Aptos’ Trent Nosky takes surprise win in 1600 after SV’s Jeremy Kain collides with lapped runner

FELTON – Down goes Frazier.

Athletes and fans watched in both amazement and amazement as the shockwaves ripped through the towering redwoods surrounding the San Lorenzo Valley High Sports Complex during the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Championships on Saturday.

Scotts Valley High’s Jeremy Kain, a committed distance runner from Duke University, collided with an SLV runner as he prepared to pass him entering the home stretch of the 1,600-meter final. Kain was sent spiraling, quickly regained his bearings and raced to the finish, only to be edged by Aptos junior Trent Nosky by a thousandth of a second.

“Coming in, I’ve been thinking about this race for quite a while now,” Nosky said. “I knew from what my teammates thought and what my coach thought of me, I knew I was capable of winning this race, from my speed and what I’m capable of doing. … The last 100, I just gave it to him, gave it my all and it paid off.

Nosky won in 4 minutes, 20.45 seconds and Kain, whose 4:07.77 finish at the 2022 Arcadia Invitational on April 9 is the fastest in the Central Coast section this season, followed in a photo -finish. Several spectators called it the race of the year.

“I tripped a bit and literally did a 360 at my top speed, Kain said of the collision. “And, obviously, it wasn’t according to plan.”

  • Aptos High’s Ronin Tidd competes in the high jump at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Aptos High's Trent Nosky competes in the 1,600 meter race at...

    Aptos High’s Trent Nosky competes in the 1600 meter race at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Scotts Valley High's Jeremy Kain takes on Aptos' Trent Nosky in...

    Scotts Valley High’s Jeremy Kain takes on Aptos’ Trent Nosky in the 1.60m final at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Scotts Valley High's Jeremy Kain leads the pack in the...

    Scotts Valley High’s Jeremy Kain leads the field in the 1600m final at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Aidan Buckler of Aptos High looks to pass Matao Johnson of Harbor...

    Aidan Buckler of Aptos High looks to pass Matao Johnson of Harbor in the 100 meter hurdles at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Aptos High senior Wade Watson participates in the...

    Aptos High senior Wade Watson competes in the discus at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Santa Cruz High's Franz Pohlmann prepares for the baton exchange...

    Santa Cruz High’s Franz Pohlmann prepares for Myles Reber’s stick trade, and Soquel’s Nick Edmonds awaits Chance Crossin’s trade in the 4×100 relay at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Soquel High sophomore Braylon Noble clears the bar in the...

    Soquel High sophomore Braylon Noble clears the high jump bar at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Aptos High senior Wade Watson throws the shot put at...

    Aptos High senior Wade Watson throws the shot put at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Runners near the finish line of the 100 meter race at...

    Runners near the finish line of the 100 meter race at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Santa Cruz High senior Caleb Womack runs with the head...

    Santa Cruz High senior Caleb Womack leads the 400-meter final at the SCCAL track and field championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Rio Cruz of Aptos High competes in the high jump at...

    Aptos High’s Rio Cruz competes in the high jump at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Aptos High senior Wade Watson prepares to kick the...

    Aptos High senior Wade Watson prepares to throw the shot put at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

  • Braylon Noble of Soquel High competes in the high jump at...

    Soquel High’s Braylon Noble competes in the high jump at the SCCAL Athletics Championships in Felton on Saturday. (Raul Ebio – Sentinel of Santa Cruz)

The collision happened on the final corner, when Kain tried to pass Steve Bukowinski of the Cougars on the outside. That proved correct when Bukowinski veered to his right to clear lane 1 for the leaders to race.

“The way opened up for Trent to pass pretty easily there,” Kain said. “I just had to boost my acceleration, because obviously I wanted to win the race. And then Trent and I kicked each other, so at about 50 yards we fall. He ended up falling across the finish line, and I was off my feet too.

Nosky’s outstanding performance helped the Mariners (177 points) win the tag team title. He also won the Bob Enzweiler Outstanding Athlete Award after accumulating the most points (24).

Scotts Valley (117) took second place and was followed by Santa Cruz (93), Soquel (42), SLV (36), Mount Madonna (7) and Harbor (6).

Kain rebounded from his misfortunes in the 1600m by winning the 800m in 1:58.33. Nosky (1:59.14) took second and Portland took on Scotts Valley senior Austin George for third in 1:59.74.

Kain said he carried some resentment in the 800m after the 1600m photo-finish did not end in his favour.

“There were definitely a few chips on my shoulder,” he said. “I was happy with how the 800 turned out. It went exactly how I wanted it to. I didn’t really use a lot of energy until the last 60 meters. In the end, it was a good race. And the 1600 was still a good race. You know, sometimes a lot of things that you plan don’t go to plan. That’s the joy of racing, you just have to deal with the hits and be spontaneous in the moment.

The top two from each event on Saturday advance to next week’s CCS semi-finals at Gilroy High.

Santa Cruz senior Caleb Womack, star receiver for the Cardinals football team, was the only athlete to win two individual events, both with personal bests. He took first place in the 200m (22.49) while Scotts Valley junior Sam Freeman (23.13) followed in second place. And he won the 400m in 49.68, again, with Freeman (49.79) hot on his heels in second.

Womack won the 100m final last year but pulled out this year after talking to coaches at CCS and state meets.

