Casa Grande’s boys turned in a strong team performance but didn’t have enough overall strength to dethrone Maria Carrillo in the North Bay League track championships held on a wind-swept Friday night at Santa Rosa High School.
Maria Carrillo maintained a stranglehold on the NBL championship, scoring 168 points to 95.5 for the Gauchos. Following were Montgomery (90), Santa Rosa (54), Windsor (45), Ukiah (22), Cardinal Newman (20.5) and Rancho Cotate (0).
On the girls side, Casa was fourth with 56, behind champion Maria Carrillo (195.5), Montgomery (87), Santa Rosa (80.5) and followed by Cardinal Newman (35), Windsor (35), Ukiah (7) and Rancho Cotate (2).
The top six finishers in each event advance to the Redwood Empire Championship meet to be held Saturday at Redwood High School in Larkspur.
Casa Grande’s boys built much of their success on points earned in the field events.
Dulio Froes had a spectacular 41-foot, 4½-inch triple jump to go more than a foot farther than second-place Mason Adams of Maria Carrillo, who went 40-2½. Casa’s David Alviso also jumped over 40 feet, finishing third at 40-2. Kyle Sutton qualified for advancement with a sixth-place leap of 39-1.
Froes, the only Redwood Empire jumper to go better than 21 feet in the long jump this season, leaped 19-6½ to finish second to Windsor’s Casey Mclaughen (20-8) in the league meet. Froes was followed by Casa qualifiers Cole Kuper (19-2½), Alviso (19-0½) and Kyle Sutton (18-9½). Alviso also qualified in the high jump, tying for fifth with a leap of 5-8.
Casa Grande had a strong contingent of throwers led by Drake Barich. He muscled a 40-11 shot to finish second, with teammate Matthew Hart third at 40-2 and Alex Azanon also qualifying for advancement at 39-3½, Barich was third in the discus at 108-9, with Keyle Reeger (108-6) fourth and Azanon (108-1) fifth.
Matthew Mason provided speed points for the Gauchos, running fourth in the 100 in 11.43 seconds and fifth in the 200 in 23.37. Froes was fifth in the 100 in 11.48.
Casa’s Edwin Ajquiy ran fourth in the 400 in 52.68. Reed Canavan finished fifth in the 800 in 2 minutes, 3.56 seconds. The Gauchos’ Noble Schlueter qualified for advancement in both hurdles. He was fourth in 16.33 in the 110 highs and fifth in the 300 intermediates in 42.48.
Casa’s 4x100 relay team was second to Maria Carrillo in 44.50.
Casa Grande also will also send a good contingent of girls to the Redwood Empire meet.
Lauren Doran will advance in three individual events after running third in the 100 in 12.91, fourth in the 200 in 27.09 and finishing fourth in the long jump at 15-6.
Grace Petraglia qualified in two distance events for Casa Grande, taking fourth in the 1600 (5:32.79) and fifth in the 800 (2:32.97). Teammate Emma Baswell ran sixth in the 1600 (5:34.82).
Siena Wigert was third in the 3200 in 12:18.62.
Casa’s Dorah Brutus finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.04) and sixth in the 300s (51.18).
Lilly McCoy advanced in both throwing events, taking fifth in the discus (93-7) and fourth in the shot (30-6).
Perla Perez and Doran will both advance in the long jump. Perez finished third at 15-10½ while Doran was fourth at 15-6.