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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Wildcat athletes compete at Dinuba Invitational

  • Varsity boys finish seventh
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  • The Taft boys and girls track and field teams faced one last challenge this past Friday afternoon before the South Sequoia League championship meet later this week. It wasn’t the only hurdle they had to overcome at the Dinuba Invitational.
    “It was a very, very hot day so I think a lot of our athletes weren’t used to it,” said Taft coach Eric Newton. “That being said the overal performance was good.”
    Varsity boys
    As a team, the Wildcats finished seventh out of 24 teams with 28 points. Dinuba was first with 90 points.
    Individually, Roy Allen had the best finish of the day for the Wildcat by winning the discus with a personal record mark of 139’7”.  CJ Lewis qualified for Valley with a fifth place and personal record finish in the triple jump. Lewis had a height of 39’1”. Lewis was also tied for eighth in the long jump with a mark of 18-07.75.
    Cody McCaleb qualified for Valley in the 400 meters by finishing eighth and a personal record time of 53.70.
    Seth Bullard was sixth in the 1600 meter race with a time of 4:47.41.
    Freshmen boys
    As a team, the Wildcats finished 11th with 17 points.
    Zack Kolb had the highest finish for Taft by coming in second in the high jump with a mark of 5-04. Kolb was fourth in the 300 meter hurdles by finishing a personal record time of 45.77 while finishing fourth in triple jump with a mark of 37-10.
    Girls
    As a team, the Wildcats were 23rd.
    The highest finish in the track events was Jeydi Valdez who finished 13th with a time of 14:47.25. Marta Robles was one spot back with a time of 15:06.37 while Jazmin Lopez was 15th with a time of 15:07.54.
    Mikayla Bratcher was 14th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:48.53.
    In the field events, Jacqueline Summers was seventh in the shot put with a mark of 29-02.50.
    It was a very, very, hot day so i think a lot of our athletes weren’t used to it.  That being said, the overall performance was good.  Although we only brought home two medals, we did have some highlights going into the league meet.
    Taft will travel to Robert F. Kennedy in Delano Wednesday for the South Sequoia League championship.
    “We are confident going into the meet,” said Newton. 
    The meet begins at 1 p.m.
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