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Home Meets Keep Cougar Track, Field Team Busy
0416 Girls Relay
In the four-by-100 meter relay, Kaitlyn Jaime, far left, gets up to speed as she prepares to take the baton handoff from teammate Monique Williams and battle the Lady Bruins to the finish line. Marg Jackson/The Times

All four Escalon track teams (Varsity and JV boys, and Varsity and JV girls) saw double action at home this past week with the Hilmar Yellowjackets on Tuesday (April 8) followed by the Riverbank Bruins on Thursday, April 10.

“It’s tough to run two meets in three days,” noted Coach Roger Beeman, “but Tuesday was a reschedule of a previous rainout. The teams competed really well, and all our athletes got in some very good work. The varsity teams both split, and the JV kids did well.”

No JV dual meet scores, however, are kept in the Trans-Valley League.

The varsity girls topped Hilmar 95-37. Individual event winners for Escalon were Nora Nash (5:59 1600m), Ashley Carreira (1:12 400m), Caitlin Pehl (75'3" discus), Leone Rivers (4'6" high jump; 7'0" pole vault), Yajaira Salinas (2:38 800m), Nerieda Sanchez (15:44 3200m), and Kenzie Weible (11'11" long jump; 26'2" triple jump). Also scoring for the Cougars were Gillian Goodman and Monique Williams in the 100m hurdles; Salinas and Esmer Aguayo in the 1600m; Kaitlyn Jaime and Sarah Herth in the 400m; Abby Liv in the 100m, triple jump, and long jump; Rivers in the 300m hurdles and 200m; Weible in the high jump; Nash and Jennie Van Lewen in the 800m; Aguayo and Kelly Brown in the 3200m; and both Escalon relay teams were victorious.

“As much as Escalon’s girls dominated Hilmar on Tuesday, Riverbank routed Escalon on Thursday, 43-92,” explained Beeman. “The Cougars had only two event winners: Carreira in the 400m and Cydney Keener in the high jump.”

Also placing were Herth (100m hurdles, 400m), Isabella Lopez (shot put), Salinas (1600m, 800m), Sanchez (1600m 800m), Liv (100m, long jump), Rivers (300 hurdles, 200m, pole vault, high jump), Aguayo (3200m), Keener (triple jump), and Weible (high jump, long jump, triple jump).

“Both our boys’ team and our girls’ team are better and deeper this year,” Beeman pointed out. “Both lost to Hilmar last year and were blown away by Riverbank. Obviously, we’ve passed Hilmar, and we’ve gained on Riverbank. We have mostly sophomores and juniors – with several very talented freshmen – and we’re all really excited for the future of the program. We have only a few seniors, but they are experienced winners and make great leaders and role models for the younger kids.”

The varsity boys beat Hilmar 83-53. Event winners were Reese Huff (13.7 100m), Matt Gallego (142'9" discus), Blaine Nebe (38'11" shot put), David Esparza (10' pole vault; 35'9" triple jump), and Christian May (5'8" high jump; 24.9 200m, 17'2 long jump). Also scoring for the Cougars were Caleb Hansen and Luis Estrada (110m high hurdles and 300m hurdles), CJ Gumbs (400m; high jump), Gio Hermosillo (400m), Cameron Huff (100m and 200m), Nebe and Brock Neal (discus), Gallego and Gonzalo Gonzalez (shot put), Trevor Weinbrecht and Trevor Campa (pole vault), Gallego (high jump), Marcus Williams (100m), Luga Mendoza (800m and 3200m), and Damien Paroqua (triple jump).

The boys fell to Riverbank 51-85. Christian May again led the Cougars with wins in three events: 100m (11.6), long jump (17'5), and high jump (5'10). Caleb Hansen was a double winner, taking the high hurdles (18.2) and the intermediate hurdles (46.6). Samuel Lattig won the 400 (56.2). Also placing for the Cougars were Luis Estrada (110m hurdles and 300m hurdles), Matt Gallego (discus, shot put, and high jump), Blaine Nebe (shot put), Reese Huff (100m), Cameron Huff (200m), Ulisses Ramirez (long jump), and David Esparza (triple jump and pole vault).

Escalon hosts Orestimba and Modesto Christian on Thursday for a TVL double dual meet.