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Cougar Squads Split TVL Track, Field Meet With Bruins
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Escalon’s Sammy Lang makes the handoff to teammate Lillian Brasil in the first exchange of the four-by-100 meter race, the Lady Cougars battling the host Riverbank Lady Bruins. Escalon, with Lang, Brasil, Alyssa Ball and Cali Granis, won the event. Marg Jackson/The Times

In a busy afternoon, the Escalon track and field girls defeated Riverbank during Trans-Valley League competition while the host Bruin boys got the win over the Cougar boys.

The girls won by an 84-45 final in the April 6 meet.

“We swept the 100, 200, shot, discus and high jump, which earned us a lot of points,” noted head coach Carrie Nash.

In the 100, Cali Granis was first, followed by Alyssa Ball and Sammy Lang.

Lang took first in the 200, followed by Ball and Annie Silveira. Haylee Barajas was first in both the shot put and discus; Chloe Farley took second in both those events with Anya Peeples third in shot and Julie Warsing third in discus.

High jump winner was Alondra Gonzalez, followed by Emma Berchtold and Lillian Brasil.

“We also earned points in many other events,” Nash said of the strong performance from the girls. “Freshman Lauren Rodriguez was first in the 400, Jill Junquiero was third, Makenzie Mendes and Ryan Walker took second and third in the 800, Megan Fahey was third in the 1600 and 3200.”

Also, Katelyn Rodriguez and Ali Pence finished first and second in the 100m hurdles. Pence and Junquiero were first and second in the 300m hurdles.

The 4x100 team was first and featured Lang, Brasil, Ball and Granis. Lang and Granis were first and third in the long jump.

“It was a good day on the track and in the field for them,” said Nash.

The boys team battled but ultimately lost, scoring 58 points to Riverbank’s 87.

There were some solid performances, including some individual first place honors.

Ian Armstrong was second in the 100. Owen Nash and Logan Anderson were first and second in the 200. Nash claimed two more firsts, in the 400 and high jump.

“Logan Anderson was second in the long jump and high jump, bettering both of his marks significantly,” Nash noted.

In the 800, Derek Fragoso and Julian Borrego were first and second. Jose Calderon and Grady Fugett were second and third in the 3200, Julian Gonzalez was second in the 300m hurdles.

“Escalon boys swept the shot put, and discus and Caden Gonsalves was third in the long jump,” Nash added, with Gonsalves setting a new personal record mark of 19 feet, five inches.

Preston Ball, Casey Vassallo and Victor Romero were the top three in the shot put, while Ball, Stephen Percey and Romero were the top three in the discus.

“It was perfect weather for a track meet,” Nash said of the bright blue skies and light winds. “Overall the athletes’ times and marks are continuing to improve as our season is progressing and that’s what it’s all about.”

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A versatile track and field athlete, Preston Ball competes here in the long jump, after having placed first in both the discus and shot put against Riverbank. Marg Jackson/The Times