By Ray Conner
Only seven Lady Broncs traveled to Coalinga to compete in the George Olsen Invitational Track meet.
Those seven athletes were able to compete and be noticed for their prowess in track.
Kern Valley as a team finished in 11th place and also earned seven PR’s (Personal Records).
Leading the way was Bella Williams who was the lone first place finisher for the Lady Broncs.
Williams grabbed the top spot in the 300 m hurdles with a time of 53.83 for a PR. She would follow that up with a sixth place finish in the 400 meter race. Her time was 1:09.67. There were 17 athletes competing.
In the high jump, Hannah Hurley had a leap of 4’ 2” (PR) to finish sixth out of 15. She was 10th out of 34 in the long jump with a distance of 12’ 7” (PR). Dori Ross was 11th out of 34 in the long jump with a distance of 12’ 6.5” (PR.)
Arika D’Amico finished in seventh place in the 800 meter race in a time of 3:06.10. There were a total of 17 athletes in this race.
In the shot put event, Kern Valley was led by Chyann Hiles who had a toss of 24’ 9.75”. This was good for 11th place out of the 44 athletes that competed in the shot put.
Faith Oetting was 19th with a throw of 22’ 5.5” (PR), while teammate Kaycee Donaldson was 28th with a distance of 19’ 7.25” (PR.)
Turning to the other throwing event the discus, Hiles led the Lady Broncs with a heave of 62’ 4” which was good enough for 16th place out of the 39 that competed.
Oetting was 17th at 62’ 5”, while Donaldson was 29th with a throw of 48’ 10.5” (PR.)
Kern Valley head coach Brent Mixon said, “We had seven Lady Broncs go to the meet and all did very well. Bella Williams showed her strength in both the 400 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Williams’ first place finish in the 300 m hurdles was awesome. She is a very hard worker, so I think we are going to see some big things from her this year. For the first meet of the year our girls did very well. I expect to see our team compete in league and as individuals at the invitational. We have a home meet today against Cal City.”
The first home meet of the year is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.