Wednesday, April 12 saw the Escalon Track and Field team travel to Ripon to host another home meet; their third TVL meet overall. The Indians boys and girls teams handed their Cougar counterparts losses in the second home meet the Escalon squads had to travel to.
“It was tough to take the double loss but we still had some solid performances from the kids,” said Head Coach Carrie Nash.
Continuing to stand out was junior Christian Brunetti, taking first in the triple jump and 100M while also helping the 4X100M team win that event. Brunetti also placed second in the long jump. Juniors Rex Robbins and Thaddeous Stern finished first and second in the 200M. Juan Lopez, just a freshman, continues to make his presence known, taking first with two personal bests in the 800M and 1600M events.
Yajaira Salinas and Nora Nash, both seniors, dominated the 800M. Nash also finished second in the 1600m and 3200m; giving her three second place finishes for the day. Sidney Lima and Annie Wyrick also managed a first and second for the Cougars in the 100M hurdles with Lima also capturing a first in the 300M hurdles. Newcomer Shelby McCune, a junior, took third in both the shot put and the discus while fellow junior Jessikka Gonzales finished second in the high jump with sophomore Alexia Johnson close behind in third place. Sophomore Mikayla Vega vaulted to a first place win in the pole vault.
Two days after winning the 800M in Ripon, Salinas competed in the prestigious Woody Wilson Meet held at UC Davis. With her ever-improving times, she was the only Cougar athlete to qualify to compete. She ran an impressive 2:16.81 finishing first overall; good enough to place her sixth in the Sac-Joaquin Section standings.
“It was an exciting race, she ran smart and dominated the field finishing about two seconds ahead of her closest opponent,” stated Nash. “We are double checking the record books. Her time puts her close to an EHS record for the event. Some school records could fall before the end of her career here at EHS.”