Exeter girls best Kingsburg, boys fall 93-42 to Vikings

The Monarchs came away with a Central Sequoia League victory after taking down Kingsburg in the girls varsity meet as well as the frosh/soph competition on Wednesday, April 17. But it was a tough night for the varsity boys squad as it fell 93-44 to Kingsburg.

The Exeter girls varsity squad led the Vikings 75.5-60.5 by the end of the dual league meet held at Exeter High School last week. The Lady Monarchs finished first in nine of the night’s 16 events.

Exeter dominated in the 200-meter dash with senior Allie Johnson winning in a quick 28.15 while sophomore teammate Linda Adams finished on her heals in 28.70 for second.

It was nearly a photo finish between teammates in the 400-meter dash as Exeter junior Annette Acosta squeaked past senior teammate Yesenia Silva to take the race in 1:06. 47. Silva clocked in at 1:06.65.

It wouldn’t be the last close finish between the two for the night.

Silva displayed her strength in the 800-meter run, taking first place in 2:18. 12, defeating both Acosta in third place and second place sophomore Sarah Reid. Reid crossed the finish line in 2:27.65 while Acosta crossed in 2:33.27.

It was split second difference again in the mile race as Silva won the race in 6:09.09 and Acosta, Reid and Exeter sophomore Karina Carstens dug it out for second. Acosta finished in 6:10.12, Reid in 6:10.34 and Carstens rounded it out in 6:10.65.

The four girls went on to tie for first in the two-mile race with all garnering a time of 13:52.60.

Exeter’s sprinters shined in the 4×100-meter relay as Adams, Jacque Hutcheson, Becky Hobbs and Allie Johnson teamed up to take first in 53.18 seconds.

Exeter’s Sara Olivas, Johnson, Claire Micluilian and Robin Fricke continued Exeter’s relay dominance taking first in the 4×400-meter race in 4:45.20.

Kingsburg showed its strength on the field, winning both throwing events. But Exeter was stronger in the air with senior Mekenna DeCraemer winning the high jump, clearing 5-02.

Exeter junior Jacque Hutcheson won the long jump reaching 15-11.

In the boys meet, Exeter fell short 93-42. The Monarchs won two events – the discus and the 4×400-meter relay. Monarch senior Omar Saldana out-ranged his competitors in the discus, reaching a distance of 117-0.

Exeter’s Omer Solis, Julian Tobias, David Hernandez and Kristos Kavadas teamed up to win the relay in 4:45.10.

The Monarchs went on give a strong showing at the Tulare County Championship meet in Tulare on Friday, April 19. The Lady Monarchs finished the night in third place with 83.42. They finished behind first place Mt. Whitney (105.92) and El Diamante (98).

The Exeter boys team finished in sixth place with 44 points, coming in behind El Diamante, Redwood, Monache, Mt. Whitney and Mission Oak.

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