The Yosemite High Track and Field teams competed in the North Sequoia League Championships on Wednesday, May 2 at Washington Union. For the fourth straight year, the YHS girls are champions – not outright, but co-champions with Liberty-Madera Ranchos. Liberty took the meet with 134 points and YHS was right behind with 124. A previous win in the third NSL meet gave YHS the co-title.
“We had a strong day with lots of personal best performances,” first-year head coach Cari Rumohr said. “I am proud of this team.” The YHS varsity boys just missed out on the title losing out by just two points.
For the girls, junior Sayda Taylor won three events: 100 meters (12.99), 200m (26.95), and the High Jump (5-4). Taylor was second in the long jump leaping 16-1. Overall, Taylor scored 38 points for YHS.
Senior Alli Ruiz had a record-setting day. Ruiz set three personal bests and three all-time YHS times. Ruiz was a winner in the 400m (1:02.21, fifth-best all-time), second in the 100m hurdles (16.96, fourth all-time), and third in the 300m hurdles (49.24, sixth all-time). Ruiz’s efforts garnered 24 points toward the team’s co-title.
Sophomore Abby Rumohr was third in the 100m (13.25), third in the pole vault (9-6) and fourth in the 300m hurdles (51.71) good for 16 points.
Freshman Taylor Oetinger was a big contributor. Oetinger was third in the 800m with a time of 2:34.50. It was a personal best for Oetinger and sixth all-time at YHS. Oetinger placed sixth in both the 100m hurdles (19.42), and pole vault (7-0). Freshman Jocelyn Stansberry ran a personal best 5:56.90 in the 1600 meters and is now ninth all-time at YHS. Stansberry was sixth in the 800m at 2:44.5.
Sophomore Trinity Zelazo threw a personal best 84-7 for second in the discus. Senior teammate Sarah Meeks was third with a throw of 83-7 giving YHS key points.
The YHS 4x400m relay team of Oetinger, Stansberry, Zelazo, and Emily Meyer was third with a time of 4:31.85.
Yosemite boys place second to Kerman
The YHS boys just missed out on a title scoring 124 points to Kerman’s 125.5. There were some great performances by seniors and underclassmen along with a number of personal bests.
Senior thrower Dustin Leroy unleashed a throw of 125-0 to take the discus. Leroy also took fifth in the shot put at 36-0. Senior Russell Zelazo took the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.89. Zelazo also placed fourth in the 100m hurdles (19.04). Zelazo, along with Dylan Harlan-Bullock, Alec Small, and Ernie Jimenez were first in the 400m relay with a time of 3:40.21. The team is now sixth all-time at YHS.
Freshman Lasen Andrews was second in the 110m hurdles with a personal best time of 18.30. Andrews was also second in the 300m hurdles (44.87). The athletic Andrews also took fourth place in the pole vault with a height of 8-6.
Freshman Steven Baker had two personal best times. Baker was second in the 200m with a time of 23.48 and fourth in the 100m (11.71).
Senior Isaac Rumohr had a historic day. Rumohr set two personal best times: running 2:07 in the 800m for third place-now eighth best time at YHS. Rumohr was fourth in both the 1600m (4:42.03-7th all-time) and the 1600m (11:16). Rumohr also owns the sixth-best time in the 3200 (10:31) set last season. He leaves YHS as one of the top all-time distance runners in school history.
Other YHS finishers included Daniel Martinez (third in the discus 117-4), Caleb Burke (third in the triple jump-38-2), Matt Spear (third in the pole vault 10-0, tied for ninth all-time), Clay Burke (fourth in the high jump, 5-4), Klay Kliest (fourth in the shot put 37-8 and fifth in the discus, 115-05).
Next up for the following YHS athletes is the small-school Sierra-Sequoia Area Meet at Exeter on Wednesday May 9. The girls’ 4x100m relay team of (Ruiz Abby Rumohr, Lily Stegge, & Taylor), the 4x400m relay of (Taylor, Trinity Zelazo, Stansberry, & Meyer), the boys’ 4x400m relay (Isaac Rumohr, Alec Small, Ernie Jimenez, Harlan-Bullock), Kliest & Leroy in the discus, Abby Rumohr & Matt Spear in pole vault, Ruiz in the 100m hurdles & 400m, and Russell Zelazo in the 300m hurdles. The top three finishers in each event at the Sierra-Sequoia will move on to the Masters Meet at Buchanan High on May 19.