Boys Virtual Quarterfinal: Vista Murrieta vs. Mission Viejo

Junior Peter Costelli and Mission Viejo had a tough quarterfinal matchup against Michael Holland and his Vista Murrieta mates in this boys virtual showdown. (Credits: Frank Bellino/Zoe Medranda)
This article highlights the results of a quarterfinal-round dual as part of the MileSplitCA March Madness Virtual Meet Tournament. Virtual meets are scored based solely on 2020 results using the standard dual meet scoring points format of 5-3-1 for individuals and 5-0 for relays. Athletes are scored in no more than four events (although the program that processes the meet scores does not have access to individuals in a relay). Teams are limited to three athletes per event. Stay with us for the entire tournament to see which boys and girls teams reign supreme in this virtual meet format.

No. 10 Vista Murrieta (SS) vs. No. 18 Mission Viejo (SS)

The matchup of two of the highest-scoring boys teams in the tournament was decided by four points as No. 18 Mission Viejo (SS) eliminated No. 10 Vista Murrieta (SS) in the quarterfinal round of the MileSplitCA March Madness Virtual Dual Meet Tournament.

An eight-point advantage in the sprints appears to have made the difference here for the Diablos, led by junior Peter Costelli, who had the fastest time in the 100m and added three more second-place points in the 200m.

Mission Viejo also earned the lone five points in the 4x100 relay, undoubtedly including Costelli, whose 10.96 from a March 5 meet ranks CA No. 7 for wind-legal sprints achieved before the 2020 season was stopped. 

Mission Viejo, which equalled the highest point total of the tournament when it scored 114 in a first-round victory, survived here with just 70 points.

Vista Murrieta, which scored 103 in a second-round victory, had a six-point edge in the hurdles, led by eight points from senior Hunter Escorciaand a four-point margin in the throws, led by a double win from senior Edward Ta'amilo.

Mission Viejo senior John Burns was the virtual's only other double winner, claiming five first-place points in both the 400m and 300m hurdles.

Among other Mission Viejo boys to bring in points from multiple events: junior Luke Santagata (8 points) in the 800m and 1600m; senior Jaycen Cash (9) in the 110mH, high jump and triple jump; junior Bryce Bushnell (6) in the 200m and 400m, and junior Micah Carreon (4) in the discus throw and shot put.

For Vista Murrieta, senior Michael Holland contributed eight points (800m, 1600m), and junior 
Noah Murasmith added five points (800m, 1600m, 3200m).

100 Meter Dash

1Peter Costelli2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)10.96 5
2Emmanuel Jones2020Vista Murrieta (SS)11.29 3
3Mateo Licon2022Vista Murrieta (SS)11.31 1
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200 Meter Dash

1Bryce Bushnell2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)22.63 5
2Peter Costelli2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)22.98 3
3Jackson Weng2023Vista Murrieta (SS)23.27 1
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400 Meter Dash

1John Burns2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)50.05 5
2Tucker Moore2020Vista Murrieta (SS)51.15 3
3Bryce Bushnell2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)52.56 1
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800 Meter Run

1Michael Holland2020Vista Murrieta (SS)1:57.12 5
2Luke Santagata2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)1:58.57 3
3Noah Murasmith2021Vista Murrieta (SS)2:00.62 1
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1600 Meter Run

1Luke Santagata2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)4:22.11 5
2Michael Holland2020Vista Murrieta (SS)4:23.57 3
3Noah Murasmith2021Vista Murrieta (SS)4:27.18 1
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3200 Meter Run

1Jack Lawson2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)9:39.57 5
2Noah Murasmith2021Vista Murrieta (SS)9:43.73 3
3Malachi Davis-mcclaron2020Vista Murrieta (SS)9:51.18 1
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110 Meter Hurdles

1Hunter Escorcia2020Vista Murrieta (SS)14.60 5
2Jeremy Rack2020Vista Murrieta (SS)15.44 3
3Jaycen Cash2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)15.76 1
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300 Meter Hurdles

1John Burns2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)39.06 5
2Hunter Escorcia2020Vista Murrieta (SS)41.23 3
3Tucker Moore2020Vista Murrieta (SS)41.27 1
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4x100 Meter Relay

1Mission Viejo High School (SS)42.29 5

4x400 Meter Relay

1Vista Murrieta (SS)3:38.57 5

Triple Jump

1Jaycen Cash2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)43-8 5
2Brandon Williams2020Vista Murrieta (SS)43-2.5 3
3Reuben Lopez2022Mission Viejo High School (SS)42-5 1
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High Jump

1Ke'shawn Mattear2021Vista Murrieta (SS)6-4 5
2Jaycen Cash2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)5-10 3
3Christopher Cooper2023Mission Viejo High School (SS)5-6 1
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Long Jump

1Simeon Gillian2022Mission Viejo High School (SS)20-3 5
2Jack Irving2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)20-0.5 3
3Reuben Lopez2022Mission Viejo High School (SS)19-8 1
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Pole Vault

1Kendal Gibbs2020Vista Murrieta (SS)15-0 5
2Tristen Douglas2021Vista Murrieta (SS)13-6 3
3Cole Schroeder2022Mission Viejo High School (SS)10-6 0.5
3Micah Krosby2022Mission Viejo High School (SS)10-6 0.5
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1Edward Ta'amilo2020Vista Murrieta (SS)172-2 5
2Micah Carreon2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)129-11 3
3Anthony D'ambra2022Vista Murrieta (SS)117-11 1
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Shot Put

1Edward Ta'amilo2020Vista Murrieta (SS)52-10 5
2Lance Kenely2020Mission Viejo High School (SS)48-1 3
3Micah Carreon2021Mission Viejo High School (SS)45-4 1
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Team Scores

1Mission Viejo High School (SS)70
2Vista Murrieta (SS)66

Next: Mission Viejo will be scored against No. 3 Buchanan (CS) for a spot in the boys championship.