By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School’s girls track and field team closed out its dual meet season at home with an 85-47 loss to Poway, but the Bulldogs took first-place points in six of the 16 events.
“I was pleased with that,” said Coach Sherri Edwards.
Ramona won five of the six running events on May 2, including two by senior Caitlyn Choy.
Choy posted times of 27.00 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 1:00.46 in the 400-meter event.
Senior Kelly Helman also had a win in her final home meet, completing the 100-meter hurdles in 16.61 seconds. Senior Katie Turvey finished second in that race with a time of 17.06 seconds.
Senior Lauren Cortez took first place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:35.33.
Ramona’s other running win was in the 100-meter dash, where sophomore Courtney Ford had a time of 13.06 seconds.
Sophomore Kara Banegas provided the Bulldogs with their only field event win with a shot put throw of 35’2”, which set a personal record by more than 18 inches.
“I was really excited about that,” Edwards said.
Banegas also finished second in the discus throw with a distance of 88 feet 5-1/2 inches. Third place went to sophomore Claire Hagan with a distance of 87’2”.
The meet was the final one of the year for Hagan, who underwent knee surgery May 4. “She’s a good thrower, but she’s just been in a lot of pain this year,” Edwards said.
Sophomores accounted for all of Ramona’s field event points. Ford’s long jump of 15 feet 1 inch placed second while Callie Guasti was third at 15 feet 0-1/2 inches. Guasti had the second-place triple jump distance at 29 feet 10 1/2 inches. Courtney Jackson set a personal record in the pole vault of 8’6”, which placed third.
This is Edwards’ second stint at Ramona’s head coach but her first year as head coach this century.
“I’ve just got to be patient,” she said of building the Bulldogs’ program.
League finals will take place Friday at Poway High School.