Twenty-six track and field teams that included nearly 900 participants converged on Durham High School last Friday for the ninth annual Vern Regier Invitational, an event hosted by the Colusa RedHawks in honor of their long-time former educator and coach.

While the lack of an all-weather track facility in Colusa has forced the RedHawks to relocate the event to various venues over the years, the spirit of competition that Regier exemplified has remained in tact as the meet has continued to grow in size.

Three local athletes reached the podium in this year’s rendition with Williams’ Jackie Rivera taking first in the women’s discus setting a personal record with a throw of 105-02. Colusa’s Conner Saso crossed the line second in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in his fastest time this season 16:90, and Pierce’s Daniel Medina cleared 5-06 in the men’s high jump which was good for third place.

Pierce’s varsity women’s team turned in the strongest overall showing among the Colusa County schools with seven athletes placing in the top seven including a fourth place finish in the 4x100 relay where Montserrat Ambriz, Jessica Orozco, Sarah Vann and Maria Rivera ran a season’s best time of 54.67.

Other notable performers for the Bears included Rivera, who was fourth in triple jump (30-00), Betsy

Myers fifth in triple jump (29-09) and sixth in the 400 meters (1:08:00), along with three seventh place

finishers that included Sarah Vann (13:82) in the 100 meters, Linette Navarro (2:46:11) in the 800 meters and Anahi Villanueva in shot put with a toss of 29-10.

In the varsity men’s events, Colusa’s Gabe Salazar took fifth in shot put (39-09) while teammate William Graybill tied for seventh in high jump (5-04). Williams’ Alexis Pineda was sixth in discus (113-04), and Pierce’s Conner Richins was seventh in 100 meter hurdles (19:18).

All three teams return to action on April 6 at the Chico Invitational held at Chico High School.

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