Vacaville High School won both varsity divisions, Vintage took the JV girls division, and Napa claimed the JV boys title in a four-team Monticello Empire League track and field meet at Vintage on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs won the varsity boys meet with 108.3 points, followed by Napa (62.3), Vintage (50.0) and Wood (29.3). In the varsity girls meet, it was Vacaville with 131.3 points, followed by Napa (40.3), Wood (38.3) and Vintage (34.0).
The Napa JV boys won with 77.3 points, followed by Vintage (69.0), Wood (60.3) and Vacaville (49.3). The Vintage JV girls won with 52.0 points, followed by Napa (45.3), Wood (33.3) and Vacaville (17.3).
Local standouts included Vintage seniors Caleb Tremblay and Jack Kobylka, Napa senior Devon Gorsuch and Napa junior Kyle Hawk.
Tremblay, in the middle of the shot put competition, had to run to the track to run a heat of the 100 meters. After he got back to the shot put area and got a drink of water, he was told he had 60 seconds before his next throw. He wound up finishing second in the event behind a Vacaville thrower with a throw of 46 feet, 8 inches.
Earlier in the meet, Tremblay had won the discus with a mark of 132-0, a personal best by eight feet. Junior teammate Kevin Tunnell was second in the discus at 131-10 and fourth in the shot put with a PR of 44-1.
“That’s the first time I’ve had to run over and come back, probably because it was our first four-way meet,” said Tremblay, who is in his first season of track and field. “Kevin and our (throws) coach (Ben Seiger) have been showing me the right form.”
“Caleb has been coming along well,” Vintage head coach Brian Pruyn said. “He joined us a little late and it took a while for him to develop a love for the sport, but he’s fully committed. He’s usually one of first athletes to get here and one of the last to leave, and it’s showing in everything he’s doing, especially in the discus.”
Gorsuch won both the high jump and long jump.
“He was battling the flu this past week and hasn’t been able to train, and he still took first place in both events,” Napa head coach Steve Hatton said.
Gorsuch, who placed second in both events at last year’s MEL Championships, is undefeated in both jumps this season.
Hawk, who dominated in cross country, won the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 28 seconds, remaining undefeated in MEL meets. Vintage’s Adam Muth was fifth in 10:51. In the 1,600 meters, Kobylka (4:39) topped the second-place Hawk (4:44). Kobylka also ran the anchor leg of the Vintage’s winning 4x400 relay, behind teammates Dylan Ray, Noah Moore and Vadim Pelavin, as they turned in a season-best time of 3:32. Napa was second in 3:34.
“Jack beats me in track and I beat him in cross country,” said Hawk. “We’re really good friends, and I work with his coach (Vintage’s Liisa Heinonen) at my job.”
Hawk was passed briefly by a Wood runner with about two laps left in the 3,200 but quickly regained the lead for good.
“I know my body pretty well and I knew I had some more to push,” he said. “I knew that if I pushed him, he’d push me back and that’s what I needed. That race is all about pushing each other. Right now he’s my best competition. That’s the closest 2-mile I’ve run this year.”
Hawk said he isn’t focused on reaching the section Masters Meet or any other meet in particular.
“I don’t really have expectations. I just want to do my best, get my best time,” he said. “It’s about getting PRs, not me getting first place or my team winning. But we have a bigger team this year and we’re competing and definitely improving.”
For the Vintage varsity girls, Julia Grimm was second in the 100 in 12.9; Cailey Eade was third in the 800 (2:33); Sienna Scott won the 3,200 (12:42) and was fifth in the mile; and Kelsey Madrigal was second in the discus in her first varsity meet with a PR of 93-6.