The last couple of weeks have been busy for the Yosemite High track and field team, participating in two tough invitationals -- The Exeter Monarch Invitational on March 22 and the prestigious Sanger Easter Classic on March 26.
"We like to participate in big meets," said coach Walker Vaughn. "When you run against the best, you know where you stand. We had some solid performances in both meets. Ultimately these prepare you well for league."
Exeter Monarch Invitational
Close to 30 schools, in both the Yosemite (large schools) and Sierra/Sequoia (small schools) divisions ran in Exeter. Overall, Yosemite fared well.
"I was very happy with our performance," Vaughn said. "Taylor Burrall took second in the high jump with a personal best at five feet. Taylor is jumping consistently well. The five foot barrier was a tough one for her to overcome."
Burrall's mark is the No. 3 all-time at YHS. Burrall also added a third place in the 100 meter hurdles with an 18.88.
"Brittney Hughey also had a great day running two tough races" said Vaughn. "She took third in the 800 meter and eighth in the 1600 meter."
Christen Cogdell matched her all time best with a pole vault of eight feet. The mark earned Cogdell second place.
Brian Tenorio took second in the pole vault at 9-feet-6. It was the highest YHS individual finish in the meet.
Christian Cambrelen took third in the 300 low hurdles with a personal best 44.29. Alek Simpson and Liam Womack each took sixth in the 1600 (4:37) and 800 (2:15) respectively. Simpson took eighth in the 3200. Womack took 11th in the 3200 with a time of 10:46, a personal best for the senior.
Top 20 Yosemite finishers - Sierra/Sequoia Division
100m: Christian Cambrelen, 18, 12.41; 100 hurdles: Jayson Lee, 10, 18.37; Nobles, 14, 20.54; 300 hurdles: Christian Cambrelen, 3, 44.29; Nobles, 15, 54.04; 800: Womack, 6, 2:15; Tenorio,18, 2:21.9.
1600: Simpson, 6, 4:37.65; Tenorio, 19, 5:08.5; 3200: Simpson, 8, 10:11.58; Womack, 11, 10:46.31. Discus: Tenorio, 18, 106-04; Pole Vault: Tenorio, 2, 9-06; Long Jump: Cambrelen, 18, 16-05; Triple Jump: Lee, 15, 33-11; Andre Lassos, 16, 33-05.
400: Cogdell, 17, 1:15.02; 800: Hughey, 3, 2:28; Kailey Wynn, 19, 3:09; 1600: Hughey, 8, 5:43.03; 100 hurdles: Burrall ,3, 18.88; 4x100 relay: Burrall, Mattaya Brown, Kailei Gould, Emma Reda, 11, 58.95; Sprint Medley: Victoria Glanzer, Gould, Reda, Kailey Wynn, 6, 2:13.53.
High Jump: Burrall, 2, 5-0; Glanzer, 6, 4-04; Pole Vault: Cogdell, 2, 8-0; Triple Jump: Glanzer, 18, 22-03.
Sanger Easter Classic
The 20th Annual Sanger Easter Classic, featuring 31 teams, has long been considered one of the area's top Yosemite competed mostly in relay events.
"This meet is huge but it gave us a chance to run a lot of relay events," Vaughn said. "Running against the best makes you better. Alek (Simpson) had a great day in the 3200. It was his best time of the year. Overall, we had a good meet. It is good preparation for our invitational this Friday."
Cogdell placed fifth in the girls pole vault and Burrall placed fifth in the high jump. They were the highest individual finishers for the Badgers. Cambrelen placed seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-4.
Simpson was eighth in the 3200 (10:08).
Top Yosemite finishers
3200: Simpson, 8, 10:08.45; 4x400m relay: Tenorio, Nick Adelizi, Simpson, Womack, 9, 3:56.10; 4x800m relay: Womack, Simpson, Tenorio, Nick Bayt, 7, 9:07.32; 4x1600 relay: Womack, Simpson, Bayt, Tenorio, 9, 20:29.82. High Jump: Cambrelen, 7, 5-04;
4x200 relay: Jessica Rudd, Reda, Brooke Veater, Glanzer, 7, 2:00.99; Distance Medley: Hughey, Brown, Cogdell, Reda, 9, 15:02.78; High Jump: Burrall, 5, 4-feet-10; Pole Vault: Cogdell, 5, 7-feet-6;
The Yosemite Mountain Invitational
The Yosemite Mountain Invitational will be held tomorrow, weather permitting. Start time is 3 p.m. The meet has been called off the past two years due to rai.
"We are really looking forward to renewing our invitational," Vaughn said. "It should be a great day and that makes for good times on the track."
Overall, there will be 10 schools participating including Yosemite. The meet includes track powerhouses such as Clovis East, Sanger and an up and coming Kingsburg program.
The meet will include top Central Section performers. Kingsburg's sophomore phenom Joey Souza leads the section in the 100 meters with a time of 10.97. Souza also ranks 2nd in the long jump (22-feet-4). Pole vaulter Brad Beekman of Clovis East leads the section with a height of 15-feet. The Clovis East pole vault contingent has no less than four of the top 10 section vaulters.
Amarie Bremel of Kingsburg ranks second in the section in shot put (41-feet-6) and discus (143.6).