It seems that Gridley’s younger track and field athletes have been the ones stealing the show lately, as was the case at the Butte View League Meet in Wheatland last Wednesday.
Both the JV Girls and the JV Boys took the meet, with the girls finishing with 77 team points and the boys with 69. For the JV girls, Orland finished with 56 points; Wheatland had 25; Winters took fourth with 24; Sutter was last with just 11 team points. On the JV boys’ side, Sutter came in second with 52 points; Orland was next with 48, just ahead of Wheatland with 47; Winters also had only 11.
The Varsity Girls completion was a close one, with Gridley finishing in third with 50 team points. Winters won the meet with 55.5 points, while Wheatland finished with 52.
Still several of Gridley’s Varsity girls put on great performances.
Gridley High junior Lauren Solis was a double event winner, with first place in both the high jump at 4-04.00 and the long jump at 15-07.50. Solis also placed second in the triple jump at 32-00.50.
Gridley’s top-distance runner, junior Brennah Payne, won the 1600m event in just 5:53.61, while Payne took second in both the 800m (2:44.17) and the 3200m (13:36.39)
Fellow junior Jamie Burr won the 100m hurdles in 18.91 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of her closest competition—teammate Joanna Sanchez (21.13)
Junior Marin Spears won the shot put with a personal record of 34-07.25, while Marisela Cardenas took second with a throw of 33-02.00. Spears also had a new PR in her third place finish in the discus, throwing a distance of 101-05.
Gridley’s Varsity boys had the least success with only two athletes medaling, finishing in fifth place with only 4.5 team points. Winters, who finished in fourth, had 33, while Sutter won the meet with 77.5.
Senior Ryan King placed third in the 1-mile at 4:56.67, while sophomore Brothers Caleb took fourth in the high jump at 5-feet flat.
In the JV Boys’ division, sophomore Taylor Miskin picked up a pair of first place medals. Miskin finished the 110m hurdles in 18.29 for first, and he won the triple jump with a distance of 37-00.25. Miskin also took second place in the 400m at 57.17 seconds.
Sophomore Angel Santana also had a pair of wins. Santana finished behind Miskin for third and a new PR in the triple jump at 30-07.50, but he smoked his competition in both the 100m (11.78) and the 200m (24.05). Santana’s 200m was also a personal best.
Freshman Efrain Aguilar place second behind Santana in the 200m at 25.67 seconds. Aguilar also place third in the long jump with a hop of 16-feet even and fourth at the high jump at 4-08.
Sophomore Vincent Sanchez took first in the discus with a personal best of 102-06, and he also won the high jump at 5-02.00.
Frosh Michael Terry set a new personal record while winning the shot put with a distance of 42-00.50, while Sanchez took second with another PR at 37-11.00 and freshman Steven Edwards placed third with a throw of 36-02.
Terry also took third in the 800m with a time of 2:40.40—also a personal best—and he placed fourth in the discus at 86-11.
Sophomore Benjamin Sannar finished in second place in the 1-mile with a time of 5:13.65.
The JV Girls seemed to shine the brightest for the Bulldogs, winning numerous events.
Frosh Stephanie Cardenas won the 100m with a new PR (13.85), the 100m hurdles (17.37), and the 300m hurdles (52.25).
Fellow Freshman Michael Curry was also a triple-event winner. Curry smoked her competition in the 200m with a new personal record of 28.39, more than one and a half seconds faster than the second place finisher. Curry also leaped two feet further than the competition in the long jump for the win and a new PR at 15-04.00, and she won the triple jump at 31-07.
Frosh Katherine Ramos had the distance for first in the shot put at 24-04.00, and she had the winning height in the high jump at 3-08.00.
Cassie Gibson, another GHS freshman, won the 1600m in 6:28.34, as well as finishing in second in the 3200m (14:43.64). Freshman Elle Spears came in third behind Gibson in the 1600m at 7:06.69 and finished in second place in the 800m in 2:58.15.
Freshman Gina Lockhart took second in discus with a throw of 69-03.50 and placed third in the 400m at 1:13.34.
Sophomore Brenda Tena took third at the long jump with a hop of 13-01.00, while fellow sophomore Leslie Garcia placed fourth in the 800m with a time of 3:34.77.