Qualifying Yosemite High School varsity and JV track athletes participated in the prestigious 72-team West Coast Relays at Buchanan High and Clovis East last week. The relays are by invitation only based on qualifying times and marks.
The JV teams were at Clovis East on April 3 and varsity runners at Buchanan on April 5. Saturday. Buchanan High is the site of the CIF State Track and Field finals in June.
The teams had their first North Sequoia League meet yesterday (Wednesday) at Washington Union.
"The West Coast Relays was a great prep before league," said Coach Walker Vaughn. "We felt competing at the relays would really help before league competition," head Coach Walker Vaughn said. "Being the site of the state championships, lots of schools wanted their athletes to participate to know the track before June. For us, it provided a great tune up with amazing competition."
Yosemite qualified six participants for last Saturday's relays.
"This is one of the better high school meets on the West Coast," Vaughn said. "We had some great performances."
Distance specialist Alek Simpson finished 12th in the 800 meter race at 2:02.41. Simpson was placed 17th in the 3200 in 9:58.32, a top-three best time at YHS. Teammate Liam Womack posted his best time in the 1600, finishing 19th at 4:35.61. Womack's time is now 4th all-time at YHS.
Third place for Glanzer
On the varsity girls side, senior Victoria Glanzer jumped a personal best 4-foot-9 in the high jump good for third place and 6th best in the YHS record book.
"I was really happy for Victoria," Vaughn said. "She is improving every week."
Brittney Hughey was 18th in the 1600 with a time of 5:31.5.
The JV competed at Clovis East on April 4. Overall, 31 teams from all over California participated with hundreds of athletes. Sophomore Jayson Lee took sixth place in both the 110 meter high hurdles (17.34) and high jump (5-foot-3). Lee's hurdle time was third fastest in YHS JV history. Lee was also 12th in the long jump at 18-foot-2.
Freshman Owen Bassett had a good outing finishing eighth in the pole vault (9-foot) and 13th in the 300 low hurdles (48.19).
Other YHS JV boys times: 100, Kevin Kirk (12th - 11.92). 200, Luke Tovar (17th - 24.52).
For the JV girl's freshman runners Elyse Espe and Lauren Peterson posted times of 53.94 and 55.44 good for 10th and 11th respectively. "Elyse and Lauren had a solid meet and are getting better and better. They have worked really hard and bolster an already strong hurdles contigent."