Vista del Lago’s freshman-sophomore boys’ track and field team won its first championship, outscoring 30 other teams at the Husky Invitational held Saturday at Sheldon High School.
Dominant would be a great way to describe Saturday’s performance. Among those athletes winning events included TJ Fulton, who won the triple jump; Noah Boestra in the 110 hurdles and Jake Sampson in the 200 meters. Sampson also teamed with Will Dunn, Mitch McCann and David Raymond to win the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome posted a time of 3 minutes, 34.61 seconds, setting a school record.
Eight other athletes placed in the meet, including Raymond (second, 400), Dunn (fourth, pole vault), Boestra (fourth, 300 hurdles), Tanner F. (fourth, high jump), Sampson (fourth, long jump) and Ney Vencer (third, 300 hurdles). The 4x100-meter relay team also placed third.
For the varsity girls, Vista had seven of the top 17 finishers in the 1,600 with Clare Carroll, Alayna Gocke, Sierra Jaeger, Michaela Reynolds, Hannah Montague and Weirui Xiao leading the way. The 800-meter runners also excelled, as Lucie Chevreuil placed fifth with a personal-best time of 2:31. Karina Williams finished in 2:34.
Amanda Oyao, Allie Magon and Annalisa Sanfillipo led a strong pole vault contingent, as all three placed in the top-seven finishers.
Other top performers for the girls included Ann Alano, who finished fourth in the 100-meters in 13.85 and Caprina Pipion, who now has the third-fastest Eagle 200-meter time (26.22) and third-best triple jump (33’1”).
For the varsity boys, Drew Elam competed in the hurdles races and set a personal-best time of 17.3 in the 110 hurdles. Austin Robertson placed sixth in the 300 hurdles, while Zach Jaeger placed second in the 3,200 with a school-record time of 10:04.
Vista’s 4x400-meter team of Nathan Limay, Harry Kozlowski, Mitch Jones and Matthew Raymond grabbed a very respectable seventh-place finish in 3:31 in a race that notably included the second- and third-fastest relay teams in California. The team’s performance makes the Eagles the clear number two in its division and 12th-best in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Eagles 4x400-meter relay team has now run back-to-back 3:31's with six different runners.
Other notable Vista performances on the day included Summer Payne, who improved her personal-best in the triple jump by three feet, and Colin McCargo, who broke through with a new personal-record in the same event.
The distance team had personal-bests almost across the board and collectively dropped almost two minutes from their times. The largest improvement, however, is truly impressive, as Ryan Anderson dropped 28 seconds from his 1,600 time, an amazing eight percent improvement in a world where one or two percent improvement in a season is a good goal.
Allie Magon (100 hurdles), Taylor Knickerbocker (400 meters) and Drew Elam (300 hurdles just missed personal-best times in their events.