Kern Valley runs into season

Tyler Goss / Special to the Sun; Kern Valley’s Adyline Goulding spreads her arms and flies through the air in the long jump in the home meet.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

The one and only time the Kern Valley girls track squad will be at home this season they came up short in the dual meet.

The Lady Broncs entertained Bishop on March 7 and lost the meet 78-49.

Despite winning seven events the Lady Broncs could not score enough to bring down their rival.

They only had three second place finishes and five third places in the 13 events.

The day belonged to Julia Amstutz as she won four events. She placed first in the 100m hurdles (18.58), the 300m hurdles (58.83), the high jump (4’ 6”), and the triple jump (31’).
Adeline Goulding won two events. She won the 200m (31.62) and the long jump (15’ 11”). Also earning the top spot was Alyson Bangert shot put (26’ 6”).
Second place finishers went to Bella Williams 300m hurdles (59.65), Aubree Barkley 100m (15.05), and Goulding triple jump (28’ 4”).
Taking third place were, Williams 400m (1:12.67), 1600m (6:28.50), high jump (3’ 8”), Arika D’ Amiko 3200m (15:02.61), Bangert discus (64’ 8”).
Fourth place: Barkley 200m (35.30), D’ Amiko 1600m (6:43.80), Sharon Reyes shot put (22’ 11”).
Fifth: Reyes 1600m (7:38.80), Maddison McMullen discus (49’ 9.5”).

Head coach Brent Mixon said, “This meet allowed our girls to see what the competition is like out there in the HDL. For such a young team I was really happy with our individual performances. Julia Amstutz who is a returner led the team as I hoped she would, picking up 20 team points with four first places. Freshmen Adeline Goulding picked up 13 points with two first and a second place. Alyson Bangert stepped up for the throwers with six points, a first and a third place. Bella Williams picked up six points with three-third places and one second. Aubree Barkley picked up three points with a second place finish. Arika D’amico had the tough runs, both 3200 and 1600m finishing with a third place finish. Overall this was a good learning experience for our girls, and we will only get stronger from here.”

The next meet was two days later as they made the trip to Coalinga to take part in the George Olsen Invitational. Kern Valley finished fourth out of the 14 schools that competed. They were behind McFarland, Hanford West, and Lemoore.
The results from that meet were as follows:
Chyann Hiles eighth of 38, with a distance of 62’ 10” (PR)
Alyson Bangert 14th of 38, with a distance of 57’ 11”
Madison McMullen 25th of 38, with a distance of 47’ 5” (PR)
Shot Put
Alyson Bangert sixth of 38, with a distance of 25’ 8”
Chyann Hiles ninth of 38, with a distance of 24’ 4.75” (PR)
Madison McMullen 34th of 38, with a distance of 17’ 4” (PR)
Long Jump
Adeline Goulding third of 20, with a jump of 13’ 4”
Triple Jump
Julia Amstutz first place, with a jump of 30’ 5”
Adeline Goulding second place, with a jump of 29’ 9.25” (PR)
High Jump
Julia Amstutz first of 20, with a jump of 4’ 8” (PR)
Adeline Goulding seventh of 28, with a time of 13.97 (PR)
Adeline Goulding seventh of 20, with a time of 29.21 (PR)
Bella Williams fourth place, with a time of 1:08.82 (PR)
Arika D’Amico 17th of 22, with a time of 3:06.29 (PR)
Arika D’Amico seventh place, with a time of 14:47.70 (PR)
100m hurdles
Julia Amstutz first place, with a time of 18.40 (PR)
300m hurdles
Bella Williams fourth place, with a time of 56.61 (PR)
Julia Amstutz 10th place, with a time of 59.69

Mixon said, “This was a big meet, which included 14 schools. It was a great opportunity of our girls to fine-tune their skills prior to going against Desert, Rosamond and Cal City. Julia Amstutz continued to dominate her opponents with three first places. Other outsatanding performances came from Bella Williams, Arika D’Amico, Adeline Goulding, Alyson Bangert, Chyann Hiles and Maddison McMullen. Thirteen PR’s today is outstanding. As of today we have three ladies in eight events already qualified for the All-Sierra Championships. The frosting on the cake is that our ladies took fourth place as a team. We have a great group of girls and I am extremely proud of their performance.”