The YHS varsity girls and frosh/soph boys track teams continued their march towards North Sequoia League titles after winning their second straight NSL practice meet April 22 at Badger Stadium.
The girls, led with four wins by senior Taylor Burrall, dominated the meet by scoring 144 points. Liberty-Madera Ranchos was a distant second with 95 and pre-season favorite Sierra was third with 79 points.
The frosh/soph boys were also victors with 79 points. Yosemite was led with three wins by Taylor Cuartilon and two by David O’Brian. Sierra was second with 66, and Washington Union and Chowchilla tied for third with 62 points.
“I am pleased with our progress,” head coach Walker Vaughn said. “We are moving forward. Our girls have really stepped up. The hard work is paying off.”
Vaughn decided to move down underclassmen from varsity to the boys frosh/soph team, as there were not enough numbers for the varsity boys to be compete for a league title. It has now paid off with two straight NSL practice meet wins.
Burrall wins four more
Senior Taylor Burrall took both hurdle events. Burrall’s time of 16.5 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles is now the third fastest in YHS history. Burrall also clocked 50.2 in the 300 hurdles. In the field, Burrall had a winning mark of 32-5 in the triple jump and 4-10 in the high jump. Burrall scored 32 points (8 points for first) which accounted for more than 22% of Yosemite’s overall score.
As usual Burrall had a lot of help. Distance runner Ellen Saunders had victories in the women’s 1600-meter sprint (6:06.0) and the 3200 (14:15). Saunders’ 3200 time puts her No.10 all-time at YHS. Saunders also placed second in the 800 (2:44).
Sophomore Elyse Espe won the 400 in 1:04. Espe scored valuable points in two other events. She was second in the 300 hurdles in 50.9 (now seventh all-time at YHS) and third in the triple jump (30-7). Sprinter Lauren Peterson took second in the 100 hurdles (17.5), third in the 100 (13.7), and third in the 200 (28.5). Peterson also helped the 4x100 relay team to a first place finish in 53.2.
Christen Cogdell took second in a strong field in the discus with a throw of 94.9. Cogdell’s throw ranks third all-time in YHS history. Cogdell tied for fourth in the 100 hurdles at 17.9 and was fifth in the pole vault at 9-0.
“Christen competes and scores well in three of the most technical events in track and field,” Vaughn said. “She has great athleticism.”
Christy Halbert was third in the pole vault at 9-0. Halbert now shares the YHS pole vault record with Cogdell.
“Christy and Christen both scored well against Sierra’s vaulters,” Vaughn said. “It was a great vault for Christy.”
Gabriella Stegge added key depth by taking second in the 400 meter (1:06) and fourth in the 200 (28.5). Stegge also was part of the winning 4x400 relay team that won with a time of 4:31. Katie Whitcomb was third in the long jump at 15-1 and fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 29-7.
Frosh/Soph boys win second straight meet - Cuartilon wins three events
The frosh/soph boys continue to dominate the NSL. Freshman Taylor Cuartilon had his best meet of the season. Cuartilon won with a personal best 9-0 in the pole vault and was victorious in both the 110 hurdles (21.6) and the 300m hurdles (51.9). Cuartilon was also third in the high jump at 4-10.
“This was a huge meet for Taylor,” Vaughn said. “I told Taylor last week on our bus ride home that we needed him to run hurdles. So he goes out on his first races and wins. Taylor also won in the pole vault. Taylor has a great attitude and has so much ability.”
David O’Brian continued his winning ways by taking the 400-meter in a time of 59.4 as well as the high jump at 5-0. O’Brian was fourth in both the 1600 (5:20) and the 800 (2:21).
“Most of our athletes compete in four events,” Vaughn said. “Both David and Taylor are improving every meet and give it their all.”
Peter Martinez won the shot put with a mark of 42-1 and was second in the discus at 103-0.
Jesse De La Cruz was second in three events - the 100m (11.6), the triple jump (34-1), and in the pole vault with a personal best height of 8-6. De La Cruz was also third in the 200m at 24.5.
Varsity Boys place fourth
The varsity boys were not without highlights of their own. With depleted numbers, the varsity boys still won five events and took fourth overall with 55 points. Sierra won the varsity boys division in a runaway scoring 114 points. Union was second with 78 points and Chowchilla third with 63.
Jonathan Mulkey owned the distance winning the 800m (2:11.6), the 1600m (4:56), and the 3200m (11:55). It is the second straight meet where Mulkey has won the brutal distance triple. Mulkey also took fifth in the pole vault with a height of 10-6.
Matt Martinez won both the 110m hurdles (19.2) and the 300m hurdles (46.8). Martinez, a senior, is competing in his first track season, and has dominated the NSL hurdles.
Junior Kevin Kirk placed second in the 300m hurdles (47.9) and was fourth in the triple jump at 31-10. Senior Brian Godoy continues his improvement in the discus throwing a personal best 108-3 good for third place.
The Badgers will compete in the Dinuba High School Invitational this Friday. The NSL Championship Meet will held at 3 p.m., May 6, at Badger Stadium. The girls team is expected to win the league title.