4/25/2013 5:00:00 PM Track team concludes home season
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE -The Palo Verde High School track team concluded their home season with a double-dual meet with Imperial and Holtville at Scott Stadium last week. The Jacket boys improved their Imperial Valley League record to 3-2 with victories over both the Tigers and the Vikings, 89-38 and 97-26 respectively, while the Lady Jackets fell to Imperial, 85-41, while claiming their first league win with an 86-28 triumph over the Lady Vikings.
In the boys' events, Palo Verde claimed 10 of 15 firsts against the Tigers including the two relays and won 13 firsts against Holtville.
Markel Noble, Tyrell Black, Nate Vasquez, and Phillip Bias won the 4x100 relay while Carlos Dorame, Javier Cabrera, and Eric Hernandez joined with Black in claiming the win the 4x400 relay.
Other firsts came from Nobel in the 100 and 200 sprints, Cabrera in the 800 and 1600 runs, Black in the 400, Leo Larrios in the discus, DJ Burton in the 110 meter high hurdles, and Vederi Atiyota in the high jump.
Bias added points for the Jackets in the two sprints and the high jump while Dorame was second in the 400.
With Imperial out of the mix the Jackets added firsts against Holtville in the 300-meter hurdles with Burton doing the honors while Destin Cross was best in the triple jump and Larrios won the shot put.
Other Jackets adding points on the day were Felix Ruiz, Jeremiah Braggs, and Jacob Kuamo'o.
For the Lady Jackets, Bianca Saldivar did her part as she claimed three of the four firsts Palo Verde scored against Imperial along with firsts in Holtville win. She won both hurdle races and the long jump.
The only other Jacket first came in the high jump where Cristina Bequer won the event.
The deep Lady Tigers won 11 of 15 events on the day against the Jackets while locals were just as dominant over the Lady Vikings in their match.
In addition to the four events listed above the Jackets claimed a pair of firsts in the sprints by Ty Johnson while Yalitza Rojas won the 800 and 3200-meter events.
Kennedy Cox won the 400-meter and triple jump events while Shelby Cyr claimed a first in the 1600.
Others scoring on the day in the Holtville win were Nikki Black, Brianna Galvan, Audrey Castillo, Eliza Tellez, and Andrea Garnica.
The Jackets are scheduled to compete in the Escondido Invitational on Friday and will complete their IVL dual schedule next Thursday in Calexico.