Athletics teams compete in the Channel League Finals
Track and field teams from local high schools competed in Wednesday’s Channel League Finals, with a number of contenders advancing to the CIF Division II Preliminaries.
For Santa Barbara High, the girls’ 4x400m team of Laila Goodman, Olivia Gaspar, Naiya Molitor and Mackenna Show ran their fastest race of the season to take home a win and qualify for the heats, with Show and Goodman Second and third place also qualified individually for the 400 m.
“This group has really done well in the last two meetings,” said coach Olivia Perdices. “We’ve gone through a lot of different lineups in this team, so it’s good to see them ending the league on a high note.”
Also qualifying for the girls team were Katherine Hedrick, who ran a lifetime best to win the 100 hurdles and qualified second in the 300 hurdles, Krystal Valdez with a second place finish in the discus, and Gianna Stump with a third place finish in the triple jump .
Davis Flanagin was very successful for the Santa Barbara boys team, winning the long jump and finishing second in the 100 m and triple jump. He also helped bring home a second-place finish in the 4 x 400m, along with Cason Goodman, Blaise Snow and Blaise Winston.
“That long jump for Davis was a breeze and the guys in the relay put in a nice run,” Perdices said. “Winston and Goodman are just getting back to racing and Snow and Flanagin had a lot of work that day so they all have room to run faster.”
Jaoquin Greenberg and Jack Ransdell also brought home victories for the Dons, winning the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, respectively.
“Both of these guys have worked hard to schedule these races and it’s gratifying to see them taking championships home,” said Perdices of the pair.
Also securing CIF berths for Santa Barbara were Oliver Andrews, who finished third in the triple jump, and Oliver Levine, who finished third in the 3200m.
The Dos Pueblos boys claimed victories in the 1600m won by Luciani Koroshec and in the 4 x 100m won by Eric Roldan, Ronan Hugo, Amin Guefroudj and Dylan Orquiola. These runners all advance to the prelims.
For the school’s girls team, Ellie Gleason secured two victories, winning the 1600m and 3200m events. Phoebe Wolfe Lyons brought home a victory over 3200 m. The pair were also part of the third-placed 4 x 400m team, along with Samsara Chahine and Reese Wahlberg. Those runners also secured CIF berths, as did the second-placed 4 x 100m team of Sophia Riley, Bernice Gomez Chavez, Lucero Cruz Perez and Elizabeth Yancey.
Also Kaelani Butler (pole vault), Yancey (long jump), Justin Vincent (400m), Eamon Gordon (3200m) and the 4×400 team of Vincent, Bennett Christensen, Conor Dolan and Orquiola advanced in the CIF preliminary rounds for Dos Pueblos before .
San Marcos had a good match in the finals and brought quite a number of athletes to the CIF preliminary round.
Justin Hess won both the 400m and 200m events and contributed to a win in the 4 x 400m along with Julian Hicks, Jonas Strand and Jacob Snodgress. Snodgress also won the mile and the 800m, while Lucas Chin won the triple jump and was second in the long jump. Benji Rodriguez won both the shot put and discus while Ethan Dwelley finished second in the 800m.
For the San Marcos girls, Kate Edgar had a successful day, overcoming an injury to win the long jump and triple jump, finished third in the 100m hurdles and competed in a 4× along with Ajha Dennis, Makenzie Fauver and Ava Arriaga 100 win part .
“Kate is our best all-around athlete,” said Coach Marilyn Hantgin. “She was struggling with some shin splints and today was tough but she was able to perform despite her shin splints. I wish I had five more Kates on my team. She is competitive and really a winner.”
Fauver won the 300m hurdles and was second in the 100m hurdles, newcomer Bailey Bingham was second in the 1600m and Kiala Haas and Celina Zambrano were second and third respectively in the 800m.
“So many proud coaching moments today,” Hantgin said. “I really love my team. I’m happy to spend a few more weeks with them.”
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