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Eagles run faster, jump higher than Liberty Ranch, Galt

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Vista’s track and field team opened the Sierra Valley Conference schedule Wednesday with an expected sweep of Liberty Ranch and Galt.

The first real test of the season comes next Wednesday, as the Eagles travel to El Dorado to face the Cougars, as well as River City.

“Both of our varsity teams are doing well and I believe we should contend for the league title,” Vista coach Mike Kozlowski said. “El Dorado will be a big test, as they’re the defending boys’ champs from last year. Cosumnes Oaks also has a skilled team.”

Liberty Ranch and Galt were no match for the Eagles, as the girls won 12 of the 14 events in a 107-29 win over Galt and a 102-24 victory against Liberty Ranch.

As the final scores show, the Eagles were strong from the hurdles and jumps to the sprints. Allie Magon won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.87 seconds, while Delaney Hooper claimed the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 3.5 inches. Hooper also placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 31-7 1/2 inches, trailing her teammate Karina Williams, who jumped 33-0.

Julia Hofmann and Jen Morgan combined to take first and second in the high jump, respectively, both clearing the bar at 4-6. In the sprints, Kelsey Decker, Caprina Pipion and Kyra Tung led the Eagles to sweep the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays and the 100- and 200-meter runs.

The varsity boys also had a dominating day, defeating Galt 114-21 and Liberty Ranch, 100-36.

Like the girls, the sprinters swept both relay events, as well as the sprinting events thanks to strong performances from Danny Jacobs, Matt Raymond, Martin Garza, Mitch McCann, Jacob Sampson and Nick Williams. Raymond claimed the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 23.0. Teammates Sampson (23.1), Jacobs (23.24) and Garza (23.59) were in hot pursuit.

Sampson and TJ Fulton were busy in the jumps, as both cleared the high jump bar at 5-8 to take second and third, respectively, while Fulton triple jumped 38-10 1/2 inches to place third, and Sampson was fourth at 38-0. Colin McCargo won the event at a distance of 40-3, while Austin Robertson placed second at 39-3.

Vista’s distance runners on both the girls’ and boys’ sides also had a dominating day, winning every event. Sierra Jaeger showed her versatility by also winning the 400 meters in 1:02.62, while sprinter David Raymond competed in the 800 meters and won with a time of 2:04.62.

“The strength of our teams is our versatility, as we’ve got good kids in every event,” Kozlowski said. “The girls are really strong in the distance runs with Madeleine (Ankhelyi), Sierra (Jaeger) and Clare (Carroll), while the guys are good in the sprints, as we’ve got six really solid guys in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.”

Wednesday’s meet against El Dorado will be a big test, especially for the boys, as the Cougars are defending league champions.