TRK: Higby carries Vaqueros with four wins

Tyler Higby notched four wins on Friday, including a come-from-behind anchor leg that propelled SBCC to victory in the 4 x 100 relay in the WSC North men’s track and field meet at Bakersfield College.

The freshman from Boise, Idaho captured the 100 in 11.07, the 200 in 21.93 and the long jump in 6.74 meters. Other members of the 4 x 100 team were Roberto Ayala, Simon Bailey and Ryan Hoffman. Higby’s 200 time was No. 7 on SBCC’s all-time list.

The Vaqueros posted seven wins and 21 season bests to finish second in the six-team field with 115 points. Cuesta was the winner with 143 points,

Other individual winners were Bas van Leersum in the 400 hurdles (53.61), Aaron Mateski in the javelin (54.70 meters) and John Morgan in the discus (43.44m).

“It was a good day for the Vaqueros,” noted coach Scott Fickerson. “We had more event wins than any other school in this meet. Tyler had a great day for the men, contributing 40 points to the team’s runner-up finish.”

On the women’s side, SBCC posted three wins and 16 season-best marks  en route to a third-place finish in the WSC North women’s track and field meet at Bakersfield College.

Bakersfield won the six-team competition with 209 points. Canyons was second at 129 and the Vaqueros totaled 97.

Jessica Escalante took the javelin with a toss of 35.61 meters and ran a leg on the victorious 4 x 100 relay team. Anyel Thomas got the other win with a season-best 5.08m in the long jump.

Juliette Alliaume was second in the high jump. Alyssa Garrett ran the 8th-best time in school history in the 400 (1:09.42) and Olivia Loy posted the 10th-best time in the 100 (12.71).

“After four consecutive competitions in a row, we had to rest a few of our top women in certain events, but we still had a good day,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “Today was about competing tough, but living to fight another day. It’s still real early in the season and we have a long ways to go and many great performances ahead.”

The Vaqueros will compete in the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal St. Fullerton and the Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday, March 13.