Six track and field teams fought for medals on May 4 in the Central Sequoia League Championships at Exeter High School.
The Kingsburg varsity boys totaled 95 points and finished second behind Dinuba (162). Selma's varsity boys finished third with 78 points. In the varsity girls competition, Kingsburg finished fourth behind Immanuel (125), Central Valley Christian (122) and Exeter (96). Selma came in fifth (34).
Kingsburg's Emmett Brooks and Peyton Woods led a strong effort in the 100-meter run. Brooks finished first in the boys 100-meter run (11.03), and Woods took first in the girls 100-meter run (13.22). Woods added another first-place finish in the 200-meter run (26.97).
Selma had its best all-around performance in the 400-meter run. Karan Singh (53.66) and Jonathan Abundis (54.45) finished second and third for the Bears.
Singh caught up to Abundis in the last 100 meters, but the two Selma runners were then caught by Immanuel's Adrian Jump.
"I was surprised when he caught up to me. I was gaining up on my own teammate, and I didn't see anybody behind me until the last gap," Singh said. "I think I could have done better."
"Singh did pretty good. He was strong the whole time," Abundis said. "I just couldn't push it anymore and he got me. I did better than the last couple of races. I just couldn't push it at the end."
Abundis, Eric Cervantes, David Chang and Humberto Chavarria III finished first for Selma in the 4x400-relay (3:34.89).
In the frosh-soph 400-meter boys race, Selma's Juan Rodriguez took first (57.06), blowing by Dinuba's Colton Martinez (1:00.87).
"I felt like I was going to win when I was in the last 100 meters. I felt like they wouldn't catch me at that point, so I pushed a little more and they didn't catch me," Rodriguez said. "I checked their times before the race, so I said to myself 'I'll beat them.'"
Selma's Juan Marquez continued the team's success in the frosh-soph events, finishing first in the 200-meter race (25.66). Brinson Scott, another Selma freshman, finished first in the pole vault (8-06.00). Scott's teammate, Fernando Leanos, came in third (7-08.00).
For the Selma girls, Aliyah Garcia was one of the busiest athletes of the day. The sophomore took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles, sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, fourth in the high jump and 10th in the triple jump with a personal best of 30-6-25.
"I feel like I could have done better, but I'm proud of what I accomplished," she said. "I did OK in high jump, especially after running so much. I was very tired, especially after the 300. It's not my favorite event, but I feel like I do pretty good in them, so I run them still."
The girls high jump was one of the most competitive events of the day. Immanuel's Annie Regier (4-10.00), outlasted a pair of Kingsburg jumpers – Mariah Bergman (4-09.00) and Jessi Swenning (4-08.00). Bergman, Swenning and Aliyah Garcia needed a jump-off to break a tie between the three.
"It was neat to do a jump-off. I've never done that before," Bergman said. "It was a really good challenge."
Kingsburg sophomore Samuel Heinrichs added his eighth first-place of the season in pole vault, jumping 12-0.
"I'm really disappointed. I didn't do as good as I wanted to do, but not too bad of a day," he said. "I should have jumped higher, but it's not bad for a sophomore. I'm hoping to get 13-0 this season. If I get that, that will qualify me for Masters."
Kingsburg junior Andrew Vorhees continued to dominate the league in shot put. Vorhees had his best throw in Exeter, setting a personal record and finishing first with a mark of 54-1.