Lady Dons edge SRV; Boys lose a close meet
Amador Valley’s track squad travelled to San Ramon Valley High School for their fourth East Bay Athletic League dual meet of the season last Thursday, April 14th. The Amador girls won their first league meet of the year by a close 72-64 score. The boys’ squad was edged by the Wolves 71-65, and fell to 2-2 in the EBAL.
Boys: In the early season, the Dons have been particularly strong in the field events. San Ramon Valley, however, is also strong and prevented Amador from dominating in the jumps and throws. Sophomore Matt Esparza, already an established stalwart for the Dons, did manage to grab a second place finish in the discus and third in the shot put. Randy Copeman won the triple jump with an impressive 41’8.75” distance and took second in the long jump. Keith DeLand finished third in the high jump, but the Dons were unable to score in the pole vault.
On the track, the Dons bested SRV in the first event, the 4x100 meter relay. Taylor Peissner and Connor McCarthy finished 2-3 in the 1600 meter race. Sam Peters won the 110 meter high hurdles in 16.59, and Mat Macapagal was close behind in second. Nick Bayley ran the 400 meter dash in a very fast 49.50 seconds for the win with teammate Josh Slaton finishing second. Jeff Chen finished second in the 100 meter dash. Sam Aceret ran a fast 2:01 in the 800 meters to finish third against the talented San Ramon distance runners. Sam Peters (41.54) and Mat Macapagal (41.64) teamed up for another 1-2 finish, this time in the 300 meter hurdles. Their times put them 7th and 8th on the all-time Amador top ten list. Nick Bayley blazed the 200 meters in a winning time of 22.59 seconds, putting him 5th on the all time Amador list. Jeff Chen also broke 23 seconds and is now 10th on the Amador top ten list. Sam Aceret ran a rugged double to take second in the 3200 meters, with teammate Taylor Peissner taking third. Amador won the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, but San Ramon was a little too far ahead to catch.
Girls: Like the boys, the Amador girls have been tough in the field events. In fact, they won all the throws and jumps against the Wolves except the pole vault. Tara Park won the shot put with Michelle Mann finishing third. Candace Herb won the discus with Mann again picking up the point for third place. Anika Riley won the high jump edging second place teammate Jill Craig on misses. Angela Duvalyan cleared 9’ in the pole vault for second place. Danielle Ketner, Nicole Smoot, and Alysse Kettner teamed up to finish 1-2-3 in the triple jump. Smoot than won the long jump with Danielle Ketner right behind in second place.
San Ramon Valley won the first event on the track, the 4x100 meter relays. Paige Lommerin used a tough finishing kick to win the 1600 meter race in 5:28. Alexa Hernandez took second in the 100 meter hurdles. Andrea Wendel finished third in the 400 meter dash. The Lady Dons have had a tough time scoring points in the sprints this year, but that changed dramatically against the Wolves. Emerging sophomore Nicole Fetsch blazed to victory in the 100 meter dash. Her time of 12.97 seconds places her 7th on the Amador top ten list. Jena Pianin won the 800 meter race in 2:21, which puts her 9th on the all-time Amador list. Joyce Han finished second in the 300 meter hurdles. Nicole Fetsch picked up a second victory in the 200 meter dash. Katie Girvan battled the strong San Ramon Valley distance runners to pick up a second place finish in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:48. Although the Lady Dons were edged in the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, their first league win of the season was already assured.