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Penngrove and Wilson rule Westside Relays


Penngrove's Panthers and Wilson's Wildcats ruled the Petaluma High School track to take team honors on the 40th annual Westside Relays.

The annual spring meet brings all the elementary schools on the city's westside together for two days of running, jumping, throwing and school pride.

When everything was totaled up, Penngrove reigned as large-school champion in close competition with Grant School. The winners totaled 213.5 points to 193.5 fo Grant. McNear was third with 130.5.

Wilson dominated the small-school competition with 204 points to 133 for runner-up Dunham and 126 for third-place Liberty.

Fifth-grade girls

Wilson's fifth-grade girls won their small-school division on balance despite an outstanding effort from Harvest Christian's Abby Vestny, who was selected the division's Most Outstanding Performer. Wilson's girls scored 53 points to 43 for Harvest Christian, with St. Vincent third with 36.

Vestny and Harvest Christian teammate Emily Metton supplied the speed to the competition, finishing one-two in both the 100-meter dash and 300-meter run. Vestny won the 300 in 52.70 to Metton's 56.40, and came back for a winning 15.41 in the 100 with her teammate second in 15.49.

Megan Mainaris had a big day for Penngrove in the fifth-grade girls large school division winning the 70-meter run in 10:05 and the high jump at 3-10 to earn Most Outstanding Performer honors. She tied Awelina Eakalata of McKinley in the high jump, winning on fewer misses.

Mainairis' efforts weren't enough to stop Grant from winning the team title with 65 points, but they did help Penngrove take second with 49 in close competition with McNear, third with 42.

Fifth-grade boys

Jack Bandy and Luke Ronshausen led Dunham to the small school fifth-grade boys title with two wins each and shared Outstanding Performer honors. Bandy ran 8.99 to win the 70-meter dash and also took the long jump with a leap of 14-2. Ronshausen cleared 3-10 to win the high jump and ran 1:59.79 to win the 600-meter run.

As a team, Dunham scored 66 points to best a strong showing by Harvest Christian (51), with St. Vincent third with 45.

In the larger school division, Penngrove dominated with 67 points to take first, followed by Grant with 52 and Mary Collins at Cherry Valley with 36.

Parker Schrock of McNear was selected the Most Oustanding Performer for his dominating 1:57.77 win in the 600-meter run. He was more than three seconds faster than second-place finishing teammate Ben Clemens.

Sixth-grade girls

Delaney Johnson and Lily McCoy led Wilson to a dominating performance in the small school sixth-grade girls division. Speedster Johnson won the 70-meter dash in 9:16, just ahead of teammate Lowry Flieder, and also helped Wilson win both the sprint medley and 400-meter relays. McCoy threw the discus 57-6, five feet further than her nearest competition.

As a team, Wilson totaled 93 points, far ahead of second place Cinnabar (38) and third-place Two Rock (29.5).

Perla Perez had the speed for Penngrove, but Grant had too much overall strength in the large school division.

Perez won both the 100-meter dash (14.50) and the 70-meter dash (9.46) to share Outstanding Performer honors with Tech Academy's Isabella Muniz, who was second in both dashes.

Grant was the overall winner with 54.5 points, with Penngrove second with 47 and Valley Vista third with 36.5.

Sixth-grade boys

Beau Miller led Liberty to triumph in the small schools sixth-grade division. He soared 4-8 in the high jump to win by four inches and also won the 800-meter run in 2:47.73.

As a team, Liberty scored 57 points to 44 for runner-up Wilson and 39 for third-place St. Vincent.

Kyle Novak was the Most Outstanding among the large-school runners, winning the 70-meter dash in 9:25 and the 100 in 13.99.

The overall team winner was Valley Vista with 68.5 points, followed by Grant with 41 and McKinley with 32.