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Hilmar track and field drops season finale to Hughson
Hilmar track
Hilmars Sara Couchman barely makes her height during the high jump of Thursdays dual meet against Hughson. - photo by EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal

In their final home regular season dual meet, the Hilmar Yellowjackets track and field squad hosted Hughson High in a day where most of the team was missing due to personal reasons, but the ‘Jackets did not see it that way as they looked for personal records.

The Huskies bigger squad had a large pool of talent and the boys and girls took the win with ease over a much smaller Hilmar in a Trans Valley League.

The girls took the win 117-11 and the boys won it 111-25.

“Kind of a rough week, just getting off the fair, sixth grade camp and two of my top performers were gone away for personal events, so it was a little rough. Basically it was practice for Hughson… it is what it is. They are very strong and a big deep team, put together a good team that’s why they are favorites going into the playoffs,” said Hilmar head coach Clement LeBrouche.

Hilmar would only get two first place wins along with a handful of second place finishes.

“It is to get good marks for league, we’re trying to keep our team hungry and with a small team it is hard to run against a bigger school and just trying to get our big guys to practice more,” LeBrouche added. “It is a rebuilding year for us, top guys and trying to bring up our new ones. My top ones have done great in all meets.”

For the girls, Angelique Souza finished second in the high jump.

In the boys’ category, Hudson Harris finished first in the 110 meter hurdles as he topped out with a time of 16.59. Harris also took second in the high jump.

In the 4x400 relay the team of Harris, Kenzye Spears, Gabriel Teixeira, Andres Moran took first place with a team time of 3:49:31.

Spears would top out in second in the 800 meter race.

“After our final dual meet if we don’t qualify with a good enough time for the championships then the season is over, it’s not what you do today it’s what you do in May cause we are the little guys in Hilmar,” LeBrouche said.

Hilmar will have six athletes move on to the postseason, starting with the Gold Rush Elite in Calaveras on Friday.

Dani Olson will compete in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 100 and 300m hurdles. Angelique Souza and Sarah Couchman will compete in the high jump as juniors.

“Dani [Olson] is really the highlight of the girls, she is focused on track and training in the offseason, but she didn’t run today, so look out for her… times have been increasing,” said LeBrouche about Olson.

Teixeira will be competing in the 1600 and 800m along with the 4x400. Harris is the 110 and 300m hurdles along as another part of the 4x400 relay team.

Spears will be running in the 1600 and 3200m along with the 4x400. Moran is also part of the 4x400 relay team and also competing in the 200 and 400m.