Turlock High's varsity girls track and field team won the third Central California Conference Center Meet, concluding the year as league champions after scoring 157 points. Pitman followed closely in second with a score of 115.5.
On the varsity boys side, Turlock notched a second-place result with a score of 123.5, trailing only first place Golden Valley (142). Pitman placed third with 86 points.
Pitman's frosh/soph boys and girls won by a landslide, earning over twice as many points as the second-place team.
“Kind of the same results as the last center meet,” said Pitman head coach Thad Moren. “I still believe that a dual meet with Turlock would be a lot of fun since there are a lot of exciting track athletes here in this town.”
“This was so huge; our girls did it,” said Turlock head coach Bergann Hernandez. “They went undefeated and won a championship for the first time in 10 years. It was not an easy feat to accomplish. The competition in the CCC is tough. People often say track is an individual sport. I could not disagree more.”
In order to earn the CCC title, many athletes needed to come together and deliver under pressure as every point counted.
“To do what this team did every girl had to do her job and do it well. Our girls delivered. I am so proud of their work, determination and persistence,” said Hernandez. “It was truly amazing to see these girls perform with all they had to give.”
The girls team was led by top performers Jocelyn Harris, Adelae Fredeen, Alissa Fuentes and Kishauna Mavis. Turlock's 4x1 relay team took second while Pitman followed in third.
Sophomore Sarah Romo of Turlock tied with Pitman's Lindsay Berryhill for first place in the pole vault with a clearance of 9 feet.
In the triple jump event, Michelle Griffin of Pitman took second (34 feet, 1.5 inches) and teammate Cierra Verdone followed in third after clearing 33'.
Mavis of Turlock had the top result in the long jump for both schools after taking second (15'11).
In discus, Cerah Moren took second after hitting 118' and Turlock's Katie Green followed in third (116'3). Pitman's Whitney Barnes took first by a landslide in the shot put after hitting 37'5.5.
Fredeen took first in the 300 meter hurdles race after clocking in at 49.06 and teammate Jessica Bettencourt followed in second with a very close time of 49.19.
Fredeen continued her success in hurdles and took first in the 100-meter race with a time of 16.19. Teammate Harris followed closely in second (16.27). Harris also finished in first place in the 100m race.
Sofia Andres of Turlock finished in first place in the 3200m race with a time of 13:03.87. Sophomore Megan Drew took second in the 800m race with a time of 2:30.47.
On the boys side, Pitman's Brendan Patterson had a great day after he finished with a personal record in the triple jump clearing 44'6.5, tying for first place with Jalin Wiggings of El Capitan. Dustin Grein of Turlock placed third (42'11.5).
Patterson came back in the long jump, clearing 23' for first place. Grein placed second with a jump of 22'06.
Nathan Day of Pitman took home first place in the pole vault after clearing his PR, 13'. Turlock's Jose Sandoval followed in second with a clearance of 12'06.
Isaiah Marable, who recently committed to Sacramento State on a track scholarship, finished with a PR and placed first in the 200m race with a time of 22.21. Marable also placed first in the 400m.
David Bosquez of Turlock finished in first in the 800m after clocking in at 2:06.62.
Turlock's Gabriel Cordero placed first in the discus after clearing a PR (160'8).
“Our boys team is young. I am so excited to see what they will do next,” said Hernandez. “Up next, we are taking 16 athletes to the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday. For the first time in over 10 years we will have an athlete competing in the invitational section of this prestigious meet.
“Dustin Grein has earned a spot in the invitational section for long jump and triple jump. I am so excited to see our kids doing so well. And finally, we will have our CCC championships on May 6.”
The CCC Championships will take place at Joe Debely and begin at 10 a.m. May 6.
“We are looking forward to finishing the season on a high note at the CCC Championships,” Moren added.