January 20, 1989 |
As the athletic director at Rio Mesa High, it is Brian FitzGerald's job to support each of the school's athletic teams with equal enthusiasm. But one look at his office tells even the casual observer that this is not the case. True, the front half of a Spartan football helmet is mounted on a wall next to a framed 8 x 10 color glossy of All-Ventura County forward Eric Thomas launching a jump shot against Santa Barbara. But most of the office is adorned with track and field memorabilia.
June 30, 1989
Angela Burnham of Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, three-time state champion at 100 meters and two-time champion at 200 meters, was voted the Gatorade Circle of Champions national high school girls' track and field athlete of the year.
June 12, 1998
When Jayda Bailey of Taft High ran 54.20 seconds to win the girls' 400 meters in the City Section track and field championships at Birmingham High on May 28, she moved into sixth on the all-time region performer list. The following is a list of the top 10 performers from the region. Time, Individual, School, Year 50.87+, Denean Howard, Kennedy, '82 51.48, Sherri Howard, Kennedy, '80 52.91, Marion Jones**, Rio Mesa, '91 53.96, Kadrina Coffee***, Palmdale, '95 54.
June 11, 1989
Angela Burnham of Rio Mesa High placed second in the 100 meters in The Athletics Congress junior championships at Ohio State University on Saturday. The top two finishers in each event qualify for the national junior (for athletes 19 and under) team that will compete in a series of international meets next month. Burnham, who won her second consecutive titles in the 100 and 200 in last week's state championships at Cerritos College, was beaten by Stanford freshman Chryste Gaines (11.44 seconds to 11.55)
May 25, 1989 |
After winning different races in last week's Southern Section track and field finals, Angela Burnham of Rio Mesa High and Inger Miller of Muir will clash head to head in the 100 and 200 meters at the Masters meet at Cerritos College on Friday. The top nine performers--based on marks as opposed to places in their respective heats--from the section finals advanced to the Masters meet. The top five finishers in each event in Friday's meet will qualify for the state championships June 2-3. Burnham, the defending state champion in the 100 and 200, won both events in the 3-A Division meet with wind-aided times of 11.31 seconds and 23.68; Miller won her 4-A races in a wind-aided 11.53 and a legitimate 24.10.
March 23, 1988 |
Although Angela Burnham turned in the nation's fastest high school time in the 100-meter dash at the Alemany/Northridge Relays on Saturday, the Rio Mesa junior has yet to meet any of her goals. "She wants to go undefeated in high school competition, win the 100 and 200 at the state meet and qualify for the Olympic Trials in both sprints," Rio Mesa Coach Brian FitzGerald said. "She's very determined to accomplish all those things." The Olympic Trials qualifying times are 11.60 in the 100 and 23.