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Gutierrez, Moreno notch wins for Vikes at four-school SCAC league meet in Finley

FINLEY - Senior Adrian Gutierrez continues to excel in throwing the javelin this spring, and Mabton High School teammate Cassandra Moreno, only a freshman, scored a victory, as well, yesterday by winning the girls 3200-meter race.

Gutierrez and Moreno were the only Mabton athletes who pulled out victories for the Vikings Tuesday afternoon at a four-school SCAC track and field meet. Besides Mabton and the host Riverview Panthers, tracksters from Kiona-Benton and Royal were on hand yesterday.

The senior Gutierrez was never seriously challenged in the boys javelin competition. He got the spear to fly a distance of 142 feet. The second best throw on the day from a field of 28 competitors was 131-11, that mark recorded by Ki-Be freshman Vladimir Rizin.

Gutierrez, too, managed a runner-up finish at the 1A league meet in the boys discus. He edged Riverview's Justin Smith by 15 inches for the second-place finish, with a throw of 103-4. The top discus throw on the day belonged to Riverview senior Kyle Hall (130-3).

Mabton's Moreno was the lone entry in the girls 3200m race. She clocked a time of 14:51.71.

The MHS freshman did have two other competitors on the track with her, however, in the girls 800m race. Moreno was second across the finish line with a clocking of 3:04.25. The winning time of 2:49.99 was recorded by Royal High School junior Cynthia Cid. Royal sophomore Jacky Guadarrama finished in 3:06.33.

Mabton also received a pair of third-place finishes from freshman Noemi Gutierrez. In the girls 300m hurdles, which drew five runners, she hit the tape in 56.32 seconds. Riverview's Josie Robertson (52.88) and Ki-Be's Morgan Forsythe (54.53) were one and two. In the girls triple jump, Gutierrez's 26-9.5 leap was third best. Senior Bailey Schroeder of Ki-Be won with an effort of 28-7.75.

On the boys side, besides Gutierrez's one-two finishes in the javelin and discus, Mabton got a second-place performance from freshman Michael Jaramillo. Competing against nine other runners in the 800m race, Jaramillo was the runner-up in a time of 2:20.71, approximately two and a half seconds quicker than third-place finishing Jesus Peraza of Royal. The winning 800m clocking was 2:17.61, set by Riverview sophomore Gary McGaughey.

Another Jaramillo on Mabton's boys team, Alex, scraped together a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run, which featured seven athletes. Also a freshman, he gutted out a clocking of 5:25.71, bested only by Royal's Ivan Vazquez (5:25.46) and Ki-Be's Connor Holland (5:23.47).

A third-place performance, too, was turned in by Mabton freshman Isac Ochoa. Competing against eight other runners in the boys 400-meter sprint, he crossed the finish line in 56.59 seconds. Placing first and second, respectively, in the race were Cody Hand of Riverview (55.06) and Daniel Mendoza of Royal (55.13).

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