Boys Virtual Quarters: Upland vs. Santa Margarita

Namir Hemphill and Upland had their top seeding tested to the limit by Justin Caragao and a deep lineup at Santa Margarita in this virtual dual quarterfinal meet. (Credits: Jeffrey Parenti/Patrick Corsinita)
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. 1 Upland (SS) vs. No. 9 Santa Margarita (SS)

Santa Margarita had an 18-0 advantage in the throws and split the relays, but top-seeded Upland had an advantage in every other event group and that was just enough -- by the narrowest margin of the tournament -- to advance to the final four in the boys bracket of the MileSplitCA March Madness Virtual Dual Meet Tournament.

The 68.83-67.16 victory sends Upland (SS) into the championship semifinals against No. 12 Trabuco Hills (SS). The other semifinal is No. 3 Buchanan (CS) against No. 18 Mission Viejo (SS). 

Leading the way for Upland again was versatile senior Namir Hemphill, who had top marks in the 100m and triple jump. Sophomore Delaney Crawford had the fastest time in the 200m and put up 11 points in the sprints, senior Romeo Zendejas was first in the 1600m and contributed nine points, senior Jeremiah Castellano won the 3200m and was second in the 1600m, and freshman Kai Graves-Blanks won the 110m hurdles and was second in the 300m hurdles. 

Santa Margarita got points from 17 athletes led by seniors Michael Ventura and Justin Caragaoand junior Zack Morris. Ventura won the 300m hurdles, was second in the 110m hurdles and had the No. 3 time in the 200m. Caragao had the fastest time in the 400m and just edged out Ventura for second in the 200m. Morris was the Eagles top scorer as part of that throws sweep. He had the top mark in the discus and equalled the No. 2 mark in the shot.

100 Meter Dash
1Namir Hemphill2020Upland High (SS)10.91 5
2Delaney Crawford2022Upland High (SS)10.98 3
3Jalen Jones2022Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)11.12 1
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200 Meter Dash

1Delaney Crawford2022Upland High (SS)22.05 5
2Justin Caragao2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)22.57 3
3Michael Ventura2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)22.72 1
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400 Meter Dash

1Justin Caragao2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)49.40 5
2Delaney Crawford2022Upland High (SS)49.51 3
3Tyler Whitman2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)51.84 1
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800 Meter Run

1Joshua Homan2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)2:03.56 5
2Romeo Zendejas2020Upland High (SS)2:04.28 3
3Nicholas Ruiz2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)2:08.01 1
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1600 Meter Run

1Romeo Zendejas2020Upland High (SS)4:33.38 5
2Jeremiah Castellano2020Upland High (SS)4:34.70 3
3Troy Coulston2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)4:46.88 1
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3200 Meter Run

1Jeremiah Castellano2020Upland High (SS)9:54.72 5
2Troy Coulston2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)10:05.30 3
3Romeo Zendejas2020Upland High (SS)10:19.16 1
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110 Meter Hurdles

1Kai Graves-Blanks2023Upland High (SS)14.79 5
2Michael Ventura2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)15.26 3
3Davis Davis-lyric2023Upland High (SS)15.39 1
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300 Meter Hurdles

1Michael Ventura2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)38.80 5
2Kai Graves-Blanks2023Upland High (SS)40.92 3
3Davis Davis-lyric2023Upland High (SS)41.18 1
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4x100 Meter Relay

1Upland High (SS)42.17 5

4x400 Meter Relay

1Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)3:24.86 5

High Jump

1Jake Quinlan2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)6-1 5
2James Martin Iv2020Upland High (SS)5-6 3
3Dylan Tran2022Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)5-4 0.5
3Zivan Ardines2023Upland High (SS)5-4 0.5

Long Jump

1Jailen Burrell2021Upland High (SS)20-8 5
2Brayden Holmes2023Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)20-6.5 3
3Eric Shepard2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)19-9 1
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Triple Jump

1Namir Hemphill2020Upland High (SS)49-11 5
2Eric Shepard2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)39-2 3
3James Martin Iv2020Upland High (SS)36-9 1

Pole Vault

1Michael Deberry2020Upland High (SS)12-0 5
2Erik Ronquillo2022Upland High (SS)9-0 1.333
2Spencer Hogan2022Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)9-0 1.333
2Tanner Swanson2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)9-0 1.333

Shot Put

1Derek Wilkins2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)45-2 5
2Jaren Harris2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)44-5 2
2Zack Morris2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)44-5 2
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1Zack Morris2021Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)132-9 5
2Jason Schillig2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)129-2 3
3Jaren Harris2020Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)125-7 1
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Team Scores

1Upland High (SS)68.83
2Santa Margarita Catholic High (SS)67.16

Next: Upland will be scored against Trabuco Hills for a spot in the virtual dual boys championship.