By Andrew Luberda
The Ray Jr. High School Girl’s Track and Field team won the Central Junior High League Track and Field Championships on April 25, 2013. The Ray boys’ team finished as runners-up. Several Ray Jr. High athletes won individual championships as well.
Among the girls’ winners were Julie Meza (400m), Clair Cude (80m Hurdles and Long Jump), Martina Aranda (Shot Put), and the Ray 4×100 relay team also won a championship.
Other top finishers among the girls in the 100m were Claire Cude (2nd) and Jordan Baca (4th). Baca also finished third in the 200m dash. Augie Hinge finished fourth in the 800m run. In the 80m Hurdles Corrina Martinez finished fourth. Martina Aranda also finished fourth in the Long Jump and second in the Discus Throw.
Jonah Cude won the High Jump championship from the boys’ team. Other top finishers among the boys were Jordan Pace – fourth in the 200m dash – and Kenneth Palmer – third in the 800m run. Palmer also finished fourth in the 1600m run. Tanner Willis finished third in the 80m Hurdles. The Ray 4×100 relay team finished third. The Bearcats had four of the top five finishers in the High Jump event. Besides champion Jonah Cude, Jordan Pace finished third, while Kenneth Palmer and Christian Casillas finished tied for fourth. Paul Wormwood finished second in the Shot Put and third in the Discus Throw.
Head Coach Brian Coleman said all the student-athletes worked hard throughout the season and was pleased to see their hard work pay off. Coach Coleman is expecting more success in upcoming seasons.
“We had a very successful season,” he said. “I see a lot of hope for the future of Bearcats Track and Field.”