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Cougar Athletes Wrap Up Track, Field At Section Meet

Members of the Escalon track and field team traveled recently for Sac-Joaquin section competition. The meet was a Sac-Joaquin Division 4 and 5 meet. Both divisions compete separately.

The winners from each division plus the next two fastest times or marks from either division advance to Masters. Head coach Carrie Nash said while there were some strong efforts, there were no Cougars qualifying to move on.

“The girls 4x100 meter relay of Sammy Lang, Lillian Brasil, Alyssa Ball and alternate Analise Silveira finished sixth in their heat in Wednesday’s preliminaries, running a season’s best time of 53.39,” Nash explained. “Although they didn’t qualify for Friday’s finals they competed and ran well in the race. They all run well together and as a coaching staff we are excited to have them back on the team next year.”

Sophomores Cali Granis and Alyssa Ball both competed in the 100m on Wednesday. In a very competitive field they finished 11th and 14th respectively, said Nash.

“It was a great experience for them to compete at this level. They are young, work hard and had an excellent postseason,” Nash added.

Granis placed eighth in the 200m in Wednesday’s preliminaries, qualifying her for the finals on Friday. She finished sixth in the Division 5 sectionals.

Preston Ball qualified in the discus and shot put. In the finals for discus on Wednesday, he threw 119'5" for a fifth place finish. In the shot put on Friday he threw 37'.25" for 11th place.

Qualifying as the Trans-Valley League’s alternate in the high jump, junior Owen Nash competed in Friday’s finals. He finished fourth in Division 5 and in the overall combined Divisions 4 and 5 rankings, was tied for fifth. The top four move on to Masters.

“Coming off a good practice week where he just focused on his high jump technique, he jumped really well,” said the coach.

He cleared 5"10" and just barely missed six feet, knocking the bar down with his foot.

“It was pretty impressive that he barely qualified for this meet and then did so well and almost advanced on to Masters,” Nash noted. “We are proud of all the kids that competed this week. This concludes our season.”