Sophomore Sophia Chiaramonte and Senior Bianca James are the next two Mater Dei LEAP Squad jumper standouts. Chiaramonte ranks CA #2 for the class of (‘19) in the long jump with her mark of 5.52m, CA #2 in the high jump with her mark of 1.60m, and CA #3 in the triple jump with her mark of 10.90m. James ranks top 10 in CA for the class of (‘17) in both long and triple. (rankings via ca.milesplit.com). This duo has placed in the top three for both long and triple jump in every meet this season including three very competitive invitationals, The Eagle Invite, The South County Classic, and The Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational.
The Mater Dei jumps team aka the Mater Dei LEAP Squad is led by head jumps coach Keinan Briggs. Briggs has been with the program six years and has virtually had the county’s top jumpers each year.
“I am excited to watch what Sophia and Bianca can do this year, we have our goals set but at this pace we may have to add more.” Said Coach Keinan Briggs
Keep an eye on Chiaramonte and James this 2017 season
March 10th 2017, Dominique Ruotolo (Class of ’18) competed in the New Balance Indoor National Championships in the long jump where she placed 5th overall with a mark of 18’0.50. Ruotolo’s mark moved her into the #2 overall spot for Orange County athletes right behind Ashley Bethel’s mark of 18’6.25 (Mission Viejo, 1992). March 12th, Ruotolo competed in the triple jump, her leap of 39’0.25 also paced her #2 in Orange County behind Michelle Sanford’s mark of 39’7.75 (Woodbridge 2003).
Ruotolo is on a roll and looking forward to move up the outdoor top marks list for Orange County track and field athletes.
Stats based on the 2016 track and field history books (updated 7/16).
Mater Dei LEAP Squad’s Sophia Chiaramonte leaps into the record books at the 4th Annual South County Classic record books. Chiaramonte won the long jump and set the meet record with her first jump of the day, 18’1 ½. The Super Sophomore placed 2nd in the high jump with a clearance of 5’1 and a new personal best of 36’0 ½ in the triple jump which placed her 3rd in the competition. Last year as a freshman Chiaramonte suffered a hamstring injury which slowed her down and limited her to the high jump. Chiaramonte is yet another talented jumper to come out of the Mater Dei jumps program led by Coach Keinan Briggs.
“Sophia is very mature in the sport, she just gets it. Sophia is dedicated in the classroom, in the weight-room, and is a real student of the every event. The exciting part is she is only a sophomore.”
Maddy Canale was an athlete that came out to track her freshman year. She was about 5’3 and tiny. She was not that athletic. She could barely make the long jump pit and not at all for triple jump. A few weeks into season she got sick and missed a track meet then when she got back she rolled her ankle trying to make it into the pit for triple, ugh! Freshman year was a bust.
Sophomore year she came to the summer camp and applied herself to the best of her ability. To be honest, I thought she was going to quit. The summer training really paid off and she added high jump to her events. I want to say she got to 4’4 maybe. She was jumping 28’ by her sophomore year in the triple jump, which is below average for JV.
Junior year she busted her butt again improving in every event. I saw potential by the end of season for her to really be in a good position by senior year to make varsity. Maddy narrowly missed winning league in the high jump by one height.
Summer of her senior year, her mentality was just to complete what she started. I didn’t like that so I spoke with her about it. Long story short I told her she needed to step her game up. I had one spot open for varsity in the high jump but she needed to be jumping at 5’0 and jumping from the 32’ board in the triple. She did and passed my expectations. She finished with amazing marks and earned the Head Coaches Award from Rick Martinez. What an amazing career.
Valerie and Connor Peters, 6 year old twins have been with the team for about 4 months now and have survived among the giants of the high school and even middle school kids. They have held their own and competed in their first ever track meet. They did an amazing job. Did you peep the Hitch Kick in the making? Eh?