By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School senior Caitlyn Choy won the 400-meter race at the Jaguar Invitational hosted by Valley Center High School on Saturday.
Choy had a time of 59.90 seconds to take first place in the fastest heat at the invitational. She had posted a time of 59.94 seconds April 11 in the Bulldogs’ Palomar League dual meet against Rancho Bernardo, making her one of three Bulldogs to take first place in that dual meet at the Broncos’ stadium.
Rancho Bernardo took a 109-26 victory over Ramona during the dual meet.
“They beat us bad,” said Coach Sherri Edwards. “We had some bright spots.”
Ramona’s other two first-place finishes against Rancho Bernardo were a 11:55.3 performance by Lauren Cortez in the 3,200-meter run and a long jump of 16 feet 3 inches by Callie Guasti. The win was the first of 2012 for Guasti.
Choy added a third-place time of 27.0 seconds in the 200-meter dash while Guasti was third in the triple jump at 29 feet 9-1/2 inches.
Kelly Helman took second in the 100-meter hurdles race with a time of 16.4 seconds and third in the 300-meter hurdles with a 56.7-second performance. Kara Banegas gave Ramona second-place points in the shot put with a throw of 29 feet 9-1/2 inches. Courtney Ford’s time of 11.9 seconds in the 100-meter dash was worth third place while Brooke Brean cleared 4 feet 10 inches to take third in the high jump.
Guasti took second in the long jump at the Jaguar Invitational with a distance of 15 feet 0-1/2 inches while Ford was fourth in that event at 15 feet 0 inches. Cortez missed the Jaguar Invitational due to a college admission test that day.
Ford’s time of 13.19 seconds placed third in the 100-meter race at the Jaguar Invitational. Helman’s time of 16.8 seconds placed fourth in the fast 100-meter hurdles heat. Carlee Roberts competed in the second heat and had a time of 17.7 seconds, which placed second in that race. Roberts was in the fast heat for the 300-meter hurdles and finished eighth with a time of 53.4 seconds.
Banegas threw the shot put 33 feet 1-1/2 inches at the Jaguar Invitational to place fifth. Taylor Uekert and Courtney Jackson both cleared 7 feet 0 inches in the pole vault and shared seventh place. Claire Hagan’s discus throw of 91 feet 6 inches gave her eighth place while freshman Lilly Fortunado had an eighth-place distance of 28 feet 5 inches in the triple jump.