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Cougars Enjoy Success At Calaveras Invitational
Three Escalon freshman girls competed in the 300 meter hurdles race during an earlier scrimmage at Oakdale High School. From left, Monique Williams, Annie Wyrick and Sydney Lima. DENNIS D. CRUZ/The Times


Escalon’s frosh-soph girls track team dominated the Calaveras Invitational, piling up 172 points on their way to the team title on Friday, March 13. Escalon was followed in the eight team field by Calaveras with 89 points and Bret Harte with 84. The Cougars were paced by five individual champions and one relay gold. Twenty-one girls won a total of 38 medals.

Yajaira Salinas won the 400m (1:02.13) and the 800m (2:36.42); Sarah Jade Brown won the shot put (26'6"); Jessica Gonzalez won the high jump (4'2"); Caitlin Pehl won the discus (79'11"); and the 4x400m relay team of Salinas, Nora Nash, Gabby Avalos, and Jennie Van Lewen won in 4:42.77. Three additional relay teams medaled: the 4x100 A Team (Alondra Rueda, Macie Chase, Gabby Rigg, and Jackie Lau) took 4th; the 4x100 B Team (Macey Wall, Gabby Avalos, Jessica Gonzalez, and Ashley Carreira) took 5th; and the 4x400 B Team (Carreira, Rigg, Annie Wyrick, and Sydney Lima) took 3rd.

Rueda and Carreira also took medaled in the 200m; Nash took second in both the 1600m and the 3200m; Wyrick and Monique Williams both medaled in both hurdle races, and Lima added a silver medal in the 300m hurdles. Pehl added a 5th place in the shot put; Alicia Williams placed third in the discus; Gonzalez picked up her third medal with a 5th in the triple jump; Hannah Murphy took second in the high jump; Cydney Keener took third in both the high jump and the triple jump; Grace Eckhardt scored fourth in the high jump; Kristen Gutierrez took 4th in the triple jump; and Van Lewen added thirds in both the pole vault and the 800m.

“It was a very impressive performance,” said Coach Roger Beeman. “We took 25 freshman and sophomore girls - the biggest of our four teams - and we medaled in virtually every event. We have quality athletes in all the events. It will be interesting to see how they stack up against the varsity girls they’ll see in league competition.”

The frosh-soph boys’ team found tough competition and tallied 32 points to finish fourth out of eight teams at the Calaveras Invitational. The Cougars were led by Rex Robbins, who medaled in all four of his events: 5th in the 100m and long jump, 4th in the 4x100m relay (with Christian Brunetti, Jake Lewis, and Josh Teske), and 2nd in the 4x400m relay (with Eddie Calderon, Noah Stime, and Lewis).

Calderon also finished 3rd in the 1600m; Lewis took 5th in the pole vault; and Brunetti was the team’s highest individual medalist with a 2nd in the triple jump at 31'3".

“We were missing some of our team,” explained Beeman. “We only took 11 guys, but six of them medaled - four earned multiple medals. We have several freshmen and sophomores who’ll fill spots on the varsity this year.”

This week, the varsity squad will see some action.

“We’re at Ripon on Wednesday for the Mother Lode League/Trans-Valley League Challenge, varsity only,” said Beeman. “Should be a good preview of League and Divisionals.”

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