By BRYANN TURNER
The Sonora High School Wildcats notched their first dual-meet victory of the season yesterday with a 78-37 Valley Oak League victory over Buhach Colony of Atwater at Dunlavy Field to improve 1-1.
Paving the way for the victory was a clean sweep in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. The trio of Willie Segerstrom, Zach Williams, and Kevin Geary placed first, second, and third in the 1,600, while Segerstrom, Tim Tennyson, and Williams did the same in the 3,200. Those two events alone gave the Cats 18 of their 78 points.
To go along with their sweep in the two long-distance events, the Wildcats dominated in the relays. The quartet of Nate Baker, Dean Freitas, Nick Baker, and Bryann Turner cruised to a victory in the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.38, a season best. The Bakers, Turner, and Freitas teamed up again to run unopposed in the 4x400 relay and clocked a time of 3:51.28.
In other running events, Freitas and Turner placed first and third in the 100-meter dash, respectively. Nick Baker placed second the 200-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 45.30 and Tennyson and Williams placed first and second in the 800-meter with times of 2:20 and 2:30, respectively.
In the field events, Jeff Hess placed first in the long jump with a distance of 18-10, while Turner placed second with a mark of 18-7.5. Nate Baker captured first in the triple jump with a mark of 36-7.5, while Joel Johnson took first in the discus with a throw of 106-5.
In the pole vault, Wes Durnall wowed the waning crowd as he cleared 12-6 to place first in the event. Carl Bates came in second place with a height of 9-6.
"We did well with our numbers," coach Robert Cendro said. "I think we really stuck it to them in the field events."
Sonora lost a heartbreaker 38-37 to Buhach Colony, but beat first-time VOL competitor Pittman of Turlock 37-15 to improve to 1-2 in VOL competition.