Stidham, Riley win events at Escondido Invite
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School runners Tristan Stidham and Forrest Riley were among winners at the Escondido Invitational meet.
The Bulldogs took the first two finishing positions in the open 1,600-meter race on April 27. Stidham set a personal record of 4:31.42 while Graham Gantzer ran the metric mile in 4:35.82.
“He’s really coming on this year,” Coach Sherri Edwards said of Stidham. “He’s really working hard and really bringing his times down.”
Riley’s time of 9:35.58 in the open 3,200-meter race wasn’t a personal record, but there was no significant competition to push him.
“He was kind of all by himself the whole race. He had a pretty easy win,” Edwards said.
The fourth-place finisher in that race was Ramona’s Cory Thomas, who took 9:46.91. Preston Johnson had a shot put throw of 46 feet 5 inches to take fourth at the Escondido Invitational while Alec Richardson’s 800-meter time of 2:00.14 set a personal record and gave him fifth place.
At Ramona’s April 18 Palomar League dual meet at Mount Carmel High School, senior Ian Pedlow earned his first varsity win with a time of 11:18.78 in the 3,200-meter race while Riley’s time of 4:38.67 won the 1,600-meter event.
The Bulldogs won two other events in the 97-40 loss to the Sundevils. Connor Guasti cleared 5 feet 8 inches in the high jump and Johnson threw the shot put 44 feet 6 inches. Guasti also had a second-place triple jump distance of 19 feet 9 inches while Johnson’s discus throw of 118 feet 9 inches was worth third place.
Javier Dominguez finished second in the 200-meter dash at 23.45 seconds and third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.46 seconds. Dustin Hager’s personal record of 17.83 seconds gave him second in the 110-meter hurdles race while his 300-meter hurdles time of 45.21 seconds placed third.
Although Mount Carmel earned the first-place pole vault points, Devin Rhodes cleared 11 feet for second place and Chase Simmons took third with a distance of 10 feet.
The younger Bulldogs competed at the Dick Wilkins Frosh-Soph Invitational meet April 28 at El Capitan High School. The sophomore boys 4×400 relay team of Nathan Cherek, Kevin Carmona, Mackenzie Cahill, and Austin Minocci took second with a time of 3:42.26. Ramona’s freshman boys 4×100 team of Wyatt Scott, Christian Dominguez, Brandon Gansch, and Colton Jansen placed third in the open 4×100 relay after completing the race in 47.11 seconds.
Scott was second in the freshman invitational 110-meter hurdles after a time of 17.35 seconds. Max Edwards ran the freshman invitational 800-meter race in 2:09.45 to earn third place. Cahill’s time in the sophomore 300-meter hurdles was 45.64 seconds, which gave him third place.
League preliminaries will take place May 8 at Poway High School. League finals on May 11 will also be at Poway.
- Banegas wins two events in meet against Falcons
- Bulldog boys sweep 3,200-meter against Falcons
- Riley takes fifth at CIF track finals
- Cherek wins 100-meter dash at frosh-soph invite in April
- Choy wins 400 at Jaguar Invitational
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