YHS girls perform well at Easter classic

The Yosemite girl’s track team participated in one of the area’s top meets March 31, the Sanger Easter Classic. And for the third straight meet they fared well - good news going into Friday’s Yosemite Invitational at Badger Stadium.

“I was really pleased with the girl’s performance,” Coach Walker Vaughn said. “Both Taylor Burrall and Elyse Espe had a strong meet. These types of meets really are preparing us for league.”

The 29-team event is one of the larger Valley meets of the season. The meet included Valley track powers such as Bakersfield, Buchanan, Clovis North, and Golden West. Like most invitational meets, athletes must qualify to participate, and no Badger boys made the qualification standards. The girl’s however, more than made up for it scoring well against top-flight competition.

Burrall places in four events

Taylor Burrall took second in the high jump with a height of 5-1. Burrall’s height was one inch short of her personal best. Burrall also continued her dominance in the hurdles by placing third in both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Burrall’s time of 17.11 in the 100m hurdles was a personal best and fourth all-time in YHS history. Burrall also took fourth in the triple jump at 33-4. Burrall’s mark was good for third all-time at Yosemite.

Elyse Espe took second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.82.

“Elyse continues to improve every week,” Vaughn said. “She works hard every day and it is paying off.”

Espe’s time is now sixth all-time.

Other strong performances included Lauren Peterson sixth in the 100m hurdles (18.04), Ashlee Harrell seventh in the high jump (4-03), Christen Cogdell seventh in the pole vault (7-09), and Katie Whitcomb eighth in the long jump (14-02).

Yosemite Mountain Invitational

The 11th Annual Yosemite Mountain Invitational track meet takes place at 3 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Badger Stadium.

“We are really excited about this year’s invitational,” Vaughn said. “This year, 21-teams will participate. This meet will be the biggest ever. We have some strong programs such as Clovis East, Madera, Redwood, Sanger, and Sierra who will be here to compete.”

The North Sequoia League

The meet will serve as the final warm-up before North Sequoia League competition begins. Starting April 15, the NSL will have three practice meets in preparation for the league championship meet. The practice meets occur every Wednesday. The first meet will be hosted by Washington Union. Yosemite gets the second meet on April 22, and back to Union on April 29. The NSL championships will be held at YHS at 3 p.m. on May 6.

Each team accumulates points in every practice meet. The winning team gets 10 points, second-8, third-6, fourth-4, and fifth-2. Total points are carried over to the league championship meet.

“Every practice meet counts and we will need every point we can get,” Vaughn said. “Our girls will be in a battle with Sierra at the end. It will be a challenging season in the NSL.”