The Escalon varsity track teams finished the regular season this past Thursday at the TVL Championship meet in Riverbank. Hughson won the girls division and the overall league title by doubling Escalon’s second place score 158-79.
“Escalon’s finish gave them sole possession of second place overall,” said head coach Roger Beeman. “Modesto Christian was third, followed by Ripon, Riverbank, Hilmar, and Mountain House.”
The Riverbank boys capped their undefeated dual meet season with a 121-115 victory over Hughson in the Championship meet. Ripon finished third, followed by MC, Escalon, Mountain House, and Hilmar. Escalon’s finish placed them fourth overall in league, and their narrow two-point loss to Riverbank in early April showed how close the boys’ competition was this year.
The Lady Cougars were led by Yajaira Salinas’s first place in the 800m (2:23.47) and second place in the 400m (59.61). Sidney Lima took second in the 300m hurdles (50.17) and third in the 100m hurdles (17.84). Jackie Lau was third in the 100m (13.21), and Jessikka Gonzales was third in the high jump (4’8) and fifth in the triple jump (30’3). Mary Valencia was fourth in the long jump (14’10.5) and triple jump (30’7.5) and sixth in the high jump (4’4). Ashleigh Carreira was sixth in the 200m (29.09), Gabby Rigg was sixth in the 400m (65.72), and Kimi Boss and Mikayla Vega tied for fifth in the pole vault (6’6). Annie Wyrick was fourth in the 100m hurdles (18.54) and fifth in the 300m hurdles (55.18). Wyrick, Lima, Lau, and Rigg ran both relays to second place finishes (4x100 53.71, 4x400 4:20.44).
The boys were led by Luis Estrada’s second place in the 300m hurdles (43.53) and fourth place in the 110m hurdles (17.23) and Fernando Martinez-Barba’s second in the 110s (17.23) and fifth in the 300s (45.09). Christian Brunetti and David Escove-Eaton both took thirds. Brunetti jumped 40’2.25 in the triple jump and Escove threw 124’11 in the discus. Fourth place went to Cameron Puthoff (long jump 18’10.75), Ryan Cavanaugh (10’6 in the pole vault), and the 4x100 relay team of Rex Robbins, Josh Teske, Brunetti, and Chase Granis (46.48). Fifth places went to Blake Stone (high jump 5’6), Robbins (200m 24.10), Teske (pole vault 10’), and the 4x400 relay team of Robbins, Zach Pickett, Luga Mendoza, and Brunetti (3:47.16). Eddie Calderon (1600m 5:05.26) and Pickett (high jump 5’4) earned sixth places.
The top three finishers in each event advance to the Section Divisional Meet at Stanislaus State on Tuesday and Thursday. Fourth and fifth place finishers advance as event alternates. The top five at Divisionals will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Masters Meet the following week in Elk Grove.