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Kyera TennysonTrack and field

Kubasaki, Okinawa

Last week: Broke the meet high-jump record and helped the Dragons’ 400-meter relay squad shatter another in helping host Kubasaki capture the girls’ team title in the 4th Dr. Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Meet at Camp Foster.

Tennyson, a junior transfer from North Carolina, jumped 5 feet, 1 inch Friday to nip the previous record by 1 inch. On Saturday, she anchored Kubasaki to relay victories in the 400 in 53.12 seconds, .68 ahead of the old mark, and the 1,600 in 4:30.85. Kubasaki scored 89 points to win the team title.

Coach Charles Burns calls the long-legged Tennyson a “perfect replacement” for her relay anchor predecessor Serafina Smith, a 2005 graduate. “She did a good job” at the Petty meet, Burns said. “I love her attitude. She works hard. She’s a competitor.” As far as the girls team roster, he said, “We’re back.”

Jeff MortonTrack and field

Kadena, Okinawa

Last week: Set one meet record and helped the Panthers’ relay team break another en route to the team title in the 4th Dr. Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Meet at Camp Foster.

Morton, a junior transfer ranked No. 6 in Colorado in the 100 as a sophomore last year, won the 200 in a meet-record 22.7 seconds, helped Kadena’s 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams to record times of 45.84 and 3:50.96 and won the 100 in 11.22. The Panthers repeated their team title with 108 points.

“He is far and away above any sprinters’ level that I’ve encountered,” said coach Sergio Mendoza, adding that despite being “almost untouchable” this season, he’s not satisfied with just winning. “He races that clock. He cares more about that than anything else. He’s one of the most intense competitors I’ve ever seen, and has the most heart.”

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