Monarchs race into second place

By Andrea Camarena

Exeter hosted the Central Sequoia League meet on Wednesday, May 2 and the Lady Monarchs finished in second place behind Selma.

Between the Exeter boys and girls, the team qualified for 28 athletes for the section finals at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 in Coalinga.

Exeter won four varsity girls events at the CSL Championship. Mid Distance runner Allison Gonzales won the 1600-meter run in 5:31.56 defeating Corcoran's Nicole Thomas by 10 seconds. Exeter's Allison Stout finished fourth in the mile with a time of 5:53.35.

Gonzales went on to take first in the 3200-meter run in 12:59 with teammate Shelby Sutton finishing in second place in 13:35. Exeter's Kara Hayes took fourth in 14:43 with teammate Rikki Tobias close behind with a time of 14:54 for fifth place.

Sutton brought the 800-meter title to Exeter with a 2:26.14 performance. Second place went to Gonzales who sprinted on Sutton's heels to record a time of 2:28.18. Exeter's Stout picked up a point by taking sixth place in the 800 in 2:49.49.

Exeter's final win came in the four by 400-meter relay. Hannah Stearns, Stout, Sutton and Marissa Aguilar won the race in 4:32.26.

Other top scoring performances came from Galvin and Jennifer Landers who took fourth and fifth places in the 100-meter dash. Galvin also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash in 28.70 while teammate Landers took seventh in 29.37.

Sprinter Danni Berlin took second place in the 400-meter dash in 1:00.14 and Aguilar Hannah Stearns helped with seventh and ninth place finishes in the event.

Exeter's Unger took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles with teammate Sierra Edwards finishing behind her in fifth place.

Unger continued her hurdle success by placing second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.44. Edwards took sixth place.

In the field events, Katherine Hutcheson continued her success in the high jump taking second place with a 4-foot, 8-inch jump. The Monarchs Evan Dillon tied for third place with a 4-foot, 6-inch jump while Kendra Amann tied for seventh place with a 4-foot jump.

Alyssa Stone took fourth place for Exeter in the pole vault, clearing 7 feet. Edwards reached 6 feet, 6 inches for a fifth place tie.

Hutcheson went on to take fourth place in the girls long jump, leaping 14 feet, 5-and-a-quarter inches. She took third in the triple jump just over the 32 inch mark. Dillon took sixth place.

Exeter's Abby Bloetscher took second in the shot put with a 34 foot, 11-and-a-half inch throw. Nikole Holland and Breanne Nikbakht took fifth and sixth places respectively in the shotput.

Bloetscher placed fourth in the discus throw while Nikbakht took sixth.

Exeter boys take fifth in Central Sequoia League

The Monarchs took fifth place at the Central Sequoia League Finals and won a single event - the four by 400-meter relay. Luis Ortiz, Cameron Loeffler, Pedro Saldana and Preston Smee finished in 45 seconds for the win.

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