PREP ROUNDUP: West Coast Relays set for Saturday in Clovis

Unofficial preview of state track and field will draw 80-plus schools from around California including top teams in the region

Dinuba High’s Avril Mendoza starts her jump on an early hurdle on the way to a first place finish in the varsity girls 300 meter hurdles in a time of 45.26 seconds at the Sanger Easter Classic Track and Field meet at Dodson Field in Sanger on March 26. The senior also clocked a PR time of 15.48 seconds to take first in the varsity girls 100 hurdles. (Jon Earnest)
Dinuba High’s Avril Mendoza starts her jump on an early hurdle on the way to a first place finish in the varsity girls 300 meter hurdles in a time of 45.26 seconds at the Sanger Easter Classic Track and Field meet at Dodson Field in Sanger on March 26. The senior also clocked a PR time of 15.48 seconds to take first in the varsity girls 100 hurdles. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published April 8, 2024  • 
11:00 am

CLOVIS – Track and field fans will get a preview of the flavor surrounding next month’s CIF State Championships meet this weekend.

Athletes from more than 80 schools in California and surrounding states will converge on Buchanan High’s Veterans Stadium in Clovis — the regular site of the state meet — for the annual West Coast Relays event Saturday, April 13. The meet starts with field events at 10 a.m., and the first running event will go off at 10:30 a.m.

The Mid Valley Times region athletes from Reedley, Sanger and Dinuba and surrounding schools will participate in the meet. A limited number of athletes on April 6-7 participated at another major meet, the Arcadia Invitational in Southern California.

Dinuba High senior Avril Mendoza turned in a personal record (PR) time of 44.69 seconds in the open division of the varsity girls 300 meters to finish in eighth place. That’s also the second best mark in the Central Section this season behind only Liberty-Bakersfield senior Bella Turner, who won the race with a PR time of 43.13 seconds.

The Emperors’ Julian Ramirez competed in both the shot put and discus, posting a season best mark of 174 feet, 11 inches to finish 11th in the discus invitational class. He had fouls and didn’t post a mark in the open division shot put.

Sanger High’s distance medley relay 4000 meter quartet of junior Sawyer Pugliese, sophomore Robert Topete, senior Gerardo Zuniga and senior Daniel Galvez turned in a 10th place finish in the invitational race with a time of 10:27.94. Apaches freshman Caleb DeLong finished 14th in the boys open division high jump at 6 feet while senior Nathan Velasquez placed 17th in the rising stars shot put division at 45-9.

For Sanger’s girls, the 4×100 relay team of seniors Chloe Lopez and Clara Wagner, junior Alyson Daniel and senior Atianna Marquez clocked 49.13 seconds to finish 25th in the open division. 

Immanuel High sophomore Lexi Schartmann placed 19th out of 57 runners in the girls open 400 meters division with a time of 57.75 seconds.

BASEBALL

Rain delays resumption of CMAC, TCC games

Rain hitting the Central Valley late last week postponed the resumption of County Metro Athletic Conference and Tri-County Conference baseball schedules. Postponed games included Immannuel at Reedley on April 4 and Bullard at Sanger on April 5.

The Apaches (12-5, 1-3) lost 4-0 in Fresno against Garza High on April 3, and were scheduled to host the Knights in a makeup on April 8 (results were unavailable at press time). No makeup date had been announced for the Immanuel-Reedley game.

The Pirates (6-9, 2-1) were scheduled to play at Exeter (13-2, 2-1) while the Eagles (hosted Washington Union (10-5, 2-1) was home against Washington Union in a cross division game.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Sanger sweeps way to 3-0 CMAC start

Sanger High (23-4 overall) extended its County Metro Athletic Conference record to a perfect 3-0 with three-set sweeps at Madera (April 2) and home against Edison (April 3). The Apaches prevailed in a spirited three sets against the Coyotes, twice winning by 25-21 scores including set three.

Sanger has home matches this week against Garza High (17-10) on April 9 and Bullard (21-8) at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

Jon Earnest
Reporter