Girls 4x100 state champion relay team retools after losing two athletes to graduation
The St. Paul track and field team kicked off the spring season at Estacada last month and followed by sending 2013 state qualifier David Elias to the Canby All Comers meet Wednesday.
Elias placed fifth in the 800 as a sophomore at the 1A State Championship and set a season-best mark at Canby after finishing the race in 2:10.20. His time is still four seconds off his personal record of 2:06.19 he set at the district championships last season, but Elias has shown early improvement thus far this season. He opened the year with a time of 2:23 at the Buckaroo Tryathalon on March 14 and shaved off four more seconds at the Estacada Opener on March 19, where he placed first by a wide margin.
His new season best set at Canby is more in line with his average marks in 2013 where he routinely finished between 2:06 and 2:10.
Another fellow state qualifier from last year, Remy Brentano, is seeking a return to the 100-meter finals, where she placed fourth last year. Brentano posted a season-best time of 13.70 at Estacada, narrowly beating the Rangers Ashley Teel for first place by 0.01 seconds in a photo finish.
Brentano also placed second in the 200 with a time of 28.00. The junior is one of the Buckaroos top returning athletes this season after qualifying for state in four events last year. In addition to her fourth-place finish in the 100, Brentano also was fifth in the 200, eighth in the long jump and was one quarter of the 4x100 relay team that won the 1A state championship.
Half of that relay team Sammi Brentano and Sandra Ruvalcaba was lost to graduation, but the Bucks return senior Carolina Ruvalcaba, who joined Remy, Sydney Brentano and Shelby Donaldson at Estacada to finish with a time of 56.21 as the only team to enter the event. The time is more than four seconds off last years state title time of 52.13, but with eight meets to go before the district championship in May, the St. Paul relay team has plenty of time to improve.
Joining the girls in Estacada was Emma Coleman who is trying to return to state after placing fourth in the shot put as a freshman last year. Colemans mark of 29-1 was enough to take the top spot in Estacada, though it was more than five feet off her personal record of 34-4.75 she set at the state championships last year.
On the boys side, the Bucks welcome a new athlete in Ryan Soumokil, who placed third in Estacada in the 100 with a time of 12.31. Soumokil was an all-conference selection for the St. Paul baseball team as a sophomore, but made the switch to track and field for his junior season where he has shown early promise as a sprinter and jumper. Soumokil posted a mark of 17-3 1/4 in the long jump to finish second at Estacada, giving the Bucks a one-two-three finish in the event.
Sophomore David Martinez bested Soumokil in both the long jump and 100, taking first place in both events. Martinez scored a PR in the 100 with a time of 12.24 and tied his PR in the long jump with a mark of 17-5 1/2.
Rounding out the boys team were the Bucks trio of throwers seniors Zach Adams and Austin Burleson and junior Pedro Dela Cerda. The youngest of the three, Dela Cerda took first place in the javelin with a PR-mark of 109-6. Adams had the teams best mark in the shot put, finishing second with a throw of 38-10, just more than three inches off his PR mark at districts last year.
Burleson, whose primary event last year was the discus, added 14 feet to his personal record after placing first with a throw of 114-9.
The Bucks will continue the season this week when the team travels south Saturday to participate in the Junction City Invitational.