Three local track athletes punched their tickets to the Northern Section CIF Track Finals after winning events at the NSCIF Division III Championships last Friday at Yuba College.
Colusa’s Conner Saso swept three events while Pierce’s Sarah Vann and Williams’ Jackie Rivera each won one at the section qualifying meet.
In the varsity men’s competition, Saso, a senior who concurrently plays baseball for the RedHawks, won the 110 meter hurdles in a season’s best time of 16:08 before setting personal records to capture the 300-meter hurdles (42:07) and high jump (6-00).
Pierce’s Daniel Medina finished second to Saso in high jump setting a personal record at 5-10, while the RedHawk 4x400 relay team consisting of Damien Rodriguez, Jonathan Price, Brady Bolley and Manuel Morales finished third (3:49.61)
Individually in the women’s events, Vann also in her senior season, had a big day for the Bears taking the 100-meter hurdles (16:56) in addition to tying for second in the high jump (4-08) and finishing third in the 100 meters.
While she will automatically qualify in the hurdles, Vann could potentially earn an at-large berth in the other two events as well.
Rivera, the Yellowjacket junior, uncorked her third longest toss of the season at 96-02 to win the women’s varsity discus.
The Pierce girls, who finished as the runner-up to Durham for the section title, also got noteworthy performances from Anahi Villanueva throwing personal best to take third in the shot put (31-05) and
Ariathna Sanchez crossing the line third in the 800 meters (2:55.49).
Additionally the Bears’ team of Vann, Monstserrat Ambriz, Maria Rivera, and Betsy Myers was second in the 4x100 relay (52:77), while in the 4x400 relay Ambriz, Sanchez, Linette Navarro and Gissell Aceves finished third (4:54.28).
All first place winners have the opportunity to compete in the NSCIF Finals at West Valley High School in Cottonwood on Friday.