Cougars En­joy Suc­cess In Track, Field Events

Escalon Times - - SPORTS -

Weather co­op­er­ated this past week for Escalon track and field par­tic­i­pants, as the var­sity squad took part in the an­nual Trans-Val­ley League-Mother Lode League meet, hosted this sea­son at River­bank, and the JV Cougars were busy at the Calav­eras Meet in San An­dreas.

Head coach Car­rie Nash said the Trans-Val­ley League teams com­bined to win the meet over the Mother Lode schools, and sev­eral Cougars had strong per­for­mances. Eleven schools were rep­re­sented, and each team could only have two ath­letes in each event.

In the 100 me­ter low hur­dles, Sid­ney Lima took sixth in 18.51 and An­nie Wyrick was sev­enth in 19.04. Lima placed third in the 300 high hur­dles in 51.27. Gabby Rigg was third in the 200 me­ters, 27.96 while Ya­jaira Sali­nas took first in the 400 at 1:02.8 and Rigg was sixth, 1:05.5.

Also plac­ing first in the 800 was Sali­nas, in 2:23.0 with Gabby Ava­los sixth in 2:46.60. Nora Nash fin­ished sec­ond in the 1600 me­ters in 5:46.00.

In the field events, Jes­sikka Gon­za­les took third in the high jump for Escalon at 4-08.00; Alexia John­son was fifth at the same height but in more at­tempts.

Ash­leigh Strand fin­ished sev­enth in the shot put at 27-02.00 and first year track and field par­tic­i­pant Shelby McCune took fourth in dis­cus at 71-03.00.

The Cougar boys also turned in some top­notch ef­forts at the TVL-MLL Meet to help the TVL dom­i­nate.

Chris­tian Brunetti was fifth in the 100 low hur­dles, 11.6 and Josh Teske was ninth. Teske ran the 300 high hur­dles as well, fin­ish­ing third in 10-0.00. Zach Pick­ett was fifth in the 400 me­ters at 54.94; Rex Rob­bins was sixth in 55.04. Rob­bins also fin­ished eighth in the 800, 2:17.30.

In the 1600 me­ters, Eddy Calderon took sev­enth in 5:08; Troy Bedell was 11th in 5:18. The two also ran the 3200 for Escalon, Calderon fin­ish­ing fifth in 11:35; Bedell sev­enth at 11:54.

Cougar boys went fifth and sixth in the long jump, Chris­tian Brunetti fifth in 18-03.25 and Chase Gra­nis sixth with a jump of 1801.75.

Brunetti clamed first place hon­ors in the triple jump at 41-01.00.

Later in the week, JV ath­letes went to San An­dreas for the frosh-soph meet.

“There were nine schools that com­peted and medals went to the top five ath­letes,” Nash said. “A big stand­out was our sopho­more Zach Pick­ett who brought home four medals.”

Pick­ett took fourth place in the 200 me­ters, 25.23; he also took sec­ond in the 400 me­ters, 56.68; first in the high jump, 5-08.00 and teamed with Alex Men­doza, Tan­ner El­lis and Xavier Chavez for a sec­ond place show­ing in the 4-by-400 re­lay, 3:54.71.

JV boys round­ing out the top five for medals in­cluded Xavier Chavez, fifth, 800, 2:17; Juan Lopez, fifth, 1600 me­ters, 5:07; and Jay­den Lopez, fifth, 300 low hur­dles, 51.15.

Lady Cougar frosh-soph ath­letes in the top five of their events were Julia Casil­las, fifth, 100 me­ter high hur­dles, 21.21; Marissa Gon­za­les, fifth place, shot put, 21-09.5 and fifth place, dis­cus, 60-08.5; Kait­lyn Beall, third (1:00.6) and Mikayla Vega, sec­ond (57.66), in the 300 me­ter low hur­dles.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE TIMES

Se­nior Eddy Calderon was busy for the Cougars at the re­cent meet pit­ting Trans-Val­ley League schools be­tween the Mother Lode League schools, com­pet­ing in both the 1600 and 3200 me­ters, tak­ing sev­enth in the 1600, fifth in the 3200.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE TIMES

Com­pet­ing in the 300 high hur­dles at the Tran­sVal­ley – Mother Lode meet in River­bank were Sid­ney Lima, left, tak­ing sixth and An­nie Wyrick, right, fin­ish­ing sev­enth for Escalon.

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