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Strong showing for Escalon track, field athletes

At the Trans-Valley League Relays hosted at Hughson on Thursday, March 14, there were notable performances from several athletes.

There were 72 Cougar athletes taking part in four divisions, varsity boys, varsity girls, open boys and open girls.

“The open girls did amazing,” head coach Alejandro Garcia said, noting they took first place out of six competing schools. Varsity boys took fifth, while the varsity girls and open boys each took fourth out of the six schools.

“This event consists of mainly relays, which is a little different from regular meets,” Garcia said. “Athletes help each other to try to win a race as a team.”

The varsity girls 4-by-100 thrower relay featured girls who normally just do shot put and discus; they created a team with each member running one leg of the 4-by-100 and took first place in the event.

The varsity boys Distance Medley Relay saw four athletes, each taking a turn at the 1200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1600 meters.

“The team got a first place, holding off Riverbank by five seconds,” said the coach.

Senior Chloe Farley was the most awarded Cougar at the event.

“She came home with three gold medals,” said Garcia, with medals for the varsity discus and shot put as well as for the throwers relay race.

On Saturday, the track and field team headed to the Calaveras Invitational and again had an outstanding effort, said Garcia.

A total of 49 athletes made the trip. Taking third place overall honors were the varsity boys and the frosh-soph girls. The varsity girls were fifth, the frosh-soph boys were seventh and the Cougars came home with a total of 31 medals.

“Many athletes improved on their times and marks, which is great, and some tried nee events, like Co Northcutt, who had never done a 4-by-400 meter relay and helped the team secure a second place medal with a 54-second 400 meter lap.”

Freshman Kylie Fast also impressed, after struggling with injuries at the start of the season she ran the frosh-soph 1600 meter race where she clocked in a 5:43 mile, leading the pack for most of the race. Her time was faster than the varsity girls.

Top medal earners were Andrew Morales and Nate Millard, each winning four and Calan Crumbley with three.

“Overall, all athletes tried hard which made it possible for the team to score so well in their respective divisions.”