MVL track heats up at U-Prep
The track and field was full in Redding on Wednesday, as the teams from the Mid-Valley League put their best times and distances forward in the latest league meet.
In the boys competition, U-Prep ran to a first place finish with 122 points. The remaining order of finish was Quincy (103), Hamilton (63), Dunsmuir (27), Providence (26), Williams (25), Hayfork (23), Biggs (15), Redding Christian (11) and Los Molinos (10).
There was a pair of winners from the tri-county area, as Providence Christian's Tucker Hoffman pulled away from the pack in the 1600 meters, hitting the finish line in 4-minutes, 52 seconds for the only sub-5:00 time. In the 300 hurdles, Los Molinos' Justin Emerson cleared them all for a win at 43.71.
Claiming either silver or bronze finishes were: 200 meters - Diego Navarro, Williams, 24.78 (3rd); 800 - Hoffman, Providence, 2:12.90 (3rd); 1600 - Kyle Meredith, Hamilton, 5:15.00 (2nd) and Cesar Loza, Williams, 5:42.10 (3rd); 110 hurdles - Cristian Ortiz, Hamilton, 19.48 (2nd) and Benito Hernandez, Hamilton, 20.69 (3rd); 300 hurdles - Ortiz, Hamilton, 48.02 (2nd); 4x100 relay - Relay Team, Hamilton, 47.31 (2nd) and Daniel Huerta/Diego Navarro/Tony Boites/Rury Duarte, Williams, 48.16 (3rd); 4x400 relay - Relay Team, Hamilton, 4:08.40 (3rd).
U-Prep also claimed the top spot among the girls teams with 186 points, followed by Hamilton (77); Dunsmuir (52); Providence (34); Williams (21) and Redding Christian (7).
Providence Sophomore Mandy Edmondson sprinted to a pair of wins, taking the 100 with a 13.25 and the 200 in 28.00, and Hamilton's Lorena Corona turned in the top time in the 100 hurdles with a 17.98. Corona was also part of the winning 4x100 relay team from Hamilton, as she ran with Anahi Romero, Itzel Duran and Karina Corona for a 56.78. Duran also won the high jump at 3-feet, 8 inches.
In the field events, Williams' Julie Ramirez threw her way to first place in the shot put, tossing it 24-7. She didn't stop there, also flinging the discus a top distance of 76-7.
Top-three finishes were turned in by: 400 - Duran, Hamilton, 1:08.59 (3rd); 3200 - Kenia Urena, Hamilton, 14:02.70 (3rd); High jump - Edmondson, Providence, 3-8 (2nd).