Coming off its second straight North Sequoia League championship, the YHS girls track team continued their successful season at the Sierra/Sequoia D-II championships held in Kingsburg May 11.
Yosemite’s freshman standout Sayda Taylor won the 200 meter dash with a new school record time of 25.64 seconds. She crossed the finish line ahead of five seniors, with Sarah Reyna of Shafter taking second in 26.20. Taylor is ranked No. 5 in the Central Section according to DyeStat.com.
Taylor qualified for Saturday’s Central Section Masters Meet at Buchanan High.
Taylor was favored to be a double sprint winner, but was disqualified from the 100 dash due to a false start. Senior Sabrina Ruiz of Coalinga won the 100 in 12.69. Taylor clocked 12.67 at the North Sequoia League Meet two weeks earlier.
In addition to her first place medal in the 200, Taylor placed third in the long jump at 16-11, behind Immanuel’s Annie Regier (17-7), and event winner Dwana Chaney of Firebaugh (17-11).
The long jump mark is now ranked No. 3 all time in YHS history. Shelley Winchester owns the YHS record at 17-7 set in 1984.
The girl’s 4x100 meter relay team (Peyton Garner, Chloe Duke, Lauren Peterson, Sayda Taylor) had a season-best time of 51.27. It is the second best all-time mark in YHS history next to the time of 50.48 set in 1983. The time is the 11th best in the section.
Junior Elyse Espe was fourth in the 300 meter low hurdles with a time of 47.14. It was a personal best for Espe and good for No. 4 all-time at YHS. Espe is ranked No. 8 overall in the Central Section. Espe also moves on to the Masters meet.
Espe and Garner also had personal bests and all-time marks in the triple jump. Garner jumped 33-9 (No. 5 all-time) and Espe’s 32-8 is now No. 6 at YHS.
Garner was fourth in the 100 with a personal best 13.09. The sophomore is now No. 5 all-time at YHS.
Kevin Bulawsky placed 11th in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 16.35. It was a personal best for Bulawsky and the No. 7 best time in school history. Bulawsky was a double-winner in the hurdles in the NSL championships in just his first track year.
Yosemite sprinter Larry Wood placed 12th in the 100 meter dash in 11.62. Kingsburg’s Emmett Brooks won the event in 10.96. Wood placed tenth in the 200 in 23.81, with Washington Union’s Demarcus Griffin winning in 22.9.
Yosemite junior Riley Ashton placed ninth in the pole vault at 8-0. Sierra had the top three vaulters with Taylor Saar winning the event at 10-6.
Meet participants must qualify for the Sierra/Sequoia meet with a first to third finish in league and/or by their times. The YHS girls took fifth overall with 38.5 points. Immanuel edged Central Valley Christian 66-64 to win the title. North Sequoia League rival Sierra was third with 49 points.
“We were pretty successful overall,” head coach Walker Vaughn said. “We had a lot of personal bests. Sayda (Taylor) ran a solid 200 meters and Elyse (Espe) had another outstanding meet. Our 4x100 meter relay team had their best time of the year, just a little short of the school record.”
Kingsburg edged Dinuba 69-67 to win the boys title.