By Joe Naiman
During the individual events in the Falcon Relays track and field meet at Torrey Pines High School, Ramona High School sophomore Holly Stallman won the girls 100-meter dash while senior Courtney Ford topped Division 2 long jumpers.
Stallman had a time of 12.54 seconds and was within 1/10 of a second of her school record of 12.44 seconds that she set at the CIF meet last year.
“She’s getting there,” coach Sherri Edwards said of Stallman approaching her school record.
Stallman won the 100-meter dash during Ramona’s March 20 dual meet at Westview High School with a time of 12.35 seconds, although that was a hand-held time while the CIF meet and Falcon Relays times were electronic.
Ford had a distance of 16 feet, 7 3/4 inches in the March 22 Falcon Relays long jump. Her distance of 15-7 at the dual meet matched that of Westview’s top jumper, who was given the first-place points for her second jump which was longer than Ford’s.
Stallman accounted for two of Ramona’s four event wins at the dual meet which ended with Westview on the preferred end of the 95-40 score. The Wolverines swept the 800-meter, 1,600-meter, 3,200-meter, and high jump scoring positions and also won both relay races, which have a winner-take-all points system.
Ramona took the top two positions against Westview in the 200-meter dash. Stallman had a time of 26.58 seconds while Hannah Farhat completed the race in 28.31 seconds. Farhat was third in the 100-meter dash at 13.15 seconds.
Despite being swept in the distance races, Ramona swept first place in the sprints against Westview. Katherine Lorentz had a time of 55.00 seconds in the 400-meter race. Ramona’s other winner against Westview was Courtney Jackson, who cleared 10-6 in the pole vault.
Ford placed second in the triple jump at the dual meet with a distance of 31-11. Emily Sojourner was second in both hurdles races with times of 17.91 seconds in the 100-meter event and 50.66 seconds in the 300-meter race.
Kristy Banegas made her first meet shot put throw of the season against Westview and placed second with a distance of 27-8. Samantha Koegel earned her first varsity point in that event, taking third with a throw of 27-8. Valissa Espinosa gave Ramona the third-place discus point with a throw of 71-9.
Jackson’s distance of 11 feet in the pole vault tied for second place at the Falcon Relays. The Bulldogs took second place in three actual relays at the meet. Sojourner, Morgan Wilson, Kinley McKay, and Brittany Poler had a time of 1:14.25 in the Division 2 shuttle hurdles relay. Ford, Wilson, Stallman, and Kelci Freeman had a time of 52.29 seconds in their 4x100 heat. The junior varsity 4x100 heats included a 55.47-second performance by Sierra Crenshaw, Sarah Mitchell, Jessica Middleton, and Diana Turvey.
The top four finishes earned medals at the Falcon Relays, and Ramona’s 4x200 relay team of Freeman, Wilson, Stallman, and Tuesday Christopher earned a medal for their fourth-place time of 1:52.96.
The Bulldogs host Rancho Bernardo in Thursday’s meet. Some members of the team will also compete at Saturday’s Rancho Bernardo Invitational.