Monache's Isaiah Mendez

Monache High School's Isaiah Mendez runs in the 3,200-meter race during a meet against Porterville High School, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

Monache High School boys and girls track and field teams swept nearly every event in the Marauders’ East Yosemite League victory over rival Porterville in Wednesday’s meet at Jacob Rankin Stadium. The Marauders’ boys won 108-25 while the girls won 116-20. 

For Monache’s boys, Adrian Almendarez won both the 100 (12.04 seconds) and 200 meter (24.91) races while Izaiah Pascua won both the 110- (18.65) and 300-meter hurdles (50.46). Also winning their races was Anthony West (54.47) in the 400, Adrian Martinez (2:07.17) in the 800, Ivan Mendez (4:51.20) in the 1,600 and Isaiah Mendez (10:43.49) in the 3,200. 

The Marauders also won both relays with Almendarez, West, Demetrius Ingram and Nicholas Rodriguez running a 46.35 in the 4x100 while West, Rodriguez, Julian Rowe and Isaiah Sotelo finished with a 3:46.46 in the 4x400.

In field events, Abraham Felix’s personal record of 41-feet, 5-inches won him first place in shot put while a PR of 126-10 also gave Felix first in discus. Marcus Salazar also PR’d in the high jump with 5-08 while Aston Tilton’s PR of 8-06 gave him first in pole vault.

Jose Herrera was the only Panther to take first in boys’ competition with wins in the long jump (19-feet) and triple jump (37-10).

For the Marauders’ girls, Francine Vasquez won both the 100 (13.65) and 200 (28.57) while Marilou Ruiz picked up first-place finishes in the 800 (2:35.10) and 3,200 (12:22.32). Individual wins also came to Mikayli Moore (1:4.71) in the 400, Aryanna Guzman (5:56.82) in the 1,600, Riley Beeman (17.85) in the 100 hurdles and Laila Alghonaym (52.62) in the 300 hurdles. 

Monache won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays in 51.60 and 4:30.70, respectively. On the 4x100 was Moore, Vasquez, Ruby Fiori and Kelci Seaman while Moore, Ruiz, Alghonaym and Adriana Loya made up the 4x400 relay. 

In field events for the Marauders, Zaiyda Cisneros’ PR of 25-11 won shot put while Itzel Barrios’ 84-01 won discus. Fiori placed first in both the long jump (15-11) and triple jump (32-06) while Madyn Shaffer’s PR of 8-06 gave her first in pole vault.

Porterville’s lone win for girls came in the high jump where Brianne Franco PR’d at 4-06 for first.


PHS wins mini EYL tourney

Porterville High School boys golf beat out Tulare Union 471-476 to win their second of three East Yosemite League 18-hole mini tournaments Wednesday at the Tulare Golf Course.

For the Panthers, Parker Jones shot an 86, Ethan Standridge an 88, Tyler Jones a 99, Adam Daguman a 107, Jayden Gammon a 94 and Tony Fusco a 104.

“Going into today Porterville was tied with Tulare Union for the first half of our season,” PHS head coach David Herrera said. “It was a great win today with my athletes stepping up and playing outstanding on the road in Tulare. Parker and Ethan has a great day shooting in the 80s, their swing is smooth and precise. Jayden has become our secret weapon. He has snuck up on the other teams who can’t keep up with him shooting in the low to mid 90s. It was also a great day for Tony who came in at the end to help secure us our win today.” 

Porterville’s final EYL mini tournament is next Thursday, at River Island Country Club.

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