Ramona High School’s first home track and field meet of the 2010 season March 18 saw Mount Carmel take an 88-54 victory in the boys competition and a 102-40 triumph over the Bulldog girls.
“You always want to win, but they were league champs last year and their team is a lot bigger than ours,” said Ramona head coach Steve Albanese.
Ramona won four of the 16 boys events and three of the 16 girls events. Although the Sundevils would eventually win by a significant margin, a track and field meet begins with the 4x100 relay and the Bulldogs won both of those.
The boys 4x100 team of Nate Lutu, Seth Drake, Trevor Dotson and Ryan Morgan won their race with a time of 43.73 seconds, edging the 43.74-second Sundevil effort. The race was the first of the season for Morgan, who missed Ramona’s first two meets of 2010 due to the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
“That was a big boost,” Albanese said. “That last leg he pulled ahead to get the victory.”
The girls 4x100 team of Erika Stinchcomb, Paige Conroy, Kendall Kohler and Caitlin Choy won their race in 53.06 seconds.
Ramona’s boys also won the 4x400 relay. Zach Kovach, Walker Poortinga, Tim Wertz, and Morgan completed the metric mile in 3:28.28.
Ramona’s other four wins were in field events. Stinchcomb added a win in the girls long jump with a distance of 16’0”.
The Bulldogs swept the discus throw with Logan Peterson’s toss of 138’5” winning the boys event and Kayla Lawler’s distance of 89’0” topping the girls.
Preston Johnson won the boys shot put with a throw of 45’7”.
The boys high jump matchup between Ramona’s Tyler Jordan and 2009 CIF champion Brandon Ford of Mount Carmel ended in Ford’s favor after Jordan withdrew due to a calf problem. Jordan had cleared 6’0” to secure second place and did not miss at a higher distance but chose not to test the minor injury.