Williams crowned HDL champion

Photo by Vickie Cawein / Special to the Sun – Chyann Hiles, of the Lady Broncs track and field team, gets ready to throw a discus at a recent track and field even

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor 

The Lady Broncs season is winding down as they competed in the High Desert League Finals and the All-Sierra Championships Meet.

Kern Valley had one HDL champion and qualified seven to the All-Sierra Meet that was held in Fowler. The HDL track finals would take place in Ridgecrest at Cerro Coso College.

Bella Williams was the lone league champion for Kern Valley as she took first in the 100m hurdles. She came close to becoming a multi champion as she was second in the 300m hurdles.

As a team the Lady Broncs set five personal records (PR).

Here are the results for Kern Valley at the HDL Finals:

100 meter-Rachel Driskell, third place, with a time of 13.51; Adeline Goulding, fifth place, with a time of 13.93 (PR).

200 meter-Rachel Driskell, fourth place, with a time of 28.71 (PR).

800 meter-Arika D’Amico, third place, with a time of 2:58.63 (PR); Sharon Reyes, sixth place, with a time of 3:17.95.

1600 meter-Arika D’Amico, third place, with a time of 6:37.78; Sharon Reyes, fifth place, with a time of 7:26.39.

3200 meter-Arika D’Amico, second place, with a time of 14:35.39; Sharon Reyes, fourth place, with a time of 17:26.49.

100-meter hurdles-Bella Williams (league champion), first place, with a time of 18.32; Dori Ross, fifth place, with a time of 22.76 (PR).

300-meter hurdles-Bella Williams, second place, with a time of 54.05.

Shot Put-Alyson Bangert, second place, with a distance of 29’ 4.5”; Faith Oetting, fourth place, with a distance of 25’.

Discus-Faith Oetting, fifth place, with a distance of 83’ 11” (PR); Chyann Hiles, ninth place, with a distance of 62’ 11.5”.

High Jump-Rachel Driskell, sixth place, with a height of 3’ 10”.

Triple Jump-Adeline Goulding, sixth place, with a distance of 29’ 9.25”.

The Lady Broncs head coach Brent Mixon said, “The Lady Broncs have had a fantastic season and for a few it will continue a little longer. Kern Valley finished with one HDL champ. We had two others that came extremely close, senior Arika D’Amico finished second in the 3200 meter and junior Alyson Bangert finished second in the shot. Our girls have done a great job this year and the best part about it is that the majority of the girls will be back next year. We finished 3-2 on the season with a very young team. A few of the Lady Broncs will have a meet on Wednesday at Bakersfield High School. It has been a great season and I would like to thank all of the parents and the community for their support.”

At the All Sierra Championships meet on May 1, the Lady Broncs contingent of athletes was small. They took seven and were able to finish in 10th place out of the 15 school represented. For one Lady Bronc, a pair of medals would be won at the meet. Williams once again took center stage as she grabbed two medals. She was third in both the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. Those seven athletes would set four PR’s at the meet.

Here are the individual event results for Kern Valley:

100 meter-Rachel Driskell, fifth place, with a time of 13.43.

200 meters-Adeline Goulding, ninth place, with a time of 29.46 (PR).

1600 meter-Arika D’Amico, sixth place, with a time of 6:24.97 (PR).

100 meter hurdles-Bella Williams, third place, with a time of 18.30 (PR).

300 meter hurdles-Bella Williams, third place, with a time of 53.73.

Shot put-Alyson Bangert, sixth place, with a distance of 29’ 6” (PR).

Discus-Chyann Hiles, 14th place, with a distance of 72’ 8”; Faith Oetting, 15th place, with a distance of 72’ 4”.

High Jump-Rachel Driskell, fifth place, with a height of 4’ 5”.

Long jump-Adeline Goulding, ninth place, with a jump of 14’ 4.25”.

Mixon said, “The All Sierra meet is a great meet for our girls to show their talents against schools of similar size. This was a meet that had qualifying standards that had to be met in order for our young ladies to compete. We had seven that qualified, and they did well. Bella Williams was our stand out for the day bringing home two third place medals. I am extremely proud of our girls that represented Kern Valley. This has been a great season so far and for some it is still not over. Today we have an All Area Meet at Bakersfield High School. For this meet the qualifications to get in are extremely tough, but we have five Lady Broncs that are really close.”

Photos by Vickie Cawein / Special to the Sun – Adeline Goulding of the ready Broncs track squad takes her leap in the long jump at the All-Sierra Meet.