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Lady Badgers win half the events to beat Sierra

The 17-member Yosemite High girls track squad defeated defending champion Sierra, 126.5 to 114.5, to win the North Sequoia League track title May 6 at Badger Stadium, the first in the past five years.

Overall, the YHS girls won 8 of 16 events.

Yosemite’s Taylor Burrall won four events to lead the Lady Badgers - the 100 meter hurdles (17.1), 300m hurdles (49.1), high jump (5-3), and the triple jump (34-6). Burrall’s triple jump is now No. 3 all-time at YHS.

Coach Walker Vaughn said after the meet the team is made up of a great group of athletes.

“Our girls really came through,” Vaughn said, “Sierra had a great meet and made it close. Our team had key finishes and depth which carried us. every team member contributed to this championship. I’m proud of the whole team.”

It is the seventh league title for the YHS girls under Vaughn. It is the first since 2010. The girls program won five straight titles from 2006-2010.

“We want to get the championship streak going again,” Vaughn said.

Since taking over in 2002, Vaughn and staff have won 15 boys and girls titles, two CIF Central Section titles, and were twice section runners-up.

The track staff of Vaughn (high jump & sprints), Kellie Vaughn (long jump & triple jump), Sonja Mazaira (distance & throws), Ron Cox (hurdles), Ed Cheney (pole vault), and Alek Simpson (distance) made a big difference.

“This staff and their preparation are a huge reason we are successful,” Vaughn said. “Their effort and the hard work from the kids got us here.”

Ellen Saunders was a double winner in the 1600m (6:02.31), and the 3200m (13:44.4), and placed second in the 800m (2:39.7). Saunders also anchored the winning 4x400m relay team (4:27.32) that beat Liberty by 1.7 seconds. Other members of the relay team are Maya Mendonca, Kailei Gould, and Elyse Espe.

In addtion to being on the winning relay team, Espe, a sophomore, won the 400 (1:03.58), was second in the 300m hurdles (49.34) just seven-hundredths of a second behind Burrall, and took third in the triple jump with a leap of 29-04.

Christen Cogdell set a personal record placing second in the discus (100-11), the No. 3 best throw in YHS history. She placed third in the pole vault (8-6), fourth in the 100 Hurdles (18.18), and sixth in the shot put (26-10).

Lauren Peterson placed in four events. She was third in the 100 (13.61), third in 100 hurdles (17.90), and was a member of the third place 4X100 relay team (54.43) with teammates Gabrielle Stegge, Katie Whitcomb, and Gould.

Elena Conklin placed in two events throwing 80-6 in the discus, a personal best for fourth place, and was fifth in the 1600 (6:47.72).

Prior to league meet, YHS had a built-in lead of 24 points to Sierra’s 16 as a result of winning the three NSL practice meets. It proved to be the difference in the meet.

“The practice meets matter,” Vaughn said. “The lead we built prior to the championships was big. It was something our staff focused on.”

Washington Union took the boys title with 129 points. Sierra was second at 112. Chowchilla as third (64), followed by Yosemite (12), and Liberty (9). Brian Godoy, Kevin Kirk, and Jonathon Zohos were the highest YHS finishers. Godoy took third in the discus (106-3), Kirk placed third in the 300 hurdles (48.20), and Zohos got fifth in the shot put (38-5).

Frosh-soph boys win title

Peter Martinez and Jesse De La Cruz each won two events to lead the YHS frosh/soph boys to the NSL title. Like the girls, it was close. YHS scored 93 points. Sierra was second with 79, followed by Chowchilla (74), Washington Union (46), and Liberty (23).

Martinez captured both the shot (40-7), and discus (104-5). De La Cruz won the 200 (24.12), the pole vault (9-6), placed second in the 100 (12.24), and took third in the triple jump (34-10).

