Mustang Track Team Competes in Five-Way Meet

The Lucerne Valley Girls and Boys track squad competed in the first Cross Valley League track meet of the season on March 1 at Riverside Preparatory School in Oro Grande. Five teams competed in the first of several league meets over the next few months.

The competing teams were Excelsior Charter School, Silver Valley, Riverside Preparatory, Big Bear High and Lucerne Valley.

The highest-placing Lucerne Valley male athlete was Jose Alba, who took 2nd place in the boys 400-meter run with a time of 56.06 seconds. He also took 7th place in the 200-meter run with a time of 25.08. On the girls side, Rebekah Hart took 9th place in the discus with a throw of 46 feet, 4 inches.
“Our first meet was not great for times but the experience gained was valuable," said Coach Guillermo Betancourt. "The athletes know where they are compared to other athletes of different schools and so can now set goals and plan to achieve them.”
Lucerne Valley Track team is in a rebuilding year, Betancourt said. The team includes returning sophomores Jose Alba, Elijah Lien, and Kevin Alvarez. This season the girls team increased from two to eight athletes, and the boys and girls team combined total 20 athletes.
According to the coach, the athletes need to work on increasing strength and endurance.
"Team work has been great and watching the team support each other has been great," Coach Betancourt said. "Coach Patrick Lord and I want to instill sportsmanship, competition and the love of the sport."
Standouts of the team so far are Jesse Perez, who was voted team captain, Jose Alba in the 400 and Kevin Alvarez in the 1600. With hard word, Jesse Perez has the potential to make it to CIF in the 800 and the 3200, according to the coach.

The following are the results for Lucerne Valley competitors:
Boys 100M
Jesse Perez, 12.49.1
Devin Wakeley, 12.90.2
Francisco Fuerte, 13.34.3
David Cummings 13.72.4
Gavin Dibble, 15.28.5
Michael Salbino, DNS
Boys 200M
Jose Alba, 25.08
Boys 400M
Jose Alba, 56.06
Boys 800M
Jesse Perez, Lucerne Valley 2:23.07
Boys 1600M
Kevin Alvarez, 5:57.39
Elijah Lien, 6:06.79
Austin Garcia, 7:02.90
Devin Wakeley, DNS
Boys 3200M
Elija Lien, 12:37.94
Kevin Alvarez, DNS
Austin Garcia, DNS
Boys 4X100 Relay
Francisco Fuerte
Jesse Perez
Jose Alba
Michael Salbino
Boys Shot Put
Conor Weis, 24-08
Jesse Medina, 24-00
Boys Discus
Conor Weis, 49 feet, 3 inches
Jesse Medina, 36-01
Gavin Dibble, 25-03
Boys Long Jump
David Cummings, 16-06
Elijah Lien, 15-09
Michael Salbino, DNS
Girls 100M
Aloura Cook, 17.79
Kathy Gaeta, 18.08
Girls 200M
Jacqueline Jimenez, 34.54
Ruby Thompson, 34.67
Jenae Rankin, 35.49
Aloura Cook, 36.83
Noemy Magdaleno, DNS
Girls 400M
Ruby Thompson, 1:20.90
Noemy Magdaleno, 1:27.26
Jacqueline Jimenez, 1:30.69
Girls Discus
Jenae Rankin, 53-06
Rebekah Hart, 46-04
Grace Downs, 30-01
Girls Shot Put
Rebekah Hart, 16-09
Grace Downs, 14-09
BOYS: In the boys competition, Matt Bertik of Silver Valley won the 100 meters with a time of 12.08; Dylan Olson of Big Bear won the 110M Hurdles in 18.11; Tate Callicott of Riverside Preparatory won the 1600M with a time of 4:51.38; Malyk Anderson of Silver Valley took first in the 200 meters with a time of 23.65.

In the boys 300 meter hurdles, Nikolai Javorsky of Big Bear took first place with a time of 43.54; Gianni Roberts of Big Bear took first in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:36.31 while Tate Callicott was close behind in a time of 10:43.80; Malyk Anderson ran away from the crowd in the 400 meters with a time of 52.7 while Lucerne Valley’s Jose Alba was second place in 56 seconds.

Thamos Long of Riverside Prep barely beat Gabe Rivera of Big Bear in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.

The Silver Valley A 4X100 meter relay team took first place with a time of 46.3 seconds. The Silver Valley A 4X400 meter relay team won the long relay race with a time of 3:53.2.

Chuy Castro of Big Bear won the discus with a throw of 119 feet even. In the high jump, Paul Domingue took first with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches, a mark matched by team mate Daniel Jett, who took second place. Daniel Jett took first in the long jump with a jump of 20 feet, 7 inches. Chuy Castro also won the shot put with a throw of 41-11. In the triple jump, Silver Valley athlete Jacob Sorber took first in 38-03.

GIRLS: Karrin Baum of Excelsior Charter School won the 100 meters in a time of 13.64 seconds; Elizabeth Huefner of Big Bear High won the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 17.21; Faith Soto of Riverside Prep won the 1600 meters with a time of 5:51.16; Sadie Taylor of Silver Valley won the 200 meters in a time of 28.77 while Karrin Baum was close behind in 28.88.

In the girls 300 meter hurdles, Elizabeth Huefner won in a time in 52.04 seconds; Marin Stamer of Big Bear High won the 3200 meter run in a time of 12 minutes, 18.03 seconds; Excelsior’s March’e Williams won the 400 meters in 1:06.9.

In the girls 4X100 meter relay, the Silver Valley A team took first place with a time of 54.9 second while the Big Bear A team won the 4X400 meter relay in a time of 4 minutes, 52.5 seconds. In the girls 800 meter run, Hailey McGivney of Big Bear won the race in 2:37.3.

In the discus, Rose Clearwater of Big Bear took first with a distance of 68-02; Arabella Spink of Big Bear won the high jump with a jump of 4-06, Elizabeth Huefner won the long jump with a distance of 14-09; Riverside Prep’s Deiviyon Fradiue took first in the shot put with a distance of 28-08; Elizabeth Huefner triple jumped 29-01 for first.
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