Talented Aptos Elizabeth Churchill wins four events at the Soquel Invitational

Elizabeth Churchill took four of her team’s five wins to lead the Aptos High track and field team to the women’s title at the 17-team Soquel Invitational on Saturday.

Churchill, a senior committed to competing for UC Davis next season, won the 100-meter hurdles (15.40 seconds), high jump (5ft, 8in), long jump (17-2) and the triple jump (33-3.25). She also won four events at the 49th Avis Kelley Invitational at Gilroy on March 26.

Her sophomore teammate Rachel Hoops won the 1,600 (5:11.29).

The Mariners finished with 99 points. Soquel (58) took second, and Santa Cruz (40) and Scotts Valley tied for third, and San Lorenzo Valley (39) took fifth.

Jonelle Scott, second from right, prepares to take over from her Soquel High teammate Hannah Heitmeyer in the 4×100 relay. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel file)

Soquel’s sophomore Jonelle Scott won the 100 (13.04) and the pole vault (10-6). She also ran the return leg of the Knights’ game-winning 4×100 relay (50.38), which included sophomore Hanna Heitmeyer, senior Deijah Stephens and senior Cloe Hubbard).

Scotts Valley sophomore Ashlyn Boothby won the 800m in a school best 2:14.34, the third fastest time in the Central Coast section this year. Vanessa Fraser, who races professionally for the Bowerman Track Club, set the former Falcons mark of 2:18.54 as a junior in 2012.

SLV senior Amaya Gordon won the 200m (26.97) and was second in the 100m (13.12).

Pacific Collegiate junior Katharina Guth won the discus with a throw of 105-2, the 10th-best distance in the CCS this season, and was second in the pole vault (10-0).

Soquel junior Lily Thayer won the shot put (28-7).

The Mariners were second to junior Ryan Tosello in the shot put (23-9), sophomore Ava Churchill in the 400 (1:01.52) and sophomore Ella Shoemaker in the 300 hurdles (50.51).

Other locals who placed second individually included: Watsonville senior Lisandra Nambo-Belmonte (disc, 88-6); SLV junior Kaitlin Rye (800, 2:18.23) and freshman teammate Orea Pollock (high jump, 4-10); and Scotts Valley junior Amber Boothby (1,600; 5:11.87) and classmate Osanne Kleijnen (triple jump, 33-2.5).

Tallia Harper, a four-time Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League singles champion, played the return match with two runner-up relay teams. She teamed with juniors Claire Swidan, Victoria Zumaya Long and Clare Byram in the 4×100 relay (52.49), and sophomores Maya Kingsley and Meris Burchell, and junior Claire Swidan in the 4×400 (4:38.01).

Heitmeyer de Soquel took third place in the 100 (13.37) and 200 (27.78).

Other locals who placed third include: Santa Cruz juniors Cloe Federico (discus, 85-1) and Byram (high jump, 4-8), Scotts Valley senior Megan Wu (400, 1:02.87) and junior Rafaela Putnam (800, 2:20.06), Aptos senior Annie Eikemeyer (3,200, 11:36.23) and junior Lena Manchester (100 hurdles, 17.05), Watsonville junior Dahlia Barranco (1,600, 5:27.26) and PCS sophomore Ariel Ferrell (pole vault, 9-6) .


Santa Cruz freshman Eli Fitchen-Young completed the third-fastest 3,200 run (9:43.38) in school history to help the Cardinals win a share of the team title at the 15-team Soquel Invitational on Saturday.

Santa Cruz and Capuchino finished top of the standings with 71 points. Aptos (69), Junipero Serra (66) and Scotts Valley (60) round out the top five.

Cardinals senior Caleb Womack won the 200 (22.62) and took second place in the 100 (11.35), two hundredths of a second behind winner Jax Bonney (11.33), a student in second year in Capuchino.

Aptos junior Aidan Buckler won the 110 hurdles (17.37) and 300 hurdles (43.30). Watsonville senior Sebastian Abonce and Aptos seniors Ronin Tidd and Rio Cruz all went 5-11 – the best mark – in the high jump.

Scotts Valley senior Jeremy Kain, who will compete for Duke University next season, won the 800m in a school best 1:53.14, the third-fastest CCS time this season. Senior teammate Ryder Brabo won the 1,600 (4:23.60) and junior Sam Freeman won the 400 in 50.98, the third best time in school history. Freeman, senior Austin George, senior Sasha Miller and Kain teamed up and won the 4×400 relay in 3:31.35.

George was also third in the 800m (1:57.98) and junior teammate Aiden Boothby was third in the 3,200m (9:44.65).

Santa Cruz senior Troy Capela took second place in the 110 hurdles (18.43) and third in the 300 hurdles (43.64), senior cardinals Paul Pena, Womack and juniors Franz Pohlmann and Vincent Bottini teamed up to take third place in the 4×100 relay (44.41), and senior Mateo Donato took third place in the discus (106-3).

Aptos junior Trent Nosky took second in the 800 (1:54.08), classmate Rylan Sampson took second in the pole vault (14-0), junior Tosh Woods took third place in the long jump (19-3.25) and second Eddie Lira took third place. in the 110 hurdles (7:30 p.m.).

Pacific Collegiate runner-up Spencer Koontz was second in the 3,200 (9:43.41).

Soquel (senior Jack Spencer, junior Mason Mendoza, junior Brody Staley and senior Nick Edmonds) took third place in the 4×400 relay in 3:39.19.

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