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Sweep Of Ripon For Cougar Track And Field Squads
Hosting the Ripon Indians in track and field on Wednesday, April 15, it was a very satisfying day for the Escalon Cougars. All four squads - JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls, varsity boys - came away with a Trans-Valley League victory.

The varsity boys were 97-39 winners, the varsity girls took a 101-35 win, with the JV boys just edging the Indians 57-53 and the JV girls getting a 25-10 win.

"We are kind of keeping track of scores for the JV but it will come down to the frosh-soph invite we host in May, that will likely be the championship meet," explained head coach Roger Beeman.

For the varsity boys, Ripon won five events out of the 16 and Escalon took 11, with the Cougars also getting plenty of second and third place points as well.

"Ripon won five events, which was pretty good, but we just had so much more depth," Beeman said. "We won both relays and swept three other events."

Key win came from Philip Plott, taking both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles, with Matt Barnum getting the hat trick, wining the 800, 1600 and 3200. David Pickhartz won the long lump and helped the four-by-100 relay team win.

Doyle Niu won the triple jump and took second in the high jump.

"He continues to improve rapidly and is one of our better workers," Beeman said of Niu. "There's not much David (Pickhartz) can't do, he does all three of our jumps and does our relays, we also like the way Philip Plott is running."

Brandon Cavanaugh took the discus and continues to post solid numbers.

"We also had some of our young kids doing well, guys like Ethan Turner and Luke Van Tassel," added Beeman.

High marks for their efforts also went to Clancy Casteel in the distance races, Casey Henke, Nijoel Meyer, Steve Silva and Craig Haarberg.

"On the varsity girls side, Rachel Leal won three events, she is one of our three-sport athletes and works very hard," Beeman said.

Leal swept the triple, high and long jumps for the Lady Cougars, while Stephany Anserlian took the discus and Nicole Hanson won both hurdles races.

"Pearl (Rivers) again won the 800, 1600 and 3200, with Khrista Delucchi taking the 400 and 200 ... we just have a group of girls that is incredibly strong."

Jennifer Masters ran solidly in the distance events, with Katie Carone and Jaycee Fox giving strong efforts in the jumping events.

"We also have several others scoring points for us, girls like Cassie Mendoza, Mercedes Henke, Corin Cherry, Melissa Langum and Jalyn Costa," Beeman said. "The girls just overwhelmed Ripon."

Action in the Trans-Valley League continues for the track and field team with a meet at home against Modesto Christian on Thursday, April 23 starting at 3:30 p.m.