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Girls Grab Track And Field Title, Boys Take Second
First place for the girls, second place for the boys.

Not a bad way to wrap up the Trans-Valley League campaign for Escalon's track and field squads.

The girls rose to the occasion and outclassed the rest of the TVL in the league meet on Wednesday at Modesto Junior College, piling up 96 points. Riverbank was second with 86, followed by Ripon, Hughson and Modesto Christian.

The boys took second to Riverbank, with Hughson third, Ripon fourth and Modesto Christian fifth.

"The girls are the TVL champions and the boys were second, our only (boys) loss (in league) was to Riverbank in a dual meet and we have 15 kids advancing individually to Sections," head coach Roger Beeman said, extremely pleased with the effort from his squads.

The girls were able to come away with some league champions as well. Pearl Rivers took first in the 800 at 2:24.5 to earn championship honors, as did the 4-by-100 meter relay team, setting a new school record in 4:19.9.

Runners were Corissa Bolls, Jenna Price, Khrista Delucchi and Rivers.

Bolls, meanwhile, was league champion in the high jump at 4-6 and Delucchi took first in the pole vault at 9-0. Stephany Anserlian claimed a league title in discus, 98-1 and Haley Kendrick was first in the shot put, 31-9.

Along the way, there were multiple finishers in second through fifth places, all earning points for the Lady Cougars on the way to the title.

"Our girls did really well in the field events," said Beeman, "plus we had five individual champions."

Delucchi was third in the 100, 13.36; Bolls was fourth, while Price took fifth in the 200 at 29.6 and Patrice Rivara was seventh. Rivers took third in the 400 in 64.52; Sierra Lionudakis was sixth in the 800 and Kelly Irons ninth. Rivers was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:32, Lionudakis seventh and Samantha Cuddy 11th, while freshman Lionudakis rounded out a busy day with a fifth place finish in the 3200 in 13:45.

Mercedes Henke was seventh in the high hurdles in 20.6 and Cheyenne Jacobs 10th, with Rivara 12th in the low hurdles at 64.46. The 4-by-400 team was fourth.

Katie Cavanaugh took second behind Kendrick in the shot put, Kendra Huntley was sixth, Taylor Huntley was seventh and Anserlian eighth, for five Lady Cougars placing in the top 10 of that event. Hannah Conner was 12th.

Kendra Huntley was third in the discus, Cavanaugh fifth, Taylor Huntley seventh and Kendrick ninth.

Jenna Price was fourth in the high jump, with Cassie Mendoza and Cavanaugh tied for eighth. Alexa Dimas was 11th. Price took second in the pole vault behind Delucchi and Rivara was eighth.

In the long jump, Delucchi was second at 15-9, followed by Bolls in third, Jacobs ninth and Jessica May 11th. Henke was sixth in the triple jump at 27-9, with May seventh and Allyson Liv taking 10th.

The top three finishers in each event move on, with the fourth as an alternate.

"Our girls were spectacular, they really came through," Beeman said. "We needed every point we got, all those fourths and fifths really made the difference."

On the boys side, Riverbank had the early lead but Escalon stayed within striking distance until the final few events, when the Bruins pulled away to win it by more than 30 points. The boys had four individual champions, with Matt Barnum winning the 1600, Philip Plott winning the high hurdles, Alec Carpenter taking the 300 hurdles and Brandon Cavanaugh winning the discus.

Barnum ran the 1600 in 4:38 to claim the league championship in that event, with Plott scorching the high hurdles in 16.16. Freshman Carpenter turned in a time of 42.66 to become league champion in the 300 hurdles and Cavanaugh sent the discus 161-5 to claim that crown.

In the 100 meters, Aaron Dizon was third in 11.53, followed by Steve Silva fourth, Mason Silva sixth and Patrick Payan ninth. The 200 saw Plott take fifth in 24.29 and Steve Silva take seventh.

Alec Carpenter was third in the 400, 54.19, with Landon Gonzales seventh and Justin Rey eighth. Matt Barnum was second in the 800 in 2:04 and Clancy Casteel was 11th.

"He tweaked a hamstring last week, so he wasn't 100 percent," Beeman said of Casteel, having a tough end to his senior season.

Casteel was 10th in the 1600, Josh Proch took 12th. Barnum was fifth in the 3200 in 11:23, Stuart Eachus 12th and Proch 13th.

Scott Nunes was fifth in the high hurdles, with Charles Weckerly seventh, Ethan Turner eighth, Luke Van Tassel ninth and Alec Carpenter 10th. Plott was second in the 300 hurdles behind Carpenter, with Van Tassel fourth, Turner eighth and Weckerly 10th.

The 4-by-100 team was fifth but the 4-by-400 team took second and will move on to Sections, the foursome of Barnum, Plott, Dizon and Carpenter running a 3:36.

In the field events, J.D. Visser took second in the shot put at 47-7, with Cavanaugh sixth. Visser was third in the discus, Nijoel Meyer seventh, Steven Hazen eighth and Nate Caton ninth. Turner took fifth in the high jump at 5-0, with Caton finishing seventh.

In the pole vault, sophomore Chaz Welborn earned second place honors at 12-3, with Gonzales fifth and Seth Chunn eighth. Tyson Pomicpic and Zach Sweyd tied for 10th, Tyler Yost took 12th.

The long jump saw Payan finish third at 18-8, with Dizon fourth. Chunn was fourth in the triple jump at 35-11 and Mason Silva fifth.

"For the guys, we knew it was going to come down to Riverbank and Escalon and our boys did what they could, but Riverbank is a good team," Beeman said, noting they just had too many weapons.

Section competition began on Tuesday, May 18 and continues on Thursday, May 20.