Hamilton High School’s track and field teams traveled to Julian High School for the April 28 Bill Porter Track and Field Invitational meet which ended with the Bobcat girls placing first and the Hamilton boys taking second.

The Hamilton girls earned 57 position points at the meet named for the long-time Julian High School coach. Mountain Empire, which is in Pine Valley, had the second-place girls’ score of 48 points. San Pasqual Academy of Escondido won the boys’ portion of the meet with 76 points, Hamilton accumulated 69 points, and the Mountain Empire boys were third with 68 points.

A high school track and field meet consists of 16 boys’ events and 16 girls’ events. Hamilton won three of the girls’ events with junior Gwen Vanzile taking first place in both the shot put and the long jump while freshman Sky Vollen won the high jump. All three of the Hamilton boys’ wins were in running events. Freshman Jose Barajas and sophomore Jesus Rodriguez gave the Bobcats first and second in the 3,200-meter race, freshman Hunter Edmisten won the 400-meter race, and freshman Timothy Wisda had the fastest 300-meter hurdles time.

Vanzile threw the shot put 27 feet, 3-1/2 inches. The second place throw of 26 feet, 8-1/2 inches was from West Shores (Salton City) junior Antasia Garth. Hamilton freshman Josette Heridia threw the shot put 21 feet even for fifth place while senior Nuria Lopez had a throw of 17 feet, 5-1/2 inches for seventh.

The best long jump for Vanzile was with a distance of 15 feet, 6-3/4 inches. A distance of 14 feet, 5-1/4 inches gave Mountain Empire sophomore Shayden Kaiser second place.

Vollen cleared 3’10” in the high jump and was the only girl at the meet to have an initial distance.

Hamilton senior Stephanie Martinez was second in three girls’ events. Mountain Empire freshman Ohah Johnson won the 800-meter race in 2:57.74. Martinez had a time of 3:11.61. Julian sophomore Rylee Bennin was third at 3:22.88. Hamilton senior Jay Rodriguez finished fourth with a time of 3:27.19. Victory Christian Academy (Chula Vista) freshman Danilyn Henson won the 1,600-meter race with a time of 7:01.88 while Martinez completed her metric mile in 7:11.36 and Rodriguez finished third at 7:37.99. Kaiser had a triple jump of 29 feet, 9-1/2 inches while Martinez had a distance of 29 feet, 5 inches; Vollen had a triple jump of 24 feet, 0 inches for fifth place.

Vanzile took third in the discus throw with a distance of 61 feet, 3 inches. Heridia had the fifth-place throw of 46 feet, 8 inches. Vollen landed a discus 46 feet, 1 inch past the throwing circle for sixth.

An athlete is allowed to enter up to four events at a meet. Vanzile also competed in the 100-meter dash, where her time of 14.31 seconds placed fifth. Hamilton was also fifth in the girls 4×100 relay in which Rodriguez, freshman Gwyneth Thompson, Vollen and Martinez had a time of 1:10.25.

Barajas won the boys 3,200-meter race in 12:41.17 while Rodriguez had a time of 13:30.05. Both boys also competed in the 1,600-meter event with Barajas achieving the fourth-place time of 5:50.46 and Rodriguez becoming the fifth finisher 6:01.13 after the race began.

Edmisten needed 58.86 seconds to win the boys 400-meter race. Mountain Empire junior Jaamarry Hasan was second and finished in 1:01.84. Hamilton junior Anthony Bilecky completed his lap in 1:05.51 for fifth place.

Wisda had a 300-meter hurdles time of 49.97 seconds. The second-place finisher, San Pasqual Academy junior Abdual Gawusu, had a time of 50.01 seconds.

San Pasqual Academy junior Christian Spidle won the boys 110-meter hurdles race in 19.95 seconds. Wisda was second at 21.86 seconds.

Victory Christian Academy had the winning time of 4:15.26 in the boys 4×400 relay. Edmisten, Wisda, Bilecky and senior Dylan Ortego finished second and had a 4:19.28 performance. Bilecky, Wisda, Ortego and Edmisten were third in the boys 4×100 relay they completed in 54.45 seconds.

Mountain Empire junior David Enriquez won the boys triple jump with a distance of 28 feet, 5 inches. Bilecky had the second-place distance of 26 feet, 6 ½-inches.

A height of 5’6” gave San Pasqual Academy junior Michael Carranza the boys high jump victory. Hamilton senior Alex Nahsohn had the second-place height of 5’2”.

Hamilton junior Josh Torres threw the shot put 33 feet, 7 inches for third place among boys. Torres was sixth in the boys discus throw with a distance of 72 feet, 8 inches while Nahsohn was seventh with a throw of 67 feet, 8 inches.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.

Joe Naiman