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Varsity, JV Track And Field Finally Get Chance To Shine
Back-to-back track and field meets kept the grounds around Engel Field hopping with activity this week.

The squad hosted both Orestimba and Modesto Christian in a Trans-Valley League meet on Wednesday, April 20 and the Escalon Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational served as the JV championship for TVL honors on Thursday, April 21. Both days featured lots of sunshine and warm spring-like temperatures.

On Wednesday, the girls were 88-8 winners over Modesto Christian, 81-15 victors over Orestimba.

"Our girls had a lot of good marks, a lot of nice times and they were glad to get a good workout in," said head coach Roger Beeman.

For the varsity boys, they won by a 99-37 score over Modesto Christian but lost a close one to Orestimba, 74 ½ - 61 ½.

"That really wasn't too much of a problem," Beeman noted of the loss. "We kept most of our younger kids out because they were running the next day. Orestimba doesn't haven't a lot of kids but they've got four or five of the top kids in the league."

With rainouts hampering the schedule, dual meets will not count for or against teams in the league standings this season; the league meet will determine the title winner so the loss to Orestimba doesn't hurt the Cougars.

"We got to work on a lot of things," Beeman said of the boys also having a busy day on Wednesday.

The Thursday meet featured just Trans-Valley League schools, with all seven sending full JV squads to the competition.

"Special thanks to the Escalon Sunrise Rotary Club, they sponsor this and help us run it, this meet wouldn't happen without them," Beeman said.

He also pointed to the efforts of parent volunteers, assistant coaches and the varsity track and field kids as helping pull off a smooth meet.

"Our JV girls were third with 56 points, second to Hughson with 60 and Riverbank with 81 so it was fairly close," Beeman said. "The boys had a tougher time, Riverbank won it with 80, Hughson and Ripon tied with 64 and we took fifth with 43 points, that was a little bit of a surprise, we thought we would be closer to those schools."

There were some good individual performances and plenty of the JV competitors took home medals for their efforts on the day.

"The girls did well in the throws, the 800 and 1600, we've had a good group of girls working hard all year," said Beeman.

Medals went through sixth place and top finishers for Escalon on the girls side included:

Sierra Lionudakis, first, 800, 2:49; second, 1600, 6:13; second, 4-by-400 relay team; Joslin Chadwick, first, 400, 1:10; Patrice Rivara, first, pole vault, 7-6; Haley Kendrick, third, discus, 77-9 and second, shot put, 29-1; Samantha Cuddy, second, 800, 2:51; Katie Cavanaugh, third, shot put, 28-11; fourth, discus, 71-4; sixth, high jump, 4-0.

Top finishers for the JV boys included Brett Cahoon, first, 110 hurdles, 17.7 and second, 300 hurdles, 49.5; Jacob Jones, sixth, 110 hurdles, 21.8 and sixth, 4-by-100 relay; Eric Gramatico, sixth, 400, 61.5; Josh Redding, second, pole vault, 10-0 and second, 200, 25.1; third, 4-by-400 relay.

Also, William Hart, pole vault, sixth, 7-0; high jump, sixth, 4-4; Lalo Cortes, second, shot put, 41-11; Tyler Yost, third, shot put, 41-7; Tyson Pomicpic, fifth, discus, 94-7.

Beeman said he was very pleased with the meet overall and the efforts of his JV team.

"It's a good place to perform, the weather was good," he noted of hosting the meet at Engel Field.

Next up will be a meet for JV and varsity against Hughson on Wednesday, May 4 and then the Trans-Valley League championship at Patterson on Wednesday, May 11.