Taylor Cuartilon took the high jump (5-2), and was second in the 110 hurdles (21.83), and pole vault (7-6). David O’Brien scored in four events including second in the high jump (5-2), and Matt Holden placed second in the discus (80-7), and scored in three other events.

“Our frosh-soph squad did an amazing job winning with just eight athletes,:”Vaughn said. “Martinez and De La Cruz really stepped up. They both worked hard and peaked at the right time.”

Yosemite scoring in North Sequoia League Championship Meet

YHS scoring results-Girls

Team scores: 1. Yosemite 126.5, 2. Sierra 114.5, 3. Liberty-Madera Ranchos 88, 4. Chowchilla 2, Washington Union 1. 100 meters: 3. Lauren Peterson 13.61; 200m: 5. Peterson 28.79; 400m: 1. Elyse Espe, 1:03.58; 3. Gabrielle Stegge 1:04.33; 800m: 2. Ellen Saunders 2:39.79; 4. Balanna Ramos 2:59.92. 1600m: 1. Saunders 6:02.31; 3. Ramos 6:27.00; 5. Elena Conklin 6:47.72. 3200m: 1. Saunders 13:44.45; 4. Ramos 14:41.15. 100m hurdles: 1. Taylor Burrall 17.18; 3. Peterson 17.90; 4. Christen Cogdell 18:18. 300m

hurdles: 1. Burrall 48.56; 2. Espe 49.30. 4x100m relay: 3. YHS (Stegge, Katie Whitcomb, Kailei Gould, Peterson). 4x400m relay: 1. YHS (Maya Mendonca, Espe, Gould, Saunders). High Jump: 1. Burrall 5-3; 3. Ashlee Harrell 4-6; 5. Gould 4-4. Pole Vault: 3. Cogdell 8-6; 5. Christy Halbert 8-6. Long Jump: 5. Harrell 13-6; Triple Jump: 1. Burrall 34-6; 3. Espe 39-4. Shot Put 5. Harrell 27-4. Discus 2. Cogdell 100-11; 4. Elena Conklin 80-6.

YHS scoring results-Frosh/Soph boys

Team scores: 1. Yosemite 93, 2. Sierra 79, 3. Chowchilla 74, 4. Washington Union 46, 5. Liberty 23.

100m: 2. Jesse DeLa Cruz 12.24; 5. Matthew Holden 13.05. 200m: 1. DeLaCruz 24.2. 400m: 3. David O'Brien 59.54. 800m: 5. O'Brien 2:24.70. 1600m: 3. O'Brien 5:15.11. 3200m: Noah Williams 14:36.47.

110m hurdles: 2. Taylor Cuartilon 21.83. 300m hurdles: 5. Cuartilon 53.59. High Jump: 1. Cuartilon 5-2; 2. O'Brien 5-2. Pole Vault: 1. DeLaCruz 9-6; 2. Cuartilon 7-6; 3. Peter Cresci 7-6. Triple Jump: 3. DeLaCruz 34-10; 4. Williams 31-10. Shot Put: Peter Martinez 40-7; 5. Holden 30-1. Discus: 1. Martinez 104-5; 2. Holden 80-7.

YHS scoring results-Varsity boys

Team scores: 1. Washington Union 129, 2. Sierra 112, 3. Chowchilla 64, 4. Yosemite 12, 5. Liberty 9.

300m hurdles: 3. Kevin Kirk 48.20. Triple Jump: 5. Kirk 30-9. Shot Put: 5. Jonathan Zohos 38-5. Discus: 3. Brian Godoy 106-3; 5. Zohos 103-11.

The 17-member Yosemite High girls track squad defeated defending champion Sierra, 126.5 to 114.5, to win the North Sequoia League track title May 6 at Badger Stadium, the first in the past five years.

Overall, the YHS girls won 8 of 16 events.

Yosemite’s Taylor Burrall won four events to lead the Lady Badgers - the 100 meter hurdles (17.1), 300m hurdles (49.1), high jump (5-3), and the triple jump (34-6). Burrall’s triple jump is now No. 3 all-time at YHS.

