TRACK AND FIELD: GHS track and field anchors down key TCAL win over North Salinas

Brandie Rodriguez won the 400-meter race on Wednesday.

Julius and Romeo Travis are fast. There isn’t any other way to
put it.
The junior sprinters were at it again Wednesday as the Gilroy
High track and field team took on North Salinas in a Tri-County
Athletic League dual meet at Garcia Elder Sports Complex.
GILROY – Julius and Romeo Travis are fast. There isn’t any other way to put it.

The junior sprinters were at it again Wednesday as the Gilroy High track and field team took on North Salinas in a Tri-County Athletic League dual meet at Garcia Elder Sports Complex.

Both the varsity girls and boys picked up league wins, defeating the Vikings 81-55 and 105-30, respectively.

The brothers literally ran away with the top-two spots in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races, separating themselves and the rest of the field by at least one second – an eternity when it comes to sprinting.

Julius, who currently holds the fastest 100-meter dash time in the league with a 11.21 second burst he set last week in a dual against Salinas, cruised to another first place time of 11.41 on Wednesday.

Romeo finished second with a 11.86 against North Salinas and has the fourth fastest time in the TCAL, 11.76.

As sophomores last year they did not participate in the Central Coast Section meet, a race they have their sights set on this season.

“I’m trying to get in the 10s (seconds),” a goal Julius has set for himself to obtain leading to the section meet.

The speedsters are just two varsity Mustangs who have firm grasps on top rankings in the league in a variety of events.

Senior Sarah Una Dia, the league’s defending champion in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles as well as the high jump, recently wrapped up an official college visit to Chico State, where she participated in a weekend invitational.

She has posted a season’s best 15.96 mark in the 100-meter hurdles, nearly two seconds quicker than the league’s second fastest time, and also owns the top time in the 300 hurdles with a 48.75.

“I wake up at 5 and train every other day with my dad,” Una Dia said. “I think I’m a lot stronger in all my events. My heart rate is a lot better in recovery.”

The Mustangs are also well represented in the pole vault, holding down the top-two heights on the boys’ side with Eric Martinez (12 feet, 6 inches) and Patrick Hughes 11-6. Sophomore Samantha Irwin has the height to beat in the girls’ division, hitting 10-5 last weekend at the North Salinas Relays.

The Travis brothers, Ronnie Short and Peter Guenther connected all four baton exchanges and took first for the Mustangs in the 4X100 in 44.82.

Gilroy swept the girls 100-meter hurdle race with Una Dia, Samantha Irwin and Samantha Una Dia going one-two-three.

“That was huge for us,” head coach Jeff Myers said. “That was a big race.”

Senior Lindsey Foster recorded a personal record long jump of 17-3.5 on Wednesday, tightening her lead in that event over the rest of the league.

Helping the boys cause was Michael Saccone, who blazed a trail in the 330-meter hurdles, taking first place with a time of 48.80. Short took home the 400-meter win in 51.93.

Chima Ikeme recorded a personal best in the discus with a 133-11 throw and Romeo completed a solid day of work with a win in the high jump at 5-4.

On the girls side, senior Brandie Rodriguez won the 400 in 1:05.55 and Angeline Kimbo captured some important points with a first place in the discus with a throw of 81-8.

Many of the Mustangs are participating in the always-competitive Stanford Invite today. Look for results in Tuesday’s Dispatch.

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