Conor McCullough ’09 Invited to Rio Olympic Games

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Conor McCullough ’09, Rudy Winkler, and Kibwe Johnson at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field on July 7, 2016. Photo: USA Track and Field

Chaminade alumnus, Conor McCullough finished in the top three of the hammer throwing competition of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field and has been invited to the U.S. Olympic Team. McCullough threw 74.16 meters for a third place finish during the trials in Eugene, Oregon.

After graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory in 2009, he first attended Princeton University, and later transferred to USC. In 2015, McCullough won the NCAA outdoor championship. He won a gold medal in the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships, as well as a silver medal in the 2008 competition.

Hammer throwing is a family tradition for McCullough – his father, Conor McCullough, Sr. competed in the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games for Ireland.

T.J. Brock is the two-time, 100-meter state champion

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T.J. Brock ’16 is the two-time, 100-meter state champion with a race time of 10.43 during the CIF state track and field championships. His winning time last year was 10.34. In the fall, he will attend USC, where he will run track for Trojans.

In Chaminade baseball news, catcher Nick Kahle ’16 was named Mission League MVP. Blake Rutherford ’16, Anthony Acosta ’16, and Blake Mann ’17 were named First-Team All-Mission League; and Tommy Costello ’16 and Blake Solis ’16 named Second-Team All-Mission League.

Five Chaminade Seniors Sign Letters of Intent

Five Chaminade seniors signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and committed to three Pac-12 athletic programs this afternoon.

  • TJ Brock, runs track for Chaminade and is last year’s 100 meter state champion. He also plays both sides of the ball for Eagle football as a wide receiver and defensive back. Next year he will run track for the USC Trojans.
  • Tommy Costello, a left-handed pitcher on the Eagle baseball team, will play baseball for the University of Washington.
  • Valerie Higgins is a guard on the Southern Section Open Division champion Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. She will play basketball for USC.
  • Nick Kahle, catcher for Chaminade baseball will attend the University of Washington and play baseball.
  • Blake Rutherford, who plays centerfield on the Chaminade baseball team, will join the UCLA Bruins.

Earlier in the week, Cayman Coughlin signed her NLI to play softball for Colgate University.

Congratulations to our student athletes for their commitment and dedication!

Track Team Wins Two State Titles

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Chaminade’s TJ Brock reacts after running the anchor leg in their win in the 4×100 meter relay at the CIF state track & field championships. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

After the CIF State Track and Field Championships held in Clovis on Saturday, June 6, Chaminade has two more titles to add to its list of athletic accomplishments. After qualifying in four events, the 4×100 relay, 400 meter, 100 meter, and 200 meter, the Eagles placed first in the relay and 100, and second in the 400. This earned them 28 points, and the team tied for second place with St. John Bosco in the boys’ team title.

TJ Brock ’16 ran the 100 meter race in 10.34 seconds, and is now the fastest teenager in the state of California this year. This was his first individual state championship title.

The 4×100 relay team also took first place with a time of 40.75 seconds. It was a personal record (PR) for Jordan Chin ’16, Reggie Hughes ’18, Greg Campbell ’15, and Brock; and is the tenth best time in the country.

Campbell also ran in the 400, in which he placed second with a time of 46.97 seconds. This was a PR for him.

Eagles eyeing relay history

Posted: May 31, 2012, Daily News, Los Angeles

After becoming the first area program to win the Masters title in the boys’ 4 x 400 relay May 25, Chaminade is attempting to secure an even bigger prize at the state meet.

No local boys’ track and field program has won a 4 x 400 state title, but the Eagles are the top qualifiers with their state-leading mark of 3:15.28.

Kennedy captured girls’ 4 x 400 state titles in 1980 and ’81, led by sisters Sherri and Denean Howard.

Senior Jared Dinowitz has sacrificed prom and graduation commitments to continue to compete for Chaminade, which boasts talented juniors Isaiah Bernard, Elijah Dunston and Terrell Newby.

Harry Brockington teams with Bernard, Dunston and Newby on the Eagles’ 4x 100 relay, as Chaminade joins Taft as the area’s only boys’ track and field program to have teams qualify for state prelims in both relays.

Oaks Christian and Taft are the only local girls’ programs to have both relays advance to state.