' aspect of the 'nature versus nurture' dichotomy."
Mike's formula for team success is based on a simple three-pronged philosophy: hard work, discipline and camaraderie. "Our culture is our proudest accomplishment," he says. "This aspect of the team needs the most care, the most nurturing, and is never quite what it can or should be. Building it together then builds our success on the track and on the field."
We asked Mike to name the coed team's top 10 accomplishments, including standout performances by Convent student-athletes.
1. Fourth North Coast Section Class A title in five years for Stuart Hall
2. Fifth consecutive BCL West title for Stuart Hall, and sixth overall
3. Hunter Mainzer's new school and BCL West record in the discus (144'10")
4. Hunter's new school record in the shot put (45'05.00")
5. Nyxa Aquino-Thomas' ascent into the second-best shot putter (28'06.00") and third-best discus thrower (82'07") in Convent history
6. Jonny Forman's new school record in the 110 hurdles (16:35)
7. The amazing success of both 4 X 100 teams, including league, conference and section victories for the boys, as well as a new school record (44:09) and a second-best all-time result for the girls (53:01)
8. Barrier-breaking performances in the sprints: Nicholas Ong cracked 11 seconds in the 100 (10:97) and 23 seconds in the 200 (22:60), and Adele Bonomi broke 13 seconds in the 100 (12:95), in both cases becoming the second athlete in team history under those benchmarks.
9. Jack Honeyman's rise in the high jump to second-best all-time for Stuart Hall at 6'02.00". Jack is the third Knight ever to jump higher than 6'00".
10. Twenty-three all-league honors for Stuart Hall, and three for Convent
With a nurturing culture and such outstanding results, we look forward to next season's achievements!
Photo credit: Michael Hong