TRACK: Four Cougars clinch CCS semifinals spots

 

School and personal record marks eclipsed at league finals
By Cat Pierotti – Dispatch Staff Writer

The Christopher High track and field team seized four spots in the upcoming Central Coast Section playoffs, while setting some school records and victories in the process at the Monterey Bay League Finals on Saturday at Watsonville High School.

The four athletes who not only earned a berth into Saturday’s CCS Semifinals, but also set new personal and school records.

Freshman Lina Craighill was the first individual to qualify for the Cougars. Craighill cleared the bar at to a high of 4 feet, 11 inches in the high jump, setting her PR and the school record.

Hurdlers, Haylee Peterson and Claudia Ferreira both followed in qualifying next recording a personal best and school record. Peterson, a junior, finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.45 seconds. Ferreira, also a junior, mirrored the second place finish in her event, clocking a 50.25 in the 300 hurdles.

Marty Ettema’s first place in the 110 high hurdles (15.62) moved the junior into Saturday’s CCS semifinals meet.

Head coach Jeff Myers expressed his enthusiasm in these victories.

“I’m really excited. Last year we only had 20 kids on the team and now we have four headed to CCS in the second year of the program,” he said.

Myers said he preaches a consistently focused work ethic and is pleased to see the effort his athletes have put in paying off.

“I just want the kids to work hard and see their hard work in the process,” Myers said. “They work hard from practice, to warm-ups, to the main event.”

As for training in preparation for the CCS meet, Myers said he will not be changing his practice style drastically. He said he wants to focus on each of the athletes weaknesses this week in practice.

“We’re attacking very specific parts of each persons’ race and fine-tuning,” Myers said.

n The junior varsity squad proved to be just as impressive this past week.

The girls’ team won the MBL championship with 128 points.

Monique Esparza took four first places alone for the girls in the 400 and 800 races, and helping both relay teams to top finishes.

Lauryn Preeshl added to the individual wins, taking first in shot put (29-1.5) and second in discus (84-00).

Cailin McCarry won the 200-meter, Kaelin Sylva won the pole vault and Grace Gullen placed second in the triple jump.

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