YHS girls win final practice meet

The Yosemite High School girls’ track and field team ran away with their third straight North Sequoia League practice meet. The term “practice” is not quite accurate. Team scores accumulate toward the league championship meet. This will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Badger Stadium. The girls amassed 137 points. Sierra was second with 90 points and Liberty was third with 81 points.

The Yosemite frosh/soph boys finished second for the first time this year. The frosh/soph boys had won the two previous practice meets. Sierra edged the frosh/soph event with 85 points, YHS had 76 points, and Chowchilla was third with 59 points. The varsity boys finished fourth with 52 points. Washington Union edged Sierra 104 to 98 to win their first practice meet this season.

“We had a great final practice meet,” said head coach Walker Vaughn. “We prepare all year for the NSL league championships. Both our girls and boys frosh/soph teams are in a solid position to win titles. They just have to go get it.”

Senior distance specialist Ellen Saunders pulled off a tough triple by winning the 800 meters (2:42) 1600m (6:14) and the 3200m (14:35). Saunders has solidified the distance races for YHS this season. Hurdles and jumps star Taylor Burrall also won three events, the 100m hurdles (16.47), 300m hurdles (49.44), and the high jump (5-3). Burrall’s high jump ties a personal best and is good for third all-time at YHS. Burrall also took second in the triple jump (32-11). Burrall lost to Emma Horanic of Liberty who jumped 32-11 ¼. It was the only second place finish this season for Burrall in NSL meets.

Other winners included Elyse Espe in the 400m clocking 1:05.4. Espe also placed second in the 300m hurdles (49.81) and third in the 200m (28.12).

The varsity girls again placed well in most events. Christen Cogdell threw a personal best 92-6 in the discus which was good for second place. Cogdell’s throw now ranks sixth all-time at YHS. Cogdell also was fifth in the pole vault at 7-6. Vaulter Christy Halbert was fourth in the pole vault at 8-0.

Katie Whitcomb was second in the long jump at 15-8. Whitcomb also placed fourth in the triple jump (29-10). Lauren Peterson was third in the 100m hurdles (16.78) and fourth in the 100m (13.19).

Balana Ramos was third in both the 800m (2.59) and 1600m (6.33). Ramos also took fourth in the 3200m with a time of 15.08. Ramos gives YHS valuable depth in the key distance events.

Peter Martinez was a double winner in the shot put and discus for the frosh/soph boys. Martinez won the shot with a put of 39-7 and the discus with a throw of 103-4. Jesse DeLaCruz won the pole vault (9-0), and took second in both the 100m (11.8) and the 200m (24.5). DeLaCruz was also third in the triple jump with a mark of 34-4.

Pete Cresci was second in the pole vault (8-6), third in the 3200m (13.43) and fifth in the 800m (2:47). David O’Brian was third in both the high jump (4-6) and the 1600m (5:17). O’Brian also took fourth place in the 400m (1.00.2) and 800m (2:32).

For the varsity boys, Jonathan Mulkey again took three big wins in the distance races. Mulkey has not lost a distance event in the NSL this season. Mulkey won in the 800m (2:10.9), the 1600m (4:50.7), and the 3200m (12.42.1). To top it off Mulkey also took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 11-6.

Kevin Kirk was second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.01. Kirk was fourth in the triple jump at 32-6. Jonathan Zohos threw a personal best 102-0 in the discus to take third place. Zohos was fourth in the shot with a put of 37-0.

Badger girls take second in the Dinuba Invitational - Burrall wins three events

On Friday, May 1, select Badger track members competed at the 20-team Dinuba Invitational. The YHS girls narrowly missed winning by scoring 108.5 points. Yosemite Division power, Independence, took the title with 120.5 points.

“We had some strong performances at Dinuba,” Vaughn said. “Our girls competed at a high level in another strong meet. This was another good test before league championships.”

Taylor Burrall continued her dominance in the hurdles by winning the 100m hurdles in a personal best 16.91. Taylor’s time is now the third fastest in YHS history. Burrall also jumped 5-2 to win the high jump. The mark ties Burrall’s personal best which is third overall in YHS history. Burrall took her third gold winning the triple jump at 32-09.

The Badgers had other strong performances. Christen Cogdell continued her solid season in the discus by capturing second with a throw of 89-10. Cogdell also took third in the pole vault at 8-0.

Christy Halbert vaulted 8-6 to take second. Katie Whitcomb jumped 14-3 in the long jump to take second place. Elyse Espe was third in the 400m at 1:02.7. Lauren Peterson took third in the 100m hurdles at 18.42, and fourth in the 100m at 13.91. Distance specialist Ellen Saunders was fourth in the 1600m 6:03.6 and sixth in the 800m at 2:49.7.

The Badgers 4x100m relay team of Gabrielle Stegge, Maya Mendonca, Katie Whitcomb, and Lauren Peterson took second with a time of 53.79, good for No. 4 all-time.

Katrina Conklin was fourth in the 300m hurdles (58-09). Stegge took fourth in the long jump with a mark of 13-10.

Freshman Peter Martinez won the frosh/soph division shot put shattering his personal best with a put of 44-6. Brian Godoy was sixth in the varsity discus with a throw of 100-5. Jonathan Zohos was fourth in the shot.

Jonathan Mulkey was third in the 3200m at 10:42.3. Jesse DeLaCruz took fifth places in the frosh/soph 100m (12.06) and the 200m (24.2). DeLaCruz continues to improve as both times were personal bests.