Twelve local athletes advanced to next week’s CIF Central Section Championship track and field meet after qualifying for Valley Wednesday at the Central Section East Area Championship track and field meet at Bob Mathias Stadium in Tulare.

At Area, Monache’s Ivan Mendez focused on the 3,200-meter run and pulled away with a 2 minute,11 second last half mile to win with 9:36.44. Mendez is a three-time winner of this race. Jorge Sanchez (9:47.06) of PHS outkicked Joseph Macareno (9:47.18) of Tulare Union for second and is the only Panther to qualify for Valley. 

Isaiah Sotelo outkicked three surging runners to earn a third-place qualification with a time of 2:00.38 in the 800. 

Marilou Ruiz also defended her title in the 800, winning with a season best of 2:20.67.  

“Marilou was disappointed with her third place in the 1,600 with a time of 5:19.40,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “She was frustrated and used some of that energy to run the 5th fastest qualifying time.”  

Ruby Fiori placed fourth in the long jump with a season best of 16-feet, 3 1/2 inches. Her jump will qualify as an at large as one of the top 18 jumps from the four Area meets. Fiori missed a qualification in the triple jump, but earned a medal with a personal best of 34-1 for fifth. Madyn Shaffer had the biggest personal best of the night with a new school record pole vault of 9 feet, 7 inches to earn third place. 

Also qualifying for Valley were athletes from Granite Hills, Strathmore and Lindsay.

From Granite Hills, Savannah Bugarin placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.78) and third in the 300 hurdles (48.26 PR) to qualify. Strathmore’s Kaija Ambriz won the 300 hurdles with a personal record of 47.88 to advance while her teammate, Caroline Ertl, took second in the high jump (4-11 PR) to also advance. 

Lindsay is sending three runners, including McKaylie Caesar. Caesar won both the 1,600 (5:04.26 PR) and 3,200 (11:19.55 PR) with personal best times to advance. Joining her is also Elijah Page, who placed third in the triple jump (42-6.5), and Manuel Torres, who finished fourth in the 400 (51.90 PR).


Lindsay 10

Orange Cove 5

Twelfth-seeded Lindsay High School baseball defeated fifth-seed Orange Cove 10-5 on the road in an opening round game of the CIF Central Section Division VI playoffs Wednesday. 

Angel Perez got the win on the mound for the Cardinals after allowing just one run on two hits in the last four innings. He also threw three strikeouts. In the start, Julio Godoy gave up four runs on six hits and two walks through three innings but had four strikeouts.

Perez also went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the team. Eddie Frias was 3 for 4 with a run scored and Armando Medrano was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Nick Dunning had a double and three RBIs while Ryan Scheufele finished with two RBIs. Godoy had one RBI and two runs scored. 

Lindsay (10-15) hosts 13th-seed Roosevelt (9-12) today in a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal game.

Summit Charter 4

Kennedy 1

Tenth-seed Summit Charter Collegiate Academy baseball defeated sixth-seed Kennedy 4-1 on the road in an opening round game of the CIF Central Section Division VI playoffs Wednesday. 

The Bears’ Dustin Bear was the winning pitcher after pitching a complete game where he allowed just one run on six hits with six strikeouts. 

Joseph Toledo was the team’s top hitter after going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Bear was also 2 for 4 with an RBI and Noah Rogers also had an RBI for SCCA.

Today, Summit (12-12) travels to third-seed Strathmore (15-9-1) for a quarterfinal game at 4:30 p.m. The Spartans have defeated the Bears 5-0 and 8-4 this season.

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