Track athletes from Pierce and Colusa high schools competed in two meets last week in preparation for the Sacramento Valley League Championships.
Both teams traveled to Winters on April 27 for the final SVL regular season meet, then made their way to Corning on April 29 for the Gary Burton Invitational, although no individuals placed in the top three last Friday.
In Winters, even though results were unofficial and will not count as part of the season’s top performances, the Pierce varsity boys swept the sprints.
Sebastian Ambriz was a double winner in the 100 and 200 races while Adrian Avila crossed the line first in the 400.
Pierce’s Daniel Gonzalez finished second in the 100, Colusa’s Jacob Cerney was second in the 200, while RedHawk teammate Rodolfo Rodriguez took third in both the 200 and 400.
As a result of its depth the Bears’ 4 x 100 relay team cruised to a win in the SVL meet then went on to win the same race in Corning, with Ambriz, Gonzalez, Anival Barriga-Solorio and Fernando Valenica running a 45.0, officially the sixth fastest time in the section this year.
Pierce’s 4 x 400 relay team also claimed a victory in Winters.
Neo Harter was Colusa’s sole first place finisher, winning in the 110 meter hurdles.
In the throwing events the Bears’ Jose Gonzalez finished second in the discus and third in the shot put with teammate Daniel Salud earning second in the shot.
Pierce also posted three first place finishes in the varsity girls division at the SVL meet with Diana Huerta winning the 3200, Cindy Corona taking the 300 meter hurdles and Kallie Stassi out tossing the competition in the shot put.
Huerta additionally garnered a third place finish in the 1600 meters while Andrea Barba was second in long jump and third in the 200 meters.
Both the Bears and the RedHawks were at Arostegui Stadium in Live Oak today for the SVL Championships, although results were not available before the Pioneer Review print deadline. ■