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Vista track teams have good day at King/Gilbert Invite

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago’s track teams set the tempo at the Granite Bay King/Gilbert invitational Saturday where 16 high school teams made the highly competitive field of the day. In the word of the coaches, it was a little like Christmas day and Santa was particularly kind to the Vista track family.

The freshman-sophomore teams, both the girls and the boys, placed third overall. The Vista relay teams owned the track and took three first places and one second.

Lisa Bass, Caprina Pipion, Amanda Oyao and Kyra Tung won the 4x100; Cassie Barragan, Karina Williams, Pipion and Tung won the 4x400, while Nick Williams, Tanner James, Mitch McCann and Jacob Sampson won the 4x100 boys’ race. Christian Moor, David Raymond, Will Dunn and McCann placed second in the 4x400.

Tanner Fulton won the high jump by clearing the bar at 5 feet, 8 inches, second on Vista’s all-time list. Noah Boerstra, the school’s record holder in the 110 high hurdles, placed second in the 110 hurdles and was third in the 300 hurdles.

There were several other standout performances from the Eagles, including Nicole Frydenlund (second, 300 hurdles), Jacob Sampson (second, long jump), Kyle Chung (fourth, 800 and 1,600 meters) and Delany Hooper (fourth, high jump).

At the varsity level, Matthew Raymond placed fifth in the 400 meters, while Austin Robertson finished fifth in the triple jump.

More top performers included: Jake Sampson (second, long jump, 18-10), Karina Williams (fourth, 400 meters, 1:05.27; third, triple jump, 30-0 ¾), Ann Alano (eighth, 200 meters, 28.99), Autumn Payne, (seventh, triple jump), Garrett Brisbane (ninth, high jump, 5-0; 13th, 800 meters, 2:20) and Nick Williams (13th, 200 meters, 25.27).

The freshman distance duo of Ryan von Chance and Nick Guevara also ran well in the 1,600, as their times ranks tenth and 12th on Vista’s all-time list.

No retelling of what happened Saturday would be complete without mentioning four athletes who showed not just versatility, but also a cheerful delight in competition.

Cassie Barragan, ran both hurdle races and the 4x400 with great spirit and great results despite the heavy load. Kristen Jones is now one of just nine girls to ever clear a pole vault bar for Vista and also gave it a good go in the open 400 meters.

Alex Vareljian did terrific at high hump and 400 meters, and last, but not least, Josh Zielenski, who proved to be one of the best throwing freshman ever and now an experienced 100-meter dash runner.