By Joe Naiman
The Valley League track and field league meet included three Ramona High School girls who won events.
Freshman Holly Stallman won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash while setting school records in both. Junior Courtney Jackson broke her own school record in the pole vault while taking first place at the league meet. Junior Callie Guasti had the superlative high jump distance.
“We had some really good things happen. It was really exciting,” said head coach Sherri Edwards.
The league meet preliminaries took place May 7 at Valley Center High School while the finals were May 11 at Valley Center. Qualifying for the CIF meet is based on league meet results. The top two finishers in each event at the league meet earn entry into the CIF preliminaries, which will take place Saturday at Mt. Carmel High School, and anybody with a time or distance that meets CIF standards also automatically qualifies for the CIF meet. The next best marks at the league meet are used to round out the CIF meet fields of 27 competitors in each event.
“I’m pleased with the group that we have going,” Edwards said.
Stallman won the 100-meter dash in 12.47 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 25.91 seconds.
“Pretty impressive for a freshman,” Edwards said.
Ramona junior Courtney Ford was fifth in both races with times of 13.10 and 27.20 seconds. Although neither of those times qualified for the CIF meet, Ford set a personal record of 16’5” in the long jump which placed third among the league’s jumpers but exceeded the CIF standard of 16’2”.
“She improved every single jump except the last one,” Edwards said.
Long jumpers are allowed six attempts, and Ford’s 16’5” was on her fifth try. She took a break to compete in the 4x100 relay and was recovering from that during her sixth jump.
The 4x100 relay team of Stallman, freshman Hannah Farhat, Ford, and freshman Diana Turvey placed fourth with a time of 51.52 seconds, but that is among the top 27 marks in the county and will earn the Bulldogs a lane in the CIF preliminaries.
Jackson’s winning pole vault distance of 11’3” broke her own school record set earlier this year and was also the highest distance of any league meet in the county.
“She’s got a really good chance of making it through,” Edwards said.
Guasti’s 4’9” high jump gave Ramona its first win of the day.
“That was a really exciting way to start off the meet,” Edwards said. “She looked great.”
Junior Karah Banegas threw the shot put 34 feet 6-3/4 inches to place second at the league meet and earn entry into the CIF meet. Banegas threw the discus 101’8”, which placed fourth and fell just short of the automatic qualifying distance of 102’0”, but her mark was among the county’s top 27.
The top finishers at the CIF preliminaries advance to the CIF finals May 25 at Mt. Carmel, and the top three performers at the CIF finals qualify for the following week’s state meet.