The Yosemite High boy's track and field team won its second straight league practice meet April 23 by dominating in the distance races. The Yosemite girl's team placed second in each of the two meets, behind rival Sierra High School.
The North Sequoia League has three practice meets which all league schools participate. The winning team accumulates eight points per win. Points are used toward the final league meet held on May 7 at Washington Union. Individual scoring is eight points for first place, down to one point for a fifth place finish.
NSL No. 1 meet
The varsity boys took the first league meet with 136 points. Washington Union was second with 72.
The varsity boys had six first place finishes overall in first league meet held April 9 at Washington Union High in Easton.
Sophomore Jayson Lee was a double winner in the 110-meter high and 300-meter low hurdles. The YHS hurdlers of Lee, Braveheart Sauceda, Owen Bassett and Meza took first through fourth in the 110 high hurdles.
Leo Meza won the shot in a personal best of 45-feet-1. Freshman Luke Tovar took second in the 400 at 54.9.
YHS won the meet in the distance races. Seniors Alek Simpson, Liam Womack, and sophomore Jonathan Mulkey went 1-2-3 in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter races, respectively. Of Yosemite's 136 points the distance team brought in 54. Since his sophomore season, Simpson has won virtually every distance race in NSL meets.
The Sierra girls won the first meet with 104 points, well ahead of Yosemite's 79.
For the YHS girls Brittney Hughey continued her solid season winning three events the 400, 800, and 1600. Hughey was the only individual winner for the Yosemite girls. Sierra had six overall first place winners.
Yosemite's Jessica Rudd took second in the 100 hurdles (17.69) and third in the 300 hurdles (51.69). Victoria Glanzer was second in the high jump at 4-10.
NSL No. 2 meet
The YHS varsity boys returned to dominate their second practice meet winning with 140 points. Sierra was second with 55. Like the first league meet, Yosemite scored most of their points in the distances races and hurdles. Simpson, Womack, and Mulkey again went 1-2-3 in the 800, 1600, and 3200.
Lee took both hurdles with Bassett and Sauceda scoring seconds and thirds. Combined Yosemite scored 88 of its 102 points in these events.
Leo Meza took first in the shot (42-feet-1) and second in discus (112-feet-1). Tovar won the 400 with a time of 53.2 in only his second race. Nick Adelizi came back to place second in the 100 at 11.3.
Coach Walker Vaughn is pleased with his team's efforts at this point in the season.
"The boy's had a great win in the second league meet ... even stronger than the first NSL meet," Vaughn said. "Our distance team is our strength and they dominated for sure. I'm also proud of our girls. For them, it is about numbers. Virtually our entire team participates in four events."
The YHS girls scored 80 points en rout to a second place finish behind Sierra with 99.
Hughey was one again a triple winner in the 400, 800, and 1600. Hughey has not lost a race this season in the NSL. Like the previous week, Hughey was the only individual winner for the girls.
Other YHS highlights included Rudd who placed second in the long jump (15-feet-8), second in the triple jump (32-feet-6) and third in the 100 hurdles (18.2). Elyse Espe placed third in the 300 hurdles (56.4) and fourth in the 400 (66.2).
Glanzer took third in the high jump (5-feet-0), and fifth in the 300 hurdles (57.8).
Sanger Easter Classic
Select YHS track and field athletes participated in the 35-team Sanger Easter Classic on April 17. Yosemite's Simpson ran away with the 3200 meter crown with a winning time of 10:03.7. It was Simpson's second invitational victory this season. Current YHS record holder Christen Cogdell took third in the pole vault at 8-feet-3. Victoria Glanzer was seventh in the high jump at 4-feet-9.
Sanger Metric Classic
Yosemite also participated in one of the Central Valley's premier track meets, the April 25 Sanger Metric Classic.
Simpson placed fifth in the 1600 (4:30.09) and 15th in the 800 (2:06.87).
The girls 1600 medley relay team of Elyse Espe, Rudd, Lauren Peterson, and Hughey placed sixth (4:37.10).
Rudd placed ninth in the 100 hurdles (19.37), and Hughey placed 11th in the 1600 (5:31.51)
Current YHS record holder Cogdell tied for seventh in the girl's pole vault at 8-feet.
Overall, the Yosemite boy's team placed 20th and the girls placed 18th at the 22-team meet.