Junior Brittney Hughey crushed her recent school record in the 1,600 meter run on her way to a second place finish at the May 8 Sierra-Sequoia track meet held at Exeter High School. Hughey's time of 5:21.46 shaved nearly five seconds of her school record time.
"This was Brittney's best race of her life," said coach Walker Vaughn. "She did this racing against the best in tough circumstances. She is capable of running in the teens. Masters will be her opportunity."
The meet represents the small schools in the Central Section and top qualifiers advance to the Masters meet this Saturday at Fresno's Buchanan High School, the qualifier for the top three finishers in each event from small and large schools for the state meet.
In addition to Hughey, sophomore Taylor Burrall, Alek Simpson and Nick Adelizi qualified for the Masters. For the rest of the team, it was the end to a great season.
Burrall posted a personal best 5-2 in the high jump taking third. The first and second place high jumpers also cleared 5-2, and the first, second and third place medals were decided on the number of misses during the competition by the jumpers.
Burrall is now tied for third all-time in YHS history. She also took fifth in the 100 meters at 17.6.
"Taylor has had a great season," said Vaughn. "She brought her best in a huge meet. Taylor worked hard on her technique and it is paying off."
Junior Nick Adelizi sprinted to a lifetime best 52.14 in the 400 meter race, good for third place and a chance to compete in the Master's. Adelizi's time is now No. 6 all-time at Yosemite.
"It was a huge improvement for Nick," said Vaughn. "He destroyed his old personal record. It was a half second faster than his league winning time. Nick has worked so hard this year and he is a great leader. He deserves this."
Junior Alek Simpson took third in the 1,600 meter run with a lifetime best 4:25.80, third all-time at Yosemite. Simpson will have a shot at the all-time mark of 4:18.2, set by Jed Saueressig in 1993. Simpson focused on two events, taking 10th in the 800 at 2:07.75. The Masters gives Simpson the rare chance to run just one race. Normally, Simpson runs four: the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters, plus the 1600 relay. It is the most demanding four-events in high school track.
Simpson's distance partner, junior Liam Womack, ended a strong season finishing 12th in the 800 (2:08.15) and 13th in the 1600 (4:42). Even though he won't move on to the Masters, Womack's times earned all-time top 10 marks for YHS track -- No. 7 in the 800 and No. 6 in the 1600.
"I don't give a most-improved award but if I did, it would go to Liam," said Vaughn. "He has made huge strides this year and really makes the distance team so good."
The boys 4x100 relay team of Alex Mello, Ryan Young, Jayson Lee and Adelizi placed fifth, posting their best time of the season at 45.36. Freshman Jayson Lee and Christian Cambrelen will not move on, but their times in the 110 meter hurdles are now top 10.
Another senior, Brian Tenorio saved his best for last, vaulting 11-0 in the pole vault. It was good for a fifth place finish and No. 3 all-time at Yosemite. Tenorio was one of Yosemite's most versatile athletes competing in four events every week.
Overall, the Badger boys scored 19 points, placing 10th. Kingsburg ran away with the boy's title with 98.5 points.
The girls also scored 18. It was good for 13th place. Host Exeter took the girl's title with 80.25 points.