Cougar teams race past Diamondbacks

By From page A8 | April 29, 2013

EL DORADO — Sean Gregg has been competing in 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races for the El Dorado High boys track team this season.

But in a tri-Sierra Valley Conference dual meet against Union Mine and Galt on Wednesday afternoon at the Diamondbacks’ football field, Gregg competed only in the 800 and 1,600 races. He placed in the top three of both races. Gregg was first in the 1,600 with a time of 4:41.36 and second in the 800.

“It was more of a workout day,” said Gregg of the 800. “I’m not trying go to for an excellent time.”

Gregg helped El Dorado post a 126-9 win over Union Mine and 131-2 over Galt in the Diamondbacks’ last home dual meet of the season. In the girls meet, El Dorado also swept with a 97-38 win over Union Mine and 128-5 victory over Galt.

El Dorado, Union Mine and Galt will join the rest of the Sierra Valley Conference schools at the conference’s trials and finals that will be held at El Dorado on Tuesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 9.  Gregg is looking for a stronger performance in his three events that will carry over into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Sub-Section meet.

“I’ve improved quite a bit,” Gregg said. “I think basketball helped me out (Gregg played guard on the El Dorado boys basketball team this past winter season). I haven’t had my best race yet. The best is yet to come.”

The Cougars won every event in the varsity boys and girls events against their intra-county rival Diamondbacks and the Warriors.

Charlie Swift has been swift in his recovery from an illness to his performance on Wednesday. The Union Mine High junior took third place in the shot put with a toss of 41 feet, 8 inches.

“I started off good, then I got sick and lost all of my strength,” Swift said. “I started lifting (weights) a lot and got better. The first league meets, I’ve been third, second and first. I’m getting better.

Union Mine head coach Mark Indgjer has 42 students out for the boys and girls track teams this spring, including those on the frosh/soph boys squad.

“Those who are showing up and putting in a great effort,” Indgjer said. “We’re trying to stay competitive.”

In the frosh/soph boys races, El Dorado swept Union Mine, 87-49 and Galt, 121-11.

El Dorado vs. Union Mine boys 
4×100 relay: 1-ED, 43.5. 110 HH: 1-Cambron Lyles, ED, 15.69; 2-Gabe Hurwitt; 3-Sawyer Haffner, ED. 1,600: 1-Sean Gregg, ED, 4:41.36; 2-Boone Bates, ED; 3-Stabler Young, ED. 400–Matthew Johnson, ED, 51.44; 2-Nick Bloss, ED; 3-David Marrs, ED. 100: 1-Gabe Ferges, ED, 11.18; 2-Aaron Line, ED; 3-Smith Purdum, UM. 300HH: 1-Gabe Hurwitt, ED, 41.11; 2-Haffner; 3-Lyles. 200: 1-Line, 23.19; 2-Ferges; 3-Purdum. DT: 1-Clayton Van Duyn, ED, 122′ 5″; 2-Caleb Melton, ED; 3-Daniel Rivera, ED 3,200: 1-Ryan Gray, ED, 10:59.16; 2-William Winter, UM; 3-Adam Benouar, UM. TJ: 1-Logan Friday, ED, 38′ 6″; 2-Gavin Zirbel, ED. 4×400 relay: 1-ED, 3:36.1. HJ: 1-Gray, 6′; 2-Kevin Ralphs, UM. PV: 1-Matthew Johnson, ED; 2-Sam McCrea, ED; 3-Bryce Yaple, UM.

El Dorado vs. Union Mine girls
4×100 relay: 1-ED, 52.06; 2-UM, 53.95. 1,600: 1-Allison Babbage, UM, 5:52.71; 2-Anne Donegan, ED; 3-Celina Vicencio, ED. 100 HH: 1-Makayla Hoyt, ED, 16.91; 2-Kaylynn Cuddy, ED; 3-Elizabeth Vaccaro, ED. 400: 1-Sabrina Tate, ED, 1:01.60; 2-Katelyn Covitch, UM; 3-Gina Somara, ED. HJ: 1-Courtney Macklin, ED, 5′; 2-Andrea Barnes, UM; 3-Hoyt. 100: 1-Sarah Sightam, ED, 13.55; 2-Hannah Dixon, ED; 3-Chandler Martin, ED. 800: 1-Arianna Pizzutti, ED, 2:32.91; 2-Babbage; 3-Vicencio. LJ: 1-Tate, 17′ 5″; 2-Jessica Jemmott, ED; 3-Abby Bennett, ED. 300 LH: 1-Hoyt, 49.0; 2-Cuddy; 3-Ashley Bell, UM. PV: 1-Crystin Segura, UM, 6′; 2-Clara Nyquist, ED; 3-Madisynn Whisler, ED. SP: 1-Samantha Prichard, UM, 32′ 4 1/2″; 2-Lindsay Williams, UM; 3-Ampelia Camacho, UM. DT: 1-Prichard, 94′ 3″; 2-Sarah Vasquez, UM; 3-Williams. 3,200: 1-Kaiylynn Staggers, ED, 12:51.48; 2-Katherine Bugbee, ED. TJ: 1-Tate, 33′ 5 1/2″; 2-Macklin. 4×400 relay: 1-ED, 4:26.00.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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