Lindsay’s top two runners aim for personal best and break through wins at East Sequoia League Championships
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
WOODLAKE – With the East Sequoia League Championships on the horizon, Lindsay’s McKaylie Caesar, and Lionel Aguayo are in the hunt to bring home titles after the final warm-up meet on Wednesday, April 10.
It has been a different journey to the championships for the three-event defending champion, Caesar, who has yet to run her full slate of races during league competition. In previous years, she had run every 800, 1600, and 3200 race, just to be left with fumes in the tank by the time she reached sections.
This season Caesar has been selective about which events she enters. As a result, she feels this meet compared to years past is night and day.
“I feel a lot better and a lot stronger,” Caesar said. “Knowing that I am continuing to get better, even if its by a second, I know I’ll be okay.”
Caesar, because of a prior obligation, only competed in the 1600-meter in Woodlake last Wednesday. She ran as best she could toward her goal of five minutes but came in 12 seconds over at 5:12.44.
“It felt good to be able to push myself and go against the clock,” Caesar said.
Caesar looked strong through the first two laps, and hit the halfway point at 2:23. Yet, she was unable to keep her lightning pace as she slowed down toward the end of the third lap and the start of the fourth.
Caesar has already qualified for the Area Championships at Tulare Union on May 8, but she wants to end her league career with one last clean sweep the Wednesday prior.
Lindsay’s top male long-distance runner, Aguayo, came within a couple strides of his biggest win of the season. This time it was Corcoran’s Ahmed Ahmed who bested him.
Aguayo retook the lead on the back stretch of the final lap and began to pull away, after he lost it at the end of lap three. As they rounded the final turn, he looked strong, but Ahmed proved to be just a little stronger as he raced by Aguayo, crossing the finish line at 4:42.01.
“I think I took off a little too early, and he was able to catch back up with me,” Aguayo said. “I was just trying to give it all I got at the end.”
Missing out by such a small margin, Aguayo already has his eyes set on the ESL Championships in Corcoran on May 1. His last shot to supplant Ahmed this season as both will return next year.
Strathmore’s best hopes in bringing home an ESL individual title rests with their top female high jumper, Paige Borges. Borges continues to perform leaps and bounds over the competition. Last Wednesday, she had the competition wrap-up after clearing 4 feet, 6 inches. After that she was in competition against her best height.
Borges tied her personal best on her last attempt at 4 feet, 10 inches, but that is as good as it got. She failed each of her attempts at five feet. Her final attempt she almost cleared before her left calf knocked the bar off.
“I just have to throw my legs up and get over,” Borges said.
The senior has one more competition if she wants to hit her personal goal of five feet in league competition, but she has already qualified for the area meet which gives her another chance.