By Joe Naiman
The Valley League opener for Ramona High School’s track and field teams will be at home Thursday against Valley Center High School.
“Should be a pretty good meet,” said Sherri Edwards, who is head coach of both the boys and girls teams. I’m excited to see how it comes out.”
Both the boys team and the girls squad will enter league competition with 1-2 records in dual meets, although non-league dual meet scores are relevant only for assessment purposes.
On March 27 the Bulldogs had a dual meet against Rancho Bernardo in which the Broncos’ boys prevailed by a 100-36 score while the RB girls took a 103-29 victory.
“They have a really deep team,” Edwards said of Rancho Bernardo. “We still had some good performances.”
Max Edwards accounted for all three of Ramona’s first-place finishes. He won the 1,600-meter race in 4:37.04 and the 800-meter run in 2:04.82. James Meskell had a time of 2:08.31 to place third in the 800-meter event.
Kevin Carmona, Edwards, Dylan Shields and Austin Minnocci won the 4x400 relay race with a time of 3:35.31.
Edwards and Minnocci both moved the Bulldogs from second to first when they had the baton.
“It’s nice to end the meet with a win,” Sherri Edwards said.
The Bulldog boys took second and third in the 400-meter run with Carmona taking 53.65 seconds and Minnocci completing his lap in 53.77 seconds. Christian Dominguez had a second-place time of 23.80 seconds in the 200-meter dash, Connor Anderson threw the discus 122 feet, 6 inches for a personal record and second place, and Garrett Binkley had a second-place long jump of 18-9 3/4. Tanarat Crowe was third in the 100-meter dash at 11.78 seconds, while Wyatt Scott placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a 43.36-second performance.
Two Ramona girls earned first-place points against Rancho Bernardo: Courtney Ford had a triple jump of 32-4, and Karah Banegas threw the shot put 33-8 1/2. Banegas also earned second-place points by throwing the discus 92-8. Holly Stallman was second in both of her sprints, finishing the 100-meter dash in 12.49 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 26.35 seconds.
The Bulldog girls were second and third in the 100-meter hurdles with Emily Sojourner taking 17.10 seconds and Kinley McKay completing the race in 18.09 seconds. Ford placed second in the pole vault after clearing 10 feet. Sojourner was third in 300-meter hurdles at 51.58 seconds, Tuesday Christopher earned her first varsity point with a third-place long jump of 13-5 1/2, and Perla Cruz was third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:54.55.
Sherri Edwards took some of her athletes to the Mt. Carmel Invitational meet March 28, although the only Ramona team to medal was the fourth-place 4x400 relay team of Carmona, Shields, Parker Christopher and Minnocci who finished in 3:35.18. Max Edwards didn’t compete in the 4x400, which started 45 minutes after the distance medley relay that he anchored with a 1,600-meter segment of 4:27.
“I was pretty happy with that,” said Sherri Edwards. “That’s CIF qualifying time already.”