Coach Walker Vaughn said after the meet the team is made up of a great group of athletes.

“Our girls really came through,” Vaughn said, “Sierra had a great meet and made it close. Our team had key finishes and depth which carried us. every team member contributed to this championship. I’m proud of the whole team.”

It is the seventh league title for the YHS girls under Vaughn. It is the first since 2010. The girls program won five straight titles from 2006-2010.

“We want to get the championship streak going again,” Vaughn said.

Since taking over in 2002, Vaughn and staff have won 15 boys and girls titles, two CIF Central Section titles, and were twice section runners-up.

The track staff of Vaughn (high jump & sprints), Kellie Vaughn (long jump & triple jump), Sonja Mazaira (distance & throws), Ron Cox (hurdles), Ed Cheney (pole vault), and Alek Simpson (distance) made a big difference.

“This staff and their preparation are a huge reason we are successful,” Vaughn said. “Their effort and the hard work from the kids got us here.”

Ellen Saunders was a double winner in the 1600m (6:02.31), and the 3200m (13:44.4), and placed second in the 800m (2:39.7). Saunders also anchored the winning 4x400m relay team (4:27.32) that beat Liberty by 1.7 seconds. Other members of the relay team are Maya Mendonca, Kailei Gould, and Elyse Espe.

In addtion to being on the winning relay team, Espe, a sophomore, won the 400 (1:03.58), was second in the 300m hurdles (49.34) just seven-hundredths of a second behind Burrall, and took third in the triple jump with a leap of 29-04.

Christen Cogdell set a personal record placing second in the discus (100-11), the No. 3 best throw in YHS history. She placed third in the pole vault (8-6), fourth in the 100 Hurdles (18.18), and sixth in the shot put (26-10).

Lauren Peterson placed in four events. She was third in the 100 (13.61), third in 100 hurdles (17.90), and was a member of the third place 4X100 relay team (54.43) with teammates Gabrielle Stegge, Katie Whitcomb, and Gould.

Elena Conklin placed in two events throwing 80-6 in the discus, a personal best for fourth place, and was fifth in the 1600 (6:47.72).

Prior to league meet, YHS had a built-in lead of 24 points to Sierra’s 16 as a result of winning the three NSL practice meets. It proved to be the difference in the meet.

“The practice meets matter,” Vaughn said. “The lead we built prior to the championships was big. It was something our staff focused on.”

Washington Union took the boys title with 129 points. Sierra was second at 112. Chowchilla as third (64), followed by Yosemite (12), and Liberty (9). Brian Godoy, Kevin Kirk, and Jonathon Zohos were the highest YHS finishers. Godoy took third in the discus (106-3), Kirk placed third in the 300 hurdles (48.20), and Zohos got fifth in the shot put (38-5).

Frosh-soph boys win title

Peter Martinez and Jesse De La Cruz each won two events to lead the YHS frosh/soph boys to the NSL title. Like the girls, it was close. YHS scored 93 points. Sierra was second with 79, followed by Chowchilla (74), Washington Union (46), and Liberty (23).

Martinez captured both the shot (40-7), and discus (104-5). De La Cruz won the 200 (24.12), the pole vault (9-6), placed second in the 100 (12.24), and took third in the triple jump (34-10).

Taylor Cuartilon took the high jump (5-2), and was second in the 110 hurdles (21.83), and pole vault (7-6). David O’Brien scored in four events including second in the high jump (5-2), and Matt Holden placed second in the discus (80-7), and scored in three other events.

“Our frosh-soph squad did an amazing job winning with just eight athletes,:”Vaughn said. “Martinez and De La Cruz really stepped up. They both worked hard and peaked at the right time.”

NOTE: For complete Yosemite scoring from the North Sequoia League Track Championship results, go to sierrastar.com.

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