PREP ROUNDUP: Section track and field divisionals this week

Sanger and Immanuel girls teams collect league T&F championships, Reedley girls swim 400 yard relay captures D-II section championship

Reedley High’s 4x100 yard freestyle relay team of  junior Kanada Enns, freshman Madison Nava, junior Sophia Milton and senior Grace Tademy celebrate on the award stand after capturing the Central Section Division II gold medal on May 4 at Sierra Pacific High pool in Hanford. The quartet posted a winning time of 3 minutes, 49.90 seconds to win by a little more than six seconds. (Rustin Moyer)
Reedley High’s 4x100 yard freestyle relay team of junior Kanada Enns, freshman Madison Nava, junior Sophia Milton and senior Grace Tademy celebrate on the award stand after capturing the Central Section Division II gold medal on May 4 at Sierra Pacific High pool in Hanford. The quartet posted a winning time of 3 minutes, 49.90 seconds to win by a little more than six seconds. (Rustin Moyer)
Jon Earnest
Published May 7, 2024  • 
11:30 am

SANGER – The top track and field athletes in the Mid Valley Times region this week are beginning their respective journeys to the California State meet later in the month.

Central Section championship meets take place in four divisions on Friday, May 10. Sanger High will host the Division 1 meet (4 p.m. field, 4:30 p.m. track) at Dodson Field in Sanger. Other meets with local schools will be D-II at Golden West HS in Visalia (2:30-3 p.m. for Dinuba High); D-III at Kingsburg High (3-4 p.m. for Reedley, Orosi and Sanger West); and D-IV at Caruthers High (2:30-4 p.m. for Immanuel, Orange Cove and Parlier).

Top qualifiers in these meets will advance to the Central Section Masters meet on Saturday, May 18 at Buchanan High’s Veterans Stadium in Clovis. Qualifiers from that meet will return to the same site for the CIF State Championships on May 24-25.

Regional schools are sending multiple qualifiers to section divisionals meets, with two girls teams emerging as champions at their respective league meets last week. The Sanger High girls scored 191 points to outlast Bullard High at the County Metro Athletic Conference meet in Sanger on May 2, getting seven individual wins from just two competitors. Immanuel High’s girls, meanwhile, compiled 130 points and collected four first place finishes in distance races to cruise past Kerman at the Tri-County Conference meet.

Sanger girls’ top girls performers in the CMAC meet were multiple champions Atianna Marquez (100 meters, 100 hurdles, high jump, pole vault) and Clara Wagner (200, 300 hurdles, long jump). Senior Marquez established new personal bests in all four events. Winners for the second-place Apaches boys were junior Sawyer Pugliese (3200) and junior Aaron Vilanova (pole vault in a PR 11 feet event).

Immanuel girls winners in the TCC meet were Lexi Schartmann (800 meters), Clara Riddle (1600), Gaby Ramirez (3200) and Mia Jones (100 hurdles). Eagles junior Micah Vossler was a boys double winner (300 hurdles, long jump) with PR marks.

Reedley High champions at the TCC meet for boys were  double winner Mauricio Herrera (800, 1600) and the boys 4×800 relay team of Brett Mitchell, Joel Mendoza, Gil Luevano and Herrera. Sophomore A’aliyah Matlock doubled in the 400 and 300 hurdles while other RHS girls winners were Lettie Walker (shot put) and Emily Pallesi (high jump).

At the West Yosemite League meet in Tulare on May 3, Dinuba had double winning champions in seniors Julian Ramirez (boys shot put and discus) and Avril Mendoza (girls 100, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles).

In the North Yosemite League meet at Dodson Field on May 3, Sanger West had first place finishes from Joseph Gutierrez (boys 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles in PR times), Nicholas Gonzalez (boys shot put), Tamehra Nichols (100, 200 in PR times) and the girls 4×100 relay team of Keyrrahh Johnson, Nichols, Eva Clements and Arianna Alcaraz.

At the East Sequoia League meet in Lindsay on May 1, Orosi High had a multiple winner in Genesis O’Campo (girls 100 hurdles, high jump, triple jump) while the Cardinals’ Guadalupe Lara won the pole vault. Parlier’s Evan Torres won the Northwest Sequoia Conference 1600 meters championship by 18 seconds, then was edged out in the 3200 meters by less than a second against Yosemite’s Ford Stegge.

SWIM AND DIVE

Reedley’s 4×100 freestyle quartet wins D-II title

Reedley High’s school record-holding 4×100 yard relay team of junior Kanada Enns, freshman Madison Nava, junior Sophia Milton and senior Grace Tademy captured the Division II Central Section gold medal in the event at the D-II championships in Hanford on May 4.

The quartet wasn’t able to better its own school record set at thye Tri-County Conference meet in Reedley on April 25, but they did time 3 minutes, 49.90 seconds to win by a little more than six seconds. Pirates senior Ethan Booth finished third in the boys 500 yard freestyle while clocking 4:58.35. League champion Scott Dutcher finished in fourth place in boys diving.

In the Division I championship finals at Clovis High on May 4, Sanger High’s top finisher was junior Marjorie Krueger with a sixth place showing in the girls 200 freestyle swim in 1:58.37. 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Apaches survive challenge, reach D-I semifinals

Top-seeded Sanger High barely survived a quarterfinal challenge from No. 8 seed Clovis North in the Central Section Division I tournament on May 2. The Apaches (36-7) prevailed by a 15-10 score in the decisive fifth set at Nicholson Gym.

Sanger hosted No. 4 seed Buchanan High in a May 7 semifinal match, and if they advance, will host the winner of the No. 6 St. Joseph at No. 2 Clovis semifinal from May 7. The title match would start at 6 p.m.

Jon Earnest
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