As for Tri-Valley’s girls, a second consecutive title at the Monticello Games followed last week’s victory at the Tri-Valley Invitational. Depth is needed in track to compile the points needed to win a meet and like Monticello, T-V is stacked with talent in runners, jumpers and throwers. Freshman Autumn Bender and senior Mareena DiMilia were named as the meet’s outstanding track and field performers respectively. Bender won the 800 and 1500, while DiMilia captured the 100 hurdles with a state qualifying time of 15.5 (the standard is 16.2), the javelin and the shot put. She took second in the hammer throw.
Katlynn Greffrath achieved a state qualifying mark of 5-0 in the high jump. She also ran a leg in the winning 1600 relay with Caroline Martin, Vicky Tingley and Sara Dertinger in a season’s best 4:25. Alli Reynolds had a lifetime best in her victory in the 2000 steeplechase. Monti multi-event winners included Mike Rogers, who won the 400 hurdles and ran a leg in the winning 800 relay with Rahjel Smith, Austin Colon and Trevon Rainey.
Meanwhile, athletes from other local schools were top shelf in their individual manifestations. Sullivan West’s Mitch Paciga won the high jump with a mark of 6-2, a state qualifying leap also recorded by teammate Matt Cardona who took second. Paciga also captured the 110 hurdles. Eldred’s Julian Gottlieb won the pole vault with a leap of 11-6. Many other athletes achieved personal records at the meet. Sullivan West’s girls team, young as they are, showed immense grit and progress, taking close seconds in a number of events including the 800 by Courtney Meyerer and the 1600 relay.