Jump for victory: Exeter girls win own invite

By Andrea Camarena

Exeter drew 20 schools from around the valley for the Annual Monarch Relays on Friday, March 23. Exeter blew away the competition in the girls Sequoia Sierra Division, winning with 181.50 points. The Lady Monarchs kept a safe distance from Central Sequoia League competitor, Kingsburg who finished with 78.50 points for second place.

Woodlake took ninth place with 15 points while Farmersville took 11th place with 5 points.

El Diamante won the girls Yosemite division with 117 points to defeat Lemoore's 95-point performance. Golden West finished in third (90.50) and Tulare Union took fourth (81).

In the boys events, Tulare Union won the Yosemite division while Coalinga took the Sequoia-Sierra Division with 103.3 points. Dinuba placed second with 99.3 points while Exeter took third with 92 points.

Monarchs win 10 girls Sequoia-Sierra events

Exeter clinched the invitational title by winning 10 of the girls Sequoia-Sierra events on Friday. The Monarchs started the victory with Amanda Galvin sprinting to 100-meter dash win in 14.08. Teammate Jennifer Landers took third place in 14.45 and Farmersville's Dulce Escamilla and Yassica Macias took fifth place in 14.81 and seventh place in 14.86.

In the 200-meter dash, Woodlake's Holly Snar took third place in 28.87 to beat out Galvan in fourth place with 29.00.

Exeter took another win in the 400-meter dash with North Valley ranked Danni Berlin finishing in 1:00.46, for her season's best. Woodlake's Snarr finished in third place in 1:03.40.

Shelby Sutton won the 800-meter run in 2:27.40 for another Exeter victory. Woodlake's Marcela Garcia placed fifth in 2:45.50.

Exeter's Allison Gonzales finished the mile in 5:27.99 to take second behind McFarland's Ruby Lara in 5:25.80.

Gonzales bounced back to win the two-mile race in 11:55.23 beating out Lara's 12:18.84 performance. Exeter also took fourth place with Kara Hayes finishing in 13:48.81.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Exeter's Sierra Edwards took fourth place in 19 minutes. Elizabeth Unger finished the 300-meter hurdles in 54.33 to take second place for Exeter.

Exeter's relay team won the four by 100 meter relay in 54.24 and the four by 400-meter relay in 4:20.89.

In the field events, Exeter's Katherine Hutcheson and Evan Dillon took first and second placed in the high jump reaching heights of 4-08 and 4-04 respectively. Exeter's Kendra Amann took fifth place with a 4-foot jump.

Exeter's Alyssa Stone took second place in the pole vault, clearing six feet, six inches. Edwards took third, vaulting to six feet even.

Hutcheson took another win in the long jump with a 14-09 leap. Exeter's Abby Bloetscher reached 13-09.75 for third place and Dillon jumped 13-06.25 for fifth.

Hutcheson took her third win in the triple jump scoring 31-10.25. Dillon placed third with 28-04.25 and Amann took fifth with a 26-inch jump.

Exeter's Bloetscher took the shot put victory throwing 32-09 and Nikole Holland took fifth place in the discus, throwing 71-05.

Exeter boys finish in third, win four events

The Exeter boys won four events in their third place Sequoia-Sierra performance at the Monarch relays. Matt Cary dominated in the 110-meter hurdles, taking first place in 16.09. Cary also won the pole vault with a 12-foot, six-inch jump, only three inches away from the school record.

John Amann also took a win for Exeter, leaping 20-04.75 to take first in the long jump.

Exeter's Vincent Pascoe took first place in the Discus Throw reaching 120 feet and 10 inches. Pascoe also took second in the shot put with a 44-06 throw.

Other top performances came from Farmersville's Macario Gonzales who tied for fifth place in the 100-meter dash in 11.83.

Exeter's Kevin Newton missed a win in the 400-meter dash by two second. He took second place in 54.29 with teammate Pedro Saldana finishing behind him in 54.56.

Farmersville's David Sanchez won the 800-meter run in 2:02.44, beating out Exeter's Dustin McAlpine. McAlpine finished in 2:03.46 for second place. Farmersville's Gilbert Herrera and Rigo Moran took fourth and fifth place in 2:10.63 and 2:14.50.

Herrera and Moran placed in the mile race as well. Herrera took fourth place in 4:55.59 while Moran took fifth in 4:57.17.

Exeter's Carey took third place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.37, Farmersville's Roldolfo Jara took finished behind him in 44.40 for fourth place.

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