Johnson wins shot put and discus in Bulldogs’ league opener
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School senior Preston Johnson injured his knee during the football season and did not receive medical clearance to join the Bulldogs’ boys track and field team until after the season had started. That didn’t stop him from winning the shot put and the discus in Ramona’s Palomar League opener at Westview.
Johnson’s shot put throw of 41’7” and his discus distance of 113’10” accounted for two of Ramona’s three wins in the Bulldogs’ 93-43 loss to the Wolverines March 27.
“He’s still worried about pushing it too hard on his knee, but he threw well enough to get first,” said Coach Sherri Edwards.
Ramona also captured the second-place points in the shot put after Daniel VanTol set a personal record with a throw of 40 feet 8-1/4 inches.
Ramona’s other win was in the triple jump. Connor Guasti’s distance of 39’11” took first place in that event. Guasti was second in the long jump at 20’1” and second in the high jump after clearing 5’6”. Dylan Vizcarra took third in the high jump with a distance of 5’4”.
Ramona’s 18 points in the running events came from four second-place finishes and six third-place times. The Bulldogs took second and third in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races.
Forrest Riley’s personal record of 4:33.2 made him the second finisher in the 1,600-meter race with Tristan Stidham completing the metric mile in 4:38.7 for third. Riley had a second-place time of 9:55 in the 3,200-meter event with Cory Thomas finishing third at 9:58.
Javier Dominguez also accounted for two second-place finishes, taking 11.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 23.15 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
Dustin Hager had third-place finishes in both hurdles races with times of 17.9 seconds for the 110-meter event and 44.9 seconds for the 300-meter race. Cesar Corona’s time of 53.74 seconds in the 400-meter event was worth third place, as was the 2:04.9 performance of Jose Pilar in the 800-meter race.
“I’m pleased with how hard they’re working,” Edwards said. “They’re setting goals and reaching them.”
The Bulldogs’ first league meet at home will be April 11 when Rancho Bernardo visits Ramona’s track.
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