GILROY — Coming into Friday evening’s Monterey Bay League’s Masters Meet, there was a consensus that Watsonville’s Briana Cueva, Kasem Green and Raymond Silver were going to be the Wildcatz’s highlights of the meet, but their 4x100-meter relay team started the day with a bang.
Marisa Magana, Nadyne Vargas, Alexa Carrillo and Sonya Cervantez set a school record with at time of 50.56 and placed second to qualify for next Saturday’s Central Coast Section meet at Gilroy High.
The North Monterey County 4x100 team also qualified for CCS with a time of 50.99 that was good enough for fourth place.
After Abraham Ortiz stole away second place in last weeks meet from Justin Carrancho by just two seconds, Carrancho beat out his Watsonville teammate, and the rest of the pack, in the 800. He ran 2:00.6 and Ortiz just squeaked into CCS finishing fifth at 2:02:38.
“When I was in fifth I was just thinking that I have to make a push,” said Carrancho. “In that last 125 I just started picking it up and I just told myself that I have to go for it. I just did what I do best. Kick at the end and get it.”
Ortiz started the race strong and lead through the first lap and a half, but then seemed to run out of gas at the end. He just held off the other runners to qualify for next week’s meet.
“I was right there,” said Ortiz. “It was just the last 100 meters, but it is what it is. The plan was to qualify and that’s what I did.”
The Watsonville High athletes kept up the domination in the field events as Brianna Cueva took home first in both the shot put and discus. Both throws were below her expectations, but an injury to her elbow that she sustained earlier in the week could have contributed to it.
“Two days ago I tweaked my elbow,” said Cueva. “It’s been bothering me on my extension. At least I qualified, but I’m definitely not satisfied. I feel good enough to compete next week. I’m going to push as much as I can.”
The injury bug also bit Silver. Even though he took first place once again in the high jump with a height of 6-1, he failed to clear 6-5.
“I think it’s not fatigue, it’s more injury related,” said Silver. “My ankles and knees have been bothering me lately. As soon as I took my first couple jumps I could feel that it just wasn’t the day that I was going be jumping really well.”
North Monterey County’s Tori Tejari was dominant in the pole vault, clearing 10-4 and leading in first place on Friday.
“I was just trying to get into CCS,” said Tejari, “everything else was just a bonus. I tried to hit 10-8, but once I didn’t clear it in the first two attempts my coach just told me to rest.”
Linda Delgado dominated the girls 400 with a time of 57.72 that put her in first place. A not-so-dominant performance came from Nathan Bishop in the 100 hurdles. He finished just tenths of a second in front of sixth and seventh place to qualify for CCS.
“I was stoked,” said Bishop. “I was so happy that I get to move on and show people what I got.”
Fellow Condors Jennifer Casas, Taylor Blaha and Daniel Smith all made the cut for CCS.
Casas placed second in the shot put with a throw of 34-11 and fourth in the discus at 108-11. Blaha just made CCS in the triple jump with a jump of 34. Smith also made CCS with a 5th place finish in the triple jump and a tie for third in the high jump at 6-1.
Watsonville’s Green finished at the front of the pack in the triple jump at 43-2, but he was underwhelmed with his performance.
“Once I scratched my first jump and slipped in my second I knew it was happening,” said Green. “I just have to put it behind me and get ready for next week. I really want to hit 45 so I have to work on it.”
Graham Foster was another Wildcat that qualified. He finished just above the cut at fifth in the 400-meters with a time of 52.18.
Monte Vista Christian’s Dustin Samms finished second in the discus and will be back for CCS next week.
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