Turlock and Pitman track and field programs are putting in consistent efforts, as the two teams repeated their earlier season success at Wednesday’s second Central California Conference Center Meet at Atwater High.
The Turlock High varsity girls took first place (150.5) for the second time this season, with Pitman High finishing at a close second with 122 points. On the boy’s side, Turlock placed second (136.5) while Pitman followed in third with 100.5 points.
Pitman's frosh/soph boys and girls each won in convincing fashion.
“I think a dual meet with Turlock would be fun, there are a lot of exciting track athletes in this town,” said Pitman head coach Thad Moren.
“My athletes showed off all the hard work they've been doing,” said Turlock head coach Bergann Hernandez. “We did so well and for the boys we took GV's 30-plus point lead down to only 19 points. So many of our athletes had to step up their game in huge ways and they delivered.”
One of the biggest reasons for the Turlock girl’s success came from multiple first place results that included a top finish in the 4x4 relay that included Megan Drew, Adelae Fredeen, Bernadette Hollcraft and Katja Guerrero.
Fredeen also placed first in the 100 meter hurdles and placed second in the 300m hurdles.
Kishauna Mavis of Turlock had a personal record in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 8.5 inches.
“Kishauna, Alissa Fuentes, Nikohl Jordan, Fredeen, Jocelyn Harris and Drew all had a huge impact on our team scores,” said Hernandez. “It was a team effort for sure. Those girls were just some of the key standouts.”
In the 3200m race, Pitman's Mavleen Mann topped all with a time of 12:09.13.
For the girl’s discus, Cerah Moren had the best finish for either school at second place with a personal record of 127'01. Turlock's Nikohl Jordan followed in third after she hit a personal record of 115'05.
In the triple jump for the girls, Michelle Griffin saw the best result after clearing 34 feet, 5 inches.
For girls shot put, Whitney Barnes of Pitman topped all with a clearance of 36'10.5”. Teammates Zaidy Arreola (33'9) and Delilah Vieira (32') followed in second and third place, respectively.
“We've had a great two center meets so far, and have had four school records broken,” said Moren. “Two by Mavleen Mann in the 1600 and 3200. Cerah Moren in discus. Also, Brendan Patterson.”
In the pole vault for girls, Turlock dominated the top three spots with Sarah Romo leading the way after clearing 9'6. Hannah Tinley and Alyssa Nunes followed in second after clearing 9 feet.
“Our girls came to work today. They did their jobs and then some. I had so much fun watching,” said Hernandez. “My girls in pole vault did well, taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th.”
Harris took first place in the 100m race with a time of 12.97 while teammate Guerrero of Turlock took second in the girls 200m race.
Patterson of Pitman placed first in the triple jump after clearing 43'8 and Turlock's Dustin Grein followed in second with a distance of 43'6.5.
The tables were turned in the long jump where Grein took first with a distance of 21'10. Patterson placed third (20'10) while Pitman teammate Daniel Dwight took second (20'11.5).
For the boys pole vault, sophomore Nathan Garibay topped all, earning a first-place result with a clearance of 13 feet. Pitman's Colton Farro (12'6) and Nathan Day (12') followed in second and third place respectively.
Pitman's Isaiah Marable took first in the 800m race after finishing with a PR time of 1:59.19 and set a school record in the 400m (49.57).
“Obviously, Isaiah (Marable) rounding into shape after an early injury bodes well for his post-season,” said Moren. “We are looking forward to finishing up this season with two of the four levels winning and with a group of five or six kids that can challenge for medals at masters.”
In the boy’s discus, Turlock's Gabriel Cordero stood above all after hitting 155'9. Pitman's Chris Martinez followed in third with a distance of 128'4.
Grein of Turlock placed second in the shot put with a distance of 45'0.5.
Either schools best result in the girls 400m race was Hannah Green of Pitman with a PR time of 1:03.25.
Sammy Wilson of Turlock managed to take second with a time of 23.42.
Turlock’s Eric Alvarez had a sensational day in the two-mile race (3200), after he finished with a PR time of 10:26.02 and in the 1600m race, he concluded with a time of 4:39.97.
“Today was a good day,” said Alvarez.
The No. 3 Center Meet will take place from Golden Valley at 10 a.m. April 26.