SAN CLEMENTE – Personal records are set nearly every time a track and field competition is held. Orange County records? Not so much, but two fell at the Triton Invitational on Saturday at San Clemente High.
Canyon’s Rachel Baxter defeated Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt (now at Stanford) in the the girls pole vault for the first time at last year's Orange County Championships. On Saturday, she eclipsed Merritt for good.
Baxter jumped 13 feet, 10 inches, surpassing Merritt’s county record of 13-9. Baxter also set a national age-group record for 16-year-olds.
“It’s unbelievable,” Baxter said. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet because it felt like such an easy bar. It just doesn’t seem true.”
Esperanza’s Bronson Osborn extended his county record for the shot put to 70 feet, 4½ inches. He first broke the county mark, which had been held for 31 years by Capistrano Valley’s Brian Blutreich (69-6½), with a 70-foot heave in the Corona Relays on Feb. 27.
Baxter and Osborn both lead the nation in their events.
Osborn said breaking the O.C. record the first time was more of a shock for him.
“When I did that, it was like breaking a mental barrier,” Osborn said of breaking 70 feet. “It was a good feeling when I first did that. Now, it’s just the same feeling as getting a (personal record).”
After clearing 13-10, Baxter took aim at the state record. She made three attempts at 14-2, which would have bested the state record of 14-1, set by Tori Anthony (Castilleja of Palo Alto) in 2007.
Baxter nearly had the state record, but she barely grazed the bar on her second try.
“I didn’t realize how close I was until watching the video,” Baxter said of her attempt at 14-2. “It felt pretty close. Just knowing that it didn’t seem super high when I was jumping it, it does seem possible. It feels like I can do it within this year and then go for the national record.”
Osborn credited Esperanza throws coach Bill Pendleton for putting him and his teammates on a path for success.
The Aztecs have produced one of the most accomplished throws squads, with six athletes topping 150 feet in the discus. The others to reach the mark are Clint Meyer, Jordan Ammann, Steve Maciel, Patrick Campos and JP Ross-Tupper.
“Coach Pendleton is definitely the reason why we have so many good throwers,” Osborn said. “He runs a good program. It’s very disciplined, and he’s got his system down. I’ve learned from him how to be successful.”
By ANDREW TURNER
Isaac Rex, 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end prospect out of San Clemente High School in San Clemente, CA has committed to play for BYU. Rex received his offer from BYU back on February 19th and let BYU's coaches know he intends to be a Cougar a month later.
Rex's father, Byron, played for BYU in the early 90s and is a part of the Cougars rich tradition at the tight end position. No doubt BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer is hoping the younger Rex can help the Cougars as he seeks to revitalize that tradition. The elder Rex caught 38 passes from Detmer in 1991 for 547 yards and two TDs.
Have you ever watched a reveal and fantasized about what it would be like to live in the house? Now you can find out! A couple of former homes are now available as vacation rentals on Time4Play.com. For about $380 a night, you can get cozy in the charming 1930s house from season 3 or soak up the vibes in the mid-century modern house from season 2, which Joanna described as her favorite reno of all time! Check out the dreamy rentals below, buy a flight to Waco, and then start planning your HGTV dream vacation, complete with visits to Baylor University and Magnolia Market!
City planning commissioners, at the direction of the City Council, have been meeting weekly to draft a proposed zoning ordinance governing vacation rentals. The concept discussed Wednesday night could remove many of the vacation rentals now operating in residential neighborhoods, leaving only ones that are owner-occupied.
Some residents complained to the City Council on Tuesday night about “party houses,” where noise and parking are issues. Others said the majority of vacation rentals are well run and boost the economy, so the council should just go after the few bad ones with nuisance codes.
The opening of Outlets at San Clemente in November will bring high-end outlet shopping to this quaint beach city.
Outlets at San Clemente will offer both an impressive shopping experience and an incredible ocean view from the plaza which will overlook the North Beach oceanfront on the beautiful San Clemente coastline. Phase 1 will open 325,000 square feet of shopping to customers on November 12th, 2015. Orange County's newest outlet shopping center will eventually include over 70 stores spanning across 500,000 square feet in the outdoor shopping center. The San Clemente outlet mall will be one of the largest and most impressive malls in South Orange County spanning the entire distance between the Vista Hermosa and Avenida Pico exits along the I5 freeway. A selection of high-end restaurants will make Outlets at San Clemente into a complete destination for Southern California residents.
The Outlets at San Clemente will offer the beach cities and south Orange County plenty of shopping options from many popular brands and high-end retailers including Adidas, Calvin Klein, Levi's, Nike, Sunglasses Hut, Under Armor and many more.