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December 8, 2022

Photos: Local athletes have a field day at Knights Invite | High school track and field 

Scotts Valley High senior Jeremy Kain is beginning to run into postseason-form after another dominating performance at last week’s Knights Invite.

The Duke University-bound distance runner won the 800-meters in 1 minute, 53.14 seconds in the 15-team track and field invitational at Soquel High School on April 16. 

The Falcons placed fifth with a score of 60 behind Capuchino and Santa Cruz, which tied for first with 71 points. Aptos (69) placed third and Serra (66) took fourth.

Kain finished the race ahead of Aptos junior Trent Nosky (1:54.08), fellow senior teammate Austin George (1:57.98) and Soquel junior Brody Staley (1:59.49).

Scotts Valley senior Ryder Brabo won the 1,600 in 4:23.60 ahead of Willow Glen junior Casey Nuti (4:28.58), Serra senior Tommy Rogers (4:33.96) and fellow Falcons senior teammate Drew Bryson (4:37.52).

Scotts Valley junior Sam Freeman (50.98) won the 400, followed by Menlo junior Justin Pretre (52.65) in second and Serra junior Jaxon Igtanloc (53.09) in third.

Santa Cruz sophomore Eli Fitchen-Young won the 3,200 in 9:43:38, followed by Pacific Collegiate sophomore Spencer Koontz (9:43.41) in second and Scotts Valley junior Aiden Boothby (9:44.65) in third.

Scotts Valley (Freeman, George, Sasha Miller, Kain) won the 4×400 relay in 3:31.35. 

Aptos junior Aidan Buckler won both the 110 hurdles (17.37) and 300 hurdles (43.30).

Santa Cruz senior Caleb Womack won the 200 in 22.62, followed by Capuchino sophomore Jax Bonney (22.63) in second and Salinas junior Nyziah Hunter (22.76) in third.   

Watsonville junior Adan Rivas (23.40) was fifth in and Freeman (23.27) was fourth. 

Womack (11.35) took second in the 100, just behind Bonney (11.33) and ahead of Serra sophomore Jaden Green (11.67). 

Girls track and field

Knights Invite: Scotts Valley sophomore Ashlyn Boothby won the 800 in 2:14.34 at the fifth annual Knights Invite on April 16. 

San Lorenzo Valley junior Kaitlin Seigle (2:18.23) took second and junior Rafaela Putnam (2:20.06) took third for the Falcons, who tied with Santa Cruz for third place with a score of 40 in the 17-team track and field invitational at Soquel High. 

Aptos captured the team title with 99 points, followed by Soquel (58) in second, San Lorenzo Valley (39) in fifth and Watsonville (36) in sixth.  

SLV senior Amaya Gordon won the 200 in 26.97, ahead of Capuchino senior Sarah Chavez (27.02) and Soquel sophomore Hanna Heitmeyer (27.78).

Gordon (13.12) was edged in the 100 by Soquel High sophomore Jonelle Scott (13.04), who also won the pole vault with a mark of 10-06.00.

Scotts Valley senior Megan Wu (1:02.87) placed third in the 400, just behind Aptos sophomore Ava Churchill (1:01.52) in second and Chavez, who won in 58.87.

Aptos sophomore Rachel Hoops (5:11.29) snuck past Scotts Valley junior Amber Boothby (5:11.87) to win the 1,600. Watsonville junior Dahlia Barranco took third in 5:27.26.

Aptos High senior Elizabeth Churchill won four events including a record-setting performance in the high jump 

Churchill, who is competing next year at UC Davis, jumped a personal-best 5 feet, 08 inches that helped her claim the high jump event. 

She also won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.40 seconds, long jump (17-02.00) and triple jump (33-03.25).

Lick Wilmerding senior Cate Kreutzen won the 300 hurdles (49.10), followed by Aptos sophomore Ella Shoemaker (50.51) and Amador Valley junior Sara Vannoni (50.71).

Aptos senior Annie Eikemeyer took third (11:36.23) and Watsonville freshman Katelynn Ruiz placed fourth (11:45.62) in the 3,200. Willow Glen freshmen Lola Herning (11:28.87) and Isabella Riggs (11:33.54) placed first and second, respectively. 

Aptos junior Ryan Tosello placed second in the shot put with a throw of 23 feet, 09.00 inches and Watsonville senior Lisandra Nambo-Belmonte placed second (88’-06”) in the discus.

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