Aptos High senior Wade Watson won the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 8 inches at the 49th Wildcat Relays at Watsonville High on March 12. (Raul Ebio/special to The Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE—The Aptos High boys’ track and field team won six events at last week’s 49th Wildcat Relays en route to a team title.  

The Mariners won with a team score of 75.95, finishing ahead of San Benito (66.95) in second and Westmoor (62) in third out of 17 teams that competed at Watsonville High on March 12. 

Aptos’ 400-meter hurdle relay team (Aidan Buckler, Eddie Lira, Mike Ruso and Elijah Smith) won its race in 4 minutes, 32.43 seconds. 

The 4×200 relay team (Sean Harvey, Jack Kilian, Raymond Barrios and JamesTimko) won its race in 1:35.33 for the Mariners. 

Other winners for Aptos include senior Wade Watson in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 8 inches, junior Rylan Sampson in the pole vault (13’-6″), Tosh Woods in the long jump (19′-7″) and Rio Cruz, who tied for first with Sampson and Braylon Noble of Soquel in the high jump (5′-8″).

St. Francis High’s Santiago Ramirez, Diego Ramirez, Christian Magana and Julian Vargas won the 1600 sprint medley relay (200-200-400-800) in a school record-setting 3:53.12.

Diego Ramirez competed in four events, including the triple jump where he finished with a personal-best (38’-2”).

Monte Vista Chrisitan junior James Ponzio won the 3,200 (10:18.35). The sprint medley relay team (Connor Pallott, Ryan Kenyon, Koen Vandenberg and Ponzio) took third in 3:59.58 for the Mustangs.

MVC senior Clayton King took second in the shot put (43’-5”) and teammate Andrew Hendrickson took third (40’-6”). 

Watsonville took second in the 4×100 relay (45.68) led by Louie Brambila, Adan Rivas, Dominic Coria and Ruben Mora. 

Mount Madonna junior Sky Weir took third in the triple jump (40’-5”). 

Trent Nosky places fifth at K-Bell Classic: Aptos junior Trent Nosky placed fifth in 4:21.75 in the 1,600 meters at the Kiwanis-Bellarmine Classic at Westmont High on March 12. 

Girls track and field

Mariners place second at 49th Wildcat Relays: Aptos senior Elizabeth Churchill was part of five top-three finishes for the Mariners, helping them take second with a score of 87.95 at the 49th WIldcat Relays on Saturday. 

San Benito won the 17-team event with 123.92 points and host Watsonville (56.50) placed third.

Churchill won the high jump in 5 feet, 6 inches and triple jump (33′-6″), along with a second place finish in the long jump (16”-0’) behind Mount Madonna sophomore Beatrice Miller (16’-1”). 

Lena Manchester placed second (33’-5”) in the triple jump. 

Churchill and Manchester teamed up with Kira Evans and Emma Lane to help the Mariners win the 4×100 shuttle hurdle relay (1:15.25). Churchill along with Nancy Cervantes, Kaitlyn Murphy and Kiley Brown took second place in the 4x200m relay in 1:56.66.

Evans and Lane along with Ella Shoemaker and Kiara Locklin-Worley won the 400 hurdle relay (5:26.60) for the Mariners.

Aptos (Rachel Hoops, Malia Moreno, Annie Eikemeyer and Brooke Willoughby) also won the distance medley relay (1,200-400-800-1,600) in 13.16.25. 

The 4×800 relay team (Nellie Rubio, Mairin Mullen, Moreno and Maggie Long) placed third in 11:20.07 for the Mariners, and the 4×100 relay team (June Lee, Murphy, Brown and Cervantes) also took third in 54.17 seconds.

The Watsonville 4×400 relay team (Dominique Cervantes-Samudio, Dahlia Barranco, Katelynn Ruiz and Mayra Peralta-Celedon) took second in 4:28.74 seconds.

Cervantes-Samudio and Peralta-Celedon teamed up with Edith Rodriguez and Jasmine Navarro in the 4×100 relay (53.58). Cervantes-Samudio also teamed with Liz Torres, Alexa Pedraza-Quintana and Natalie Martinez in the 4×800 relay (10:52.41).

Barranco, Rodriguez, Ana Ruiz and Katelynn Ruiz took second in the distance medley relay (1,200-400-800-1,600) in 13:22.78. 

MVC’s Jiselle Payne, Savanna Payne, Caelan Gilliam and Makayla Rader placed second in the spring medley relay (200-200-400-800) in 4:44.36. That same group of runners placed third in the 4×200 relay (1:57.68).  

St. Francis’ sprint medley team (Yasmin Salas, Brianna Padilla, Jocelyn Madrigal and Claire Burke) took third in 5:01.89. 

Locals shine at K-Bell Classic: Scotts Valley sophomore Ashlyn Boothby won the 1,600 in 5:06.79 at the Kiwanis-Bellarmine Classic at Westmont High on March 12.

Archbishop Mitty freshman Evangeline “Evie” Marheineke of Santa Cruz placed third (5:10.01). She was the top freshman finisher and her mark gave her a berth to the Acadia Meet in April.

Esme Brody, another Santa Cruz local, placed 25th in the 3200 in 12:58 and 41st in the 1600 (5:59).  

Both runners ran personal bests in their respective events.  

Mitty has their first West Catholic Athletic League meet today against St. Ignatius, followed by a trip to the Saint Francis Invitational in Mountain View on Saturday.

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