Distance, field events show strength at Aquinas Invite
Entering the season, Schuyler Central High School boys head track coach knew Rick Carter stated that his long distance runners and field event competitors would have a major impact on the success of his team. That proved to be true for the SCHS boys and girls teams at the Aquinas Catholic Invitational held in David City on April 4.
Cristobal Gonzalez and Miguel Carrasco both finished in second and third places, respectively, in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs boosting the boys team to a fourth-place finish in the eight-team field.
“Cristobal had an excellent day,” Carter said. “His time of 4:51 in the 1600 was his personal record, and his time of 10:27 in the 3200 meters was only three seconds off his personal record in that event that he set at the state meet last season at Omaha Burke.”
As for Carrasco, Carter commented, “Miguel is starting to come on strong, and if he continues to work hard, he will have a good chance of returning to Omaha Burke this May.”
The 3200 relay team consisting of Kenny Castro, Robert Fuentes, Miguel Roman and Abner Perez garnered a second-place finish with a time of 3:31.59, while the 1600 meter squad of Castro, Fuentes, Felix Cruz, and Carrasco finished in third place with a time of 3:57.90.
“Kenny led off the 3200-meter relay with an 800-meter split of 2:14.6 taking three seconds off his time from the Lakeview meet,” Carter said. “He came back in the open 800 meters with a third place finish in 2:17.5. At this point, Kenny is looking really good.”
Felix Cruz added quality performances in the sprints. The freshman placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.94.
According to Carter, “this was a .35-second personal record. That is huge when you are talking about the 100-meter dash,” he said. “He also came back and ran the fastest split in the 1600-meter relay with 400-meter split of 58.1.”
In the field events, Emmanuel Rocha picked up the lone gold-medal finish for the Warriors with a discus throw of 128 feet, five inches. Kevin Rodriguez finished second in the event with a toss of 118-11. Rodriguez also picked up a fourth-place medal in the shot put with a heave of 41-9.50.
Robert Fuentes had an excellent day in the pole vault.
“Robert cleared 11-10 and that was pretty much reaching the maximum height with the pole that he was using,” Carter stated. “He just missed clearing 12-4 and finished in second place. We are ordering him a new pole that will allow him the chance to vault even higher.”
Robert Rocheford also picked up a point and a sixth-place finish in the pole vault clearing the height of 7-4.
In the girls competition, Rachel Shonka and Edith Oliden continued to shine for the Lady Warriors.
Shonka won the discus throw with a distance of 109-8 then took third in the shot put with a throw of 33-7. Oliden raced to a silver medal in the 3200 with a time of 13:59.0. She added a sixth-place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:13.00. Oliden also ran the second leg of the 3200 relay that finished in second place with a time of 11:28.18.
Kinzie Peterson picked up a pair of fourth-place medals jumping to a height of 6-10 in the pole vault and 4-08 in the high jump. Tasha Wolken finished just behind Peterson in the pole vault with a height of 6-10, good for fifth place.
Anna Rocheford picked up a bronze medal in the triple jump with a leap of 31-4.
Leslie Adame raced to a fifth place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:56.16, only two seconds out of third place.
Marisol Deanda also had a nice day in the 3200, finishing in third with a time of 14:23.0.
Schuyler will be hosting the annual Fred Arnold Invitational Track Meet on April 18.