by Kim Bodemann
WG Booster Club President
West Grand hosted the Joe Shields Invitational last Thursday, the last regular meet of the season. There were ten girls’ teams and 11 boys’ team competing on the day. The Lady Mustangs won the meet as they scored 187 points and the Mustang men took third place with 107 points and missed second place by .33 points. There was also 42 personal records (PR) set. West Grand will take 21 tracksters to the State competition.
The following girls’ placed for the Mustangs; for jumping events Jacey Murphy had a PR at the long jump with 14’0.25” to take sixth. In the triple jump Rheann Pesch also had a PR of 32’2.25” placing third. Emma DeSanti took second in the high jump with 4’8”. In the discus Gina Manguso had a huge PR to place second with a throw of 92’2.50,” as Peyton Bodemann took third with 90’1,” taking fourth was Gabby Willson with 88’1”and Hailey McNichols rounded the event out with a sixth place throw of 82’11”. In the shot, Willson placed first having a PR at 33’11” as McNichols threw for the first time in the event to take second with a 30’3.75.” Third went to Charish Jansen a PR of 29’2.75”, also a PR of 28’4.25” and fifth place went to Marissa Cereceres. Rounding our field events is the pole vault. Willson took first going 8’2”, as second went to Sydney Almgren with a PR of 8’2”. Another PR was Destiny Barnes with 7’2” to claim fourth and sixth went to Isabelle Eggers at 6’8”.
In running events, Sydney Ritschard took first in the 100m dash in a time of 13.10 and set a PR of 27.17 in the 200m dash to claim first. Almgren took fourth in the 100 hurdles in 18.47 and ran the 300 hurdles in 56.47 to finish in seventh place. DeSanti ran the 400m dash for the first time to place third having a time of 1:04.41. In the 1600 run Jessica Gregory finished fifth in 8:17.69 as Hannah Zagone had a PR time of 8:58.79 good enough for sixth. Gregory also took third in the 3200 run in 19:37.76. Relays placed well as the 4X100 team of Pesch, Murphy, Willson, and Ritschard claimed a first place finish in 53:45. The 4X100 B team took fourth in 56.90 and was ran by D. Barnes, Morgan Jones, Anna Mendoza, and Juliana Jimenez. Madison Jump, Maya Ramirez, Cereceres, and Jansen was the 4X100 C team finishing seventh in 1:03.35. In the 4X200 taking second in 1:54.07 was Jimenez, Murphy, DeSanti, and Ritschard as the B team of D. Barnes, Cereceres, Mendoza, and Jones finished in 2:14.13 good for sixth. Taking third place was the 4X400 team of Jones, Eggers, Mendoza, and D. Barnes in 5:01.09. With a first place finish was the 4X800 ran in 13:46.59 by Eggers, Jones, Zagone, and Gregory. Having a season best time of 2:02 was the 800 Medley of Pesch, Almgren, Jimenez, and Murphy finished fourth.
Earning themselves a ribbon for the boys’ were; in the shot Marcos Ramirez took first with a distance of 40’8.5” as he finished fourth in the discus with 101’5”. Also placing in the discus was Josh O’Hotto throwing 96’7” for eighth. In the triple jump Jonathan Gale went 38’7” good for third as Gabe DeMattos had a PR of 36’1.25” finishing seventh. Gale also placed fifth in the high jump at a height of 5’8”. For pole vault Hugh Wheatley had a PR of 11’3” good for third as Brady Gore finished fourth at 11’3”. Fifth went to DeMattos at a PR height of 10’9” and Jake Bentler claimed sixth with 9’9”.
Boys’ running events went as follows; in the 100m dash Wheatley took fourth in 11.93 as T. Barnes finished in 12.14 a PR for seventh. Jose Rosas-Valente set a PR of 24.61 in the 200m dash taking seventh. Running the 100 high hurdles was O’Hotto getting a PR of 17.37 and third as Gale also had a PR of 17.48 good for fourth. Gale had another PR in the 300 hurdles of 44.93 winning third place. The 800m run had Jordan Knight taking seventh in 2:26.79 followed by Garrett Miller in eighth with a 2:30.57. In the 4X100 relay fifth went to T. Barnes, DeMattos, Wheatley, and Rosas-Valente with a time of 46.68. The B team took eighth in 50.27 with Luis Dominguez, Grady McAllister, Gore, and Bentler.