Corcoran High School hosted the Track East Sequoia League Championships last Thursday. It was a day in which the rain poured in the valley but sun light shined in Corcoran. Corcoran’s varsity girls, varsity boys, and frosh-soph boys won the league championship. Both Panther varsity teams ended the season undefeated.
In varsity girls’ action the 4×100 relay team of Imari Russell, Maria Martin, Nathaly Mendoza and Jaqueline Rojas set the tempo for the day by winning the relay for the first time this year.
“Our coaches Diane Gomez and Manuel Carrillo did a great job working the handoffs with the team and it showed,” said Coach Isaias Ramirez.
The relay team ran a season best of 54.59 which qualified them for the Area Meet.
Jaquelyn Noble was the Pole Vault Champion with a jump of 7’.
“After recruiting her for three years for the Pole Vault, we were able to get Jaquelyn to come out her senior year and it paid off,” Ramirez noted. “Her experience dealing with pressure on the basketball court was the key for winning the gold”.
Distance runners Cynthia Contreras and Dulce Beas finished second and third in both the 1600 meters and 3200 meters races. Both of them have been working really hard and ran personal best times in the 1600, added Ramirez. And, Angelica Romero was a silver medalist in the Discus with a throw of 89’.
LeGary Austin and Jonathan Matson both had stellar performances with both earning four gold medals each to lead the varsity boys’ team. LeGary won the 100m, 200m, and also ran on both relay teams, who took first place.
Jonathan Matson dominated the distance events and took first in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and ran the third leg of the 4×400 relay.
Trent Olmos and Dillon Fugate remained undefeated in their events. Olmos took first in the shot put with a throw of 43’09″ and Fugate jumped 11’06″ in the Pole Vault which earned him the gold.
The 4×100 relay team of LeGary Austin, Dillon Fugate, Khalid Mahmoud and Jacob Martinez-Guerrero and the 4×400 relay team of LeGary Austin, Jacob Martinez-Guerrero, Jonathan Matson, and Gary Austin earned gold.
In frosh-soph boys’ division Rogelio Grijalva took first in the 100m with a time of 12.26 and Axel Garcia won the 200m with a time of 26.74.
The FS relays dominated, both the 4×100 team (Tyler Cole, Rogelio Grijalva, Ivan Flores, Gabriel Guerrero) and the 4×400 relay team (Ivan Flores, Gabriel Guerrero, Axel Garcia, Rogelio Grijalva) earned the gold medal.
“I’m so proud of all our athletes. They kept working hard all year and it showed with some great performances. I want to thank our coaching staff, Tiana Ring, Diane Gomez, Cassandra Gonzalez, Manuel Carrillo, Jay Ramirez, and Rich Lane for all their hard work. Special thanks to Troy Van Velson and Pizza Factory for allowing us to do a fundraiser which helped pay for uniforms and equipment for the team. And thank you to the J.G. Boswell Company and Robinson Sheet Metal for the construction of the Pole Vault and High Jump carts,” Ramirez commented.