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Prep Track and Field: Athletes advance from MELs
Prep Track and Field

Prep Track and Field: Athletes advance from MELs

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Vintage senior Jose Rodriguez

Vintage senior Jose Rodriguez, shown at a March 15 home meet, won both the 200 and 400 meters at the MEL Championships this past week.

Several local track and field athletes placed in the top four at the Monticello Empire League Championships on Tuesday and Thursday at Armijo, advancing to next week’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North subsection meet at Elk Grove High.

The Vintage boys won the team title with 111 points. Napa and Armijo tied for second place at 102, followed by Wood (93), Vacaville (80) and Rodriguez (six).

Qualifying with first-place finishes for Vintage were senior Jose Rodriguez in both the 200 meters (22.24 seconds) and 400 meters (49.14), senior Vadim Pelavin in the 800 meters (1:56.74), senior Christian Brochard in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches), and the 4x400 relay team (3:26.47).

Also moving on for the Crushers individually were senior Alex Sotelo (third in 110 hurdles, 16.08; second in 300 hurdles, 41.35), sophomores Mason Becker (fourth in 110 hurdles, 16.52) and Manny Guzman (third in 3200 meters, 9:55.30), freshman Michael McDowell (second in pole vault, 10-0), junior Kyle Kinkade or Cameron Fernandez (both fourth in pole vault, 9-0), senior Jesus Ochoa (fourth in shot put, 43-7.5), and junior Connor Free (fourth in discus, 119-8), and the 4x100 relay team (third, 44.38).

Napa was led by the high jump champion, senior Ricky Vincent (6-1), and the discus champion, junior Jared Kenney (141-0).

Also qualifying were senior Carson Lewis (second in long jump, 21-6; fourth in high jump, 5-11; fourth in triple jump (41-10); senior Leo Rodriguez (second in shot put, 46-11), junior Garrett Lustig (second in 200 meters, 22.32; second in 400 meters, 49.45); senior Zach Blackwood (third in 800 meters, 1:58.66), senior Damian Hoke (fourth in 1600 meters, 4:41.39), senior Zack Lipsey (third in pole vault, 9-6), junior Solomon Tinnon (third in discus, 124-05), and the 4x400 relay team (second, 3:29.89).

Varsity Girls

Napa finished second to Vacaville, 159.50-83.50, followed by Vintage (71), Armijo (66), Rodriguez (56) and Wood (53).

The Indians were led by the shot put champion, senior Jori Herman (39-2), who also placed second in the discus (103-11).

Also moving on were sophomore Jane McLoughlin (second in 400 meters, 1:00.09; second in 800 meters, 2:21.79), senior Sophia Marseilles (second in triple jump, 35-1.25; third in 100 hurdles, 16.81), junior Charlotte Cosca (second in 3200 meters, 11:26.36), junior 2 Alexis O’Day (second in pole vault, 9-0), freshman Mia Oggenfuss (third in high jump, 4-11), and their 4x100 relay team (fourth, 52.00).

Vintage’s qualifiers were led by the high jump champion, sophomore Nicole Gleeson (4-11), who also advanced in the 100 meters (third, 13.07), and the pole vault champion, junior Megan Kuehl (10-6), who also made it in the discus (fourth, 88-10).

Also advancing were senior Ana Palafox (third in 1600 meters, 5:28.46; fourth in 3200 meters, 11:57.15), juniors Abbie McCulloch (third in discus, 101-11) and Kylie Swann (fourth in high jump, 4-9), the 4x100 relay team (second, 51.11) and 4x400 relay team (third, 4:17.75).

Frosh-Soph Boys

Vintage finished first (170) in the championship meet, followed by Napa (127), Vacaville (77), Rodriguez (70), Wood (38) and host Armijo (three).

Winning the 100 meters was Vintage’s Myles Crutcher (11.87 seconds), with teammate Eilas Dion (12.02) taking third. Placing 4-5-7 were Napa’s Alex Vazquez (12.14), Nicholas Zarza (12.14) and Kalani Posey (12.38).

Crutcher also won the 200 meters (24.47), while Vintage’s Calvin Bird (25.06), Andres Solorio (25.48) and Jacob Frommelt (25.71) placed 4-6-7.

Solorio won the 400 meters ( 53.56), while teammates Johnathan Wachowski (54.16), Bird (55.25), Frommelt (56.97) and Aldo Rodriguez (57.78) placed second, third, sixth and seventh.

