Cougar Cambron Lyles a triple winner; Union Mine sweeps throwing events
FOLSOM — Spirited competition once again was the theme of the meet as three of the top teams in the Section for Division IV squared off at Folsom High for the Sierra Valley Conference Championships last week.
“There is no question that the SVC is the premier league in the region with state-level competitors in almost all of the events,” Cougar Coach Peanut Harms said. “When we had four guys PR in the triple jump on the first day, then we took five-of-six places in the 4x100m relay — I knew we were going to have a great meet.”
The boy’s meet was almost over before the track events started as El Dorado, with a four-year dual meet win streak and three consecutive league banners hanging in the gym, dominated the field behind three individual championships from Cambron Lyles. The 104-point margin of victory was the largest point spread in the past 25 years of the SVC.
“We always build our teams to have a balanced field to track ratio. If we don’t have a quality performer in an event, then my staff of college-level coaches will find an athlete and teach him/her that event. This just adds to the Cougar advantage,” Harms said.
Simply singling out the school record performances of the boy’s 4x100m relay team (Garrett Scalaro, Aaron Line, Nick Bloss, Gabe Ferges) or Lyles’ school record in the 300m hurdles (39.33), first place in the 110m HH (14.48) and pole vault (12-6) would not do justice to Gabe Ferges winning the triple jump, placing third in the 100m, and fourth in the long jump or Boone Bates in winning the 800m (1:59.60) and finishing second in the 1600m (4:29.90).
“If pressed to select a single contribution to this victory I would say it is our coaching staff … and of course the 140 kids in our program,” added Harms whose Frosh Soph teams won its divisions as well. It was a great day to be a Cougar!”
As predicted, the competition on the girls side was between Cosumnes Oaks and Vista Del Lago which ended deadlocked 156-156. Vista was awarded the league banner on number of dual meet victories.
El Dorado, with state-ranked high jumper Makayla Hoyt (5-5); strong contributions in the sprints from Sara Slightam (12.91 100m/Relay) and Abby Finlayson (13.01); plus solid performances in the throws by Carley Fowler (35-1 shot put) rounded out the top 3 with 97 points.
El Dorado qualifies 21 athletes through to the Divisional’s at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock on Tuesday and Thursday. Last week, 50 percent of the Cougar athletes set personal bests.
Union Mine finished fourth in the girls competition and fifth for boys. Once again the D’backs dominated the throws as league championships went to Charlie Swift (discus, shot put), Lindsey Williams (shot put) and Sarah Vasquez.
Back after an early season injury, Leah Bertucelli took first in the pole vault. Union Mine’s Allison Babbage (4th in the 1600) advances in place of an athlete who dropped out.
Below are the top three finishers and those who made the Divisional standard to advance.
Boys (1-El Dorado, 187, 2-Cos. Oaks, 83; 3-Vista, 79; 5-Union Mine, 35)
100: 3-Ferges, ED, 11.27. 200: 3-Scalero, ED, 22.85; 4-Bloss, ED, 23.01. 800: 1-Boone Bates, ED, 1:59.64; 3-Jay Revolinsky, ED, 2:01.90. 1600: 2-Bates, 4:31.10. 110h: 1-Lyles, ED, 14.48; 3-Gabe Hurwitt, ED, 15.68. 300h: 1-Lyles, ED, 39.33. 4×100: 1-ED, 43.26. 4×400: 3-ED, 3:28.90. SP-Swift, UM, 48-0.5; 2-Daniel Rivera, ED, 45-3.5. D: 1-Swift, UM, 125-5; 3-Colin Masterson, ED, 113-8. HJ: 2-Line, ED, 6-2. LJ: 3-Tyler Clanin, ED, 20-1. TJ: 1-Ferges, ED, 42-2.5; 2-Hurwitt, ED, 41-11.5. PV: 1-Lyles, ED, 12-6; 2-Bryce Yapple, UM, 12-0; 3-Britton Stark, ED, 11-6.
Girls (1-Vista, 156; 2-Cos. Oaks, 156; 3-El Dorado, 96; 4-Union Mine, 48)
100: 2-Sara Slightam, ED, 12.91. 200: 4-Arianna Pizzuti, ED, 23.01. 4×100: 2-ED, 51.59. 4×400: 2-ED, 4:09.92. SP: 1-Williams, UM, 36-0.5; 2-Carley Fowler, ED, 35-1.5. D: 1-Vasquez, UM, 116-2; 2-Trinity Arriola, ED, 99-6; 3-Williams, UM, 96-5. HJ: 1-Makayla Hoyt, ED, 5-4; 2-Abby Bennett, ED, 5-0. PV: 1-Bertuccelli, UM, 10-0; 3-Samantha Engel, ED, 8-6.
Note: Ferges replaces Clanin in the high jump and Arriola replaces Bennett in the high jump.