The Yosemite varsity and JV track squads participated in the 28-team Exeter Monarch Invitational in Exeter March 28, with the YHS girls finishing 11th with 51 points and the boys 16th with 40 points.
Visalia's Mt. Whitney was the winner in the girls division (110 points) and El Diamante High of Visalia (180.5) won the boys division. YHS took part in the small-school division, and Coach Walker Vaughn was pleased with his team's effort, including a number of personal bests and all-time marks.
"We had some great individual results," Vaughn said. "Liam Womack had a fantastic day. He ran his best times of the year. He gives us a great one-two punch in the distance events with Alek Simpson." (Simpson missed the event due to illness). "On the girl's side, what can you say about Brittney Hughey," Vaughn asked. "Brittney had our best individual performances of the day. She is having a great senior year."
Yosemite boy's highlights
Womack crushed his all-time best in the 1600 meters taking third with a time of 4:37.78, ranking him No. 4 all-time in YHS history. Womack also took fifth in the 800m in 2:07.49.
Sophomore Johnathan Mulkey ran personal bests in the 800 (2:13.5) placing third in JV. Mulkey also ran 4:53.3 in the 1600, taking eighth. Mulkey's time is 11th all-time at YHS. Mulkey will boost what should be the strongest distance team in the North Sequoia League.
Senior Nick Adelizi took third in the 200 in 23.62. YHS freshman Luke Tovar ran times of 12.47 in the 100 and 25.01 in the 200. Meets like this will help Tovar contribute in league, especially against Liberty who posted strong sprint marks at Exeter.
Sophomore Jayson Lee continued his strong early season performance in the hurdles. Lee took fifth in the 110 high hurdles in 17.05, a personal best. Lee finished fourth in the 300 low hurdles at 44.05, closing in on a top 10 mark.
"Jayson had another great day," Vaughn said. "He works hard every day and it is showing in his continued improvement."
In the weights, Leo Meza posted personal bests in the shot and discus. Meza had 39-feet-09 in the shot put, good for 11th. Meza threw 116-07 in the discus.
"Leo continues to improve every meet," Vaughn said.
Yosemite Girl's Highlights
Brittney Hughey took second place in the 1600 in a time of 5:26.28. Hughey also ran a personal best in the 800 in 2:28.81 good for fourth place. Hughey's time is now fourth all-time in YHS history. Hughey now owns top five all-time bests in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs. She is the YHS record-holder in the 1600.
Jessica Rudd took sixth in the 100 low hurdles in a personal best 18.41, and placed third in the triple jump at 31-feet-5. She placed ninth with a time of 54.9 in the 300 low hurdles with teammates Victoria Glanzer and Elyse Espe placing right behind her in 10th and 11th respectively, with times of 55.3 and 55.6. Freshman Espe also ran a personal best 68.52 in the 400.
In the field events, Glanzer was second in the high jump at 4-feet-8. This ties her personal best set in 2013. Sophomore Katie Whitcomb was third with a jump of 4-feet-6. This mark now ranks 10th all-time at Yosemite.
Christy Halbert took first in the pole vault at 8-feet, now good for third place all-time at YHS.
The Yosemite Invitational
The 8th annual Yosemite Mountain Invitational, featuring 16 teams, is scheduled for 3 p.m., Friday, April 11.
"We are looking forward to another great meet," Vaughn said. "If the weather cooperates, we expect some great times."