KINGSBURG - Athletes from both Kingsburg and Selma track and field teams competed against each other in a Central Sequoia League dual meet at Kingsburg High School on April 5.
“Everybody worked really hard and it was a good, positive meet,” Kingsburg head coach Amanda Hodges said about her team’s performance. “It’s the first meet back from spring break, so everybody is kind of jet lagged and coming off vacation, but it was a good [team] performance.”
On the boys side, Kalobe Jimenez of Kingsburg placed first in the 100-meter race with a time of 11.62 seconds. Jimenez also placed first in the 200-meters at 24.10 seconds.
Kingsburg runners each placed in the top four in the 100-meter including Eric Carrillo (second), Noah Jimenez (third) and Samuel Heinrichs (fourth) behind Kalobe Jimenez.
Hodges said Kalobe Jimenez usually competes in the hurdle events, but he took a break off those events against Selma since he was running in those events at the Yosemite Invitational the next day.
“He took a break off of hurdles today,” Hodges said about Kalobe Jimenez. “He ran the 100 and 200 meters, he really hasn’t run those events before… and tomorrow [April 6] he’s going to do hurdles.”
Hodges said there were other athletes that competed in different events than they usually do including Tyler Koons and Garrett Salazar.
Koons competed in the 800-meter race, shot put, discus and long jump. Koons placed first in the 800-meter (2:14:00) and third in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet and five inches. He didn’t place in the discus and shotput.
Salazar competed in the 400-meter and place first with a time of 56.26 seconds.
For Selma, Bears’ athletes swept the boys shot put with Heron Uriarte (first), Angelo Atkinson (second) and Jordan Diaz (third) placing in the top three spots.
Uriate also placed first in the boys discuss with a distance of 118 feet.
On the girls side, Cambria Brandon of Kingsburg competed in the high jump and placed first with a height of four feet and 10 inches. Hodges said Brandon was another athlete who competed in an event she’s not used to.
Other notable performers on the girls side from the Vikings include Peyton Woods, Julia Gamble and Kylee Silva, who all placed first in their respective events.
Woods placed first in the 200-meters race with a time of 26.95 seconds, Gamble excelled in the discus with a distance of 63 feet and one inch, and Silva won the triple jump at 30 feet and five inches.
For Selma, Lady Bear athletes excelled in many events including the 400, 800, and 1600-meter races. Selma athletes also competed well in the shot put and long jump events.
Audrey Gonzalez, Mia Salinas and Aliyah Garcia swept the top three spots in the 400-meters. In the 800-meters, Mari Vasquez and Mia Salinas took first and second place while Kingsburg’s Rajvir Rai was third.
Davida Silva, Merissa Barela, and Greetika Purwaha swept the top three spots in the 1600-meters. Jayleen Rivera and Zoe Gonzalez placed first and second in the shot put event while Navanni Rizo (14 feet, nine inches) took first in the long jump.
Next up for Selma, Bears’ athletes will head to Exeter for a CSL dual meet that is scheduled for April 11 at 4 p.m.
“Everyone did well, but I’m not worried about time or distances or places,” Selma head coach Alex Reyes said. “I’m just worried about working hard and getting that work in ... right now is just a stepping stone for the goal in six weeks [at the CIF Valley Championships.]”
Up next for Kingsburg is the Vikings last home meet of the season, which is a CSL dual against Central Valley Christian and Dinuba that is scheduled for April 11 at 4 p.m.
It will also be senior night for Kingsburg athletes, most of whom have been part of the program since since Hodges' first year as head coach.
“They’ve been with me since I’ve been here,” Hodges said. “It’s kind of emotional because I’ve seen them grow since they were freshman...so I’m excited to finish off their home season and hopefully we have a good crowd and people just cheering them on.”