In the 800 meters, Wachowski won in 2:06.46, with teammates Dylan Frye (2:10.80) and Anthony Berghout (2:19.68) placing fourth and eighth.

Frye captured the 1600 meters (4:47.72), and teammate Fernando Cisneros (11:28.15) was sixth in the 3200.

Placing third and fourth in the 110 hurdles were Napa’s Vazquez (19.67) and Diego Olvera (20.29). In the 300 hurdles, Olvera (47.06), Ruben Villanueva (47.42) and Vazquez (49.18) were second, third and fifth.

Napa won the 4x100 relay (46.44), and Vintage (47.03) was third. Vintage won the 4x400 relay (3:39.49), while Napa was fifth (3:56.49).

Villanueva claimed the high jump (5-7) for Napa, while Vintage’s Crutcher (5-0) and Harrison Barrett (5-0) were second and third, respectively, and Napa’s Cale Wagner was fifth (4-8).

Olvera won the pole vault (9-6) for Napa, with Solorio, Jeremy Bradley and Sebastian Vance placing 2-3-4 for Vintage.

In the long jump, Vintage’s Elias Dion placed first (20-1), while Napa’s Zarza (19-1.5), Villanueva (19-0), Posey (18-11.5) and Lane Hartless (16-11) placed 2-3-4-6.

The triple jump went to Zarza (38-4), followed by Vintage’s Barrett (34-1), Justin Merilles (34-1), Alex Tierney (32-2) and Teagan DeGarmo (30-0).

Napa’s Quentin Dervin won the shot put (44-1), while teammates Cooper Stewart (37-4.5) and Adrian Almaraz (35-4.75) were fourth and seventh, and Vintage’s Alfonso Medina (36-9.50) was fifth.

Dervin also won the the discus (122-4). Stewart (101-0), Vance (98-2) and Napa’s Joey Holland placed 3-4-5.

Frosh/Soph Girls

Napa won the championship meet with 131 points, followed by Vintage (101), Rodriguez (94), Vacaville (59), Wood (52) and host Armijo (one).

Maija Turjanis led the way with first-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (17.99) and 300 hurdles (55.10) and a second in the triple jump (30-11) and a fifth in the long jump (13-9).

Also in the triple jump, Napa’s Lena Demsky was third (27-10.5) and Bailey Jacque fourth (27-0.5).

In the discus, Emma Lopez (81-6), Emma Healey (73-3) and Aisley Wallace (60-5) placed 1-2-4, while Vintage’s Dema Shatnawi (65-0), Haley Schreiner (57-5) and Charlize Swindle (56-3) were 3-5-6. Napa’s Eliana Miller was eighth (53-11).

Placing 1-2 for Napa in the pole vault were Rachel Pharr (6-6) and Stephanie Gudino (5-0).

The 100 meters saw Napa’s Alondra Basulto (14.02) place second, Vintage’s Catie Smith (14.08) and Isabella Espana (14.11) go 4-5, and Napa’s Elisa Cavalli place eighth (14.36).

In the 200, it was Smith (29.44), Cavalli (29.63), Basulto (29.73) and Espana (30.55) placing 3-4-5-7.

Gudino was sixth in the 400 meters (1:10.13), while Vintage’s Alexis Allen (1;08.47), Bianca Cortez (1:10.75) and Michelle Chavez (1:14.06) went 4-7-8.

Vintage’s Chloe Solis was second in the 800 meters (2:42.47) and fifth in the 1600 meters (6:20.26).

In the high jump, Vintage’s Yvette Valle (4-2) and Leslie Lucero (4-0) placed 1-2, followed by Jacque (3-10), Napa’s Kaley Lewis (3-10) and Schreiner (3-10).

Vintage was also strong in the long jump, as Sarah Franklin (15-5.5), Allen (14-9) and Smith (14-7.5) placed 1-2-3, and Napa’s Cavalli (14-1), Jacque (13-1.5) and Demskey (12-11.5) went 4-5-6.

In the shot put, Swindle (26-5), Schreiner (24-11), Naomi Martin (22-5) and Dema Shatnawi (21-4.75) placed 2-3-6-7, and Napa’s Emma Lopez (23-11) and Amanda Morgan (23-10.75) were fourth and fifth.

Napa was second in the 4x100 relay (53.73). In the 4x400 relay, Vintage was second (4:40.74) and Napa third (4:46.19).

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