Taft track and field successful in home meet
After a break from action, the Taft boys and girls track and field team returned to league action with an amount of success Thursday afternoon when they hosted Arvin and Bakersfield Christian.
“Collectively we did very well,” said Taft coach Eric Newton.
In their return back, Newton brought up a majority of freshmen-sophomore runners to the varsity level.
As a result, the Wildcat varsity and freshmen sophomore levels won while the girls finished second.
As a team, the Wildcats finished first with 205 points.
In the field events, Roy Allen solidified his valley qualifying mark in the shot put by throwing a 43’8” to finish second.
Zack Gable set a personal record while winning the pole vault with a mark of 11-00.
Chris Kast set a personal record in the long jump with a jump of 17’1”.
In the track events, Cody McCaleb led the way by winning the 400 meters with a personal record time of 54.62.
McCaleb also had another personal record time of 24.98 to finish second in the 200 meters.
Josh Sailor set personal times to win the 100 and 200 meters in times of 11.89 and 24.52 respectively.
Cesar Guerrero was second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 19.00. He also set a personal best to finish fourth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 49.88.
As a team, the Wildcats won with 209 points.
Individually, Kaleb Harmer led the charge.
“Kaleb Harmer was our most improved athlete of the season in this meet,” said Newton.
Harmer won the 200 meters with a time of 26.11 while he finished second in the 100 meters in the 100 meters with a time of 12.67. All totaled he competed in four events while sending personal bests.
Henry Landreth won the 400 meters with a time of 57.60.
In the field events, Matthew Malagon won the shot put with a mark of 33-03.50 and was third in the discus with a mark of 83’07. Malagon set personal bests in both.
Alvarez won the triple jump with a mark of 33-05 and was third in the 200 meters with a time of 27.73.
As a team, the Lady Wildcats finished second with 141 points.
In the field events, Kandie Talavera became an automatic qualifier for the valley meet by winning the pole vault with a mark of 7’6”.
“This couldn’t have happened to a better person,” said Newton. “I am so excited for her.”
Jackie Summers won the discus and shot put with marks of 78-01 and 28-06 respectively.
She set a personal best in the discus.
Mikayla Bratcher was second in the long jump with a mark of 12’11.5” and the 800 meters with a time of 2:51.38.
In the racing events, Mayda Cisneros was first in the mile and third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:52.52.
Jazmin Lopez set personal records in the 100 and 3200 meters to finish seventh and second with times of 15.78 and 14:45.31.
Bratcher was second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:51.38.
Jessica McDonald was third in the 400 meters with a time of 1:12.14.
Taft returns to action Friday when they compete in the Dinuba Invitational.