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Cougars Battle Indians In TVL Track Meet
There wasn't enough time for the Escalon High School track to dry out and be prepared to host a meet, so the Cougars had to travel on Wednesday.

They went to Ripon, where they were able to make up a previously rained out Trans-Valley League battle and they came up short in both the girls and boys competition.

"We had some girls out sick and sore, we're nursing some injuries," head coach Roger Beeman said. "We lost 39 to 86 to Ripon but we did see good efforts from Sierra Lionudakis, Haley Kendrick and Leone Rivers, good scoring efforts from those three in many areas. When we get healthy, the girls are solid."

Ripon features a good team for both boys and girls this year, the coach added, and the boys battled to the end but didn't quite have enough to overtake the host Indians, with Ripon scoring 76 points to Escalon's 60 on the day.

"The big news there was the 13-6 pole vault by Chaz Welborn," Beeman said of the senior setting a new personal best and school record in winning that event with the "highlight of the meet" vault.

"We're a pretty young team but we've got some good leadership from the seniors," Beeman said.

There was a trio of double winners for the Cougars as well. Senior Ethan Turner won both the high hurdles (17.3) and intermediate (45.5) with exchange student Jacob Grasl taking the 400 (55.2) and 200 meters (23.8). Sophomore Julian Young brought home first place honors with a tie at 5-6 in the high jump and an 18-11 mark in the long jump.

"We had our chances to win but inexperience caught up with us in some events," Beeman said.

School is out this week for Spring Break and Beeman is hoping the rain forecast won't do too much damage to the already suffering EHS track.

"This year has been horrendous," Beeman admitted of trying to keep the track in decent shape for competition. "Hopefully we can host Riverbank next week."

The meet is scheduled at Escalon on April 11.