The Turlock Christian varsity track and field team are the Central California Athletic Alliance champions after dominating in the league tournament earlier in the month.
“It was just awesome,” said TC head coach Jan Murphy. “We also broke about eight school records which was nice and we did do well.”
It was also coach Murphy's 34th year of coaching.
“With so many years as a coach I know when you put the work in, it pays off. It’s tough in our league to do what we did and I realized that it was a lot of hard work,” said Murphy. “We have to battle with schools like Rites of Passage. It’s tough.”
It was also the second year in a row that the girls captured the league title.
“Our girls scored points in every event, except for triple jump” said Murphy. “It was quite a dominating performance.”
The girls captured six first place results while the boys clinched two first place finishes and took nine top three finishes for the day.
Mikayla Yagi placed first for TC in the 100 meter race with a final time of 13.46.
TC's Doris Zhao placed first in both the 800 and 1600 meter races. Zhao finished her 800 race with a time of 3:04.73 and the 1600 race with a final time of 6:39.47.
“It was awesome to see all 44 of our student-athletes out there,” said Murphy. “The numbers really went up this year and we competed.”
Camryn Lanigan placed first for the girls in the 100 meter hurdles race with a time of 18.12 and was part of the 4x4 and 4x1 relay teams that clinched first place finishes.
Aside Lanigan were Hannah Ryan, Kelly Yang and Zhao in the 4x4 team.
Ryan and Lanigan were joined by Nicole Mendonca and Destiny Pereira as part of the 4x1 team.
TC sophomore Nathan Son took first in the 200 meter race after finishing with a time of 23.72.
Son along with Saint Sung, Desmond Barron and Max Lin, took first in the 4x1 relay race, topping out with a time of 47.18.
Ian Lee took third in the boys 800 meter race with a time of 2:22.97.
“I mean we beat the second place team by over 100 points on the boys and girls side. It was a slaughter,” said Murphy. “I had kids compete in events they normally don't. Their character and determination really showed.”