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JH Track & Field Shines At North Valley League Finals

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Written By: Eric Heitz


The Junior High Wildcat track and field team traveled to the NVL finals at Petaluma High School April 26th and 28th.  Ten Wildcat student athletes competed against eight other small schools from the north bay.  The Calistoga Junior High student enrollment is the smallest of the nine schools yet the Wildcat athletes took home more than their share of championship ribbons.  Ribbons are awarded to the top 6 finishers in each event.  


7th grade girls:

Jimena Guerrero

         400 meter run 1:11.05 second place

         100 meter run 13.97 third place  (personal best and nearly a school record)

          Long Jump 10’8”  sixth place


Tully Leonard

         Long Jump 11’2’  third place

         Mile run 6:58 (personal best)


7th grade boys:

Ignacio Mendoza

          Mile run 5:37 second place (personal best)


Drew Martin

          Shot Put 27’8”  second place (personal best)


Wilmer Ulloa  

          400 meter run 1:11.11 sixth place


8th grade girls:

Lizbet Escobedo

          Mile run  6:09 first place (new school record)

          Long Jump 12’3.5” first place (personal best)

          800 meter run 2:58 second place

          400 meter run 1:14.6  sixth place


Hayseel Barrera

          Shot put 26’7.5” first place


8th grade boy:

Jesus Rojas Mendoza

          Mile run 5:05 first place

          800 meter run 2:21 first place

          Long Jump 13’11.5” third place


The team will have team photos on May 9th and an awards gathering combining with the high school team on May 18th.

It was a pleasure working with this fine young men and women over the past few months.  I will miss their energy and enthusiasm.  It is my hope that the 8th graders continue their improvement and success with Coach Owens next year and I look forward to seeing the 7th graders and incoming students next season.

A special thanks to Patti Dias, Ivan Miller, Louise Owens and Trudy Brock for helping with transportation this season.  Thanks also to Karen Yoder for her leadership and attention to detail of the athletic program.

Eric Heitz

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