On Wednesday, Gilroy’s Tim Van Horn cemented his name into school history.
The senior broke the school record for the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches in a dual meet against Seaside at Gilroy High.
Van Horn’s accomplishment helped the boys beat their Spartan counterparts 87-45. The girls also won 98-34 over Seaside.
Sean Kaufman took first in the 200m and 400m in 23.83 and 53.62, respectively. He also won the triple jump with a 38-03 leap. Ellie Sausen was first for the Mustang girls in the 400m in a time of 67.21.
Nicole Holder won two events for Gilroy: the high jump and long jump. She took the high jump with a 4-foot, 8-inch leap. Holder claimed the top spot in the long jump with a distance of 14-08.
Monica Ruelas was also a dual winner, taking first in the 800m and 1600m races. She won the 800 in 2:42.92 and the 800 in 6:04.54.
David Haller won the boys 100-meter dash in a time of 11.98 second. Carli Coyler won the girls 100m in 13.68.
Jacob Una’Dia was first in the 110m hurdles in 17.58, while Shai Vasquez was first in the 100m hurdles for the Mustangs with a time of 19.77.
The Gilroy girls 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams both took first, as did the boys 4×400 team. Sausen, Coyler, Jackie Morales and Laylanie Arriaga made up the 4x100m team and Sausen, Ruelas, Coyler and Arriaga made up the 4x400m team.
Manpreet Singh, Kaufman, Michael Kropff and Daniel Ordaz made up the Mustangs’ 4×400 boys team.
The Mustangs also took first in the boys and girls shot put and discus. Victor Sanchez won the shot put with a throw of 37-01, while Ruben Perez took the discus in 89-09. Anela Zamarron won the girls’ shot put with a throw of 33-04.5. Jasmin Rodriguez-Cruz took the discus with a throw of 97-06.
Logan Flores won the pole vault for Gilroy with a 9-06 leap. Kevin Azcueta took the long jump with a distance of 18-02.
On the girls side, Arriaga took the pole vault with a 6-foot leap.
Gilroy will take part in the Bill Kearney Invitational at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Salinas.
Cougars’ Lopez, Scott qualify for CCS
The divers of the Central Coast Section get just three chances to qualify for the section tournament, but Christopher’s Anthony Lopez and Kaelee Scott needed just one.
Lopez, a junior, qualified for CCS for the second straight year after finishing second at the first 11-dive meet of the season May 15 and 16 at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. He scored a 433.60, easily meeting the 285 point qualifying mark.
Coach Paul Wells said Lopez dove consistently well through most of the list, scoring between 6.5 and 8 points in his first 10 dives. On the final dive, a reverse one-and-one-half somersault, he scored 5s.
“In the end it made no difference in the standings since he was in solid second place with little chance to overtake an outstanding effort by (Reed) Merrit (who finished first),” Wells said. “Anthony did an amazing job—his best effort by far.”
Sophomore Scott finished in 12th in her first 11-dive contest and Wells commended her on qualifying for CCS on her first try.
“To qualify for CCS on her first outing is a tribute to her talent and focus,” the Cougar coach said. “With four months of diving experience, Kaelee’s gymnastic background has been a key to her rapid progress, but her courage really sets her apart.”
Up until this point, Scott had only competed in dual meets where only six dives are required.
BOYS TENNIS Shorthanded Cougars best Eagles Despite having just nine players eligible, the Christopher boys tennis team pulled out a 5-2 win over Everett Alvarez Tuesday in Salinas. The Cougars had to forfeit the No. 4 singles game, but made up for it with stellar performances from their No. 1 through 3 players. No. 1 Destin Cockcroft handed the Eagles a loss, winning his match 6-3, 6-4. No. 2 Dominic Nguyen and No. 3 Geoffrey He followed suit, as each won their matches by a score of 6-2, 6-2. “(Cockcrock) won…against an agile opponent, but played a very tactical game using the right shots at the right time,” Cougar coach Patrick McBrearty said. “The score does not do justice to the Alvarez player though as he fought a great fight!”
The No. 2 doubles team of Jesus Velasquez and Tom Madruga made quick work of Alvarez, winning 6-2, 6-0.
The No. 1 doubles team, Isaiah Rugerio and Sam Fernandez, had a tougher match, but hung tough to pull out a win in the tiebreak set. The trailed 5-1 at the tie break, but turned things around to win 10-7.
The No. 3 team of Alfredo Barberena and Michael Davalos weren’t as lucky, however, and lost 6-0, 6-0.
Christopher will take on San Benito at 4 p.m. today in Hollister.
Palma beats CHS
Christopher was handed just its second loss of the season, falling 10-6 at the hands of Palma Tuesday on the road.
Stats and scoring from this game were not yet available.
The Cougars (5-2) will take on Latino College Preparatory Academy at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home.
Mustangs third at Salinas, Myhr earns medalist honors for 4th straight week
Gilroy High’s Swedish exchange student Magnus Myhr continues to establish himself as one of the league’s best.
Myhr earned medalist honors for the fourth straight week, carding a 39 for Gilroy Tuesday during the league meet at the Salinas Fairway.
The Mustangs finished third as a team, combining for 233 points in a tight contest. North Monterey County took first with a 222 and Alvarez was second with 226 points. Alisal finished fourth with 262 points and North Salinas scored 278, which was good for fifth place. Watsonville took sixth with no score.
The Mustangs’ newcomer Desmond Hernandez took second on the team with a 44 and Nick Triolo was close behind with a 46. Avery Trevino finished fourth on the Mustangs squad, carding a 47 and Brenden Peddie was fifth with a 57. Alex Green rounded out Gilroy’s scoring with a 62.
Gilroy has just one league meet left before the league finals. It will play at Black Horse Golf Course at 3 p.m. April 22.
Cougars top North Salinas
Christopher edged out North Salinas 6-4 Tuesday at home.
Stats and scoring from this game are not yet available.
The Cougars (7-6 overall, 2-2 in league) will host Gilroy at 4:30 p.m. today.
Mustangs blanked by Monterey
Gilroy was shut out by Monterey, losing 10-0 Tuesday at home.
Stats and scoring from this contest was not yet available.
The Mustangs (7-13 overall, 1-4 in league) will take on the Cougars at 4:30 p.m. today at Christopher.
Find out when and where your favorite Cougar and Mustang teams will be in action this week: CHRISTOPHER 4.16 — Boys golf vs. Robert Louis Stevenson* at Cordevalle, 3 p.m.; Track vs. North Monterey County*, 3:30 p.m.; Baseball at San Benito*, 4 p.m.; Softball vs. Gilroy*, 4:30 p.m.; Boys tennis at San Benito*, 4 p.m.; Boys volleyball vs. Monterey*, 6:30 p.m. 4.17 — Swimming at Everett Alvarez*, 3:30 p.m.; Baseball at San Benito*, 4 p.m.
GILROY 4.16 — Softball at Christopher*, 4:30 p.m.; Boys volleyball vs. San Benito*, 6:30 p.m. 4.17 — Swimming vs. North Salinas*, 3:30 p.m. 4.18 — Track at Bill Kearney Invitational at Salinas High, 8:30 a.m. *Denotes league contest