Girls YHS track team wins second league meet

The Yosemite High girls won their second of three regular season North Sequoia League track meets April 20 at Washington Union, edging second place Sierra 130-106.

The Lady Badgers outscored Sierra 100-37 in running events, but the Chieftains dominated the field events, outscoring Yosemite 69-30.

Liberty finished in third place with 67 points, followed by Washington Union (21) and Chowchilla (7).

Freshman Sayda Taylor won the 100 meter dash with a school record time of 12.43. She also won the 200 meter race in 26:15.

Sophomore sprinter Peyton Garner placed second in the 100m (13.4) and 200m (27.97), with both times placing her in the top 10 in school history. Sophomore Daytona Tuso also broke into the school’s all-time top 10 in the 100 with her third place time of 13.62.

In a repeat of the prior week, junior Elyse Espe continued her dominant NSL performances, winning the 400 (1:03.8), the 300 hurdles (48.40), and the triple jump (32-5). Espe was also part of the winning 4x400 relay team (4:32.23). The Badgers scored 23 points in just the hurdle events.

In distance races Gabby Stegge was a double winner in the 1600 and 3200. The cross country star is now coming into her own on the track.

Washington Union wins boys division

Washington Union ran away with the varsity boys division with 134 points. Sierra was second with 79 and YHS third (47), followed by Chowchilla (36), and Liberty (22).

Noah Williams won the triple jump, and Peter Cresci and Dustin Leroy placed in four events.

The Badgers had some solid performances, especially Kevin Bulawski. The junior won in both hurdles and the discus. Bulawski was also second in the shot put. Bulawski ran 16.63 in the 110m high hurdles, good for seventh all-time at YHS. Bulawski’s 122-7 in the discus was a personal best. Overall, Bulawski accounted for 30 of YHS’s 70 points in the meet.

YHS sprinter Larry Wood ran 23.9 in the 200m, good for ninth all-time at YHS.

The frosh/soph boys placed second as a team as Chowchilla ran away with the meet title outscoring YHS 129-70. Sierra was third (37), Union fourth (31), and Liberty fifth (13). Klay Kliest was a double winner in the shot put (37-1), and discus (102-1).

Sanger Metric Classic

The Yosemite Badgers traveled to the 33 team Sanger Metric Classic on April 22. While not the largest meet in the Central Section, some of the top athletes from small and large schools in the Central Section participate in the event.

For YHS, sophomore Peter Martinez had a standout meet, placing second in the frosh/soph shot put (44-1), and fourth in the discus with a personal best 115-04 (third best throw in YHS frosh/soph history).

Elyse Espe placed eighth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 50.91.

The third league meet was held April 27 (results not available at press time), and the team will participate in the Dinuba Invitational April 29. The NSL championship meet will be held at 3 p.m., May 4, at Washington Union.