Jackson earns fourth place in Arcadia Invitational pole vault
By JOE NAIMAN
A day after Ramona High School’s girls track and field team earned its first Valley League victory of the year, Courtney Jackson tied for fourth place in the Friday night pole vault at the Arcadia Invitational meet.
The Bulldogs defeated Orange Glen by a 93-34 score April 10 at the opponent’s school. Jackson, who cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault at Orange Glen, had a distance of 10-9 in the April 11 Arcadia meet session.
“She was a little bit disappointed, but it was a big meet so it was really good competition,” said head coach Sherri Edwards.
The win over Orange Glen gave Ramona a 1-1 Valley League record entering the April 24 home meet against Del Norte, which will be preceded by the April 19 Jaguar Invitational meet in Valley Center.
“It was definitely nice to get a win,” Edwards said.
In 12 of the 16 events April 10, Ramona took the five first-place points. In three of the 14 individual events Ramona obtained all 9 points by sweeping the top three positions.
Holly Stallman won the 100-meter dash in 12.75 seconds with Hannah Farhat placing second at 13.58 seconds and Courtney Ford taking third with a 13.51-second performance. Stallman had a winning time of 27.02 seconds in the 200-meter dash with Morgan Wilson earning second place at 29.13 seconds and Kelci Freeman posting a third-place time of 29.74 seconds.
Stallman also won the high jump by clearing 4-8, although those were Ramona’s only points in that event. Stallman also contributed to a Ramona win in the 4x100 relay in which Ford, Farhat, Stallman and Wilson completed the race in 51.18 seconds. The winning 4x400 relay team of Emily Sojourner, Farhat, Katherine Lorentz and Wilson finished in 4:35.58.
The top three shot put throwers all wore Ramona uniforms: Karah Banegas had a distance of 34-1/2 feet, Kristy Banegas threw the shot put 26-8, and Samantha Koegel hurled the four-kilogram orb 26-4. Karah Banegas also won the discus throw with a toss of 95-5 for the Bulldogs’ only scoring in that event.
Sojourner won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.63 seconds while placing second in the 300-meter hurdles at 51.18 seconds. Kinley McKay tied for second in the 100-meter hurdles by completing the race in 18.16 seconds and took third place in the 300-meter hurdles at 57.76 seconds.
Perla Cruz won the 3,200-meter race 13:24.22 after the competition began and placed second in the 1,600-meter contest with a performance of 5:54.07. Lorentz won the 400-meter race by completing her lap in 1:04.61; Tuesday Christopher was third in that race with a time of 1:06.49. Teresa Leon had a second-place time of 2:40.89 in the 800-meter run.
Ford’s distance of 33-9 in the triple jump not only won that event but also beat her previous personal record by a foot.
“It showed a lot of fortitude by her to be competitive and concentrate,” Edwards said.
Ford concluded the week by being crowned Miss Ramona.
“All-around, well-rounded girl,” said Edwards.
Ford also finished second in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet; Christopher had a long jump of 14-7 to place third.
The second-place triple jump distance of 27-7 gave Lilly Fortunato her first varsity points. Jackson’s distance in the pole vault was followed by the 8-6 distance of Kim Klarer.