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Eagles shine at SVC league track and field championships

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ track and field team finished second and the varsity boys placed third in the Sierra Valley Conference Championships held last week. The freshman-sophomore boys’ and girls’ also finished in second place. Vista’s runners, throwers and jumpers scored well across the board and many logged individual performances that were personal or season bests. The varsity boys scored points in nine events. The distance runners showed their collective toughness by grabbing two of the top-four spots in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. David Howell and Zach Jaeger ran third and fourth in the 3,200. Howell will advance to Sac-Joaquin Division IV competition next week in Modesto. Matt Winkler placed fourth in the 800 and second in the 1,600. Riley Martin, continuing his season-long dominance, was the winner of both the 800 and 1,600. Martin’s times in each event this season have him ranked among the best in California. In the throws Jordan Takeuchi placed fifth in the shot put and scored a second-place finish in the discus. Like Martin, Scott Fukui completed his season in fine fashion, scoring fourth place in the long jump, third in the triple Jump and second in the 110 hurdles. Fukui joined Winkler, Martin and Trevor Canova in the 4x400-meter relay and placed fifth in 3 minutes, 33 seconds. Winkler, Takeuchi, Fukui, Howell and Martin will be competing in the Division IV meet this week as top qualifiers from the Sierra Valley Conference. Seven Vista girls will be joining the boys in Modesto for the Division IV meet. Sprinter Emily Cooper ran to victory in the 100-meter dash and placed third in the 200. First-time division qualifier Maci Shill impressed with a 400-meter time of 1:01.73. Jennifer Morgan and Madeleine Ankhelyi will join Shill in Modesto. Morgan ran to a third-place finish in the 3,200-meter run and is the first alternate in the 1,600, having finished fourth at the league meet. Ankhelyi’s performance was typically dominant. She bested the field in the 1,600 and 800 by a wide margin and is positioned as a top qualifier in the Sac-Joaquin Section and top-ranked runner in Division IV. Vista’s girls hold three of the top five spots in D-IV with Ankhelyi leading, Morgan holding the fourth-best time and Jennifer Arbaugh having run the fifth-best time. Arbaugh will be competing in the 1,600 at the Division IV meet after placing third in the league finals. Chelsea Shill and Robin Sarkisian are alternates having scored fourth-place finishes in the 800 and 3,200 respectively. Not to be outdone by sprinters and distance runners, field event specialists Marrissa Leung and Meaghan Hefflefinger were the winners of the pole vault and discus throw, respectively. Leung finished the season unbeaten in league meets and is ranked second in Division IV. Hefflefinger has consistently won this season and is ranked eighth in Sac-Joaquin Section entering the division competition. The Division IV meet will be held at Modesto Junior College. Trials were held Tuesday and finals will be held Thursday. Field events begin at 3 p.m. while track events start at 6 p.m. The top-six finishers in each event qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section championship meet to be held at Sac City College May 26-27. Frosh-Soph Boys Kris Williams, Kyle Chaw, Ryan Yee, Travis Rudnick and Christian Peralta made large improvements in their sprint times during the meet. Sam Ruby and Andrew Schiek set new personal bests in the distance runs. Ruby ran 5:07.36 in the mile and Schiek placed third overall in the 3,200 with time of 11:11.74. The 4x100 team of Williams, Chaw, Peralta and Austin Robertson placed third in a finish that required a video review to split and apparent three-way tie for first. After the relay Robertson logged impressive first-place finishes in the 300 hurdles and the 200-meter dash. Robertson, trying for a third league championship, placed second in the 110 hurdles to teammate Jarrett Giordano. Casey Nguyen, Andrew Elam and Nick Maguire scored points with top-six finishes in the discus, 300 hurdles and pole vault. Colin McCargo placed fourth in the 300 hurdles and added second-place medals to his collection in the long and triple jumps. Not to be outdone, the team’s other jump specialist, Dustin Boswell, placed first in the high jump. Finally, in a show of amazing versatility, jumper/distance runner Jeff Reinking placed third in the high jump and 1,600, won the 800 and joined Kris Williams, Christian Peralta and Harrison Kozlowski for a first-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. Frosh Soph Girls The frosh-soph girls' team put on a show of versatility and skill in earning top-six finishes in 12 of the 16 contested events. Early in the meet, Michaela Reynolds and Elizabeth Anderson ran to a first- and second-place finish in the 1,600 with impressive times of 5:52 and 5:57, respectively. A new personal best and third-place finish was earned by Dana Hermanson in the high jump. Jessica Bastear placed second in the high jump and then joined Ashley Richards, Kelsey Decker and Taylor Knickerbocker for a second-place finish in the 4x100 relay. Knickerbocker and Decker later placed third and fourth in the 400 with personal-best times of 1:05.77 and 1:05.87, respectively. Ashley Richards was the fastest sprinter of the day, placing third in the 200, while winning the 100 in a 13.61. Richards also placed fifth in the long jump. In a show of versatility, freshman Ally Magon grabbed sixth place in the triple jump, placed second in the pole vault and 100 hurdles and beat the field by 20 meters in winning the 300 hurdles race in 50 seconds flat. As a wrap up to a great day, Magon joined Bastear, Decker and Knickerbocker for a second-place run in the 4x400 meter relay.