Prepare for hot weather, great competition at Orange County Championships – Orange County Register

The competition might be as hot as the weather.

The Orange County Track and Field Championships are Saturday at Mission Viejo High. The forecast calls for the day’s high temperature to be in the low 90s.

The distance runners are going to be most affected, of course. Capistrano Valley junior Hayley Herberg, the top miler in the county and state, might not go faster than her season-best 1,600 time of 4:47.55 (converted from 4:49.22 in the mile two weeks ago at the Arcadia Invitational).

There will be fast times in the sprints. The events that might produce the best marks Saturday are the airborne events.

Canyon senior pole vaulter Rachel Baxter is entered. She has the best mark (14 feet, 3 inches) in California this season.

Trabuco Hills’s Sean Lee might get to 7-feet again in the high jump. His 6-11 is the state’s best clearance this year. Last year, Lee became the seventh Orange County high school athlete to clear 7 feet or more when he went 7-0.25.

Newport Harbor pole vaulter Ryan Fegan cleared 16-6 at the Mt. SAC Relays last week. That’s the second best mark in the state, behind Redondo Beach star Tate Curran’s 17-1.

The throwing events could be terrific, too. Newport Harbor’s Cole Smith tossed the shot 61-8 at the Trabuco Hills Invitational three weeks ago. That’s the third-best mark in the state this season.

Kyle Tsu of Marina will be a factor in the shot put and the discus.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students with valid student identification and $2 for children ages 10 and younger. Parking is free.

Parking is plentiful at Mission Viejo. So should be the consumption of fluids, for athletes and spectators alike.

Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:

• will provide live audio coverage of the Boras Classic championship game Friday at 6 p.m.

• If Foothill’s administration did not do all it could to retain Rusty Van Cleave as its boys basketball coach, then the school made a large mistake. When the discussion is about the better coaches in county basketball, Van Cleave is among the first names mentioned.

• Whoever replaces Van Cleave is going to have a challenge keeping that program at the high level it’s been at during his tenure. Jeff Sink took on that kind of challenge when he became Brea Olinda’s girls basketball coach in 1994. Brea already was a great program, and Sink kept it that way.

• Sink, who is retiring at the end of the 2017-18 season, won’t miss coaching as much as some coaches who retire. He is one of the more well-rounded coaches in county athletics. Sink is an avid traveler and photographer who will have no difficulty finding something to do with all of the hours that will become available to him.

• Not taking sides on this, but Larry McCann’s dismissal as Esperanza’s baseball coach is another example of how much power parents have in influencing coaching personnel decisions in high school athletics. That can be good – coaches got…

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