The Yosemite varsity boys track team dominated the last of three North Sequoia League meets at Badger Stadium April 24, scoring a season high 165 points -- 90 points ahead of second place Liberty.
The NSL league championship meet was held yesterday at Yosemite, and the team was favored to repeat as NSL champs. Results of the meet were not available at press time.
"We are getting stronger each meet," said coach Walker Vaughn. "The early preparation is really paying off. We have really done well in the distance and hurdles."
Distance specialist Alek Simpson led the way last Wednesday with three wins in the 800 meter (2:07.8), 1600 (4:58.6), and 3200 (11:34.2). Simpson now has three straight three-win league meets this season.
Christian Cambrelen was a double winner in the 300 low hurdles (43.5) and high jump. Cambrelen's jump of 5-8 was a seasonal best and he has not been beaten in an NSL meet in the 300 low hurdles.
Liam Womack followed Simpson in the 800 (2:08), 1600 (4:58) and 3200 (11.46). No NSL team dominates the distance events like the Badgers. The same is true in hurdles.
Freshman Jayson Lee continues to improve in the 110 high hurdles winning in a time of 17.7. Lee is already a top 10 all-time performer at Yosemite in the event. Cambrelen took second in the 100 high hurdles. Together, the 1-2 Lee-Cambrelen finish has been the norm this year.
In the discus Brian Tenorio won his first NSL meet with a toss of 103-8.
Leo Meza took a pair of thirds with a throw of 102-11 in the discus and 38-2 in the shot.
"Our throwers are improving each week and are now getting valuable points," said Vaughn.
In the sprints, Nick Adelizi won the 200 and took second in the 400. Teammate Ryan Young took valuable thirds in the 100 and 200. Young also jumped a personal best 19-6 1/2 in the long jump, No. 8 all-time in YHS history.
Hughey in the school record book for 1600
The Yosemite girls team finished third in the meet with 78 points. Sierra edged Liberty for the second straight meet, 107 to 96, to take first place.
Like Simpson, Bittney Hughey won three distance events, the 800 (2:35), 1600 (5:49) and 3200 (12:55).
but like the previous meet, the lack of depth hurt the Badger girls.
"We are basically down to a nine-girl team," Vaughn said. "They are competing with programs with well over 20 runners. We are winning events. Brittney has been outstanding. We just don't have the numbers, but we still had a good meet."
Hughey had a career meet at the 27-team Dinuba Invitational held April 27.
Against a large 1600 meter field, Hughey jumped out to a lead and held on to post a YHS school record time of 5:25.61, 24 seconds of her time just three days earlier. She surpassed Julianne Warmerdam's 2007 time of 5:27.10.
"Brittney is running strong and with confidence," said Vaughn. "Coach Sonia Mazaira has really worked to keep Brittney improving. I am very happy for her." Hughey also took fourth in the 800 with a personal best 2:32.65, good for No. 5 all-time at Yosemite.
Sophomore Christen Cogdell jumped 8-6 to take second in the pole vault, a mark that ties the 2009 mark by Cheyenne Lopez. Cogdell competed in four events and helped lead YHS to a third place in the 4x400 relay.
Burrall continued her success at high jump taking third at 5-0. It is Burrall's third straight meet jumping at least five feet.
For the Badger boys, Simpson edged Jafet Sanchez of Parlier in the 1600 posting a time of 4:41.09. Many runners will see Simpson again in the upcoming Sierra/Sequoia meet. Womack took fourth in a personal best 4:48.58. Womack's time places him No. 7 all-time at Yosemite.
Lee took first in the JV 110 hurdles. Lee's time of 17.52 is a season best and No. 9 all-time at Yosemite. Lee also took a second in the 300 low hurdles (45.89).
Adelizi had a season best 23.7 in the 200 taking a second and Cambrelen ran a personal best 44.2 in the 300 low hurdles good for third place.
The road ahead
It is now crunch-time for Yosemite Track and Field. Badgers who qualify from yesterday's league championship meet will move on to the Sierra/Sequoia small school championship meet on May 8 in Exeter.
From there, depending on time or mark, the focus will be the Central Section Track and Field Championships (Masters Meet) at Buchanan High on May 18.