Neither rain, sleet, thunder, or lightning was going to stop the Yosemite Mountain Invitational.
Despite extremely difficult conditions for a track meet, the 12th annual Yosemite Mountain Invitational was completed Friday, April 8.
Finishing the meet was a credit to the athletes and YHS volunteer staff.
“All things considered the meet went pretty well,” said head coach Walker Vaughn. “Everyone worked together to keep things going and the kids had a great attitude and competed hard.”
Coach Vaughn was especially appreciative of the efforts of the volunteers who had to endure rainy conditions for most of the meet.
“I am especially proud and thankful for all of YHS staff and meet volunteers who stuck it out,” Vaughn said. “It was great teamwork and everyone had a great attitude. Again, the teamwork of everyone involved showed such great character. Our program is very grateful.”
Not all of the 21 teams who entered stayed through the meet, as it was put on hold for about an hour due to lightning. All teams were herded into the YHS gym to wait out the storm.
After the lightning passed, a number of schools packed it in and went home. For a while, the rain stopped but started up again 45 minutes after the stoppage. The pole vault was canceled and there were few participants in the long and high jump. Still the show went on.
Sanger ran away in the varsity boy’s competition with 126 points. Redwood and Madera were a distant second with 79 and 76 points respectively. YHS was seventh with 29 points.
Dinuba edged Selma 89 to 82 to win the frosh/soph boys division. YHS was sixth with 32 points.
Redwood won the girls division with 103 points. Yosemite was fifth with 57 points.
There were strong performances by Yosemite athletes.
YHS freshman sensation Sayda Taylor took first in the 100 meters (12.83) and the long jump (15-9). Taylor, along with Peyton Garner, Chloe Duke, and Lauren Peterson were third overall in the girls 4x100m relay with a time of 52.15. The time is the third fastest in YHS girls track history.
YHS finished just behind track powers Clovis East and Sanger. The previous week, the YHS girls ran 51.39 at the Clovis East Frosh/Soph Invitational.
“We have been experimenting with different combinations in the relays so far this season,” Vaughn said. “We have 5 solid sprinters which is a luxury. The 4x100 relay is close to a school record (50.48 in 1983). It is one of the oldest records at YHS. We want to break it and with the right combination we will. Still this group did a great job Friday in the cold and rain.”
Garner was victorious in the 200m with a time of 27.60. Garner also took eighth in the triple jump (29-06). Elyse Espe continued her strong early season. Espe was second in the 300m hurdles (50.08) and sixth in the 400m (1:06.48). Duke was third in the 300m hurdles at 52.34.
For the varsity boys, Kevin Bulawski was second in the 110m hurdles (17.07), fourth in the 300m hurdles (45.02), and fifth in the shot put (39-05).
Larry Wood was third in both the 100m and 200m with times of 11.68 and 23.90 respectively.
Peter Martinez was a double winner in the frosh/soph shot put (42-02) and discus (125-05). Jesse DeLaCruz was third in the frosh/soph 100m with a time of 12.37.
North Sequoia League season begins
The YHS track team begins its North Sequoia League season this week. The NSL track season is comprised of three league meets with all schools participating and the league championships. All league meets occur on successive Wednesdays.
The first league meet will be at YHS on April 13. The next will be at Washington Union on April 20. The final regular season meet will also be at YHS on April 27. The league championships will be held at Union on May 4.
“We are excited about league,” Vaughn said. “Our boys and girls will be ready. We have competed against strong competition leading up to league. We have a strong girls team, especially in the sprints and field. It won’t be easy, but we have a lot of confidence.”
YHS will compete in the Exeter Monarch Invitational on April 16.