Redskin track claims MLL title

By Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat May 13, 2013 08:00 pm

Calaveras Redskin tracksters completed a perfect sweep of the Mother Lode League this season, earning titles in all four divisions.

The Redskins solidified their sweep by using their talent and depth to take first place as a team in the varsity boys’ and girls’ and frosh/sophomore boys’ and girls’ divisions during the Mother Lode League finals Friday at Frank Meyer Field.

“It’s definitely the first time in Calaveras history that we won all divisions in the same year,” said Redskins head coach Doug Avrit.

Several years ago, the Redskins won the MLL title in three divisions and had been looking to complete the sweep ever since. It marks the fifth consecutive championship for the varsity girls and the second in three years for the varsity boys.

The largest school in the MLL by enrollment used its deep roster with many talented athletes to cruise to a sweep at the finals Friday.

“When you look at how much we won each division by, that was really because of our depth and everyone contributing for the win,” Avrit said. “You don’t garner that many points without everyone contributing throughout the meet. I think that’s the most impressive thing, we just kept coming at ‘em.”

The varsity boys’ squad grabbed top honors with 167 total team points, followed by rival Bret Harte with 98 points. Summerville came in sixth place with 22 points. Redskins girls on varsity finished in first place as a team with 194 points, while Bret Harte was fifth with 22 and Summerville sixth with four.

For the frosh/soph, the Calaveras boys’ team was victorious with 157 points. The Bullfrogs were fourth with 61 points and Summerville sixth with 20. The Redskin girls’ moved into first with 214 points while Bret Harte ended third with 70 and Summerville fifth with nine.

Also competing at the meet were MLL teams from Amador, Linden and Argonaut.

A number of Redskins gave outstanding performances at Friday’s meet, Avrit said, including Kelly Airola, who had first-place finishes in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, high jump and was on the winning 4x400 relay team with Redskins Bryn Merrill, Sheridan Loverin and Haley Gonsalves.

Also for the varsity girls, Redskin Isabella Lohman nabbed the top spot in the shot put by nearly 3 feet with a toss of 34-02.50. Bret Harte’s Clara Jefferson finished second at 31-07.50.

Lohman also finished first in the discus with a toss of 104-00. Jefferson again finished second at 99-03.

Other varsity girls with first-place finishes for the Redskins included Kimberly Anderson in the 100 (13.94), Hannah Hull in the 1600 (5:30.18) and Courtney Sticler in the triple jump (33-04.75). The 4x100 relay team comprised of Redskins Sydney Valentine, Deborah Ark-Majiyagbe, Catherine Latt and Anderson claimed the gold in 53.71.

Macklin Bolton put together a number of first-places finishes for the Redskin boys’ team. He won the 400 (51.45), 110 high hurdles (16.95), 300 hurdles (43.94) and high jump (6-00.00). 

Redskin Randy Redman also had a strong outing Friday, earning first in the 200 (23.68) and contributing to both the winning 4x100 and 4x400 teams along with teammates Tristen Harrison, Mason Steed and Jacob Carey.

Michael Coltrin defeated 13 other competitors for first place in the shot put on a 45-00.50 attempt. His Redskin teammate Dante Piantineda won the triple jump (38-05.00).

Bullfrog trackster Tristan Boblet ran his way to gold in both the 1600 and 3200 and silver in the 800 behind teammate Joe Hollett in first place. Jake Piel had another first-place finish for Bret Harte in the long jump on a 20-05 hop. 

“I think we have some really outstanding individuals who lead the way, but it really comes down to the fact we can score in multiple events and have more than one athlete earn points in each,” Avrit said of the team’s depth. “Quite honestly, it’s a lot like a basketball team where you have guys who can come off the bench and contribute, and sometimes that can be the key to winning.”

Calaveras’ freshmen and sophomore tracksters also performed well at the final MLL meet of the season. The Redskins had girls place in the No. 1, 2, 3 spots in the 200 event while the boys’ team did the same in the 1600. 

Summerville’s Wyatt Lawrence won the discus on a 96-04 toss and Bret Harte’s relay team won the 4x400.

“The kids were really excited about being able to sweep all four divisions because it’s something you set out to do, but when you pull it off it’s another thing,” Avrit said. “They really performed well from top to bottom and I couldn’t be more proud of them as a team.”

The Redskins will next compete at the Division IV-V Championships this week at Sierra High, where the varsity girls’ teams will defend their Division V crown.

“At that meet, you’re shooting for 30 points because that puts you in the hunt,” Avrit said. “We’re looking forward to seeing if we can make a little bit of noise.”