ROUND-UP: CHS sports wrapping up season with CIF play
CHS tennis and track duo head to CIF play
Claremont High School will send its two remaining athletes to participate in CIF finals in tennis and track and field.
Sophomore Andrew Leahy will compete in CIF Tennis Individuals May 29 at the University of Redlands. Last year, he was knocked out the first round after losing in the Sierra League tournament to his brother, Alan Leahy, who eventually became League Champion.
However, he hopes things will be different next Thursday.
“I’ve grown a lot from last year and I expect to go deeper,” Leahy said.
Leahy also won resoundingly in the Sierra League finals with a 6-2 and 6-0 set.
CHS freshman Annie Boos will compete in the 800-meter race on Saturday, at the CIF Track and Field Finals at Cerritos College in Norwalk. The running events will start at 11 a.m.
Head Distance Coach Rob Lander said Boos’s running is excellent and continues to improve by beating her own school records. Last Saturday, she finished the 800-meters in 2:13.78 at CIF prelims, which occurred at Moorpark High School.
The week before, Boos ran a 2:13.98 in League finals at Claremont High School.
CHS swim team ends season with strong performances
Claremont High School’s swim team sent sophomore Samantha Duran, freshman Katrina Strash and its 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay team to compete in CIF prelims and finals, which occurred May 16 and May 17 at Riverside Community College.
While neither relay teams qualified to swim in the finals—the 200-yard medley finished 25th, 1:57.26; and the 400-yard freestyle finished 19th, 3:45.33, in prelims—Duran and Strash swam strong as CIF finalists.
According to Head Coach Courtney Eads, Duran finished 13th in the 200 IM at 2:11.59, and 11th in the 100-yard fly at 58.58. Strash finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle, 24.40, and the 100-yard freestyle, 53.22.
Golf team competes against stiff CIF competition
Claremont High’s boys golf team surprised many after competing in the Team CIF Eastern Championship, May 19, at Jurupa Hills Country Club in Riverside.
The team finished ninth overall out of 22 teams in the 18-hole tournament and seniors Ben Whitham, Caleb Chodosh and junior Jonathon Yoo shot a 78 on the 72-par course, according to head coach Terrance Lynch.
Coach Lynch also said Whitham and Chodosh May 12, as members of the first All-Sierra League team at Skylinks Country Club in Long Beach. They vied against 124 of the top golfers in the CIF Southern Section.
Chodosh missed the cut to enter the state tournament by one stroke, with a 79. Whitham shot an 84.
Only 20 golfers from the CIF Southern Section moved on to the state tournament. Senior Nathan Clark, from Damien High, was the only athlete from the Sierra League who will compete. He shot a 76.