TRACK AND FIELD 27 athletes from MVT schools qualify for Section Masters meet

Immanuel sweeps to Division IV team championships, MVT athletes capture 11 individual section divisional titles at four separate meets

Dinuba High’s Avril Mendoza pulls away from Justin Garza High’s Payton Bea during her convincing victory in the 100 meter hurdles race at the Central Section Division II meet in Visalia on May 10. The Emperors senior posted a personal record time of 15.18 seconds in the race, and also won the 300 hurdles in a PR time of 43.81. (Jon Earnest)
Dinuba High’s Avril Mendoza pulls away from Justin Garza High’s Payton Bea during her convincing victory in the 100 meter hurdles race at the Central Section Division II meet in Visalia on May 10. The Emperors senior posted a personal record time of 15.18 seconds in the race, and also won the 300 hurdles in a PR time of 43.81. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published May 14, 2024  • 
1:00 pm

KINGSBURG – A total of 27 track and field athletes from Mid Valley Times region schools have qualified for the upcoming Central Section CIF Masters Meet in Clovis.

That number includes champions in 11 individual or relay events from four section divisional meets contested on May 10 at four separate sites. Leading the way are individual multiple winners Julian Ramirez (Division II boys shot put, discus) and Avril Mendoza (D-II girls 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) from Dinuba High along with Immanuel’s Alexandra (Lexi) Schartmann (D-IV girls 200, 400 and anchor 4×800 relay).

Schartmann’s effort was part of a championship sweep by the Eagles’ boys and girls teams who compiled 128 and 131 points, respectively.

In the Division II meet at Kingsburg High’s Rafer Johnson Track, MVT athletes turned in a trio of top-three individual finishes. Reedley High sophomore A’Aliyah Matlock placed second in the girls 300 meter hurdles (personal record 46.43 seconds) and third in the 400 (PR 58.90) while Sanger West High sophomore Tamehra Nichols placed second in the girls 100 meters sprint in a personal best time of 12.39 seconds. Pirates junior Lettie Walker was third in the girls discus with a mark of 105-10 and also took seventh in the shot put in 31-2.

Reedley sophomore Will Bacon also qualified for the Masters meet, placing third in the boys high jump with a PR height of 6 feet even (behind a PR 6-9 from Selma’s Malachi Carrasco). Bacon also clocked a PR 43.20 seconds to finish sixth in the boys 300 hurdles.

Mauricio Herrera finished seventh in the boys 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 1.13 seconds, and later anchored the Pirates’ eighth place finish in the 4×800 relay. He and teammates Joel Mendoza, Luke Mitchell and Gil Luevano finished in a time of 8:34.75.

Sanger West’s Daray Bland turned in a top 10 finish in the boys 100, finishing 10th in 11.30 seconds. Reedley’s Justin Villa was 10th in the boys 3200 in a PR 10:09.08. Sanger West’s Nichols also finished fourth in the girls 200 in 26.43 seconds while the Pirates’ Eva Luevano Leyva took ninth in the girls 3200 in a PR 13:12.44.

Other divisionals meets highlights:

DIVISION IV

Big showing for Schartmann, Parlier’s Torres posts win

At Caruthers High, Immanuel sophomore Schartmann established a PR time of 25.18 seconds in the 200 meters and also added a winning time of 2:20.07 to beat out Kern Valley’s Aspen Hacker (2:23.98) and teammate Clara Riddle (2:26.78) in the 800. She also teamed with Macie Riddle, Brooklyn Robb and Emily Thomas to win the 4×800 relay in a time of 10:21.31.

Boys winners for the Eagles were junior Rimia Numia (shot put, PR 48-7.50) and junior Micah Vossler (triple jump, 42-9). Vossler (21-8.50) and sophomore Cole Torres (PR 21-0.50) placed two-three in the long jump while Vossler also took second in the high jump with a PR height of 6-2 and third in the 300 hurdles in 41.19 seconds.

Parlier High’s Evan Torres captured the gold medal in the 3200 meters run, clocking a time of 9:26.17 to win by nearly five seconds. It was less than a second off his PR time set at the Sanger Spring Classic in early March.

DIVISION I

Marquez captures pole vault for Sanger girls

At Dodson Field in Sanger, Apaches senior Atianna Marquez established a career best height, clearing 12 feet, 3 inches to win the girls pole vault. Marquez also ran a PR 12.46 seconds to finish seventh in the 100 meters, and anchored a fourth place finish in the 4×100 relay (48.27 seconds) along with teammates Chloe Lopez, Clara Wagner and Allyson Daniel.

Senior Wagner finished fourth in the long jump (16-9.5) and fifth in the 200 (25.44). Marquez was seventh in the 100 (12.46) while junior Alexa Vaca finished 10th in the 3200 (11:24.66). Top finisher for the SHS boys was junior Sawyer Pugliese, who took ninth in the 3200 with a time of 9:29.56. He ended up the lone boys qualifier for the Masters meet.

DIVISION II

Ramirez, Mendoza double winners for Dinuba

At Groppetti Stadium in Visalia, seniors Julian Ramirez and Avril Mendoza were double winners to headlining the three Emperors qualifiers for the section Masters meet.

Ramirez repeated as D-II champion in the discus throw, uncorking a winning mark of 156 feet, 5 inches to beat out Tulare Union’s Aiden Avalos by two feet, and also captured the shot put with a PR throw of 53 feet, 2 inches. He will try to qualify for the state discus for a second consecutive season as well as the shot put.

Mendoza was particularly impressive in her hurdles specialty, sweeping both the 100 meters (15.18 seconds) and 300 (43.81) in personal record times. She also established a PR time of 25.54 seconds on her way to a fourth place finish in the 200 to qualify for the Masters meet in the event.

Joining Ramirez and Mendoza to represent Dinuba at the Masters meet is senior Angel Sanchez, who finished fifth in the boys 110 high hurdles in a PR 15.18 seconds. Sanchez also is an alternate in the 300 lows, finishing fifth in a PR 41.35 seconds.

Jon Earnest
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