The Yosemite High girls track team had a strong performance March 23 at the 25-team Exeter Monarch Invitational. Yosemite participated in the small school division consisting of 17 schools and the girls . place second scoring 64 points with host Exeter placing first with 72 points.
Visalia track power Redwood was first in the large schools and overall meet winner with 155 points. YHS was fifth overall. The YHS girls were just eight points from winning this prestigious early season meet without two of their senior stars - Peyton Garner and Alli Ruiz.
Junior Sayda Taylor was a double-winner - in the 200 meters (27.03) and the high jump (5-3). Taylor’s high jump was one inch short of her all-time best.
Sophomore Abby Rumohr was the winner in the pole vault with a height of 7-9. Rumohr, along with Taylor, Chloe Duke, and Lillian Stegge clocked 52.78 in the 4x100m relay for second place. It is the fourth fastest time in school history.
Chloe Duke was second in the 100m hurdles at 18.0. The sprint medley team consisting of Duke, Stegge, Jaiden Stansberry, and Emily Meyer was third with a time of 2:04.36.
Other top 10 meet performances included: Jaiden Stansberry, 8th in the 400m (1:07.51); Taylor Oetinger, 9th in the 800m (2:40.7) and 10th in the 300m hurdles (59.33). Taylor, Stansberry, Meyer, and Mia Martinez were 9th in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:52.17. Kaia Owen ran a 5:59.39 in the 1600m good for 10th all-time in YHS history.
Boys place fifth
The Yosemite varsity boys were 5th overall in the small school division with 52 points. Senior Dustin Leroy was second in the discus for the varsity boys with a throw of 124-06.
The YHS sprint medley team of Clayton Burke, Dylan Harlan-Bullock, Giovanni DeOliveira, and Isaac Rumohr took third place with a time of 1:46.98.
Senior distance specialist Rumohr had a good day, with a 5th place finish in the 1600m (4:49.07), giving him the 9th best time in school history.
Rumohr’s distance teammate Russell Zelazo also had a strong performance in the 1600m, with a time of 4:52.94 for 10th place. His time is now 10th in school history. The athletic Zelazo was 9th in the 300m low hurdles with a time of 45.90, in one of the more grueling sprint races in track.
Daniel Martinez was 9th in the discus with a throw of 110-11 and 10th in the shot put at 38-11.
Alhough team scores were not kept, the YHS frosh-soph squad had some solid performances.
Freshman Steven Baker was a double winner, in the 100m (12.09) and the 200m (24.68).
“These times are excellent for this early season. It is reflective of Steven’s hard work,” Head Coach Cari Rumohr said.
Sophomore Ernie Jimenez was third in the 400m with a time of 57.35. Freshman Alec Small was third in the 800m in 2:16.80.
Freshman Matt Spear was 7th in the 200m (26.05) and Jonah Garza was 9th in the long jump (4-10).
Mountain Invitational April 6
The Yosemite Mountain Invitational will be held at 3 p.m. on April 6 at Badger Stadium.