Local track athletes move on to CIF from Channel League

Numerous local tracksters put up big performances in Thursday’s Channel League Championships, which were moved from San Marcos’ Valley Stadium to Buena High School due to the Jesusita Fire. A handful of athletes from Dos Pueblos, San Marcos and Santa Barbara were not able to compete due to the ongoing situation.

Dos Pueblos’ standout season kept chugging along, as the 4×100 relays on both the boys and girls sides picked up wins to advance through to CIF competition in Moorpark next week.

The boys team of Cliff Lekas, Patrick Smith, Isaiha Brown and Steven Scarvelis finished in a school-record time of 42.01 and also win the 4×400. The girls side, consisting of Melissa Motyer, Jessica Escalante, Michelle Gee and Erin Ristig won the 4×100 with a mark of 50.30.

Ristig, a sophomore and county champion in the 200 and 400, won both events on Thursday as well. Escalante, just a freshman, finished a close second in the 100.

Carly and Samantha Wopat finished 1-2 in the girls discus for the Chargers, while sophomore thrower Nicholas Scarvelis took second in both the discus and shot put.

Jansen Dahill won the boys 800 for San Marcos in 2:02.46, while Scott Clark was a close third at less than a second behind. The Royals’ boys 4×100 and 4×400 teams also moved on.

Jason Stevens ran the 100 hurdles in 15.7 seconds, placing second to move on. Kalley Ridgway won the girls high jump with a personal-best of 5-5 and also took third in the 800, and Elysia Hodges was second in both the 200 and 400.

Danielle Gemberling finished second in the mile to advance, while Evan Bradford did the same in the boys two-mile.

Nate Reed took second in the high jump at 6-2 and made it in the triple jump with a mark of 41-10, which was a personal-best by over a foot.

Three boys competitors made it through for Santa Barbara High: Freddy Maldonado in the 400, RJ Bisquera in the 200 and Tyler Parent in the pole vault.