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JV Cougar Girls First, Boys Third At Frosh Soph Invitational
Friday was a busy day for track and field participants in Escalon, with the annual Escalon Sunrise Rotary Frosh-Soph Invitational, running hand in hand with the Trans-Valley League championship JV meet.

Scores in the frosh-soph invitational for the boys saw Ripon claim the top spot with 96 points, followed by Riverbank with 80, Escalon at 50 and Hughson at 42.

"We did much better in dual meets during the season," noted coach Roger Beeman, but added that many members of the boys frosh-soph squad were able to take home honors from the event.

"We had a couple of individual winners, Aaron Dizon went 19-4 to win the long jump, Ethan Turner cleared 5-4 to take the high jump," Beeman explained. "There were several other medal winners in individual events and relays."

Escalon's boys participated in five different relays during the course of the afternoon. They included the traditional 4-by-100 and 4-by-400, along with a sprint medley, distance medley and the popular 'throwers relay,' where participants who normally focus on shot put and discus had the chance to run.

"All the kids who ran in the relays medaled," Beeman said. "And we did have a good day individually."

The Escalon girls, who had gone through the dual meet season undefeated, kept that streak intact, outdistancing the field by putting up an even 100 points. Riverbank was second with 87, followed by Hughson at 51, Ripon at 41.

Individual event winners for the Lady Cougars were Courtney Russell, 4-2, high jump; Anna Baglione, 1600, 7:23; Mercedes Henke, 26-1, triple jump; Jenna Price, 8-0, pole vault.

"We had lots of other (medal) winners too, and we actually swept the high jump, Audrey Haarberg was second, followed by Jessica May and Cassie Mendoza," said Beeman. "That may have been the difference in the meet, that sweep accounted for 12 points."

Escalon was just 13 points better than Riverbank, so taking the category helped them take the win.

"We had the opportunity to run relays with the girls as well and a championship is always a nice deal," Beeman said.

The day was bright and sunny, with a bit of a breeze, so the conditions were conducive to a good track and field meet. Several members of the Escalon Sunrise Rotary were on hand to serve as timers and assist with the awards and paperwork, while varsity track and field members also donated some time, helping run the various events.

The team is back in action today, Wednesday, May 13 at San Joaquin Delta College, for the Trans-Valley League finale.

"We qualified 38 of our boys and 31 of our girls," Beeman said. "Most of those kids are doing multiple events."

Field events start at 10 a.m. with the track events beginning at 1 p.m.