Track and Field TVL Championship Victory

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Annie Wild, Journalist

Track and Field made RHS history last week as boys and girls simultaneously became TVL champions for the first time ever.

The undefeated girls continued their sweep at the Trans Valley League Championship on Thursday, May 5. The boys are co-champions with Hughson, pulling off a victory after previously losing to the team once during the regular season. 

The girls team scored 190.33 points at the championship meet in Riverbank, creating a whopping 83.63 difference between themselves and Hilmar, the second place team. The boys defeated the other teams with a score of 163 with their closest competitor, Hughson, falling 42 points behind. Twenty-four Ripon athletes placed in the top three for their events, as well as all four relay teams coming in first, advancing to Divisonals next week.

Top male athletes from RHS include: seniors Anthony Sausedo, Jaden Hamilton Norberto Quintero, Jack Manning; sophomores Omar Alsaidi, Devin Fitzpatrick, Austin Wood; and freshman Eric Guvera and Marcus Madoski. 

Sausedo will compete at Divisionals for the 110m and 300m hurdles, 400m dash, and 4x100m relay along with relay-mates Manning, Hamilton and Quintero. 

Ripon track fans will be excited to know the 4x400m relay came in first at the championship meet and will continue on to next week. The team consists of Hamilton, Quintero, Guvera and Fitzpaterick. 

Ripon boys has several talented athletes competing in individual events as well. Hamilton will compete in pole vault and the 400m dash. Quintero will race in the 200m dash and 100m dash. Manning will find himself sprinting the 100m dash. Alsaidi advances in the 1600m and 3200m runs. Wood will throw in the discus competition and Madoski will compete in the high jump. 

The girls team athletes are: senior Zoe Bremer, juniors Annie Wild, Kacie Johnson, Makenna Pokorny, and Gabby Delgado, sophomores Jenna Skavdahl, Katie Martin, Jade Thommes, and freshman Starla Skiles, Emily Paxton, Madison Lopez, Olivia Maragos, Claire Morris, Kyla Agbayani-Duenas, and Rylee Agbayani-Duenas.

The all-freshman 4x100m relay team finished first in the league championship. Skiles was able to catch the Hughson team in the last 100m of the race. Other team members include R. Agbayani-Duenas, Maragos, and Paxton. 

The undefeated 4x400m relay did it again, winning by over four seconds. Wild, Paxton, and Skavdahl ran with an alternate, Morris, and the team was still able to pull off the win.

There are multiple girls who qualified for Divisionals in individual events. Skiles will be running the 300m hurdles, 200m dash, and 400m dash. Skavdahl will also be competing in the 400m dash as well as the 800m and 1600m runs. Wild will participate in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m runs. Pokorny will run the 100m hurdles.  Johnson will throw in the shot put competition. Bremer competes in the discus competition. Delgado will double in throws, competing in shot put and discus. Lopez advances in the long jump. Martin and Thommes will be pole vaulting. 

Congratulations to all of our track and field champions!