TRK: Escalante rolls up the points to lead SBCC women

Jessica Escalante won three events and a relay and scored 40.5 points on Friday, leading SBCC to victory in the WSC Coastal women’s track and field meet at Cuesta in San Luis Obispo.

The Vaqueros won eight events and had eight season-best marks. SBCC scored 178 points to win the five-school meet by 25 over Ventura. Moorpark was third with 78 points.

Marvin Magg scored 32 points and Bas van Leersum added 24 as the SBCC men topped the field in the WSC Coastal men’s track and field meet at Cuesta.

Escalante, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, won the 200, javelin and discus and was second in the 100. She also ran the opening leg on the winning 4 x 400 relay. Her 200 time of 25.41 was a PR and the fifth-best in SBCC history.

Juliette Alliaume scored 24 points with a win in the high jump (1.55 meters), second in the 400 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles. Hailey Brundy had a pair of PRs, winning the shot put and taking second in the javeliln for 18 points.

Olivia Loy captured the 400 and anchored both winning relays. Her 400 split was a quick 58.7.

“The women came into this meet knowing they had a tough battle on their hands with Ventura,” said coach Scott Fickerson. “I’m really proud of the team effort I saw today and happy that we came out with the win. This will be a great confidence builder as we near the WSC Prelims and Championships.”

The Vaqueros men won nine events and had 13 season-best marks on the way to scoring 205 points. Cuesta was second at 154, followed by Ventura (94) and Hancock (72).

Magg won the javelin and shot put and took third in the hammer (season-best 39.86 meters) and discus. His javelin toss of 184 feet, 6½ inches was No. 4 in school history. Aaron Mateski was second in the javelin, just .02 meters behind Magg.

Van Leersum won the 400 meters in his first try at the event this year. He ran the fourth-best time in SBCC history in 48.41. He also ran on the winning 4 x 100 relay and the third-place 4 x 400 relay.

Phillip Skopnik threw a PR to win the hammer (43.19m) and move into fifth on the all-time list. He also had a PR in the shot (12.03m), where he finished fourth. Skopnik scored 16 points.

Gustavo Bello had the only win in the distance races, taking the 800 in 2:02.85.

“We knew it would be a very close between Ventura, Cuesta and ourselves,” said Fickerson. “The throwers put their mark on the day by going 1-2 in the javelin and just continued to dominate. It was an all-around team effort and it’s really great to come away with the win, which turned out to be a pretty dominant victory.”

The Vaqueros will compete in the Mt. SAC Invitational on April 11, then the WSC Prelims on April 17 at Ventura.