With things at about the midpoint of the 2017 season, Gridley High School track and field coach Leah Nichols likes what she’s seeing from her team so far.
There aren’t very many varsity athletes in 2017, but the numbers on the JV are good, Nichols said.
“We’re working hard, and I think we’re right where we need to be at this point of the season,” Nichols added.
The Bulldogs return a 4-by-400-meter relay team that finished second in the event at the CIF Northern Section meet last season: sophomore Willow Sturdivant, junior Whitney Sannar and seniors Mikey Curry and Stephanie Cardenas.
Last week, the Bulldogs competed at the West Valley Invitational. They had several good performances there, including from Cardenas, who won both hurdle events.
Cardenas took the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.44 and won the 300-meter hurdles with a 46.32 mark.
Cardenas has the No. 1 times in the CIF Northern Section for both hurdle races, Nichols said.
Curry won the triple jump with a 33-foot effort and was third in the long jump with a 16-4.
Elle Spears had personal record times in both the hurdle races.
The Bulldogs are in action next this Friday, when they travel to Harrison Stadium in Oroville for the Norm McKenzie Invitational, a large area meet.
They have their second BVL meet of the season next Tuesday at Wheatland.