By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School senior Trevor Dotson began the Bulldogs’ dual meet season March 17 by breaking the school record in the triple jump and ended dual meet competition May 5 by breaking his own record in that event.
Dotson, who had a distance of 44 feet 9 inches at the season-opening meet against Fallbrook, totaled 44 feet 11 inches during the May 5 home meet against Mount Carmel.
“He’s got some potential. Hopefully things go well in league,” said Bill Clark, Ramona’s assistant coach for jumpers.
“I was very excited for him,” said Allison Stang, head coach. “What a great accomplishment for him in his senior year to do that.”
Dotson took first place in the triple jump against Mount Carmel while also taking second in the long jump with a distance of 21’4”.
Ramona’s boys contested the meet against Mount Carmel without sprinter Zach Kovach, who was resting a pulled hamstring, and lost to the Sundevils by an 86-50 score. The Bulldog girls suffered a 90-45 defeat. Ramona’s boys finished the season with a 1-4 record in Palomar League dual meets after starting the season with two wins in non-league dual meets. The Bulldog girls lost all five league dual meets and all seven meets for the season.
“I heard that it was going to be a rough league,” Stang said. “I think we were actually able to hold our own for each meet that we had on the boys side.”
Ramona’s boys took first place in all three distance events against Mount Carmel and took the top two positions in two of those. Alec Richardson won the 1,600-meter race with a personal record time of 4:29.62 with Dylan Blankenbaker finishing second at 4:30.73. Forrest Riley had a winning time of 10:03 in the 3,200-meter event while Richardson placed second with a time of 10:11. Matt Maple ran his winning 800-meter relay race while setting a personal record of 1:59.75.
Josh Mahaffey added a win in the high jump, clearing 5’8”, while Ramona freshman Dylan Vizcarra’s third-place height of 5’6” earned Vizcarra his first-ever position point. The Bulldog boys took second and third in the shot put with Preston Johnson achieving a throw of 49 feet 5 inches and Kwayde Miller’s best toss landing 44 feet 6-1/2 inches from the throwing circle to set a personal record.
Jason Laws earned second place in the 200-meter dash with a personal record of 23.29 seconds, and he finished third in the 100-meter dash after taking 11.37 seconds.
Ramona’s girls won two distance events even though junior Lauren Cortez is now lost for the season due to her pneumonia. Freshman Anna Mazzola won the 3,200-meter contest with a time of 12:58. Lindsey Spieker’s final high school dual meet produced a winning time of 5:38.14 in the 1,600-meter run while Mazzola was third at 5:49.22.
Ramona took first and third in the 100-meter hurdles with Kelly Helman setting a personal record of 16.67 seconds and Carlee Roberts achieving a personal best of 17.48 seconds. Roberts added a second-place time of 50.90 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles race.
Kara Banegas won the girls shot put with a throw of 31’5” while Nancy Prchal had a third-place throw of 30’5”.
Ramona’s girls took second and third in two field events. Sydney Manley cleared 4’6” in the high jump while Ashlyn Savage had a jump of 4’4”. Callie Guasti set a personal record of 15’6” in the long jump while Kendal Rose had a distance of 14’3”. Guasti added a third-place mark of 31’9” in the triple jump.
Bulldog freshman Kelci Freeman earned her first position point after a third-place time of 13.56 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
This was Stang’s first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
“Enjoyed my year, my season,” she said. “I’m excited for next year.”
Spieker and Manley were the only seniors who scored position points for Ramona’s girls May 5 while eight different freshmen girls earned points, so Stang notes that a base exists for the girls team to improve.
“I just want to build on that for next year,” she said.
The Palomar League finals at Poway High School, which determine which athletes enter the CIF meet, will take place tomorrow.