Sanger girls relay team shine at Metric Classic

Apache girls 4x100 quartet improves on own best time by clocking 48.16 seconds for 24th best time in state this spring, hurdler star at Dinuba Invitational

Sanger High senior Clara Wagner, shown running the second leg of the Apache girls school-record 4x100 meter relay race, also finished second in  the girls 100 meters (clocking a PR 12.39 seconds) and 200 (25.05 seconds) and fourth place in the long jump (16 feet, 9 inches) at the Sanger Metric Classic on April 20 at Dodson Field (Jon Earnest)
Sanger High senior Clara Wagner, shown running the second leg of the Apache girls school-record 4x100 meter relay race, also finished second in the girls 100 meters (clocking a PR 12.39 seconds) and 200 (25.05 seconds) and fourth place in the long jump (16 feet, 9 inches) at the Sanger Metric Classic on April 20 at Dodson Field (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published April 22, 2024  • 
11:00 am

SANGER – A school-record performance by host Sanger High’s girls 4×100 meter relay team highlighted regional schools’ finishes at the historic Sanger Metric Classic track and field meet.

The Apaches girls quartet of freshman Chloe Lopez, senior Clara Wagner, junior Allyson Daniel and senior Atianna Marquez improved on their own school record time, posting a time of 48.16 seconds to win the race on April 19 at Dodson Field. It was one of 10 top five finishes for Sanger High in the 66th running of the meet, formerly known as the Sanger Invitational and one of the first meets in the state to use metric distances.

Buchanan High captured both the boys and girls team titles with 195.5 and 169 points, respectively. Clovis East edged Lemoore by a point to finish second among boys teams, while Clovis West and Clovis placed second and third in girls.

Wagner finished second in both the 100 (a personal record 12.39) and 200 (25.05) sprints and placed fourth in the girls long jump (16 feet, 9 inches). Marquez had a PR (personal record) time of 12.48 to finish fourth in the 100 while taking third in the pole vault (10-6), and junior Alexa Vaca had the other top five girls finish with a third place in the 3200 in 11:45.14.

Top five boys finishers for Sanger were senior Daniel Galvez (fourth in 1600, 4:22.92; fifth in 3200, 10:00.26) and freshman Caleb DeLong (fourth in high jump, 5-10). Apaches athletes posted nine PR marks in the afternoon.

Reedley High turned in three top five finishes led by sophomore A’aliyah Matlock, who won the girls 300 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 48.46 seconds. The Pirates boys 4×800 meter relay team of junior Brett Mitchell, freshman Gil Luevano, sophomore Joel Mendoza and sophomore Luke Mitchell finished third in a season-best 8:28.25, while junior Lettie Walker finished fifth in the girls discus (107-2).

Parlier High senior Evan Torres ran two distance races, finishing second in the 3200 meters (9:39.23) and sixth in the 1600 (4:23.61). Senior Julian Ramirez was the only Dinuba High competitor at the Metric Classic, placing second in the discus in 175-01 and fourth in the shot put with a season-best 52-5.5.

Sanger West High athletes competed in 15 events, with the best finish coming from sophomore Tamehra Nichols, fifth place in the girls 100 with PR 12.57 and eighth in the 200 in 26.60. Nichols also anchored the Hornets’ eighth place girls 4×100 relay finish in a season-best time of 52.40 seconds. The SWHS girls 4×800 team took seventh place while the boys 4×100 relay squad finished eighth.

Mendoza a triple winner at Dinuba Invitational

Senior Avril Mendoza won three events to power Dinuba High’s girls to a fourth place team finish while senior Angel Sanchez posted two first place finishes to help the Emperor boys to a sixth place varsity finish at the annual Dinuba Invitational meet at DInuba High on April 19.

Mendoza ranked near the top in the Central Section in the girls 100 and 300 meter hurdles, placed first in both events in times of 15.82 and 45.32 seconds. Both were slightly off their PR times, but Mendoza also won the girls 200 in 26.02 and placed third in the 100 in 12.93. The Emperor girls scored 49.25 points to trail Liberty-Madera Ranchos (89.5), Golden West (63.75) and Hanford West (63). 

Sanchez also posted a sweep in the boys hurdle events, winning the 110 highs in 16.12 and 300 intermediates in a personal best time of 41.60 seconds. Before heading to the Sanger Metric Classic later in the day, Julian Ramnirez won the discus in 165-8 while sophomore Nicholas Lopez placed fourth with a PR throw of 128-2.

Immanuel High athletes won four varsity events, two in boys and two in girls. Sophomore Kalisitiane (Tipi) Aloua won the shot put in 46-2.5 while junior Micah Vossler won the long jump (21-9.5) and placed second in the triple jump (42-6.5). Sophomore Koen Ensz finished second in the 1600 meters in 4:39.35.

Top Eagles girls finishers were seniors Gaby Ramirez (won the 1600 in 5:26.41) and Mia Jones (first in the long jump with a PR mark of 16-6.5. Freshman Brielle Spomer took fourth in the pole vault in 7-6 while senior Bailey Krause placed in the discus (third in 99-5) and shot put (seventh in 28-3).

Schartmann wins seeded 800 at Mt. SAC

Immanuel High sophomore Lexi Schartmann starred against elite high school competition at the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) meet in Southern California on April 20. Schartmann captured the 800 meters invitational girls race with a PR time of 2:11.61. That topped her previous best time in the event by nearly seven seconds.

Immanuel will compete with fellow city school Reedley High and other schools from the section at the 79th annual Reedley Invitational on Friday, April 26 at Reedley High’s newly-refurbished track. Events begin at 3:30 p.m..

A highlight in the meet will be the inaugural Bob Seaman 1600 meter race for top seeded boys. The meet will honor the late Bob Seaman, legendary Reedley High distance runner who also competed at UCLA and at Olympics level events.

Jon Earnest
Reporter