TRACK: Six Mustangs, 4×100 relay team earn league title

Go mustangs!

Twelve Gilroy High track and field athletes’ season will
continue for at least one more week after posting Central Coast
Section qualifying performances at Friday’s Tri-County Athletic
League Finals at Garcia Elder Sports Complex.
The track and field season will continue for at least one more week for 12 Gilroy High athletes after posting Central Coast Section qualifying performances at Friday’s Tri-County Athletic League Finals at Garcia Elder Sports Complex.

Of the 12, six earned individual league championships. A top-three finish in each event, or a CCS at-large time or mark moved participants through to next Saturday’s CCS semifinals.

Jourdan Soares needed only one attempt in the long jump. Breaking the meet record on his first try proved enough work for the day.

Soares’ leap of 23-00 kick started a trio of first-place finishes for the junior. Soares also took first in the 100-meter dash (10.91), edging teammate, and the league defending champ, Julius Travis, who clocked a 10.98.

Those two, along with Romeo Travis and David Guenther, made it two years in a row in meet-record fashion, posting a 42.21 in the 4×100 relay. The same foursome took third in the 4×400, punching a ticket to the CCS semifinals.

Tim Williams’ gold in the 3200 (9:47.27) and Chima Ikeme’s first place in the discus with a personal record 151-01 helped the Mustang boys to a second place team finish. San Benito took first.

Julius Travis also finished second in the 200 as did Cordero Gonzales in the shot put (48-05.) Gonzales will also be in the CCS semis in discus after taking third (132-06.)

Eric Martinez and Luis Magana qualified through to CCS in the pole vault, and Guenther, along with both relay appearances, has a spot in the long jump (20-09) and triple jump (42-09.75), placing third and fourth, respectively.

On the girls’ side, Sarina Sandoval captured a league title in the shot put with her throw of 38-02. Samantha Una Dia set a personal-best by nearly one second in the 100 hurdles, clocking a 15.68 for a league crown in the event. The sophomore grabbed second in the 300 hurdles for a double CCS-qualifying day. Angeline Kimbo positioned her self in second in the shot put (36-07) and discus (114-11.)

The girls’ 4×400 relay team of Chelsey Kalata, Allita Watkins, Savannah Silacci and Una Dia, recorded their best time of the season by 12 seconds, charging around the track in 4:12.31 for third place and a CCS spot. Kalata also crossed in second place in the 100.

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