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Turlock track dominates at first CCAL meet
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Turlock’s Gavin Cox finished with a time of 17.49 in the 100-meter hurdles on Wednesday (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

The Turlock High track and field team competed in the first CCAL meet of the season Wednesday afternoon and Bulldog athletes came out on top of the majority of the events.

Both the varsity girls and boys teams easily handled their competition against Gregori with the girls winning 110-26 and the boys winning 124-11. The story was the same for the girls against Enochs, where they won 113-23, while it was a little more competitive win for the boys at 81-55.

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Benhi E. and Julian Hernandez race to the finish line (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

“They came together as a team and supported each other and they all did their jobs and did them well,” said Turlock head coach Bergann Hernandez. “They performed just the way they had trained to. It’s always exciting to see it come together. We knew the other teams were going to be a strong competition this season so that makes things even more exciting. I am so proud of them and I can’t wait for them to keep getting stronger.”

The Bulldogs had some standout performances with top finishes across the board. For the boys, they had six runners place in the top 10 in the 100-yard dash with Peter Mello coming in first with a time of 11.30. They had three of the top five finishes in the 110-meter hurdles with Gavin Cox finishing with a time of 17.49. They also had the top three finishes in the pole vault with Ian Strode coming in first with a height of 15-00.00.

The girls had impressive finishes of their own including three of the top times in the 200-meter dash, with Kylee Redman coming in first with a time of 26.29. They dominated the 33-meter hurdles with the top six finishes including Ella Spaulding, who finished with a time of 51.02. They also had four of the top five finishes in the high jump with Shaylan Roy-William placing first with a height of 15-02.00.

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Ella Spaulding finished with a time of 51.02 in the 33-meter hurdles (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

“There’s a feeling that I get when I see our athletes compete and it’s pride,” said Hernandez. “We see them day in and day out working, pushing, fighting for more. But you don’t always get to see the result of those efforts until we compete. And then to see them compete with confidence it’s so amazing to me.”

The Bulldogs will next compete at the 49th Avis Kelley Invitational on March 26 at the Garcia Elder Sports Complex in Gilroy.