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September 24, 2023

MBL Masters Meet: Watsonville's Ruiz, Salazar advance to CCS in multiple events

Watsonville High’s Daniela Salazar and Layla Ruiz cruised into the Central Coast Section Semifinals in multiple events at Friday night’s Monterey Bay League Masters Meet in Gilroy.

Salazar, a senior, took first in the 800-meters with a time of 2 minutes, 19.99 seconds, and Ruiz, a freshman, placed first in the 3,200 in 11:45.66.

Salazar and Ruiz also helped the Wildcatz’s 4×400 relay advance to CCS. Freshman Carolina Avalos and Alexandra Corona also ran a leg for Watsonville’s fifth-place finishing relay (4:17.31).

Ruiz also took second in the 1,600 (5:18.81) to join several other locals at the section meet back in Gilroy on May 19.

Watsonville also had senior Jackie Barocio advance in the triple jump (5th, 32 feet, 1 3/4 inches), and senior Rolando Llamas advance in the discus (4th, 126-4).

Pajaro Valley High sophomore Katelyn Strader advanced in the high jump (3rd, 4-8).

Monte Vista Christian freshman Andrew Bachman qualified in the 800 (5th, 2:01.91). Mustangs’ senior Abby Lynch hit a personal record of 4-10 in the high jump to place second and advance. M.V.C. sophomore Delaney Ezeji-Okoye was first in the pole vault (10-0).

Advancing for North Monterey County High: junior Fernandez Perez (300 hurdles, 4th, 43.14), senior Victor Martinez (shot put, 2nd, 46-1.25), senior Guy Gida (shot put, 5th, 44-9), junior Konan Van Lear (discus, 5th, 124-7), senior Cameron Reyes (triple jump, 3rd, 40-10.5), sophomore Evelyn Orozco (400, 3rd, 1:02.48), senior Sarah Delgado (800, 2nd, 2:24.19), junior Faith Mora (3,200, 4th, 12:07.32), senior Jocelyn Cazarez (shot put, 2nd, 35-11; discus, 2nd, 115-8) and senior Alexus Espino (high jump, 4th, 4-6).


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