“Even Johnson (from the Stevenson school), he’s over there with a 10.4,” Womack said. “Fast guy. I’d love to say I’m fast myself, but hey, that’s a different kind of fast.

Aptos won the 4×100 relay (45.56) and benefited from wins by seniors Ronin Tidd (pole vault, 10-6), Raymond Barrios (long jump, 20-3, PR), Sawyer Jordan (throw shot put, 39-8, PR) and Wade Watson (discus, 133-7) and juniors Aidan Buckler (110 hurdles, 16.62) and Rylan Sampson (triple jump, 41-0.5).

Watson’s win was among the most impressive considering he was wearing a cumbersome left knee brace after undergoing meniscus surgery last month. That, and he and the rest of the pitchers were throwing into the wind. He also placed second in the shot put (38-8.5).

“I guess my new focus now is: I want to go first,” Watson said of CCS. “We will see how it goes. We’ll see if I can get back to where it was before I was injured. We’ll see what happens. I shoot for 150 (feet) though.

Soquel sophomore Braylon Noble and three Mariners, seniors Ronin Tidd and Rio Cruz, and Sampson, all went 5-10 in the high jump, the best mark.

Scotts Valley senior Ben Westlund (11.38) edged Aptos junior Caden Prichard (11.42) for the title in the 100. Santa Cruz junior Franz Pohlmann, a physical specimen who played lineman for the Cardinals football team in the fall, took third place in 11.43.

Scotts Valley junior Aiden Boothby won the 3200 (10:11.02). Senior teammate Ryder Brabo was second (10:19.12) and Aptos’ Nosky (10:46.05) was third.

Falcons senior Kiran Heine won the 300 hurdles (41.41) to dethrone Santa Cruz senior Troy Capela (42.46), and Aptos’ Buckler (42.65) took third.

Scotts Valley won the 4×400 relay (3:31.47).

BEST FINISHERS

SCCAL Athletics Championships
100: 1, Ben Westlund, 12, Scotts Valley, 11.38; 2, Caden Prichard, 11, Aptos, 11.42; 3, Franz Pohlmann, 11, Santa Cruz, 11:43 a.m.
200: 1, Caleb Womack, 12, Santa Cruz, 22.49; 2, Sam Freeman, 11, Scotts Valley, 13.23; 3, Noah Seastrom, 12, SLV, 23.44.
400: 1, Caleb Womack, 12, Santa Cruz, 49.68; 2, Sam Freeman, 11, Scotts Valley, 49.79; 3, Brody Staley, 11, Soquel, 50.55.
800: 1, Jeremy Kain, 12, Scotts Valley, 1:58.33; 2, Trent Nosky, 11, Aptos, 1:59.14; 3, Austin George, 12, Scotts Valley, 1:59.74.
1,600: 1, Trent Nosky, 11, Aptos, 4:20.45; 2, Jeremy Kain, 12, Scotts Valley, 4:20.46; 3, Eli Fitchen-Young, 9, Santa Cruz, 4:36.33.
3,200: 1, Aiden Boothby, 11, Scotts Valley, 10:11.02; 2, Ryder Brabo, 12, Scotts Valley, 10:19.12; 3, Trent Nosky, 11, Aptos, 10:46.05.
110 hurdles: 1, Aidan Buckler, 11, Aptos 16.62; 2, Joshua Gabrielson, 10, SLV, 17.18; 3, Matao Johnson, 12, Port, 5:20 p.m.
300 hurdles: 1, Kiran Heine, 12, Scotts Valley, 41.41; 2, Troy Capela, 12, Santa Cruz, 42.46; 3, Aidan Buckler, 11, Aptos, 42.65.
relay 4×100: 1, Aptos, 45.56; 2, suite 46.00; 3, Scotts Valley, 46.71.
Relay 4×400:1, Scotts Valley, 3:31.47; 2, Soquel, 3:32.23; 3, Santa Cruz, 3:43.24.
big jump: 1 Braylon Noble, 10, Soquel, 5-10; 2, Ronin Tidd, 12, Aptos, 5-10; 3, Rylan Sampson, 11, Aptos 5-10; 4, Rio Cruz, 12, Aptos, 5-10.
Pole vault: 1 Ronin Tidd, 12, Aptos, 10-6; 2, Bennet Menzer, 9, Santa Cruz, 10-0; 3, Braylon Noble, 10, Soquel, 9-6.
long jump: 1, Raymond Barrios, 12, Aptos, 20-3; 2, Paul Pena, 12, Santa Cruz, 19-9.75; 3, Pierre Delfino, 12, Aptos, 19-9.25.
Triple jump: 1, Rylan Sampson, 11, Aptos, 41-0.5; 2, Raymond Barrios, 12, Aptos, 40-5.75; 3, Sky Weir, 11, Mount Madonna, 40-2.25.
Shot put: 1, Sawyer Jordan, 12, Aptos, 39-8; 2, Wade Watson, 12, Aptos, 38-8.5; 3, Caden Prichard, 11, Aptos, 38-4.
Disk: 1, Wade Watson, 12, Aptos, 133-7; 2, Mateo Donato, 12, Santa Cruz, 129-6; 3, Logan Gundersen, 12, Scotts Valley, 124-2.
REMARK: The first two of each event qualify for the CCS semi-finals.

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