Watsonville High’s Damian Rivas won the 1600 and 800 meter races at the Winter Time Track and Field Trials at Watsonville High on March 6.
Rivas finished in 4 minutes, 39.42 seconds in the 1600 and 2:09.96 in the 800 to help the Wildcatz finish third as a team with 91.5 points.
St. Francis High placed fourth (40), followed by Pajaro Valley High in sixth (15) and Mount Madonna School in eighth (12).
St. Francis’ Julian Vargas placed third (4:50.65) in 1600, while fellow teammate Christian Magana placed fourth (57.92) in the 400.
Watsonville’s Jaime Haro placed second (18.32) in the 110 hurdles.
In the 100, St. Francis’ Joshua Hernandez, Diego Wolfe and James Machado placed in the top 5.
Hernandez placed second (12.16), Wolfe placed fourth (12.39) and Machado finished fifth (12.42). Pajaro Valley’s Jeff Montion placed third (13.38).
Haro and fellow teammate Jonathan Arroyo placed in the top 5 in the 300 hurdles. Arroyo placed first (45.79), while Haro placed third (48.66).
Pajaro Valley’s Bernie Mora and Watsonville’s Yohairo Gaona reached the top 5 in the long jump event. Mora finished fourth (15-10.50), while Gaona placed fifth (16-10).
In the shot put event, Pajaro Valley’s Enrique Fernandez came in fifth (33-07.50). Fellow teammate Cristo Lopez placed fifth (94-04) in the discus throw event.
In the triple jump event, St. Francis’ Diego Ramirez placed second (34-11.75).
Watsonville’s Christopher Ruiz and Heriberto De Aro-Ortiz placed ithird (34-04) and fifth (30-09.25), respectively.
Girls track and field
Peralta-Celedon placed second in Winter Trials: Watsonville High’s Mayra Peralta-Celedon crossed the finish line second in 13.58 seconds in the 100 meter at the Winter Time Trials at Watsonville High on March 6.
Fellow teammate Jasmine Navarro placed seventh (14.21) to help the Wildcatz place second as a team with 98 points.
Pajaro Valley’s Roxanna Contreras and Joceline Ortega placed ninth (14.39) and tenth (14.43), respectively.
Dahlia Barranco placed third in 5 minutes, 43.46 seconds in the 1600.
Fellow teammates Marycruz Nico-Silva finished fifth (6:21.74), while Jaqueline Rodriguez placed eighth (6:39).
Watsonville’s Dominique Cervantes-Samudio placed fourth (1:08) in the 400.
Navarro and Consuelo Vidal finished in the top 5 in the 100 hurdles. Navarro placed fourth (17.92), while Vidal placed fifth (19.40).
In the 800, Watsonville’s Layla Ruiz and Carolina Avalos were among the top 5. Ruiz coming in first (2:22.15) and Avalos placing fourth (2:50.68).
Watsonville’s Lucynell Rosales and Vidal finished in the top 5 in the 300 hurdles. Rosales places fourth (59.39), while Vidal places fifth (59.73).
Peralta-Celedon placed third with a mark of 15 feet, 2 and 1/2 inches in the long jump event. Fellow teammate Juliana Ornelas placed tenth (12-05.50).
Pajaro Valley’s Erika Martinez finished eighth (13-00.50).
In the shot put event, Ceiba College Prep’s Maya Carrisales placed third (24-09).
Pajaro Valley’s Alexa Flores placed fourth (24-07) and Watsonville’s Kristiana Molina finished fifth (23-00).
Pajaro Valley’s Melissa Roman placed third place (28-03.50) in the triple jump event. Rosales finished fourth (27-05.50).
Watsonville’s Aly Elarco placed third (5-00) in the pole vault event.
Editor’s Note: This article will be published in the March 13 edition of The Pajaronian.