The Aurora Central Junior Varsity track and field teams competed in the EMAC Frosh-Soph/JV Championships. The Lady Trojans tied for 9th place while the Trojans placed 4th overall.
The Lady Trojans scored 16 points to finish 9th overall – up one spot from a year ago. The highest finish came from the women’s 800 meter Sprint Medley Relay team of Lizbeth Montoya, Karen de la Santos, Nayeli Hernandez, and Praislyn Andrew who finished in 3rd place overall. The 4×800 meter relay team of Aline Thongvanh, Anakaren Ruiz, Angelica Johnson, and Wendy Camacho finished 7th. Andrew had a couple of top 8 finishes with a 6th place finish in the 100 meter hurdles and a 7th place finish in the 300 meter hurdles. Montoya finished 7th in the 400 meter dash with a season best 1:10.35 after anchoring the Sprint Medley relay.
The Trojans finished in 4th place overall, improving from a 9th place finish at last year’s JV Championships. Anthony Alvarado finished in 8th place in the 100 meter dash while just missing out on scoring in the pole vault with a tie for 9th place. Andy Oteng finished 9th in the 100 meter dash but redeemed himself nicely to finish 6th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.52. Werals Niyongabo placed 8th in the 800 meter run with a personal best of 2:21.60 while finishing 3rd in the Mile run with a PR of 5:12.74. Christian Bustamante’s personal best mile of 5:23.74 was just one spot out of the top 8. Jabea Tilong finished 7th in the 110 meter hurdles (18.42) while also taking home 5th place in the 300 hurdles (44.64) and 4th in the long jump (18-3) and high jump (5-2). The 4×100 meter relay squad of Alvarado, Oteng, Nathan Rios, and Marcos Reyna-De la Santos took home 3rd place in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 47.96. Rios teamed up AK Andrew, Mike Thompson and Matt Bouchey to finish 6th in the 4×400 meter relay. The boys 4×800 meter relay team of Bouchey, Bustamante, Lucio Rivas, and Osvan Nicacio gathered a nice time of 9:52.37 (season best) to finish in 6th place. Bill Dabo placed 8th in the triple jump with a personal best of 35-2, but just missed scoring in the high jump tying for 9th at 5-0. Christian Wells found success in the shot put, throwing a personal best of 33-5 to tie for 6th place. Daverreen Johnson and Thaddeus Veazley finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the Discus with lifetime bests of 114-6 and 95-10 to round out the scoring for the men.
The Junior Varsity season has concluded and many of the JV athletes will transition to the varsity team for the remainder of the season.