Exeter clenches ESL title

By Andrea Camarena

The Monarchs girls track team clenched the lead in the race for the league title after taking first at the second of three East Sequoia League meets on Wednesday, April 25.

Exeter won the meet with 125 points bumping Corcoran to second place with 118.50 points for the meet.

Because the Monarchs have won the first two league meets, the Exeter girls clenched at least a co-championship regardless of how they perform at this Wednesday's Championship meet.

This is the fourth straight year Exeter will win the league title. Exeter has edged Corcoran out of the top spot by under five points for the past three seasons.

This year, they are doing it with a somewhat depleted squad.

Exeter lost key runners from last year's squad and has struggled with injuries hurting top performers throughout the season. But the girls have managed to make up for it by spreading their wins across all types of events.

&#8220This is a full blown team effort,” Exeter coach Darin Lasky said.

First-year runner Danni Berlin pulled through at the last league meet to win three events as a mid-distance runner.

&#8220Danni's running really well despite being slightly injured,” Lasky said.

Berlin took first in the 200-meter dash in 28.56, the 400-meter dash in 1:02.40 and the 500-meter run in 2:32.50.

Exeter's Marcie Moreno also racked in points taking third place in the 200. Shea Cosart added points taking third in the 400-meter dash in 1:08.30.

Exeter's Allison Gonzales finished on Berlin's heels in the 800-meter run taking second with a time of 2:34.30. Gonzales was the top finisher in the one-mile event recording a time of 5:44.00. Exeter also earned third place in the mile with Kara Hayes finishing in 6:36.80.

Hayes pulled out a second place finish in the two-mile completing the event in 5:44.

Exeter pulled out a strong performance in the hurdling events. Elizabeth Unger took first place in the 300-meter hurdles finishing in 53.49. Sierra Edwards came in behind her for fourth place with a time of 55.66. Edwards also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles in 20.50.

Exeter's relay team delivered a first place performance in the 4 by 100-meter relay event. Exeter's Renee Barnett, Jennifer Landers, Shea Cosart, and Marcie Moreno teamed up for a winning time of 54.60.

Exeter took second in the 4 by 400-meter relay in 4:37.90.

Barnett found success in High Jump taking first place with a four foot, six inch leap.

She also leaped into first place in the long jump reaching 14 feet, 10 inches. Teammate Katherine Hutcheson took second place behind her with a 14 foot, six inch jump.

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