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Cougars Fall To Indians In TVL Track, Field
Escalon’s Katie Avila, shown here during earlier season action in Oakdale, scored points for the Lady Cougars in their recent meet with Ripon, finishing second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles. Marg Jackson/The Times

The Escalon track and field team battled the Ripon Indians on Wednesday, March 27 in Trans-Valley League action.

The boys team fought hard, going toe to toe with the Indians but lost by the slimmest of margins, 68-67. An exciting 4x100m race with both teams posting the exact times, resulted in a final judge’s decision giving Ripon the win in that event.

“Initially it was too close to call,” reported head coach Carrie Nash. “We had to spend some time looking at the finish line camera to make the final decision.”

The boys had a strong showing in the 1600m, 4x400m relay, shot put and discus, shutting Ripon out from earning any points in those events.

The girls team took a loss with the final score Ripon 104 and Escalon 20. Sophomore Briana Briones-Chavarria had two solid performances in the 800m and the 1600m, shaving a second off her 800m time and earning second in both events. Katie Avila scored points finishing second and third in the 300m and 110m hurdle races, respectively, while junior Andrea Martinez finished third in both throwing events. Sophomore Kalynn Cavanaugh was third in the 100, and long jump and tied for second with teammate Rachel Farley in the high jump, Alexis Barron finished third in the triple jump and freshman Belen Lechuga-Soto was third in the 400m.

Boys Results: 100m 3rd Kaidence Trejo (11.88); 200m 1st Zach Pickett (23.26), 3rd Trejo (24.84), 4th Garrett Nash (25.26); 400m 1st Pickett (51.31), 3rd Nash (55.71), 4th Christopher Borrego (57.01); 800m 1st Juan Lopez (2:12.46), 4th Joshua Corrales (2:26.35); 1600m 1st Lopez (5:04.16), 2nd Moises Grajeda (5:12.68); 3200m 1st Braiden Vega (11:38.79); 110m hurdles 4th Alex Jimenez (19.25); 300m hurdles 3rd Alex Jimenez (46.84); 4x400m relay 1st Escalon (Nash, Jimenez, Lopez, Pickett 3:41.06); Shot Put 1st Nathan Luis (36-09.00), 2nd John Strand (34-11.00), 3rd Jacob Sizelove (33-02.00); Discus 1st Mitch Cole (108.11), 2nd Edwin Salguero (104-01) 3rd Jacob Sizelove (101-11); High Jump 2nd Chase Granis (5-04.00), 3rd Alex Mendoza (5-02.00), 4th Jonathon Valeriano (5-02.00); Long Jump 2nd Chase Granis (19-10.50), 3rd Alex Jimenez (18-11.00), 4th Frank Leal (18-09.00); Triple Jump 3rd Isaias Martinez (35-00.00).

Girls Results: 100m 3rd Kalynn Cavanaugh(13.69); 200m 5th Koren Rodriguez (29.84); 400m Belen Lechuga-Soto (1:12.15); 800m 2nd Briana Briones-Chavarria (2:31.05); 110 hurdles 3rd Katie Avila (20.62), 4th Rachel Farley (22.13); 300m hurdles 2nd Katie Avila (1:01.95); Shot Put 3rd Andrea Martinez (25-04.00); Discus 3rd Andrea Martinez (83-11); High Jump 2nd Rachel Farley (4-04.00) 2nd Kalynn Cavanaugh (4-04.00); Long Jump 3rd Kalynn Cavanaugh (14-07); Triple Jump 3rd Alexis Barron (27-08.50); 4th Belen Lechuga-Sota (27-03.5).

The Cougars will be away this week at Hilmar. The Wednesday, April 3 meet begins at 3:30 p.m. They will also travel to Pacific Grove to compete in the annual Pacific Grove Rotary Invite on Saturday, April 6.